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Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency

Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency has its heart in the Panhandle of Texas, but strives to provide quality Home Health Care to the entire localty.

Allergies in Seniors - How to Help

1.  Look for signs:  Sneezing, Runny nose, itchy eyes

2.  Make sure their Dr. knows:  Any signs of not feeling good please contact your/their doctor

3.  Be aggressive:  Allergy sysmptoms such as congested nose and an irritated throat, can be exteremly dangerous to a senior.

4.  Avoid traditional antihistamines:  Potential side effects from these medications include:  confusion, drowsiness, urinary retention, dry mouth and eyes, and dizziness.

5.  Be on the lookout for upcoming treatment options:  with allergies being studied every day new treatments become available.






Adult Coloring - Not Just for Kids Anymore



Research has suggested that coloring can have beneficial results for adults suffering from stress.  Returning to the childhood pasttime has gained poplularity both in Europe and North America to aid wellness and relaxation.

According to the study, coloring relives stress by helping individuals to aim their focus on an activity that allows them to take their mind off their concerns or worries. Coloring also subconsciously reminds  people of their childhood, typically a low-stress period of most people's lives, whcih leads to comfort.

The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors.  This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills.  The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.

Some designs can be simple and some are extremely detailed and complicated.  This activity can be done with friends, family or alone.  And the end product gives a great sense of accomplishment.  Finish one and selcet a new design.  This project can be done at your own pace as slow or quickly as you would like.


Submitted by,

Mike Crump, BSN, RN




Please Come Join

Trina, Trish, and Bertha

Wednesday's at Pampa Senior Citizen's Center 500 W Francis from 1 - 2





Owner Suzie Wilkinson and Her Llama Luke


Pets Being Used for Therapy


Pictured are owner Suzie Wilkinson and her pet Llama Luke which occasionally visits the Assisted Living and Nursing Home facilities in the Panhandle area.  Luke was born in May of 2011 and was left an orphan.  Suzie Wilkinson has taken care of and still cares for Luke.  For more information about Luke or our services please contact us by clicking here


A recent article in the AARP Bulletin cited that Many Alzheimer's and Dementia patients have benefited from the use of pets for Therapy.  The pets have a calming effect on the patients.  To read more on this subject please click on the link below.

AARP Bulletin Pet Therapy   (to enlarge the article simply click on the picture)



What Texans Need to Know about Zika

Zika Virus- What you need to know



According to Sonja L. Swiger, Assistant Professor and Extension Livestock/Veterinary Entomologist andMichael Merchant, Professor and extension Urban Entomologist at Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service

What Is Zika? Zika is a mosquito-transmitted disease caused by the Zika virus. This virus is not new, but from 2007 to 2014 the virus spread into new countries and perhaps became more dangerous to people. The illness caused by the Zika virus is usually mild compared to other mosquitocarried illnesses like dengue fever, West Nile virus, and chikungunya. Only one in five people infected with Zika will feel ill. These individuals typically develop mild symptoms that include fever, joint pain, red itchy eyes (conjunctivitis) and rash. Symptoms typically occur 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms in some individuals may be more severe. The association between Zika and Guillain-Barre syndrome (a type of paralysis) is under investigation.

To Read the Full Article Click here




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Donna Mercer, PT
Donna Mercer, PT

Shepherd's Helping Hands

ImageMission of Shepherd's Helping

To financially assist, without duplication of service, those who require assistance.

American Cancer-Relay for Life

ImageRelay for Life The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Exercise Tips

ImageShepard's Promotes Exercise

Shepard's Crook Nursing Agency Feels that exercise increases mobility in seniors.  Whether it is a lot of exercise or little. Click here for some tips