Prepare for Summer 2017: Easy Outdoor Activities for Your Loved Ones

As winter continues to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about how to get your loved ones outside once the sun comes back out. Going outside makes all of us feel much better, relieves stresses of everyday living and is a valuable source of vitamin D.

Whether playing outdoor games, gardening, or visiting a park, there is always an activity to do outdoors for almost anyone. Many senior activity ideas that were done inside during challenging weather can now simply be brought outside, such as arts and crafts. This is also a great way to get the grand-kids and other kids involved as well.

Here are a few of the favorites for outdoor activities you can do together – or simply encourage your loved ones to do on their own!

Metal detecting

One of the more unique outdoor elderly activities that can also be done with the grandkids is metal detecting. Metal detectors can be ordered online and begin at about $50 on up. They can be taken to beaches, parks, and other public places. You never know what you can find!

Enjoying Craft Shows Together

Vendors are very eager to share their expertise and passion, so it can also be a valuable and fun experience to seniors that have been isolated to a craft show. The senior may also discover a new hobby that could be of interest, and in which to become involved.

Town concerts

Almost all communities, especially those in Metrowest, have outdoor plays, concerts on the common, or productions of some kind. If you participate in such a group yourself, consider offering a free performance with your town. Most town activities directors would be thrilled to hear from you.

Flying kites

No one is ever too old (or too young) to fly a kite. You may even like to build your own kite. Kits are available ranging from very easy to build to more advanced kits. Kites can also be flown from a wheelchair. Keep it simple by just going outside in your own grounds, or have an excursion to a nearby park.

Fishing

So many seniors and kids enjoy fishing. Just be sure there is someone there who knows how to handle the gear, hooks, and fish. And what about a fish fry afterwards? Bring your picnic gear too.

Painting pots

For those skilled at arts and crafts, simple painting clay pots and decorations together is a lot of fun. Take it a step farther and plant some seeds in the pot for flowers to grow! Other ideas we love include using a colorful rubber rain boot to paint in a similar manner is another outdoor project. In a more protected area, you can use a fancy old purse as a planter too.

Berry picking or apple picking

This outdoor activity is easy for the young and old and makes a nice, mildly active excursion. And you have a delicious end result! Take the berries back with you and have a get-together, eating them or making a dessert. Similarly, you can pick your own apples and even go on a hay ride or cart ride to the picking areas. And the staff love to talk about all the different types of apples and what they are best for. It can be quite educational. Visiting a farm or horse ranch are other outings that are especially fun to do with kids.

Miniature golf

This can either be a morning or afternoon trip to a nearby miniature golf course, or putting green, (You may also find them indoors in some communities). Or set up a portable style putting green game in your yard. There are also other games available that are take-offs on golf. Some can also be played from a wheelchair.

Bird watching

This is becoming very popular for outdoor elderly activities. This may take a little study, but it is learn as you go, and can become a very satisfying hobby. The MA DNR (Department of Natural Resources) can assist you in finding local trails. There are certain items you will be need – a bird book for MA is the first!

Photography

Photography, especially with elders, is critical as time is valuable these days. And it is not difficult. Young people love to teach about electronic gadgets so it’s a great way for the young to interact with the older generation. Photos can then be immediately viewed on the camera and saved…or not. Photography can be enjoyed with limited mobility as well, and photographs easily downloaded into a computer and printed out.

Outdoor arts and crafts

Outdoor activities can definitely include art. Remember to take advantage of the good weather and bring your projects outside! If you have an experienced artist in your family, or can have someone come in, offer an outdoor painting class. You can certainly have a field trip as a famiy to a scenic spot. But you can also set up on your own grounds near a garden, gazebo, etc. Or instead of painting what is in front of your, bring along a photo or image of what you’d like to paint.

As you can see, there are many things you can all enjoy together as a family this spring. What are some of your favorite activities?

Keep in touch!

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There is nothing more important than family!

Do you go out to start your day and worry about your family member? Do you find yourself thinking about medications, worrying about falls, or just concerned about isolation and a lack of stimulation? Do you wonder if they are eating properly or getting enough activity? Are you concerned about your family member driving by themselves?

Hopkinton Home Care let’s you know that there is someone there to help take care of all these things and more. We provide the service that your loved one needs help with so that you can be fully engaged in your daily responsibilities and activities.

Hopkinton Home Care is able to provide service to you where you need it and when you need it. Our staff will come to you where ever you need our service. We are available to help with your physical needs, your cognitive needs, and your spiritual needs.

Our goal is to help you thrive and be happy. All of our staff are experienced professionals who are highly qualified, fully trained, have full background checks done and are fully credentialed healthcare professionals.

www.hopkintonhomecare.com

 

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Elderly Summer Precautions: Senior Care Tips

The heat of summer is here and it is an important time to review some vital safety tips for seniors. Elderly persons are more prone to the effects of heat and at greater risk for dehydration. Elderly people are more at risk because:

  • Elderly people do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature.
  • They are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat.
  • They are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

Make sure you or someone you can trust is checking in on your elderly family and friends.  Here are some senior safety tips for the summer months as well as some ways to “beat the heat”. Try to plan activities that require going outside during non-peak hours when it might be a little cooler.

Move exercise indoors.  Consider exercising at a gym, walking on a treadmill, or “mall walking” instead of outdoor walks or activities.  Swimming and water aerobics are good options as well. Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic, caffeine-free as these ingredients have a diuretic effect).  Talk with your doctor if you take medications that affect fluid intake, such as Lasix.

Additionally, it may be important to consume food and drink with sodium and potassium to restore electrolyte balance when losing fluids and drinking a lot of water: broths or soups (contain sodium); fruit juice, soft fruits, vegetables (containing potassium); sports drinks that contain electrolytes.

Stay indoors in cooled spaces as much as possible.  Check your loved one’s air conditioning system, do a maintenance review.  If the electricity goes out or your loved one does not have air conditioning, consider alternative arrangements when heat is at dangerous levels.

Be aware of signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The most common signs of dehydration in the elderly are thirst, confusion, irritability and poor skin elasticity. Keeping hydrated on a regular basis is the most important preventative measure, and individuals should be encouraged to drink fluids even when not thirsty as thirst may not be triggered until already dehydrated. Heat and dehydration may make seniors more prone to dizziness and falls and can cause/increase confusion.

Heat exhaustion is the more mild form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Skin: may be cool and moist
  • Pulse rate: fast and weak
  • Breathing: fast and shallow

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the body loses its ability to sweat, and it is unable to cool down. Body temperatures rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Warning signs vary but may include the following:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Any indication of heat stroke is a medical emergency.  Seek immediate medical attention.

Be aware of other summer dangers. Pools can pose a drowning hazard. Safety precautions should be considered if you are caring for a senior in your home with a pool or your elderly loved one lives alone and has a pool. Consider locks or a safety fence.  Similarly, talk with your loved one about alternatives if he/she handles a lot of the maintenance around the home, such as weeding, cleaning gutters and trimming trees.  This may be especially dangerous in the heat, but may also pose general risks for falling and safety. Insect bites and sun exposure are two other summer dangers.  Be vigilant about sunscreen and protect against insect bites. If you or someone you know has a bite that seems abnormal or you notice any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention.

Take extra precautions in the summer with seniors and your loved ones. If you would like support, please contact Hopkinton Home Care.

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The Hidden Benefits of Private Home Care

When you work with Hopkinton Home Care, you reap the traditional benefits of having someone looking after your loved ones, but you will also experience a few hidden benefits from companionship for your loved one to ensuring there is someone around to ignite that inner love for life when you can’t be there. In fact, in-home care has many benefits.

Here are just a few:

  • Keeping the comforts of home: The chair you love; the backyard with a garden; friends and family that stop by for the holidays; and a kitchen for the morning coffee are all comforts we call home…. The #1 advantage of in-home care from Hopkinton Home Care is keeping the things that you love close by.
  • Personalized and Private with One-on-One Care: When we arrive at your loved one’s door, we ensure your loved one gets 100% of his or her attention and quality care. With a Hopkinton Home Care caregiver, providing care is a personal affair. Your loved one gets one-on-one care at the necessary level to achieve ultimate comfort — whether it is Overnight or Live-In Care or a few hours a day of compassionate Companion Care.
  • Affordability: Not only is Hopkinton Home Care of high quality, but it’s affordable as well. In most cases, keeping your loved one at home costs less per hour than your local lawn care personnel or traditional sitter. This is especially true when the home care company you choose makes a commitment to reasonable rates and simple pricing models, without monthly or annual contracts.
  • Independence, Confidence, and Comfort: Where do you or your loved one feel most comfortable? Where does he or she feel most confident and open to participating in activities? The answer, most likely, is home. Not only is any recovery or companionship process easier in the home environment, but with a range of home care services, your loved one also has the control and ability to lead a meaningful, independent life. Hopkinton Home Care services range from medication reminders and assistance with range-of-motion activities to daily chores, meal preparation, and grocery shopping.
  • Family Support & Participation: The Hopkinton Home Care network makes more than just a commitment to only providing a professional caregiver for your loved one but is committed to involving your family in the care process and keeping everyone comfortable with regular communication.
  • Peace of Mind: When you bring a Hopkinton Home Care caregiver into your loved one’s life, you’re doing more than ensuring premium care for your loved one, you’re also ensuring peace of mind for you. In most cases, it’s simply not possible to provide the range and level of care your loved one needs and deserves. With kids, a job and a life of your own, it’s unreasonable to layer the additional demands and responsibility of being a full-time caregiver to your loved one. Taking advantage of a professional caregiver is not giving up on your loved one or being selfish. On the contrary, you’re being selfless by bolstering your own love and support with professional, quality care while enabling you to spend time enjoying their company.

Read more: www.hopkintonhomecare.com

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7 Safety Tips for Kids of All Ages, Especially Your Loved Ones

Safety Tips for the Elderly this Summer from Hopkinton Home Care

Stay Hydrated Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Remember to drink water often, and be sure to pack some for those long summer drives.

1. Apply Bug Spray

If you live in areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes and where West Nile Virus is present, and if you spend a lot of time outdoors (particularly at night), use mosquito repellent to help reduce the risk of getting bit by a mosquito carrying this virus.

2. Exercise Smart

If you enjoy outdoor activities such as walking or gardening, make sure to wear the proper clothing and protective gear. It is also important to keep track of time. Do not stay out for long periods and make sure to drink even more water than usual when exercising. Also consider getting outdoor exercise earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the sun is not at its peak.

3. Know Who to Call

Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and place them in an easy to access area. This way, the right people can be called to help quickly preventing any further issues or preventing medical problems from getting worse.

4. Talk to Your Doctor

Check with your medical team to make sure any medications you are on won’t be affected by higher temperatures — especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. Some medications are less effective if stored at temperatures higher than room temperature (approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit), and the last thing anyone wants is for a preventable medical condition to become aggravated due to high temperatures.

5. Keep Your Cool

Even small increases in temperature can hurt seniors who are coping with chronic medical conditions. Shopping malls, movie theaters and libraries provide welcome, cool spaces if a senior’s own home isn’t air conditioned. They also afford a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some exercise, without the exhaustion of the heat.

6. Protect Your Eyes

Vision loss can be common among the elderly, and too much exposure to the sun can irritate eyes and cause further damage. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.

7. Rub on Sunscreen and Wear Hats

Everyone, young and old, should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The elderly especially need the extra sun protection to help keep them healthy. Caregivers, family and friends can help by gently reminding loved ones about applying sunscreen and helping to put it on when necessary. Hats are also a great idea, especially for those with light colored hair and those with only distant memories of a full head of hair.

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Surviving Allergy Season – Tips for Caregivers

Spring is in the air – finally! But that also means allergy season is here. As pollen fills the air, people afflicted by seasonal allergies are beginning to groan.

Like many millions of Americans, the elderly are not exempt from the stuffy noses and watery eyes that accompany allergies. However, seniors often have complicating factors such as chronic diseases that can make it even more difficult to deal with their allergies.

That said, here are a few tips on how family and caregivers can make allergy season bearable for their elderly loved ones.

  • Notice when allergies are there. Caregivers should be on the lookout for the traditional signs of allergies: sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes. Allergies don’t discriminate between the young and the old. Many people falsely assume that the elderly do not get seasonal allergies, when, in fact, they are just as likely as anyone else to be affected when spring blooms begin to appear.
  • Work closely with a doctor. It can be difficult for a doctor to diagnose allergies in an older person, particularly when they’re focused on a senior’s larger health issues, but elderly people often have multiple chronic health problems, and it can be hard for a doctor to separate a potential allergy from an ongoing disease. Be sure to bring any concerns to your loved ones doctor.
  • React quickly. Allergies in the elderly should be treated as rapidly and aggressively as possible because they can be extremely dangerous to a senior who has pre-existing cardiovascular problems.
  • Avoid traditional medications. Did you know that antihistamines, the class of drug most commonly prescribed to treat allergies, can be dangerous to seniors. The side effects from these medications include: confusion, drowsiness, urinary retention, dry mouth, dizziness and so on. Antihistamines can also potentially cause changes in mood or behavior in the elderly and may lead to dangerous interactions with commonly prescribed medications. For the senior suffering from seasonal allergies, a doctor will likely prescribe a nasal steroid or some form of topical medication.
  • Discuss treatment options. There are several new treatments for allergies being developed specifically for the elderly. Ask your doctor for more information.

And always remember, Hopkinton Home Care is here to help.

If you are worried about a loved one when you’re away from home, we can help.  Let’s find out together how to share the responsibility of in-home health care with your loved ones.

Our service areas include Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and surrounding towns in the MetroWest.

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Prepare for Summer 2017: Easy Outdoor Activities for Your Loved Ones

As winter continues to wind down, it’s time to start thinking about how to get your loved ones outside once the sun comes back out. Going outside makes all of us feel much better, relieves stresses of everyday living and is a valuable source of vitamin D.

Whether playing outdoor games, gardening, or visiting a park, there is always an activity to do outdoors for almost anyone. Many senior activity ideas that were done inside during challenging weather can now simply be brought outside, such as arts and crafts. This is also a great way to get the grand-kids and other kids involved as well.

Here are a few of the favorites for outdoor activities you can do together – or simply encourage your loved ones to do on their own!

Metal detecting

One of the more unique outdoor elderly activities that can also be done with the grandkids is metal detecting. Metal detectors can be ordered online and begin at about $50 on up. They can be taken to beaches, parks, and other public places. You never know what you can find!

Enjoying Craft Shows Together

Vendors are very eager to share their expertise and passion, so it can also be a valuable and fun experience to seniors that have been isolated to a craft show. The senior may also discover a new hobby that could be of interest, and in which to become involved.

Town concerts

Almost all communities, especially those in Metrowest, have outdoor plays, concerts on the common, or productions of some kind. If you participate in such a group yourself, consider offering a free performance with your town. Most town activities directors would be thrilled to hear from you.

Flying kites

No one is ever too old (or too young) to fly a kite. You may even like to build your own kite. Kits are available ranging from very easy to build to more advanced kits. Kites can also be flown from a wheelchair. Keep it simple by just going outside in your own grounds, or have an excursion to a nearby park.

Fishing

So many seniors and kids enjoy fishing. Just be sure there is someone there who knows how to handle the gear, hooks, and fish. And what about a fish fry afterwards? Bring your picnic gear too.

Painting pots

For those skilled at arts and crafts, simple painting clay pots and decorations together is a lot of fun. Take it a step farther and plant some seeds in the pot for flowers to grow! Other ideas we love include using a colorful rubber rain boot to paint in a similar manner is another outdoor project. In a more protected area, you can use a fancy old purse as a planter too.

Berry picking or apple picking

This outdoor activity is easy for the young and old and makes a nice, mildly active excursion. And you have a delicious end result! Take the berries back with you and have a get-together, eating them or making a dessert. Similarly, you can pick your own apples and even go on a hay ride or cart ride to the picking areas. And the staff love to talk about all the different types of apples and what they are best for. It can be quite educational. Visiting a farm or horse ranch are other outings that are especially fun to do with kids.

Miniature golf

This can either be a morning or afternoon trip to a nearby miniature golf course, or putting green, (You may also find them indoors in some communities). Or set up a portable style putting green game in your yard. There are also other games available that are take-offs on golf. Some can also be played from a wheelchair.

Bird watching

This is becoming very popular for outdoor elderly activities. This may take a little study, but it is learn as you go, and can become a very satisfying hobby. The MA DNR (Department of Natural Resources) can assist you in finding local trails. There are certain items you will be need – a bird book for MA is the first!

Photography

Photography, especially with elders, is critical as time is valuable these days. And it is not difficult. Young people love to teach about electronic gadgets so it’s a great way for the young to interact with the older generation. Photos can then be immediately viewed on the camera and saved…or not. Photography can be enjoyed with limited mobility as well, and photographs easily downloaded into a computer and printed out.

Outdoor arts and crafts

Outdoor activities can definitely include art. Remember to take advantage of the good weather and bring your projects outside! If you have an experienced artist in your family, or can have someone come in, offer an outdoor painting class. You can certainly have a field trip as a famiy to a scenic spot. But you can also set up on your own grounds near a garden, gazebo, etc. Or instead of painting what is in front of your, bring along a photo or image of what you’d like to paint.

As you can see, there are many things you can all enjoy together as a family this spring. What are some of your favorite activities?

Keep in touch!

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There is nothing more important than family!

Do you go out to start your day and worry about your family member? Do you find yourself thinking about medications, worrying about falls, or just concerned about isolation and a lack of stimulation? Do you wonder if they are eating properly or getting enough activity? Are you concerned about your family member driving by themselves?

Hopkinton Home Care let’s you know that there is someone there to help take care of all these things and more. We provide the service that your loved one needs help with so that you can be fully engaged in your daily responsibilities and activities.

Hopkinton Home Care is able to provide service to you where you need it and when you need it. Our staff will come to you where ever you need our service. We are available to help with your physical needs, your cognitive needs, and your spiritual needs.

Our goal is to help you thrive and be happy. All of our staff are experienced professionals who are highly qualified, fully trained, have full background checks done and are fully credentialed healthcare professionals.

www.hopkintonhomecare.com

 

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The Benefits of Private Home Care

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From companionship to ensuring there is someone around to look after your loved one’s well-being when you can’t be there, home care has many benefits.

Here are just a few:

  • Keeping the comforts of home: The chair you love; the backyard with a garden; friends and family that stop by for the holidays; and a kitchen for the morning coffee are all comforts we call home…. The #1 advantage of in home care from Hopkinton Home Care is keeping the things that you love close by.
  • Personalized and Private with One-on-One Care: When we arrive at your loved one’s door, we ensure your loved one gets 100% of his or her attention and quality care. With a Hopkinton Home Care caregiver, providing care is a personal affair. Your loved one gets one-on-one care at the necessary level to achieve ultimate comfort — whether it is Overnight or Live-In Care, or a few hours a day of compassionate Companion Care.
  • Affordability: Not only is Hopkinton Home Care of high quality, but it’s affordable as well. In most cases, keeping your loved one at home costs less per hour than your local lawn care personnel or traditional sitter. This is especially true when the home care company you choose makes a commitment to reasonable rates and simple pricing models, without monthly or annual contracts.
  • Independence, Confidence, and Comfort: Where do you or your loved one feel most comfortable? Where does he or she feel most confident and open to participating in activities? The answer, most likely, is home. Not only is any recovery or companionship process easier in the home environment, but with a range of home care services, your loved one also has the control and ability to lead a meaningful, independent life. Hopkinton Home Care services range from medication reminders and assistance with range-of-motion activities to daily chores, meal preparation and grocery shopping.
  • Family Support & Participation: The Hopkinton Home Care network makes more than just a commitment to only providing a professional caregiver for your loved one but is committed to involving your family in the care process and keeping everyone comfortable with regular communication.
  • Peace of Mind: When you bring a Hopkinton Home Care caregiver into your loved one’s life, you’re doing more than ensuring premium care for your loved one, you’re also ensuring peace of mind for you. In most cases, it’s simply not possible to provide the range and level of care your loved one needs and deserves. With kids, a job and a life of your own, it’s unreasonable to layer the additional demands and responsibility of being a full-time caregiver to your loved one. Taking advantage of a professional caregiver is not giving up on your loved one or being selfish. On the contrary, you’re being selfless by bolstering your own love and support with professional, quality care while enabling you to spend time enjoying their company.

Read more: www.hopkintonhomecare.com

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What is the Cost of In-Home Care?

There are resources for families who need care-giving help.

Hopkinton Home Care is one of them.

What Home Care Costs

As you investigate the different options available to you, you want to choose the type of care that fits into your lifestyle. One of the first things on your mind is how your care decisions will affect your bank account. You are not alone; many people searching for care are apprehensive about the potential financial burden of paying for long-term care. What will home care cost for you? It may be more affordable than you think.

The Average Cost of Care

The cost of non-medical home care varies depending on where you live and the amount of care you will need. The best way to budget for home care is to determine the number of hours you will need per week and do a lot of research.

*The following is a valuable and important re-post from AARP:

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2016/can-you-afford-a-homecare-worker.html

Planning for in-home care is a lot like the Chinese adage about planting a tree: The best time was 20 years ago, and second best is today.

Older Americans determined to stay in their own homes are likely to need help at some point — for a few hours a day or 24/7 — with personal care, household chores and nursing services.

“There’s advanced planning, and there’s crisis planning,” says Hyman G. Darling, an estate attorney in Springfield, Mass., and president-elect of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Those who plan ahead often buy long-term care insurance policies with home care benefits if they can afford them and qualify for them. Those without it often start out relying on an unpaid family caregiver.

“It’s tough,” Darling says.

About 1 in 3 people caring for someone at home (as opposed to a nursing home), said they had hired paid help in the past year, according to a 2015 survey by the AARP Public Policy Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving.

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To learn more about tips to afford in-home care, whether you’re planning ahead or need help soon, please give Hopkinton Home Care a call 508-544-4650 or email info@hopkintonhomecare.com.

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