Welcome to Spring! 6 ways to celebrate spring with seniors

6 ways to celebrate spring with seniors

Spring is here, and we can now look forward to warmer weather finally! After a long and brutal winter, welcome the spring season with these fun activities that seniors that you both will enjoy.

1. Visit a farmers market
Ah, fresh produce and flowers! Leisurely strolling (or being wheeled) around a farmers market is a perfect activity for seniors. There’s so much to see and sample. Plus, they can take home some fresh veggies for a healthy meal.

2. Take a nature walk
Once the weather warms up, take a walk through the neighborhood, go to the park, or visit a garden center. For those who are less mobile, sitting in the backyard, on the porch, or near an open window is just as nice.

3. Bring nature indoors
Spring means plants, flowers, and growth. Bring the beauty of nature inside by getting an easy-to-care-for plant, a fragrant potted herb like lavender, or some freshly cut flowers. Everyone can enjoy the scent and colors.

4. Enjoy a picnic meal
Whether you eat indoors at home or outdoors in the park, having a special picnic meal is a lovely activity. Active older adults can help with the prep too. Part of the fun can be planning the menu together! Think about traditional picnic foods like sandwiches or wraps, coleslaw, macaroni or potato salad, cookies, and lemonade. You could even invite family and friends and turn it into a festive potluck.

5. Take a walk – Birdwatching
A sure sign of spring is the birds chirping outside. Attract even more wildlife to your window by making and putting up a simple DIY bird feeder!

6. Do some spring cleaning
Chances are, your older adult could stand to get rid of a few things around the house. Spring is a perfect time to clear out some of that clutter. It’s also a perfect opportunity to revisit keepsakes and share special memories.

Bottom line

Everyone enjoys the coming of spring and promise of beautiful weather. Celebrate with your loved ones. It’s a simple way to appreciate the season together.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine!

Did you know April is National Humor Month?

National Humor Month was conceived to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life.

It’s no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years.

Humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is an established notion supported by scientific research. The curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times.

Humor and aging jokes often go hand in hand as well. What’s so funny about getting old? You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there. Aging is an issue that creates disso­nance in most of us. Popular humor in birthday cards tells us that the passing of another year means we are getting wrinkly, unattractive and incontinent. Rare is the card for a birthday over age 39 that talks about aging as a joyful, happy experience.

But the truth is that there are many health benefits to laughter and keeping your humor is very important to aging seniors. While the science of humor is a relatively new discipline, research studies on the health benefits of laughter consistently demonstrate the connection between laughing and longevity. Researchers know that laughing lowers blood pressure while increasing blood flow and oxygen intake, all positive physiological effects that have been linked to a decreased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Because laughing triggers the release of the drug-like neurochemical endorphin, laughing simply makes people feel better all over. Laughing also can have an anesthetic-like effect on the body, suppressing physical pain and discomfort for up to two hours following a hearty chuckle.

The ability to laugh is also closely tied to having a positive outlook on life, an important protective factor against numerous mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, specifically with aging seniors.

Laughing also promotes emotional well-being, helping people maintain a positive outlook and stable mood throughout the day. Optimism has been linked to improved resiliency; the ability to cope with stressful situations despite numerous obstacles such as disease, financial stress or the loss of a loved one, particularly when seniors start losing friends.

While laughing has been shown to help prevent the onset of many physical and mental illnesses, humor is also emerging as one of the most powerful medicines for chronic and degenerative conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cancer.

To help your loved ones gain the most physical and mental health benefits from humor, help them try to laugh every single day. Look for ways to schedule humor into their daily routine by subscribing to a “Joke of the Day” email, read the comics to each other in the daily newspaper or watch a funny television show together. Once you make laughing a daily habit, you will begin to enjoy the numerous health benefits of humor.

If your loved one is craving companionship, Home Care can help! Research shows that social interaction is one of the most important aspects of living a long, healthy life. An overview of our services can be found on our website.

Questions?

Hopkinton Home Care is a personalized home care service.  Let’s find out together how to share the responsibility of in-home health care with your loved ones. We are happy to work with you to meet the needs your loved one – ask us anything! Only after we learn what you need can we let you know how we can meet those needs.

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Improving Home Health Care for Aging Seniors – World Health Day Challenge

Improving Home Health Care for Aging Seniors –
World Health Day Challenge

All year round, we’re working to improve older people’s home health care and the challenges of aging. April 7 of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day.

From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.

With World Health Day coming April 7, 2019, perhaps we challenge ourselves and our loved ones to make eating healthy and exercising a priority?

The simple trick to getting in better shape and feeling confident about your fitness level is to make exercise a priority even when you’ve got a dozen other things to do.

Hopkinton Home Care knows that nothing is more important than family. Let’s do it together!

Yes, you can schedule weekly workouts into your day planner or phone’s calendar—and you should, if it’s a matter of reserving those times for exercise—but if you’re prone to skipping exercise already, you might need a stronger push in the right direction.

Try to set a schedule for exercise with these simple steps.

Start the day off right: Your best bet is to exercise whenever your busy day allows it, but if you have scheduling wiggle room, plan on working out in the first half of the day. Getting exercise done early means you don’t have to worry about casting it aside later in the day if something throws you off course.

A key to success: The more successful you feel about sticking to your workouts, the more you’ll want to keep up with that rewarding behavior.

Buddy up: When you’ve got one or more friends cheering you on, you’ll want to eat better and exercise ore.

A key to success: While any supportive friend can make a good workout buddy, one who’s already motivated to exercise can help you jump-start the same habits and a similar mindset.

Priority by payment: Exercise is easier to skip when you’ve got nothing riding on it. That’s why laying down cash makes a lot of sense, fiscally and physically.

A key to success: Once you prepay for an ongoing class, you’ll want to get your money’s worth by showing up.

Look for windows of opportunity: There might be windows of opportunity for working out during times that you thought were out of bounds.

A key to success: Can you visit a gym at the community center you belong to?

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The Benefits of Private Home Care Services

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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.

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Hopkinton Home Care provides quality home care services in your home with an assisted living focus on the entire needs of each and every individual that we serve. http://www.hopkintonhomecare.com

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Seniors with limited mobility can still enjoy a variety of activities

Many older adults lose mobility due to conditions like stroke, severe arthritis, or injuries from falls. When that happens, activities and hobbies they used to enjoy might now be too difficult.

But the loss of mobility doesn’t mean the end of good times. There are many ways to have fun without needing to move around too much.

Here are a few fun activities for seniors with limited mobility. You’re sure to find something that suits your older adult as well as things that can be done together with other people.

  1. Spend time reading

Reading is a fantastic activity for older adults. It’s a fun way to spend time and keep the brain engaged. It can also improve memory, reduce stress, improve sleep, and delay cognitive decline.

Whether your older adult likes reading physical books, magazines, using an e-reader, or listening to audiobooks, they can immerse themselves in a well-told story, look at photographs, or learn about an interesting new topic.

Organizing a book club among their friends is another way for seniors to enjoy reading and socializing.

  1. Explore a variety of hobbies

    Hobbies are great for older adults with limited mobility. Activities that don’t require a lot of moving around include cooking, baking, birdwatching, knitting, crochet, indoor or container gardening, playing a musical instrument, or practicing languages.

This is also a perfect time to learn something new – maybe there are hobbies or interests they’ve never had a chance to explore before. Learning is also a great way to stay sharp and keep boredom at bay.

  1. Exercise regularly

    Even if your older adult isn’t very mobile, there may still be exercises they can do to get their bodies moving. Whether they’re sitting or standing, they can still get the health and mood benefits, especially from chair exercises or chair yoga routines.

There are also exercise routines that can be done using a walker for stability or just focused on the feet and ankles to reduce swelling.

  1. Get creative

    Getting in touch with their creative side is another fun way for seniors to spend time.

Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpture are all wonderful ways to be creative. Fun projects might include creating scrapbooks, organizing family photo albums, or making a family recipe book.

As a plus, being creative also comes with health benefits. Research has found creative activities can help people who are battling chronic illness to decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve medical outcomes.

  1. Spend time outdoors

    Getting outside to spend a little time in nature is relaxing and a great mood booster.

Even if their limited mobility means that your older adult can only get to the porch or sit next to a big window, getting some fresh air or viewing the scenery is a great everyday activity.

  1. Have fun with happy visitors

    Asking family or friends with babies or friendly pets to stop by for a visit is another fantastic way to engage an older adult.

Almost everyone perks up in the presence of young children. And playing with pets is another surefire way to bring cheer and reduce stress.

  1. Play games!

    Games and puzzles are a fantastic source of fun times. There are so many to choose from and most can be played in groups with visitors, one-on-one for quality time together, and solo.

Try some classic games or card games, jigsaw puzzles, or crossword puzzles.

  1. Enjoy movies, TV shows, or music

    Watching TV all day isn’t a healthy pastime, but a movie or a couple of TV shows can be an enjoyable part of the day or week.

Watching TV could even intersect with a hobby. For example, your older adult might be interested in watching a documentary on a topic they’re learning about. Or, channels like the Food Network or the Travel Channel could inspire new recipes to try or travel destinations to learn about.

Listening (or singing along!) to music they like is another great activity. Music has the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. It also improves immune function and sleep as well as helping memory.

  1. Participate in charitable works

    Even if your older adult isn’t very mobile or is homebound, they can still give back to the community. This is a wonderful way to stay engaged and feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Contact local charities, hospitals, or religious organizations to find out if they have any projects your older adult could contribute to. That could mean knitting or crocheting blankets or hats, creating no-sew blankets, or helping to assemble care packages.

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Hopkinton Home Care provides quality home care services in your home with an assisted living focus on the entire needs of each and every individual that we serve. http://www.hopkintonhomecare.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting the Conversation of In-Home Care; Hopkinton Home Care Can Help

There may be a time when you or someone you love will not be able to care for themselves. Hopkinton Home Care helps you have the honest and productive discussions needed to plan and prepare for the future. Whether you’re seeking care for yourself, or for a loved one such as a spouse, parent or sibling, we can help connect you to have those conversations and worry less about tomorrow. Start a conversation today.

The decisions that come along with long term care can be overwhelming and hard to navigate. At Hopkinton Home Care, we hope to provide you with the knowledge, compassion, and guidance needed to find care that is right for your loved one.

Here’s a quick summary of our services so you are fully aware of our programs for when you are ready.

In-home care services from Hopkinton Home Care programs may include:

  • Personal care
  • Companionship and supervision
  • Help around the house
  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management
  • Errands
  • Transportation
  • Support
  • And a bit of “time off” for the caregiving family

Customized Programs for your Loved Ones

If we were older, we, like most people, would want to age independently at home. In-home care makes that possible. Each home is different and it’s not until we understand the needs can we provide a proper program. We customize each program to make sure your loved ones know they are our priority and are the “only ones” while we support you.

When is it Time to Think About In-Home Care?

Recognizing some of the signs that is time to consider a caregiver can help determine the best time to contact Hopkinton Home Care and prepare for the caregiver.

Some of these signs and symptoms may include:

  • Having difficulty walking, dressing, eating or bathing
  • An increase in falls or injuries
  • A change in eating habits that are affecting nutrition and causing weakness
  • Mixing up or forgetting to take medications and missing doctors’ appointments
  • Wanting help with cleaning and maintaining a household
  • More of your time for companionship

These are all indicators that a caregiver from Hopkinton Home Care may be welcome on a part-time to full-time basis.

In-home care from Hopkinton Home Care is designed to be used on an “as needed” basis. Many clients take advantage of in-home services after an illness or injury so that they can recover and become stronger. Once strength has returned, the need for a caregiver is greatly reduced.

In other situations, as an illness progresses, sometimes it is necessary for a caregiver to be with the client more frequently. Making sure the specific needs of each client are met is the goal of our team at Hopkinton Home Care.

The need for a caregiver often arises after an illness or injury and can make an already stressful time even more hectic. It also happens when the caregivers know they can’t “do it all” and need help before or at the time a life crisis happens.

Prepare yourself for when that time comes and meet with us. Hopkinton Home Care can help to alleviate some of that stress at the time if you’re prepared.

Crisis Care

If you are in need of immediate care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Sometimes unexpected circumstances, distance or a lack of resources can escalate a situation to one of immediate need or crisis proportions. A hospital may catch you off guard with plans of a discharge. Regardless of the cause, you’ve got to find a care solution fast. Personal obligations or out-of-town coordination further complicate the situation. Give us a call.

Bill Marr is the owner of Hopkinton Home Care, an in-home care agency located in Hopkinton, MA.

Keep in touch for when you need it!

Hopkinton Home Care provides quality home care services in your home with an assisted living focus on the entire needs of each and every individual that we serve. http://www.hopkintonhomecare.com

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In-Home Healthcare Services

Helping People Thrive

How Can We Help?

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 them driving by themselves?

Any or all of these are exactly why you should choose us. You want to know that all of these things are going to be ok. And you want to be able to be fully engaged in your daily activities and responsibilities and know that someone is helping to meet all of these needs for you and your loved one.

And most of all, you want to know that the person meeting these needs is there because they care too. Is there a better reason than that?

Do you or a loved one need some extra help?

Our services include:

  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Assistance with Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Managing Medications
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Laundry and Ironing
  • Making and Changing Beds
  • Meal Planning and Preparation
  • Running Errands
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Escorting to Appointments
  • Gardening and Yard Work
  • Pet Care
  • Plant Care
  • Mailing Bills and Letters
  • Picking Up Dry Cleaning
  • Crafting and Games
  • Conversation and Companionship and many other similar services

If you have a need and do not see it listed please ask!

The care you and your loved ones need!

There are many reasons why you may need our services. All of our services can be delivered to you where you need them.

You may need support in your home to remain safe, engaged and entertained, and nourished. You may need help with housework, yard work, shopping or companionship to appointments.

Perhaps you live in either independent living or assisted living and want more assistance and companionship that you are able to receive. We can serve you to help you to continue to thrive in your current home.

Are you currently in need of short-term rehab after an injury or other health-related events? Do you need temporary assistance to help you stay motivated in order to return to your home?

Or maybe you live in a skilled nursing facility and need some companionship and company.

No matter where you live or what level of assistance you need it is our goal to help you thrive and succeed in your current home.

Whether you need assistance for yourself, or for a family member, we are here to help you. Our only goal is to find out what you need and then help you to succeed!

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February is American Heart Month

Learning more about Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is responsible for nearly one in four deaths and represents the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  During the month of February, Hopkinton Home Care encourages you to learn more about the factors that influence heart disease, raise awareness and take steps towards reducing your risk.

The reality is that nearly 50% of all Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but many don’t recognize the risk or know what to do in order to minimize the effects on their heart.  This is why heart disease is oftentimes referred to as a silent killer.

Heart Disease is an umbrella term that is used to describe many different conditions that affect heart muscle and its function. Some of the most commonly found terms are Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure or Hypertension, Stroke, Atherosclerosis, and Heart Attack.

There are countless risk factors associated with heart disease.  Although several are uncontrollable, many can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle choices.

Risk factors for heart disease include:

  • family history
  • ethnicity
  • age
  • tobacco use
  • hypertension
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • physical inactivity
  • diabetes
  • unhealthy diet

The American Heart Association has made it their goal to increase knowledge and understanding of the disease—their long-term mission is to improve heart health in all Americans by 20% by 2020.  Throughout the month of February, Hopkinton Home Care urges you and your family to become educated on this life-threatening disease and make smart lifestyle choices to reduce your risk.

Tips to living heart healthy lives:

  1. Cardiovascular activity is key to heart health: Participate in some sort of physical activity every day. Walk at least 20 minutes a day!
  2. Swap salt for other spices as a healthier option to season food: Too much sodium is linked to high blood pressure.
  3. Incorporate fiber into your diet: Fibrous foods help reduce cholesterol levels.
  4. Focus on weight management: Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most powerful defenses against heart disease.
  5. Enjoy foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Fish is the best natural source; it’s recommended to eat a variety of fish twice a week.
  6. Ditch the bad habits: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are key risk factors.

Senior Heart Health Information

For information on the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, or to learn more about American Heart Month, visit the https://www.heart.org/en/ or contact Hopkinton Home Care today!

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