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?

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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.

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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.

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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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“Hopkinton Home Care is a Blessing to our Family.”

It has been two years since Hopkinton Home Care expanded services in the Metro West. 

Hopkinton Home Care supports local Massachusetts families with in-home health services for their loved ones. In January of 2014, the agency expanded into more than 10 towns in the Metro West area. In addition to Hopkinton, due to the demand and growth of in-home health services, Hopkinton Home Care now services Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, Upton, and Westborough. As a result of this growth, Hopkinton Home Care continues to expand into other towns such as Northborough, Bellingham, Natick and Wellesley.

Hopkinton Home Care believes that nothing is more important than caring for your family with compassion. We help you help your loved ones thrive.

One client, C.L., the daughter in law of our client shared, “Thank you Bill for all your help these past few weeks and months. Your dedication to our problems and your caring did not go overlooked. You have been a godsend.”

Many clients say that working with Hopkinton Home Care has been such a blessing for their family.

Bill Marr, Owner and Health Expert for Hopkinton Home Care Services added “There are many people that need a little extra help every now and then. I am grateful that our team at Hopkinton Home Care is there for them so they don’t have to worry as much.”

With baby boomers reaching retirement and an increasing life expectancy, in-home health services is at an all-time high. The need for additional medical and social services is critical.

“There are some families that simply need a visitor or companionship,” added Marr. “When you contact us, you will notice that we want to answer your questions and respond to any concerns that you may have. Only after we learn what you need, can we let you know how we can meet those needs.”

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

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Grooming
  • Assistance with Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Bathing
  • Managing Medications
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Making and Changing Beds
  • Meal Planning
  • 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

If you have a need and do not see it listed please ask! For more information or a custom quote, please visit www.HopkintonHomeCare.com. You may also call 508-544-4650.

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What Should You Expect From Hopkinton Home Care services?

“Just emailing to let you know we’ve decided to go ahead with your company! We both felt comfortable and I like that you do all your hiring and interviews yourself. I’ll be back with my grandmother Wed-Sat and would love to meet an aid or two that you have in mind. Please let me know your availability those days. I look forward to working with you.”

Happy daughter of a new patient

At Hopkinton Home Care, it’s important for the owner and all CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistant) that we not only manage your expectations, but that you are 110% comfortable with our services. Our job requires many different responsibilities, but care for patients on a daily basis provides us some of the greatest rewards any profession could offer.

Taking a closer look at the daily tasks at Hopkinton Home Care, we can narrow down our top 5 services in the list below. If you require a service not mentioned on our website, please don’t hesitate to ask!

  1. Feed, bathe and dress patients

Care from Hopkinton Home Care helps patients with their basic needs. Generally, this means helping them bathe, dress and feed themselves. These patients might include stroke victims, elderly residents or love ones, or individuals recovering from an accident, injuries or surgeries at home.

  1. Take patient vital signs and escort to doctor appointments

From temperature to blood pressure, we are responsible for taking and recording patient vital signs. Routine tasks such as these are typically the initial steps of a patient’s visit to a physician’s office or hospital, which means we may also have the responsibility of transportation to and from an office visit.

  1. Serve meals, make beds and keep rooms clean

In line with meeting patients’ basic needs, our duties may include serving meals to patients, making beds and helping clean rooms. This can mean light cleaning or changing soiled sheets. It also means getting the chance to have regular, one-on-one contact with patients—the compassionate relationships that can help people make it through times of illness with dignity.

  1. Set up medical equipment, medication management and assisting with some medical needs

Storing and setting up medical equipment might involve medication management and assisting with other medical needs. Please discuss with us any and all medical needs to make sure they are in line with our capabilities.

  1. Offer companionship, answer questions and observe changes in a patient’s condition or behavior

Working so closely with patients on a daily or weekly basis, we observe not only the obvious changes in a patient’s physical condition but the subtleties of their emotional state. That intuition can have immeasurable impact on helping patients make it through a trying recovery or come to terms with a long-term condition.

Whether we offer support with medication management, bring them breakfast in the morning or simply listen, Hopkinton Home Care makes a significant difference to the quality of care of your loved ones.Hopkinton Home Care wants to answer your personal and confidential questions. Only after we learn what you need can we let you know how we can meet those needs. Give us a call: 508-544-4650.

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