5 Signs it’s Time to Get Help for Your Aging Parents

Recognizing the Need for Help

How do you know when it’s time to call in reinforcements? It may not be time for a community or a home, but a little extra help couldn’t hurt. Here are a few signs the caring folks from Hopkinton Home Care could benefit your caregivers and your loved ones.

Friction between caretaker and loved one

If there’s friction between caretakers and loved ones, it may be time to take a break and ask for some help.

Caretaker’s career check

The same adult children who care for their aging parents often have day jobs in addition to their other responsibilities. But caring for loved ones can also be a full-time job. If caretaking is interfering with one’s ability to perform at work, or taking away from work hours, it is time to all for help.

Loss of a spouse and the need for companionship

Very often, an older couple will function as a team, with one spouse handling certain tasks such as balancing the checkbook and paying bills, while the other manages domestic chores and keeps the household running. Faced with the loss of a spouse, the survivor can easily become swamped, as he or she struggles to shoulder the burden of unfamiliar tasks. This may be a moment at which the adult children need to call for reinforcements as they endeavor to help Mom or Dad cope with a new set of critical tasks.

Failure to thrive

Sometimes the signs are subtle. Things are going along fine, and there is no immediate crisis, but after honest reflection, the adult child comes to realize that the parent simply is not thriving. If that’s the situation, it may be time to look for additional resources. This time of life can be rich with joy and new experiences. Hopkinton Home Care has many resources available and can align resources in that direction for companionship and fun.

A crisis point

Sometimes, unfortunately, the caregiver will realize that it is time to call for help only when a crisis arises. Perhaps an older adult has a fall or encounters a health setback. Until things go south, we may not notice the small and subtle signs that a loved one is slipping. However it may come about, the crisis call usually is a definitive notification that it’s time to seek reinforcements.

Next steps

If you have come to this point and related to a few of these points, or simply feel your loved ones need help with medication management, would thrive with some companionship, or you simply need a break a few days a month, it’s reasonable to begin thinking about possible next steps. There’s no reason to go it alone. If you are worried about a loved one when you’re away from home, we can help.

Hopkinton Home Care offers professional home health care provided to you – with compassion – throughout Metrowest MA.

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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Learning More About Hopkinton Home Care

Hopkinton Home Care offers professional home health care to your loved ones with compassion throughout Metrowest MA. Our philosophy is to provide five-star quality home care services with an assisted living focus on the entire needs of each and every individual that we serve. Some of the standard home care services include (but are not limited to):

  • personal care
  • medication management
  • meal preparation
  • transportation to and from appointments
  • companionship
  • shopping and errands

Hopkinton Home Care will always go above and beyond to provide superior service to meet the social, spiritual, and cognitive needs of any family that seeks these programs.

At Hopkinton Home Care, it’s important that we not only manage your expectations but that you are 110% comfortable with our services. Our job requires many different responsibilities, but the 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.

No matter where you or your loved one lives, Hopkinton Home Care is there for you. Any of our services are available to you, however, and whenever you want or need them. Our goal is to help you and your loved ones thrive in life and for you to look forward to each and every moment that we are privileged to spend with you.

“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

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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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Hopkinton Home Care service areas include Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Northborough, Marlborough, Hudson, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and surrounding towns in the MetroWest. Contact us today or call 508-544-4650.

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What can seniors, families and their loved ones do to ensure a healthier diet?

Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Being Healthy

It’s not a secret that we in the US have concerns with weight. The growing statistics of children and adults growing in weight has drawn focus on what can be done in order to curb this dangerous trend. March is National Nutrition Month and it’s a good time to look into how your food choices affect your body.

This is especially true if you are in your elder years; the older we become, the more we have to keep a hold on the choices we make when it comes to the food we eat.

For seniors, illnesses and diseases have a higher consequence. For example, eating too much salt can help to increase high blood pressure, while a lack of calcium can speed up the advancement of osteoporosis. It is reported that high fat diets can even help to contribute to some cancers.

So what can seniors, families and their loved ones do to ensure a healthier diet?

First, be aware of what is being put into the body; seniors should take stock of what foods can help or hurt them. Often times, a senior may not be as active as they once were so they don’t need to have as many calories as they once did. However, healthier choices are always better despite less activity.

Maintaining a healthy diet is important to seniors; it helps you live longer, stay stronger, maintain mental sharpness and overall, it helps you feel better.

Second, understand calories: Do not hesitate to ask your primary care doctor or Hopkinton Home Care what is recommended based on your age, level of activity and health. Typically, women over fifty can have between 1600 and 2000 calories a day, while men over fifty should be able to have between 2000 and 2800 calories.

At any age, the food pyramid is still a best practice. Tufts University recommends a modified food pyramid – here is a good link: http://www.nutrition.tufts.edu/index.php?q=research/modified-mypyramid-older-adults

A few important notes:

Fruit and vegetables are still an important facet of maintaining a healthy diet; berries, apple, bananas, and melons are a good source of proteins and nutrients and you should strive to eat one or two servings each day.

Calcium is also a needed source for maintaining bone health, especially in the later years of life; seniors should get about 1200mg of calcium every day, from cheese, milk, or yogurt.

Even though dairy is a good source for calcium, there are other sources including kale, almonds, and tofu, which is great for those who might be lactose intolerant.

Grains, proteins, and vitamins are also important for a healthy life in the later years.

Water, something that doctors recommend having several times a day, is important for seniors too. The reduction of fluid levels in the body can cause seniors to be prone to dehydration and for those seniors who live in hot areas, it’s extremely important to keep hydrated in order to avoid UTIs, constipation, and confusion.

Now that you have some idea of how seniors should consider eating, here are some things that seniors should be avoiding.

As mentioned above, salt (sodium) intakes are okay, but don’t take it to the extreme – eating too much can lead to water retention and high blood pressure.

Carbohydrates, which can be found in grains, fruits, veggies, and beans, are important to the body, but make sure that you’re choosing the good carbs and not the bad ones.

What are bad carbs? Those likes white flour, refined sugar, white rice, and anything that might have been stripped of bran, fiber, and nutrients can help spike blood sugar levels and are only good for short-term energy.

And speaking of sugar, it seems as though there’s nothing edible that doesn’t have it. You can certainly avoid it, but it doesn’t mean you can never have it, however moderation is the key.

Nutrition isn’t the only way to stay healthy. Often, life changes can sometimes place seniors in isolation, whether it be living in a house without their beloved spouse or living on their own and away from family and friends, these changes can also affect a senior’s dietary needs.

It’s not uncommon for seniors to experience loneliness and depression, especially after the death of their spouse or another loved one, and this can cause a lack of eating.

In these cases, it’s important that a senior is around family and friends to support them and making sure that they are eating well and living well. If a senior is living in an assisted community, it’s important for family members to visit; depending on the community, seniors should be able to get involved in the community’s activities. Some communities will have arts and crafts, daily or weekly outings, as well as group get-togethers for residents.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just for those under fifty; those over the age of fifty can benefit from taking care of themselves and ensuring that they can continue their remarkable lives.

Connect with Hopkinton Home Care for additional advice, support, connections and reinforcement for healthy aging!

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6 Key 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 6 key benefits.

Here are just a few:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Hopkinton Home Care service areas include Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Northborough, Marlborough, Hudson, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and surrounding towns in the MetroWest. Contact us today or call 508-544-4650.

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Learning Patience for Alzheimers Patients

 

We know caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as you cope with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior. Learning patience for loved ones with Alzheimers is critical to both the caregivers health as well as your patient. Here are some of our suggestions to help for caring for a patient with Alzheimers… and we’d love to hear your suggestions, too.

Have a Plan

Having a plan for getting through the day can help caregivers cope. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors and stressful situations. Through trial and error, you will find that some of the following tips work, while others do not. Each person with Alzheimer’s is unique and will respond differently, and each person changes over the course of the disease. Do the best you can, and remind yourself to take breaks.

Trying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge. Both understanding and being understood may be difficult. Here are 5 tips for better communication:

  1. Choose simple words and short sentences and use a gentle, calm tone of voice.
  2. Avoid talking to the person with Alzheimer’s like a baby or talking about the person as if he or she weren’t there.
  3. Minimize distractions and noise—such as the television or radio—to help the person focus on what you are saying.
  4. Make eye contact and call the person by name, making sure you have his or her attention before speaking.
  5. Try to frame questions and instructions in a positive way.

Exercise

Incorporating exercise into the daily routine has benefits for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and you! Not only can it improve health, but it also can provide a meaningful activity for both of you to share.

  1. Think about what kind of physical activities you both enjoy, perhaps walking, swimming, tennis, dancing, or gardening. Determine the time of day and place where this type of activity would work best.
  2. Be realistic in your expectations. Build slowly, perhaps just starting with a short walk around the yard, for example, before progressing to a walk around the block.
  3. Be aware of any discomfort or signs of overexertion. Talk to the person’s doctor if this happens.
  4. Allow as much independence as possible, even if it means a less-than-perfect garden or a scoreless tennis match.
  5. See what kinds of exercise programs are available in your area. Senior centers may have group programs for people who enjoy exercising with others. Local malls often have walking clubs and provide a place to exercise when the weather is bad.

Visitors

Visitors are important to people with Alzheimer’s. They may not always remember who the visitors are, but the human connection has value. Here are some ideas to share with someone who is planning to visit a person with the disease.

  1. Plan the visit for the time of day when the person with Alzheimer’s is at his or her best.
  2. Consider bringing along an activity, such as something familiar to read or photo albums to look at, but be prepared to skip it if necessary.
  3. Be calm and quiet. Avoid using a loud tone of voice or talking to the person as if he or she were a child.
  4. Try to establish eye contact and call the person by name to get his or her attention.
  5. Remind the person who you are if he or she doesn’t seem to recognize you.

If you or a loved one need extra help, our personalized and custom health home care is a great option.

Questions?

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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Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease teaches us many great unexpected lessons — both as caregivers and family members — that leave a lasting impression on our lives.

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5 Heart-Healthy Habits

@HomeCareHoptown: 5 Heart-Heathy Habits

This month, take a moment to assess your lifestyle. Are you living a heart-friendly life or you are heading for disaster? Preventing heart disease requires attention to many aspects of your life. Consider these heart-healthy habits. Which ones can you add to your heart-healthy lifestyle?

Get your 5-a-day

Make sure you have at least five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Use the heart matters portion checker to see what that looks like.

Cut the saturated fat

Swap saturated fats like butter, lard, and ghee for unsaturated fats like rapeseed, olive and sunflower oils and spreads. Remove visible fat and skin from meat and poultry, and use low-fat milk and dairy products.

Slash the salt

Avoid adding salt to your food, but make sure you check food labels too. Three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in our food and there can be quite a variation even in basic items like bread and cereals.

Follow a Mediterranean-style diet

Research shows that eating a Mediterranean-style diet can reduce your risk of another heart attack. A Mediterranean diet typically means one that is rich in fruit and vegetables, oily fish, such as sardines, and wholegrain cereals, with modest amounts of meat and low-fat dairy. One of the better-known aspects is the use of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil instead of saturated fats such as butter.

Watch your portions

Eating healthy, balanced diet should help keep your weight under control, but it’s important to keep an eye on your portion sizes too. Use a smaller plate or adjust the proportions so that half of your plate is fruit or veg.

 

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Hopkinton Home Care service areas include Ashland, Bellingham, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Northborough, Marlborough, Hudson, Southborough, Upton, Westborough, Whitinsville and surrounding towns in the MetroWest. Contact us today or call 508-544-4650.

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