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 caregiver’s 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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In-Home Healthcare Services in Hopkinton, MA

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 that that?

Services:

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 than 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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Healthy Aging: Small Changes in Your Diet Can Have a Big Impact on Your Health

@HomeCareHoptown: Healthy Aging – Small Changes in Your Diet Can Have a Big Impact on Your Health

Are you getting ready for summer and want to look your best? Just want to feel better physically? Whatever your motivation, small changes in your diet can have a big impact on your health as well as those closest to you that are getting older.

The Importance of Making Small Changes

Many doctors will say it is especially important to educate the youth about healthy eating habits as many do not consider the effects of eating poorly can have on long-term health. Early education can help to prevent diseases before they occur – awareness in adults is crucial in setting good examples for children. Just by changing one serving of red or processed meat for one daily serving of nuts or legumes can have a big impact on your health.

Reduced-Fat Foods Not Always the Way to Go

According to recent studies, reduced-fat and fat-free foods aren’t always a good alternative.

In fact, high fat consumption can actually be good if the quality of the fat is good. Nut butter (made from actual nuts), can be a good source of food in addition to avocados and other vegetable oils and strong data shows extra virgin olive oil is proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Divide the Plate

A plate filled halfway with fruits and vegetables while the other half consists of healthy protein and whole grains. Drink water and add olive oil to your routine.

Tips:

  • Take a burrito in a bowl
  • Ask for a tortilla made with whole grain, add brown rice, beans and include all the vegetables you want with chicken and guacamole
  • Instead of fries, get a side of vegetables
  • Create your own pizza at home using whole grains and vegetables

Reap the Rewards

Small changes sustained over time will benefit your health inside and out, doing away with the pressure to make diet-related promises easier as you get older.

And last but not least, follow these daily tips to eat better as a family that young and old can enjoy…

  1. Make it fun for kids to try new fruits and vegetables.
  2. Chicken, fish, and beans are good choices for protein.
  3. When you cook at home together you have more control over ingredients and portion sizes, so aim to cook at home more often than eating out.
  4. For snack time, keep fresh fruit and pre-chopped or no-chop veggies on hand.
  5. Break up with Sneaky Salt! Take the pledge and learn how to reduce the sodium your family eats.

 

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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 Should You Expect From Hopkinton Home Care services?

 

At Hopkinton Home Care, it’s important for the owner and all Certified Nursing Assistant’s 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!

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 loved ones, or individuals recovering from an accident, injuries or surgeries at home.

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.

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.

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

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

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 an 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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In-Home Care: Helping Your Loved Ones Thrive

 

There comes a time in life, at least in the lives of those fortunate enough to grow old, when independence is no longer possible. Some people will accept this and plan for a future in which they will require assistance. Unfortunately, most people don’t accept the idea of elder care. And the responsibility for dealing with the needs of an elderly or disabled loved one often falls on the family members.

Where do you start if your parent has reached the point of requiring assistance, but still wants to stay home?

First, you have to decide what type of services are needed.

  • Skilled care – This is the highest level of care and the services most likely to be covered by insurance, especially Medicare. Procedures such as wound care, infusion therapy, the physical or occupational therapy which require the presence of a nurse or therapist fall into this category.
  • Personal care – When your loved one can no longer handle the activities that we all do on a daily basis, such as bathing, dressing, eating, going to the bathroom, a caregiver can help. They can assist with these and other daily tasks, such as taking walks and getting to appointments. This may be covered by Medicare.
  • Custodial care – This is basically housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, and cooking. Medicare does not cover this service.

You probably have a good idea of what is needed for your loved one’s care, but you should talk to the doctor as well. And if your loved one is being discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation center, the doctors, the discharge planner and the social workers should be able to help you decide. They will also have the names of local home health care agencies that you can contact.

Hopkinton Home Care is a local agency founded by Bill Marr to help people by maximizing the strengths and experience he has gained during his time in both home care and senior care. The Hopkinton Home Care 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.

For 17 years, Bill worked at Golden Pond, the first free-standing assisted living facility in Massachusetts. Bill joined Golden Pond in their fourth year of existence and started in a management role with home care businesses that they owned and operated. In the 1990’s there were both Medicare certified and private duty agencies that provided service to the residents of Golden Pond as well as the surrounding communities.

In time, Bill recommended that the Medicare agency is sold and the private duty agency is folded back into the operations of Golden Pond due to regulatory changes in Massachusetts. In 2001, with those changes complete, Bill became the Executive Director of Golden Pond where he served the residents, their families, and the staff for 13 years.

Prior to his time at Golden Pond, Bill worked in operations for the VNA of Boston for 9 years who delivered home care services to thousands of individuals all over eastern Massachusetts. These experiences allowed Bill to gain experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and to understand the benefits and limitations of each operating structure.

Today, Hopkinton Home Care is thriving going into its 5th year of business and helping families care for their loved ones as they enter the next phase of their lives.

Are you seeking more information?

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.

Contact Us Today or call 508-544-4650.

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7 Benefits to Home Health Care

More than 65 million Americans juggle the daily demands of work, home, children and caring for someone who may be disabled, ill, or aging. Managing busy families and the emotional decisions that must be made when caring for a loved one can be overwhelming.

For many families, home health care is a beneficial choice—a safe and affordable solution that supports the family, while allowing your loved ones to stay in the comfort of their own homes and communities.

If you are caring for a loved one, here 7 ways home health care can support you and your family:

  1. Home health care professionals can be there when you aren’t able to be.  If you are caregiving from a distance, home health care can give you peace of mind. Trained and qualified professionals can assess safety risks and make simple corrections in the home—from placing a rug on a slippery floor, to recommendations for ambulatory assistance.
  2. Medication management. If your loved one is on multiple prescriptions it can be confusing to manage. Home health care professionals can ensure the right medications are being taken at the right times to control health conditions and prevent harmful drug interactions.
  3. Access to skilled nursing care at home. Skilled medical care can be delivered at home by thoroughly supervised nurses, certified, licensed and knowledgeable about high-technology medical equipment. Home health care can ensure that your loved one’s complex medical needs are met.
  4. Home care helps with light household chores. When aging adults struggle the daily demands of housework, such as laundry, vacuuming, dishes, and simple chores home care helps to consistently maintain a safe and healthy living environment.
  5. One-on-one focus and companionship. Home health care services are truly unique, providing meaningful, one-on-one personal and skilled care that builds strong bonds between professionals and their clients. Companionship is a big part of this offering. This helps to fight depression as well.
  6. Support with diet and nutrition. Are your loved ones getting the nutrition they need to stay healthy? Adults age 65 and older, people with chronic conditions, and those recently discharged from a hospital or nursing facility are likely to be nutritionally at-risk. Aging, bed rest, illness, and injury can all contribute to the loss of lean body mass. Home care may include nutritional counseling and home-cooked meals to protect your loved ones against malnutrition.
  7. An affordable alternative to a facility or hospital care. According to the National Association of Home Care, the average cost of care from a skilled nursing facility is $544 dollars per day, while the average cost of home health care per visit is $132 dollars.

Are you interested in learning more? Connect with Hopkinton Home Care for additional advice, connections, and reinforcement for home health care support!

 

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Helping Seniors Survive Allergy Season

Spring is in the air – finally! But that also means allergy season is coming. 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 one’s 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 of 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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