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.

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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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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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Common Cold Prevention: Wash Your Hands! 

Common Cold Prevention: Wash Your Hands! 

If you want to craft a battle plan to prevent colds, you don’t have to think long and hard about it. Just remember three simple words: Wash your hands!

There’s no secret in why that works. It’s all due to the way colds spread. The main way colds get passed around is when someone who’s sick coughs or sneezes. Little droplets with germs land on places like doorknobs, telephones, and computer keyboards. Or the sick person coughs or sneezes into their hands and then touches those objects.

Then you come along, happy and healthy, and touch that spot. Next, without even realizing it, you might touch your nose and mouth. Then, in an instant you’re infected.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

When to wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

The best way to wash them:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

How do you use hand sanitizers?

  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Hopkinton Home Care, Cares…. Give us a call. 508-544-4650

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Helping Aging Seniors Avoid the Winter Blues

If you are a caretaker of an aging loved one, the winter season can be a tough time for everyone. You may see changes in their mood and behavior, as this time of year can bring on many challenges for seniors, including increased isolation and falls due to icy conditions. As the weather gets colder, days shorter, and road conditions more dangerous, many people, including seniors, find themselves indoors and confined for long periods of time, thus leading to feelings of seclusion and prolonged unhappiness.

Seasonal depression, especially in older people, can be associated with cognitive decline and can be harder to diagnose because the elderly are less willing to speak up about their symptoms than younger adults. Also, with senior citizens, the symptoms of depression and dementia can be similar. With depression, the memory of dates and awareness of the environment remain intact, while dementia symptoms display mental decline, disorientation, and confusion, and can also express writing and speaking impairment. Luckily, emotions of seasonal depression, if identified properly, can be treated with the right care.

Recognizing symptoms of seasonal depression is the first step to treatment. Below are six signs of depression:

  1. Loss of energy and a greater need for sleep
  2. Increased appetite/weight gain
  3. Enhanced feelings of fatigue
  4. The desire to be alone
  5. Irritability
  6. Body aches

If a loved one, or even you, is suffering from mild seasonal depression, below are steps you can take to improve and help alleviate these symptoms.

Exercise – Weather permitting, a slow stroll through the neighborhood can do wonders for one’s mood. Getting fresh air, especially on sunny days, can be a great attitude boost and helps with vitamin D absorption. Exercise increases circulation and, with companions, can be a great treatment for senior citizens. Please bear in mind physical limitations.

Decorating – Decorating an elderly loved one’s home can be a small way to enhance the spirit and livelihood of a space. Small changes can make an interior feel festive and happy for those living in it, especially if they have few chances to leave due to weather conditions.

Baking – Baking sweet treats with a loved one and distributing them to neighbors, friends, and family is a great way to get seniors involved in a low-impact activity, boost morale and do something nice for those in their life.

Companionship – For those who rely on a caregiver, sometimes it becomes more difficult to meet with friends or support. Companionship for loved ones is extremely important and can provide many benefits including preventing loneliness, avoiding social isolation, and maintaining social skills, increasing a sense of purpose and encouraging a healthy mental stimulation. Hopkinton Home Care provides an extensive companionship program if you are looking for support.

Monitoring nutrition – While a change in diet alone cannot cure depression, a healthy diet can ease these feelings and can be beneficial in the overall treatment of seasonal depression. A diet high in nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals is a good way to provide the body with necessary tools to support repair. Be aware if an elderly relative is taking any specific medication and the influence that certain foods may have on its effectiveness.

Exposure to light – While natural sunlight is best for our bodies to function at the optimal level, fluorescent lights can help with seasonal affective disorder. Regular exposure to light can lift moods and significantly improve mild depression. Light therapy, also called phototherapy, is safe and well-tolerated among those suffering from depression.

These simple tools, alone or combined, are a great way for seniors to better their disposition during these cold months. For elderly loved ones who are suffering from severe seasonal affective disorder, greater measures may need to be taken. Treatments such as counseling and antidepressant therapy are resources available when simple lifestyle changes are not enough to alleviate feelings of seasonal depression. If unsure, contact your loved one’s doctor to discuss options, as these change from individual to individual.

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

2019 is here! By working together with your aging loved ones to put those resolutions into action, you can both maintain the momentum to keep those commitments throughout the year. Providing accountability for each other provides valuable reinforcement, offers the opportunity to stay in touch regularly, and gives you a greater sense of purpose, which is particularly important for seniors and their well-being.

  1. Exercise for 10 minutes every day
    Staying physically active is key to healthy aging. That doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your free time exercising, but you should certainly dedicate a portion of your day to fitness.
  2. Explore new volunteer opportunities
    Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, but it also benefits your own health. It also connects you with like-minded individuals, which is great for your mental well-being. Volunteering can provide a great sense of fulfillment in your life.
  3. Revive an old friendship
    It’s not always easy remaining close to friends who don’t live right down the street. But there are dozens of resources you can use to rekindle old friendships. Make it your goal to keep in touch and possibly schedule a get-together in the near future.
  4. Spend more time with the grandkids
    Most older adults can agree that there is nothing quite as special as spending time with the grandchildren. But you shouldn’t only meet up for special occasions. Staying connected with your grandkids on a regular basis will strengthen the bond between you and keep the entire family closer together.
  5. Make healthier dessert decisions
    It’s easy to reach for that sugary treat after dinner. Make 2019 your year to fall off the path that leads to unhealthy desserts and jump on one that drives you to make smarter choices. Fruits and dark chocolate make excellent natural alternatives if you need to satisfy a sweet craving.
  6. Revisit an old pastime
    When was the last time you spent time enjoying that favorite hobby of yours? At some point in the new year, consider breaking out the old needle and yarn, fishing rod, or bottle cap collection you used to be so passionate about. You may even consider introducing it to your grandchild so you have something new to bond over!
  7. Challenge your brain regularly
    You know that physical activity is important, but giving your brain a “workout” is just as crucial. Challenging your brain regularly keeps your cognitive skills sharp and reduces your chance of experiencing memory loss. This year, make time to play games that’ll force your mind to work in overdrive.
  8. Be conscious of your overall health
    Your body is always changing, so make it a priority to keep up with your health. Visit the doctor annually, if not more, to be proactive about your overall well-being. And take the advice and guidance he or she gives during your visit. Those tips will help you have a happy and healthy year.

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Tips for Enjoying Stress-Free Holidays with Loved Ones

If you are a caregiver, the holidays can be a tough time for some. It can be a time of increased stress and frustration instead of peace and goodwill. Here are a few tips to help you communicate better and ask for help – and Hopkinton Home Care is here to help as well.

To make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your loved ones, keep in mind there are many opportunities to communicate and connect with each other. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from family and friends.

  1. The holidays can provide an opportunity for communication. It’s hard to know how much to communicate about a loved one’s decline in cognitive functioning and personal care needs. Although it is understandable to have reservations about discussing a loved one’s impairments, honest communication about the realities of the caregiving situation offers others the opportunity to respond with assistance. Sharing the truths of your situation may help reduce some of the feelings of isolation and lack of appreciation common in caregivers.
  2. Some caregivers have had success in writing a brief note or leaving notes describing the person’s condition on a holiday card. This is a non-threatening way to inform distant or uninvolved relatives about the realities of the caregiving situation.
  3. If you’re truly upset or disappointed in other family members who may not have done their part, you must decide how much and when to communicate this disappointment. Consider clearing the air before the holidays or perhaps resolve within yourself to put those feelings on hold, with the intention to discuss the matter after the holiday season passes. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday!
  4. Accept all the help you can get – and go with the flow. Caregivers often have to adapt their traditional role or experience of the holidays. This may mean allowing another family member to host more time-intensive festivities. You may need to modify the amount of time away from home to match the comfort level of your impaired loved one. You may also have to choose which events to attend based on which would be the simplest, least exhausting and most enjoyable for the person for whom you provide care—and for you.
  5. Schedule one on one time with family members other than yourself so you, too, can enjoy some alone time. While caregiving, it is easy to get caught up in all the tasks of personal care and homemaking chores. Make a point of setting some time aside this holiday season to enjoy the person you care for in a relaxed, one-on-one context. The best activities are those which take advantage of long-term memory—usually less impaired in people with dementia. Try looking through family photo albums or unpacking holiday decorations, which may stimulate memories.

And always remember, a little thank you goes a long way. After the holidays, write a thank you note to family members or friends who spent time with your loved one. Emphasize the positive impact their visit or brief time spent with your loved one had on them. This may reinforce positive feelings from their visit and diminish any discomfort they experienced. They may then be more encouraged to visit again or be more supportive of your efforts.

Happy Holidays and enjoy the magic of the season from Hopkinton Home Care!

“Hopkinton Home Care provides peace of mind for your loved one when care is needed with trained professionals! There is no better feeling than knowing a loved one is in good hands when you can’t always be there.” – Amy B.

Contact Us Today or call 508-544-4650.

About us: http://www.hopkintonhomecare.com/about-us.html.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday.

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