In 2018, I wrote about the caregiver shortage and the impact it was having on the industry. While it was primarily focused on the Boston metropolitan area, due to the pandemic the impact has been on fast forward and these issues are nationwide. The pandemic accelerated all aspects of the crisis. Learn more about professional caregiving in 2022.
We are thrilled to share some of the results of the impact of our Life Profile Assessment tool. Learn more about how LIFE Profile has made an impact and continues to impove the safety of seniors in their home.
- Better Assessments
- Better Care Plans
- Better Outcomes
And, we are just getting started!
While home care continues to face staffing challenges, the demand for home care is on the rise. With an aging generation of baby boomers, the home care industry’s historic low wages, and the burnout that often comes with providing care, the struggle to find quality and long-term staff is rising alongside the demand.
If you are a senior, or caregiver for an older adult, who enjoys arts and crafts, you will want to check out the "We Craft Box (Senior)" subscription box. Seniors in the Boston area can now enjoy a monthly dose of crafts delivered to their front door. To keep things exciting, the crafts change each month, allowing seniors to try new activities and crafts each time they get a new box.
The winter months have a tendency to be a bit difficult for seniors. The cold temperatures, ice, and snow can present several challenges, making it difficult to get around and complete daily tasks. Slippery walkways and freezing temperatures can cause a wide range of illnesses and injuries for everyone. However, finding elderly care to assist seniors during the colder months can help keep them active and safe.
The social restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic can make seniors feel lonely. Try these tips for safe, fun interactions.
Deciding how much to pay your caregiver can be challenging. Consider these five unique factors as you determine a fair wage for your new hire.
Podcasts are a great way for your loved one to learn and stay entertained while they age in place. Here are our five favorite podcasts for seniors.
As seniors age, they may need increased assistance with every day activities. Aging in place with home care services has become a popular alternative to nursing homes.
Boston offers several resources to help seniors age in place so they can enjoy more years at home. Check this list of resources for assistance.
When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can be overwhelming. Follow these steps to manage live in home care and enjoy time with your loved one.
Mark Friedman, Owner of Senior Helpers Boston, outlines the six critical objectives that need to be considered for orchestrating care for a senior loved one in a crisis, particularly as we navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. There is no better time than now to be informed and prepared.
Why Considering "Care" From Several Angles Matters As owner of a home care agency it is my job to do more than just provide care. I am always considering care from several perspectives. As steward of my business I must always think of “Burden of Care”, the concept now accepted to describe the related physical, emotional, social and financial complications experienced by family caregivers.
Elderhood is changing the conversation about age. As owner of a home care agency, I welcome the opportunity for reflection. We have too little time for it as we attempt to keep up and ahead of issues we tackle every day, especially those facing the elders for whom we care. But reflection is good and always time well spent.
This simplicity of intention got me thinking about the upcoming holidays in two ways; these times that should be filled with thanks and grace but are instead often capped by anxiety and tensions. For these are when adult children are back in family homes for extended visits, and seeing parents and aging loved ones for the first time in months, in an up-close way. In many cases these visits can be unnerving.
For over a decade our holistic caregiving and home care support has touched hundreds of seniors in more than 75 Metro-Boston and South Shore communities. We help elders age successfully in place; treasuring each individual journey with dignity and respect. n the Fall of 2019 we signed a veterans care agreement with the Veterans Administration so we could provide personal care and helping hand support are available to eligible veterans in all the towns and communities we serve -- enabling all enrolled Veterans who meet the clinical need for service, to receive "care and comfort" when they need it most.
Seniors are living longer than expected, families are mobile and adult children are spread out globally, health care policies and medical leaves have been unable to keep up with the realities of the times and company benefits differ wildly. Finding the right care solution can be challenging, but the first step is to understand you are not alone when it comes time to make important decisions about getting care and caregiving for senior loved ones. Millions are going through what you are.
In 2012 Next Avenue marched onto the senior living scene as the digital PBS for the older generation. Its mission, “where grown-ups keep growing” is bold; to unleash the potential of elders through the power of robust media. It boasts 95% of its “members” take action after reading its stories online, on its various platforms or because of its partnerships. Next Avenue believes in recycling great ideas; what was once new and attention-grabbing is always worth refreshing.
Caregivers are the backbone of Senior Helpers Boston & South Shore and it is often hard to find ways to thank them for all they do every day. With the demands we place on them we also forget that many are parents too; dealing with back-to-school shopping pressures and daily schedules that come with kid-raising.
As I started to write this article, I became skeptical about its contents. As owner of a home care agency I am all too familiar with the statistics around Alzheimer’s and Dementia as we contribute to a cure, hope for prevention, and reach for better outcomes. If you are reading this, you probably know or knew someone with a form of Dementia like Alzheimer’s or may be or were caregiving for a loved one with this formidable disease.
Mark Friedman, owner of Senior Helpers Boston and South Shore, has announced the acquisition of Shipyard Home Health Care of Hingham, MA.
Last month I wrote about “Compassionomics”, a research-based proposition for how 40 seconds of compassion can change the dynamics of care in our healthcare system. Behind this data, the founding physicians maintain that compassionate behaviors can be learned; asserting compassion can be transformational to both the giver and receiver of these communications.
A host of new scientific data does more than suggest that 40 seconds of compassion can dramatically change the course of care as we know it. “Compassionomics” is theory anchored in science and art; an important read…
Confucious once said: “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
The Impact of Technology in Senior Living: A New Study