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.
Everyone loves good food. If you’d like to increase your access to wholesome, farm-fresh foods, consider ordering from Farm Fresh To You, a grocery delivery service. It allows you to get fresh produce without leaving your home in the Brockton, Quincy, or South Shore area.
What do seniors need the most during a pandemic? Perhaps, you’ve heard of a recent story from a North Carolina senior living facility, where seniors requested pen pals on social media. Like many who must shelter in place, these seniors craved fellowship and social engagement. As shown by this and other similar stories, companionship is critical in keeping seniors happy and healthy.
To provide safe care for seniors, there are several things caregivers must observe. Learn what they are and their importance in keeping seniors safe.
Mental stimulation is important for seniors, especially if they can’t leave home. Try these fun things to do with seniors to ease boredom.
Telemedicine for seniors is more accessible — and more important — than ever. Here’s how seniors can see a doctor from home.
Physical health is important for seniors, but mental health can be equally vital. Ensure your senior loved ones’ mental health with these ways to help seniors stay mentally fit.
Home caregivers need to be sure their loved ones are eating a healthy diet. These tips can help you modify and supplement your loved one’s meals.
Keeping seniors safe at home requires good home security. Home caregivers should follow these six tips to maintain security and safety.
Mark Friedman, Owner of Senior Helpers South Shore, 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.” This quotation could certainly fit the larger healthcare and medical community to a T. As the owner of a Home Care agency a part of my job is to collaborate with professionals in helping seniors navigate their respective journeys of aging. This often means we share talk on trends, policy, data and research that impact their short, medium and long term care decisions. The fact is, we all want our seniors to be successful in their journey of aging.
The Impact of Technology in Senior Living: A New Study
A guy is standing in line to get on a plane. His phone rings, it’s his mom…. No, this is not a silly Facebook joke. I’m the guy and it’s a true story. …”Mark, I need help, your dad fell”.
When our stability is at risk, we all are fearful. For seniors, this can be particularly unsettling. Emotions run the gamut from: Who is to blame? When will stability be regained? Why did it happen? Is it my fault? What can I do to prevent it from happening again? I can’t go on, should I give up?