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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on August 29, 2012

Statistics show that as many as 35 percent of seniors who have been discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 90 days. Readmission is often a result of not following the doctor’s recommendations, failing to follow the medicinal instructions and a poor recovery environment. Post-hospital home care in Massachusetts provides a smoother transition for the hospital patient’s recovery process and can often help to avoid readmission into the hospital. Avoid Readmission and Encourage Recovery With post-hospital home care, the senior will be able to recover completely in the relaxing and comfortable atmosphere of their own home, while receiving the adequate level of care recommended upon leaving the hospital. The professional caregiver is trained to assist the senior in avoiding readmission and in promoting a speedy recovery. Caregivers ensure that the…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on August 28, 2012

When our aging loved ones come to the point in their lives when they can no longer perform their activities of daily living without assistance, it may be time to find a reliable home care provider in Wellesley. Many families struggle to find a home care provider that they feel they can trust with the care of the loved one and the safety, health and happiness of their loved one are a priority. When it comes to finding a provider that does their job, treats your family member with respect and puts their needs first might seem impossible, but knowing what questions to ask is going to make it far easier for you to make a decision that you feel comfortable with. First, ask for referrals from people who you…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on July 25, 2012

This week, Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts passed our 2012 annual license inspection by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards with zero defects. This is the 3rd year in a row that we achieved this status. This is impressive in that not every home health care agency in Massachusetts passes their annual DOS inspection with zero defects. However, it is not so impressive in that this inspection merely verifies that we keep track of client agreements, employee agreements, abide by minimum wage and overtime regulations and post the required labor postings. While it is true that not every agency abides by all of these requirements, any and all law-abiding home health agencies have to meet these requirements. Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts goes above and beyond these requirements, however. With…

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By Larry Levine, 9:30 am on July 23, 2012

As we age, our bodies experience many changes, which affect our nutritional needs. In order to maintain your health throughout your senior years, you must realize and adapt to these changes. Below are several dietary and nutritional recommendations that your senior caregiver will take to promote optimal health: 1. Add Vitamin B12 to Your Diet– Seniors are not able to absorb nutrients as easily, specifically B6 and B12. Therefore, elderly adults should actively seek out foods that contain these nutrients and also supplement their diets with B6 and B12 vitamins. 2. Additional Fiber is Essential- Elders often struggle with issues digesting foods. Your digestive system needs the help of fiber, which is found in many foods like raw fruits and vegetables. Supplements are also useful, but raw fruits and vegetables…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on July 23, 2012

As we grow older, we are faced with many different obstacles. Frailty, illness or memory can cause difficulty in our daily lives. Whether you are dealing with these concerns yourself or caring for a loved one, you may be considering senior care options. Each elderly adult has different care needs. Some need help with activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning and medication administration, while others struggle with an illness or immobility, that inhibits their abilities to function and they require medical attention more frequently. No matter what your needs entail, there are many senior care options to consider. Nursing Homes When the need for long-term medical care arises, the transition into a nursing home or senior care facility could be the solution. For seniors who struggle with a…

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