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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 15, 2012

The holidays represent a time of coming together for families and friends.  While the festive season brings traditions, food and drink, it also provides families with an opportunity to check-up on the well being of elderly parents and loved ones.  Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts finds that during extra time spent with elderly loved ones, families often discover they are beginning to require assistance with routine activities of daily living.  Concerned family members can look for warning signs in three key areas that may indicate the need for Massachusetts home care. Changes in Personal Appearance Certain changes in personal appearance may indicate that your loved one is unable to live alone safely.  For instance, noticeable weight loss could be a sign of difficulty cooking, eating or shopping for food.  Noticeable…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on November 1, 2012

When your elderly parent or loved one has lost their ability to be independent due to a physical limitation or an illness, outside assistance becomes necessary.  In most cases, family members are unable to provide their loved one with the necessary level of care due to work obligations, personal commitments or physical distance.  When choosing between a local adult day care facility and a Massachusetts in-home care provider, the determining factor will be how the service is able to effectively meet the needs of your loved one. Adult day care is designed to provide care and companionship for seniors who need assistance or supervision during the day.  The staff of caregivers, supervise a variety of activities with their senior clients including crafts, games, gardening, cooking and more.  Adult day care…

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By Larry Levine, 10:00 am on September 26, 2012

There is a certain point when our aging loved ones can no longer make decisions concerning their health and well being independently.  For close friends and family, it can be difficult to watch their health decline and furthermore, to admit that assistance is necessary.  Options for home care in Weston, MA present multiple benefits to overwhelmed family members that may not have the proper tools to assist their loved ones in the transition. If your loved one is beginning to show symptoms of old age such as decreased mobility, the inability to complete household chores or increased memory loss, a caregiver may be the best solution.  Our reliable and experienced caregivers can assist your loved one on an hourly basis, up to four hours a day, to help with any…

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By Larry Levine, 9:00 am on September 26, 2012

The aging process often leaves elderly individuals with several unfamiliar disabilities and challenges.  A spectrum of routine activities once performed with ease now cause disruption in their daily living.  Close friends and family are commonly called upon to assist their loved ones in these instances. What may first begin as part time care for your elderly loved one, can suddenly evolve into more extensive care.  Over time, family caregivers tend to focus only on the care of their elderly loved one and begin to neglect their personal wellbeing.  Symptoms such as depression due to lack of social activity, constant exhaustion, the inability to sleep, and frequent irritability, occur in family caregivers who have become overwhelmed with the hardships of caregiving.  These symptoms, which may not be noticeable initially, can cause…

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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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