The Disturbing Statistics About Dementia and Firearms

Posted on October 13th, by Mark Winter in Dementia, Senior Safety. No Comments

Dementia and firearms are a dangerous combination.

With a heated level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it seems impossible to come to a resolution in the issue of gun control. Yet no matter which side of the issue you are on, there’s one little-spoken-of situation which should cause us all to take pause: the worrying mixture of dementia and firearms.

About 33% of all older adults in the U.S. report owning a gun, and an additional 12% are living in the house of a gun owner. Bearing in mind that approximately 9% of individuals over age 65 have some kind of dementia (and that figure is expected to more than double by the year 2050), it equates to scores of seniors with dementia living with guns. Coupled with erratic states of confusion, aggression, and other difficult behaviors, having … Read More »



4 Key Warning Signs of Senior Depression

Posted on October 6th, by Mark Winter in Depression in Seniors, Senior Health. No Comments

Watch for the signs of senior depression and seek help immediately if noted.

Lots of people go through periods of time when they simply want to be left alone for a bit with their thoughts, to think through situations in their lives without any distractions, or just to experience some downtime. For older adults, however, being isolated for an extended period of time may be indicative of a more serious condition: senior depression.

At Hired Hands Homecare, our caregivers have shared the journey through depression with many seniors, and would like to offer help. The most important first step is to contact the older adult’s doctor as soon as possible if you suspect he or she is struggling with depression. Depression is treatable, and the sooner, the better.

Keep an eye out for these signs of senior depression in your loved … Read More »



Thank You Napa Valley!

Posted on October 1st, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Family Caregivers, Home Care Staff, Napa, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Hot off the Press…  Hired Hands Homecare wins NAPA VALLEY’S FINEST In-Home Healthcare Provider, as reported by the Napa Valley Register.

This award is a huge testament to our absolutely AMAZING Caregivers & Management Team, who provide the highest levels of service and support to the seniors and families we work with!  This honor will be shared and celebrated by ALL the Hired Hands folks that simply take the finest care of our community’s seniors and their families. We could not be more proud!



The Power of Play for Seniors: Why Recess Isn’t Just for Kids

Hired Hands Homecare discusses the power of play for seniors.

Do you remember that feeling as a young child when the school bell rang, indicating the conclusion of science and the start of the best part of the day: recess? There was an immense feeling of freedom bounding out onto the playground, leaving behind the pressure of school work for a quick period of unstructured play. Regrettably, for the majority of adults, this is just a happy but distant memory. Play for seniors isn’t usually something that’s considered by many adults. Nevertheless, is it possible, and even worthwhile, to recapture the enjoyment of playing? 



Refer a Friend – $250 times TWO!

Posted on September 24th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Family Caregivers, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

We’re extremely busy… and are seeking to add outstanding new Caregivers to our Team!  Thus, we’re bringing back our popular “$250 Times Two Referral Bonus” program!

Our Caregivers are like Family!

HIRED HANDS is extremely proud of our diverse, professional care team.  For over 27 years, we have focused steadfastly on being the BEST homecare provider in our Communities.  We are
honored to have many Caregivers that have worked with us for ten, Fifteen, and even TWENTY Years!

 

Growing to Serve our Community.

While we continue to grow, serving our community’s challenges and needs, we are seeking to ADD additional outstanding Caregivers to our Team.  Thus… we’re bringing back our popular $250 Times Two bonus.  That’s right… any current employee who refers a great new Caregiver will get a $250 bonus.  On top of that… the newly referred friend will also get a $250 bonus … Read More »



Could You Be a Helicopter Child?

Hired Hands Homecare provides tips for determining if you’re a helicopter child.

We have all heard about helicopter parents, particularly when a daughter or son leaves for college, but what about a helicopter child? Truth be told, we may be guilty of hovering a bit too closely ourselves. Finding that optimal harmony between caring and overstepping our boundaries is not easy. 



The Dangers of Senior Loneliness – and How to Help

With over 328 million people residing in the U.S. alone, it is hard to believe that senior loneliness would be so prevalent. And yet of the number of older adults living alone, more than 60% of them report being chronically lonely. 



Why We Need to Rethink Aging Well

Hired Hands Homecare provides tips for aging well.

A quick Google search for the word “aging” produces topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” as well as “the cure to aging.” The pessimistic connotations to aging are, regrettably, so embedded in our society that it is estimated that by 2027, the aging care industry will be worth $83.2 billion. While it’s very easy to get caught up in the issues that may be realized in aging well – health concerns, the passing of family and friends, and cognitive issues – what’s getting lost in the shuffle are the remarkable benefits of growing older. 



Honoring Our Dedicated Heroes!

Posted on September 3rd, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Caregivers, Family Caregivers. No Comments

As we head into this Labor Day Weekend,
we are absolutely honored to thank and celebrate
our outstanding team of dedicated and compassionate Caregivers.
These are certainly difficult times for families and our communities.
Day after day, our amazing Caregivers go out of their way
to assure that our clients are safe and well, giving families
great peace of mind and comfort.
Truly, Angels walking amongst us.

Happy Labor Day!
~The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Family



Can Planning for Senior Falls Actually Prevent Them?

Senior falls can have serious consequences, but with a plan, the risk for falls can be greatly reduced.

Senior falls are all too frequent and may have serious outcomes. Taking preventative measures is key, such as examining the house for fall risks like area rugs and various tripping hazards, inadequate lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there is also a new strategy being advised now: creating a fall plan of care, which, when utilized correctly, has been shown to reduce fall-related emergency room visits up to 40%.

So while we absolutely don’t want to plan for a loved one to fall, we are able to be better equipped by helping the person take the following steps:

Stay vigilant – Avoid letting your mind wander and instead maintain your full focus on your surroundings.
Check vision … Read More »






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The Disturbing Statistics About Dementia and Firearms

Dementia and firearms are a dangerous combination.

With a heated level of debate rivaling the Hatfields and McCoys, it seems impossible to come...

4 Key Warning Signs of Senior Depression

Watch for the signs of senior depression and seek help immediately if noted.

Lots of people go through periods of time when they...