Protecting Seniors Against Elder Abuse

Watch for these warning signs to protect seniors against elder abuse.

As the seniors in your life become older and lose some of their physical and/or mental abilities, they become more susceptible to elder abuse and less equipped to protect themselves. Elder abuse is real and can have a traumatizing effect on the seniors in your life. It’s important that to protect seniors against elder abuse, including physical, emotional, financial, or sexual abuse, you know the proper precautions to take and are aware of the key warning signs. 

The best way to help prevent elder abuse is to visit and call the seniors in your life often. The more you can see a senior loved one in person or hear their voice, the more you will be able to notice changes in or on their body and in … Read More »



Honored to be Amongst Napa’s Finest!

Posted on July 16th, by Mark Winter in OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare is excited to announce we have been nominated as NAPA’S FINEST, in the category of Homecare/Home Health in the Napa Valley Register!  This nomination is a huge testament to our amazing Caregivers, and the highest quality of service and support that our Team provides to the families of Napa county!

The nomination is honor, but its also a contest to be the Very Best, and we need your vote!  Please visit the Napa Valley Register, AND you can also text 506 to 707-289-5522.  Every vote counts, and you can vote everyday now through 8/1.  Let’s pack that ballot box, and crown Hired Hands Homecare – Napa as the BEST in the land!

 



Hired Hands Homecare Honored to Win Readers’ Choice!

Posted on July 16th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Wow, what an amazing honor!  For the THIRD time, the fine folks of Pleasanton, Livermore & the Tri-Valley have bestowed Hired Hands Homecare as the community’s BEST Home Healthcare in the Pleasanton Weekly!  As they so eloquently put it…  “Readers’ Choice winners yet again, Hired Hands Homecare provides senior care assistance to help locals maintain their independence as they age — and the clear communication and genuine care provided by Hired Hands obviously resonates with clients.”  We could not agree more!

This wonderful award goes to our entire team of phenomenal Caregivers!  It is their tireless dedication, compassion, and professionalism that truly set us apart, and allow us to WOW the seniors and families that we serve!  Our Caregivers truly Exceed Expectations, providing senior care Pleasanton families deserve!

Erin, Kristine, and the entire Hired Hands Homecare Team Pleasanton will wear this badge … Read More »



Ian is AWESOME!

Posted on July 16th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Today we have the pleasure of honoring Mr. Ian B as our Caregiver of the Month!  We have had the pleasure of working with Ian since 2018.  Ian joined the Napa team coming over from the Marin Team in March of this year and has been such an amazing caregiver to Mr. Jackson and Mr. Williams, his two regular Clients.

Ian is such a pleasure to work with!  Clients having nothing but the best to say about him and the care he provides.  He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, encouraging, insightful, a great communicator and always willing to help with such a humble demeanor.  Ian is definitely one of those caregivers we feel honored to work with and excited to see his future unfold as he continues his journey to help more people someday as an RN!

Ian, please know that all of us … Read More »



Is It Possible to Juggle Work and Caregiving?

Trying to juggle work and caregiving can have a negative impact on everyone involved.

In the modern world, it is often difficult enough to maintain a work-life balance, but that is made nearly impossible when it comes to attempting to juggle work and caregiving. Up to 25% of employed adults are providing some level of care for aging parents or family members. How do you work a full-time job when a loved one needs care around the clock? Oftentimes, it simply is not possible. Hired Hands Homecare, providing senior care in Sonoma, CA and the surrounding area, has tips to help.



The Importance of Aging with Dignity for Older Adults

Aging with dignity is important for an older adult’s self-esteem.

It is quite easy to get swept up in the daily tasks of caregiving for a senior you love. There’s so much to be done, and sometimes it’s just easier and a lot more efficient to do it all on your own, letting the senior relax. After all, our elders have taken care of things for a lifetime; haven’t they earned a break? 

The truth however, is that aging with dignity is incredibly necessary to our wellbeing, something that comes from having a sense of purpose and meaning in life. And even though ensuring safety is, without a doubt, our primary concern, there are ways to empower a senior loved one in your care to remain in control whenever possible. For instance:  

Work together on projects. While standing … Read More »



Polypharmacy in Older Adults: Evaluating Risks and De-prescribing

Evaluate the risks of polypharmacy in older adults and keep seniors safer.

More than one out of every three 60-year-olds is currently taking five or more prescription medications, so it’s no wonder that problems occur from overmedication. Polypharmacy in older adults is defined as “…when an adverse drug effect is misinterpreted as a new medical problem – leading to the prescribing of more medication to treat the initial drug-induced symptom,” and can cause a number of additional health risks or worsen existing health conditions. 

It’s a good idea for older adults and their caregivers to work together on a plan of de-prescribing. These tips can help:

Compile a list of all medications the senior is taking, including prescription meds, over-the-counter meds, and vitamins/herbal supplements, and share with the senior’s physician and pharmacist.
Request an evaluation of the medications themselves as … Read More »



Honoring Kimberly!

We are ecstatic to announce and honor Ms. Kimberly McP as our June Caregiver of the Month!

Kimberly is such an amazing, caring, & kind person.  Her heart is full of love, and she brings a cheerful smile to every client she cares for.  The lucky folks that have had the opportunity to work with her are always made to feel special.

How special you ask?  Our client Nancy comments “we are absolutely blessed to have Kimberly as part of our lives.”  WOW!

We are beyond grateful to work together with Kimberly, and very much appreciate the person and professional that she is!  The Clients of Hired Hands Homecare – Team Napa could not be more lucky!



Tips to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

Learn about where to dispose of unused medications safely.

With many older adults taking multiple prescriptions, and with physicians adding and changing dosages and medications to determine the ideal solutions, it’s essential to know where to safely dispose of unused medications. There are several options:

Check labels. The medication’s label or informational literature might provide instructions on how to properly dispose of the drug. You could also consult the pharmacist for suggestions.
Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This is the suggested method to properly dispose of unwanted medications, and is held once a year in locations across the country by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Discover the location closest to you as well as the next date for the event here. 
Exercise caution before flushing medication down the toilet. Flushing medications down the toilet … Read More »



Lilia is such a Superstar!

Please join us in congratulating Lilia for being our Caregiver of the Month for May!

Lilia has been with Hired Hands Homecare for over 4 years and has really been there when we needed her!   She is soft spoken, calm and sweet with a wide variety of skills.  Her flexibility and the ability to go with the flow is often called upon, and she absolutely delivers!  Most importantly, our Clients and the families Lilia works with all give her high accolades, and glowing reviews of her ability to anticipate their particular needs.

Lilia – THANKS for being You, and doing all you do!
~ The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE family






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Protecting Seniors Against Elder Abuse

Watch for these warning signs to protect seniors against elder abuse.

As the seniors in your life become older and lose some...

Honored to be Amongst Napa’s Finest!

Hired Hands Homecare is excited to announce we have been nominated as NAPA’S FINEST, in the category of Homecare/Home Health in the Napa Valley...

Hired Hands Homecare Honored to Win Readers’ Choice!

Wow, what an amazing honor!  For the THIRD time, the fine folks of Pleasanton, Livermore & the Tri-Valley have bestowed Hired Hands Homecare as...