Thank you to our community for nominating and voting HIRED HANDS Team Napa
as the 2018 Best Home Healthcare Provider for Napa County.
This is a huge complement to our Management Team and Outstanding Caregivers who share this honor!
What a beautiful morning in Napa, and the Bay Area! While we need the water, may the Heaven’s take a break, give us more blue sky, and let Spring do its thing!
Here’s a quick reminder that Saturday night, we adjust our clocks and SPRING FORWARD one hour! May the days get longer!
Have a wonderful weekend!
The Hired Hands Team
From our humble beginnings in Mill Valley, to our current four offices, working with hundreds of amazing people every week,
Over the last 24 years Hired Hands Homecare has touched the lives of many…
Our utterly amazing and dedicated Caregivers,
Our precious Clients and their Families,
Our outstanding Internal Management Team / Family,
& Our all of our trusted Community Partners.
It is our utmost honor & privilege! THANK YOU for an amazing journey… and here’s to another 24 more!
Lynn, Erin & Mark Winter
Hand it to the health care industry to come up with yet another couple of acronyms to add to their extensive list – ADLs and IADLs. These are prevalent terms in the healthcare field used to describe the routine self-care activities that an individual engages in on a regular basis to stay independent and healthy. It is also common for these acronyms to appear in conversations if you are looking for in-home care options for an older person, or if you are researching the cost of long-term senior care for yourself or someone you know.
The most wonderful thing about human beings is that every one of them is altogether unique, and that doesn’t change simply because of age. As we get older, we stay the unique and intricate individuals that we have been our whole lives. Assuming that all seniors will act the same and require the same things is a cookie cutter approach that just will not work for seniors or those who take care of them. Providing care to older individuals necessitates an innovative and careful approach that permits the caregiver to determine just who an older adult is and what his or her specific needs are to determine the best plan of care to keep the individual healthy and well at home.
In the Bay Area, they’re forecasting TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT for the upcoming Holiday Weekend!
We all suffer in hot weather. However, for elderly and disabled people and those with chronic health conditions such as vascular disease or diabetes, the weather does not have to hit 100 degrees to cause heat stress or even deadly heat stroke.
As we age, we gradually lose the ability to perspire and regulate our body temperature. This is why older people tend to overdress — they don’t feel heat the same way anymore. Heart rates do not speed up-or return to normal-as fast during exercise. Older skin also thins and offers less protection from the sun. Poor circulation, heart, lung and kidney diseases, and high blood pressure increase the risk for heat-related illness. Being overweight or underweight also increases risk.
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According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as many as 80% of those diagnosed with MS struggle with multiple sclerosis fatigue. And on warmer days, MS-related fatigue can be even worse, aggravated by heat and humidity. The encouraging news, however, is that there are steps that can be taken to combat multiple sclerosis fatigue and increase energy levels. Try these tips:
Try to get the most nutritional benefit from meals at breakfast and lunchtime.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Focus on whole foods like fruits and vegetables, and stay away from simple carbohydrates.
Foods high in iron, such as fish, eggs, fortified cereals and beans, can help fight fatigue.
Implement and stick to a routine exercise program.
Avoid the heat, try a cooling vest, and limit activities during hotter weather or do activities that cool the body, such as swimming.
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Here is Linda!
Linda Gasaway has been chosen as the Employee of the month for September.
She has been with Hired Hands Homecare a little over 3 years. Linda has been a rock star go-to caregiver for those hard to staff 3 hour shifts.
We can always rely on Linda to show up and do an outstanding job. Her clients love her and have only high praise feedback about her job performance.
Caught in ACTION!
I popped into Vintage Sonoma unannounced to do a visit with Julie Slaton’s client. Upon arrival they were in the lobby enjoying popcorn and having a great conversation. Julie was dressed in her Hired Hands Scrub and Badge. She interacted with the staff and client with great professionalism!
The Staff at Vintage Sonoma appreciate Julie’s attentiveness and professional appearance. She is always on time and keeps her client entertained and calm while in the lobby with other residents. They brought us on board to assist client for safety because she has tried multiple times to leave the building. Julie has been successful at keeping client in the building and participating in facility activities.
Julie, THANKS for Shining like a Star!
Melissa W, Homecare Manager
Linda Shaver was chosen for employee of the month of April. Linda is a perfect example of dedicated caregiver. She takes care of a client that be challenging at times, but she still goes above and beyond. Linda never says no when we need her to cover extra shifts with her client, she’s even willing run over in the evenings to check on him or give him dinner. Linda always has her clients best interested at heart, and it shows as the client only wants her. Linda is always willing to help when needed.