Choosing Home Care


Hired Hands Homecare: 10 Winning Arguments for Care at Home

Posted on November 15th, by Mark Winter in Benefits of Home Care, Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

It’s a well-known fact: the vast majority of seniors dream of aging in place over an eventual move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Who wouldn’t want to remain in the comfort of their own home throughout aging? Aging at home allows seniors an unparalleled sense of safety and security, in the home and community that are familiar. In order for this dream to become a reality, however, additional assistance at home might become necessary. Professional home care agencies, like Hired Hands Homecare, provide affordable solutions.

Here are 10 ways that home care truly makes a difference in a senior’s life:

Generally, in-home care leads to a higher satisfaction with life.
Professional home care allows dignity, independence and comfort for a senior.
Home care promotes healing. Studies have shown that patients heal more quickly at home versus in a hospital or nursing … Read More »



5 Tips to Facilitate a Home Care Discussion with Seniors

Posted on January 26th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Homecare, Napa Home Care Planning. 38 comments

Once you’ve determined that in-home care is the best option to keep your senior loved one safe, healthy and socially engaged, you may run into a stumbling block when it’s time to bring your loved one fully on board with the idea. Many seniors balk at the thought of bringing a “stranger” into the home, or in having their routines disrupted.

At Hired Hands Homecare, we understand the trepidation that can occur when the idea of bringing a caregiver into the home is introduced, and are empathetic to seniors’ valid concerns. Following are five tips from the Family Caregiver Alliance that can help minimize objections to in-home care:

Begin slowly – and early. Don’t wait until the care need reaches the emergency crisis stage. As soon as you begin to notice small changes in your senior loved one’s daily living abilities, gradually … Read More »



Tips from Hired Hands Homecare: Is Home Care the Best Option for Your Loved One?

Posted on October 21st, by Mark Winter in Homecare, Napa Home Care Planning. 11 comments

Have you started the process of looking for home care services for yourself or a loved one? At Hired Hands Homecare, we know this is an important process. Finding quality care and knowing what level of care you or your loved needs can be overwhelming. We are here to help! We have broken down some of the main functions and ability levels that we take into account when recommending either part-time or full-time home care.

Minimal to Minor Care at Home:

Emergency Responsiveness: The individual is able to negotiate stairs, call for assistance or respond appropriately to someone helping him or her during an emergency.
Mobility: The individual is able to walk and transfer himself or herself from a bed or chair independently with infrequent falling.
Activities of Daily Living (bathing, dressing, feeding, etc.): The individual is able to accomplish most activities with little … Read More »



Planning for Caregiving Support: How To Get Started

Posted on October 14th, by Mark Winter in Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

When is the right time to start thinking about future care? Though this thought may not be at the top of your to-do list, the answer is right now! The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2050, 21.5% of the United States population will be over 65. By the year 2025, $260 billion will be spent on long-term care for the elderly (up from $102 billion in 2000). Many people are unaware that Medicare does not cover most long-term care services. Planning ahead allows greater dignity, control, and independence over how future needs are met.

This type of planning starts with looking into what the cost will be if care is needed from in-home assistance to nursing home or assisted living care. Also, talking with a spouse, adult children, friends, and siblings about whether they would want to or be able … Read More »






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