home care


At Home Caregivers in Santa Rosa | The Link Between Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on April 11th, by Mark Winter in Dementia, Parkinson's, Senior Exercise, Senior Health. No Comments

Learn the important link between exercise and Parkinson’s disease symptom progression.

The particular results of exercising throughout aging are fantastic; however, for people who have Parkinson’s disease, it could truly be a game-changer in the progression associated with the disease. Several studies are revealing direct links between exercise and Parkinson’s disease, including the largest clinical study up to now, in which patients who exercised at least 2½ hours each week gained a higher total wellbeing compared to those who refrained from physical activity. And that’s only the start.

The onset of Parkinson’s symptoms develops following a loss in the brain cells that make dopamine. Experts think that exercise makes it possible for the brain to revive lost connections, form new ones, and keep maintaining those that continue to be in place. Additional studies show:

Gains were realized in stride length, gait … Read More »



Medication Management Strategies You Can Implement Today to Keep Seniors Safe

Posted on September 14th, by Mark Winter in Aging, Health. No Comments

All of us recognize that medications can save lives, but most of us have heard frightening stories about patients who have received incorrect medication – either as a consequence of an issue with the physician or pharmacy. What many people don’t consider is that there is a concealed hazard even when we get the correct medication — the risk of non-adherence.

Similar to driving down the wrong side of the road, incorrect medication management is dangerous. In fact, it is more so — as many as 125,000 people die every year due to prescription medication non-adherence, double the number who die in auto accidents. Although many people might think they are following the rules when it comes to their medications, medication adherence mistakes arise frequently. These mistakes include:

Failure to fill or refill a prescribed drug
Missing one or multiple dosages
Taking the wrong … Read More »



Thank You Zufan!

Sonoma’s September Employee of the Month

Our latest Employee of the Month is Zufan Almedom! Zufan began working for Hired Hands Homecare in December of 2015. Zufan brings to the table years of CNA experience, a positive attitude and a willingness to jump in and help when needed. Thanks Zufan!!

“I called the house to check in and spoke with Katherine. She told me Zufan has been great with her husband and she asked that we send Zufan back to cover nights whenever she can. She’s really proactive!”

 During our conversation, Becky told me that Zufan and the staff have been doing a wonderful job and Becky is glad we have her on their weekly team!

 I called Sharon to check in, introduce myself and see how Zufan had done today. Sharon told me, “Zufan was wonderful! She helped Lee with a bed … Read More »



Should I Stay or Should I Go? Determining if Home Care Is an Option.

Posted on October 10th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, North Bay Home Care, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

We face a number of critical crossroads in life, in which our decisions will have a long-reaching impact. Our career. Whether (and whom) to marry. Whether to have children. And once we’ve reached senior status, another major decision looms: should we consider a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home to ensure we have the care needed throughout the aging process, or is home care in California an option?

As with any crucial decision, it’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each choice. Hired Hands Homecare wants to help seniors and their families more clearly understand both options, in order to make the decision with which they’ll be most comfortable.

If you’re in the beginning stages of considering a move for your senior loved one, these questions are important to consider:

Is cost a factor? The U.S. Department … Read More »



Home Care vs. Assisted Living: Which Option is Right for Your Senior Loved One?

Posted on October 5th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, Senior Health. No Comments

Home is where the heart is, and so many seniors’ hearts are set on remaining at home throughout aging, instead of making a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home – close to 90% of them, according to research done by AARP. And who can blame them? The comfort of familiar surroundings, the independence to come and go as you please, the freedom to prepare the meals you want when you want them are all priceless commodities.

But although it sounds like the perfect plan for aging, there are some real concerns to be thought through as well:

Will the senior be safe?
How will he or she get around when driving, or even walking, becomes difficult?
What happens if the senior becomes ill or injured and no one’s nearby to help?

Thankfully, it’s now easier than ever for older adults to stay … Read More »



When You’re in NY and They’re in Napa: Home Care Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted on May 10th, by Mark Winter in Caregivers, Napa Home Care Planning. No Comments

Living far away from senior loved ones in Napa can make home care needs easier to overlook. In fact, many adult children of aging parents don’t realize that Mom and Dad need help until they come home for a visit or spend extended time together during the holidays. If you’re a family caregiver who lives at a distance from your older loved one, it becomes that much more important to have a plan in place for emergencies and care.

The Napa home care experts at Hired Hands Homecare have put together these helpful tips to assist in this endeavor.

Plan Ahead

When you can’t just drive across town to help out, it’s important to have family discussions about the “What Ifs” that could arise with your loved ones, including:

Living situation preferences depending on severity and who is involved—play out some scenarios for … 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. 23 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 »



A Nursing Home May NOT Be Best for Your Senior Loved One. Check Out These Alternatives!

Posted on January 12th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

Most California seniors wholeheartedly agree: there’s no place like home as they age, and the thought of a potential need to move into a nursing home is a frightening one. But for concerned family members who notice a decline in their senior loved ones’ health, mobility, and abilities to perform the daily tasks of living, a nursing home or assisted living facility may seem inevitable.

Hired Hands Homecare, however, wants to offer some hope and encouragement to seniors and their families, through the option of professional in-home care. With varying levels of care, many seniors are able to remain safe and independent in the comfort of home throughout the process of aging. Here are four types of care that can be provided right at home:

Private Duty Home Care: Private duty home care services include companionship, housekeeping, transportation, personal care, dementia care, respite … Read More »