Family Caregivers


For Better or Worse: Providing Care for an Aging Parent Without Sacrificing Your Marriage

Providing care for an aging parent can either strengthen or strain your marriage.

In marriage we agree to stick with each other for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness as well as in health – but what doesn’t come up through our vows to one another is how to deal with the mounting difficulties of providing care for an aging parent. 

However, with our life span increasing, it is highly recommended to put together a strategy to meet both the requirements of our parents as they grow older, and also the multitude of day-to-day needs, all while honoring our cherished relationship with a spouse. It’s a struggle that’s creating stress and pressure for 80% of couples interviewed, resulting in detachment and much less quality time with each other. These particular areas in a married relationship … Read More »



A Humble and Sincere Thanks!

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

As we embark on Thanksgiving,
we would like to extend an enormous and heart felt
THANK YOU to all our our outstanding employees.
Without their tireless dedication and compassion,
we would not be able to function as pillars of 
support in the communities that we serve.

It is an absolute honor to work side by side
with so many absolutely amazing individuals.
To you, and what we accomplish together.
we give great thanks!

~The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE Team



Fall Prevention for Seniors Begins with Pre-Planning

Fall prevention for seniors is most effective when handled proactively.

Falls among older people are all too frequent and may have serious outcomes. Taking protective measures is key in effective fall prevention for seniors, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like area rugs or other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and a lack of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there is a new strategy being strongly recommended now: making 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 do not want to plan for a senior loved one to fall, we are able to be better equipped by helping the person take the following actions:

Remain vigilant – Avoid letting your brain wander and instead keep your full focus … 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!



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 »



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




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 »



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 home care in Napa, CA and the surrounding areas, has tips to help.



Caring for Elderly Parents: What to Do When Siblings Avoid Helping

It’s not unusual for some siblings to avoid helping to care for elderly parents.

If you are responsible for most of the care for elderly parents while your siblings distance themselves from helping, you are not alone. In fact, 50% of all family caregivers are caring for an aging loved one alone, based on a recently available report from AARP.

Understanding why this situation is so typical – and learning what can you do to safeguard your own personal health, which can easily be impacted by providing care for a senior loved one on your own – is critical. Our aging care experts have the answers.

Family members do not recognize there is a need for assistance. It may very well be that from the outside looking in, you have everything covered and running smoothly, and are not in … Read More »



Caregiver Depression: Could You Be Experiencing Burnout?

Posted on April 14th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Support Tip, Caregivers, Family Caregivers, Respite Care. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare, provider of senior care in Novato, CA and nearby areas, provides tips for avoiding caregiver depression.

There’s no question that it’s a wonderful honor to care for family we love. Family caregivers encounter a closeness and connection with those in their care that very often far outweighs the difficulties. Yet there are difficulties. A continuous to-do list to ensure the senior loved one you are providing care for is as happy and healthy as possible. Household duties and errands to run. Work responsibilities. The requirements of other relatives and friends. And don’t overlook self-care. The end result is an often an overwhelming quantity of stress, that if left unchecked, can easily transform into caregiver depression, which can appear in any or all of the following ways:

Thoughts of frustration, unhappiness, despair, anxiety
Trouble with falling or remaining … Read More »






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