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What Is Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery and Is It Right for Someone I Love?

Learn about Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery to see if it might be helpful for someone you love.

For individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, the challenges of managing balance, mobility, and overall movement can be profound. As the disease progresses, these difficulties may increase, leading many to assume that less physical activity might be beneficial. However, this assumption is counter to what medical experts and extensive research suggest. In fact, increasing physical activity is strongly encouraged because of its numerous documented benefits in managing Parkinson’s symptoms. In fact, it’s believed to be on par with the adherence to prescribed medications for its role in effective disease management.



Navigating the Unique Challenges of Older Adults in the LGBTQ+ Community

Older adults in the LGBTQ+ community face a number of hurdles that we all need to understand.

When it comes to growing older, the experiences of seniors are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow. Within this spectrum, older adults in the LGBTQ+ community often face unique challenges that warrant our attention and understanding. As a leading home care provider in Novato and the surrounding areas, we know that fostering inclusivity is crucial for providing support to all members of our community. It begins by understanding some of the hurdles specific to the LGBTQ+ population that need to be overcome.

Isolation and Social Stigma:

One of the key challenges confronting LGBTQ+ seniors is the potential for isolation and the enduring social stigma that has persisted throughout their lives. Many individuals from this community grew up in an … Read More »



Watch for These Early Signs of Mobility Problems in Older Adults

All family caregivers need to know the early signs of mobility problems in older adults in order to prevent falls or other serious injuries.

Benjamin Franklin certainly had it right: An ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. When it comes to noticing and addressing the early signs of mobility problems in older adults, prevention is a must. Falls in seniors lead to 3 million emergency room visits, 300,000 hip fractures, and 32,000 deaths every year, according to research by the CDC.

Preempt a tragedy by keeping an eye out for these warning signs of increasing mobility issues in older loved ones:

Experiencing dizziness. Dizziness and issues with balance can develop from a variety of contributing factors that ultimately cause problems with mobility. It’s important to discover why these issues are taking place and address them … Read More »



The Final Stage of Alzheimer’s: What to Expect

Being prepared for the final stage of Alzheimer’s is key to continuing to help make life as meaningful as possible for someone you love.

The journey through Alzheimer’s disease can be compared to navigating a winding road that spans years, riddled with intermittent stops, starts, unexpected twists, and a plethora of unknowns. As the dedicated caregiver for an individual grappling with dementia, having foresight about what to expect around the next bend is paramount. This knowledge empowers you to not only be well-prepared but also to administer the most fitting and compassionate level of care in the final stage of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s, being a highly individualized experience, manifests uniquely in each person. Yet there are certain commonalities at every stage of the disease. When an individual transitions into the last stage, discernible challenges emerge, including struggles with eating … Read More »



What It’s All About!

Posted on July 21st, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Caregivers, Home Care Staff, Homecare, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

The team at Hired Hands Homecare is thrilled to honor Charles as our latest Caregiver of the month!

Charles has been an outstanding caregiver since he started with us back in 2020 and we are so grateful that he is part of the Hired Hands Team in Napa! Every client that Charles has cared for has nothing but positive feelings towards Charles and the care he provides comes straight from the heart!

Charles enjoys helping others and whenever we share positive feedback from his clients regarding the care he provides, he always says “This is why I do this.  To be able to touch people’s lives and make a difference is what it is all about.”

Charles always creates professional and positive connections with his clients.  Recently, Charles helped a client come out of a state of depression and has really helped to … Read More »



So Great to See Everyone!

Posted on May 11th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Homecare, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

WOW!  Thanks to everyone who took important time out of their day to join us for our super fun Caregiver Appreciate Brunch yesterday in Santa Rosa!
We had such a great turnout, and it was wonderful to get to spend time with our amazing Caregivers both old and new!  Extra Kudos to those who brought our Clients to join in the festivities!

Can’t wait for the next one – hope you can join us then!

 



Are the Older Adults You Love Missing Out on These Life-Changing Adaptive Tools?

As many as half of all seniors living at home are not utilizing life-changing adaptive tools.

Consider the many tools you make use of each day – your phone, toothbrush, hairbrush – simple items, but ones you can’t imagine living without. For many seniors, there are basic but life-changing adaptive tools available that could mean the difference between living at home and facing a move to assisted living. Yet almost 50% of seniors living at home are not utilizing these helpful tools – even though costs are minimal.

A recent National Health and Aging Trends Study assessed the ability of older adults to execute tasks such as rising unassisted from a sitting position and walking, and discovered that a large number of the participants could benefit from assistive devices.

Not only that, but the likelihood of older adult … Read More »



Learn How to Ease Caregiver Stress by Trading Worries for Positive Action

“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” – Abraham Hicks

Discover how to ease caregiver stress in three simple steps.

Worrying can quickly become a way of life for family caregivers. Between age-related concerns, chronic health conditions, and trying to balance a plethora of other commitments, it’s no wonder that anxious thoughts tend to overtake positive, peace-inducing ones, making it difficult to know just how to ease caregiver stress.

How Can You Alleviate Caregiver Worries?

It is possible, however, to take the energy you’re exerting for worry and changing it into productivity. These three simple steps are a great place to start:

To start, write it all down. Worrisome, anxious thoughts have a tendency to swirl haphazardly through our minds. If you write down your thoughts, it corrals them into manageable chunks, while giving … Read More »



Congratulations Amelie! Here’s Looking Forward to Each Day!

Posted on January 6th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, OUR Caregivers. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare is proud to honor Amelie as our most recent Caregiver of the Month!

Amelie is a real delight and such a kind soul.  She was brand new to the Senior Care profession, and has now been with Hired Hands for about nine months. Her older sister Azure referred her to us, knowing that she had the compassion and reliability to make an excellent Caregiver.  In her relatively short time with us, she has learned quite a lot, and continues to grow with us. While this may be her first “real job”, you would not know it, as she is regularly punctual, reliable, responsible and a great communicator.

Our clients love Amelie because she is a great companion and allows our clients to maintain their dignity and independence while residing in their private homes.  Safe and happy at home is … Read More »



Juliet is Such a Pleasure to Work With!

Posted on October 27th, by Mark Winter in Homecare, OUR Caregivers, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare is excited to celebrate and honor Juliet K. as our most recent Caregiver of the Month!

Juliet is a student working towards her Nursing degree while also working full time for Hired Hands. Hard worker is an understatement!  She is a beam of happiness wherever she goes. Juliet shows up for work with a smile on her face and accepts any challenge given to her with grace.  We were excited that her friend Monica referred her to work with us.  She is going on her 6th month with us and although she is a newer addition to our team…  if feels like she has worked with us for years.

Hey Juliet… what do you have to say?  “Hired hands is more than just a job to me because they are family oriented in that both clients’ and caregivers’ needs … Read More »






Contact Us to Learn More!

Want to find out more about our senior care in California and how it can improve safety, comfort, and independence at home? Contact us at (866) 940-4343 to request a free in-home consultation to learn more about our customized care solutions in Novato, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, and the surrounding areas.


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What Is Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery and Is It Right for Someone I Love?

Learn about Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery to see if it might be helpful for someone you love.

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