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 »
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 »
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!
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 »
“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” – Abraham Hicks
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 »
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 »
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 »
Although dementia takes center stage in diagnoses for older individuals who are struggling with confusion, memory lapses, and disorientation, there’s another condition that is also common, producing similar symptoms, and most importantly, can be cured: delirium. In fact, as many as ¾ of older adults experience delirium after a surgical procedure or infection, and proper diagnosis is crucial to ensure proper treatment. So how can you tell if it’s delirium or dementia impacting someone you love?
One of the biggest differentiators in delirium is that it arises quite suddenly. It also has a tendency to cause symptoms that come and go throughout the day, as opposed to dementia’s slow, steady, ongoing, and rather predictable progression. For example, a person with delirium may struggle … Read More »
We are VERY PROUD to share that we have once again been nominated and chosen as the winner
of the Pleasanton Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Award for the BEST HOMECARE COMPANY in the Tri-Valley area! Reader’s, Clients, Families, and our Caregivers took it upon themselves to vote and bestow this honor on us. Of course, to us, it is a testament to our constant focus on delivering the highest levels of care, service and support to those whom we serve and have the privilege to work with.
We’re honored to have won this award FOUR years in a row…
but this one is super special, and is dedicated to Erin!
This award was really special to her,
so its only fitting that we raise a glass up to her today!
~ She is sorely missed, but her legacy lives … Read More »
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hired Hands’ Vice President, Erin Winter, who suddenly passed away of natural causes at her home on May 9, 2022.
Born in Milwaukee WI, Erin grew up in Virginia, North Carolina, St. Louis MO, & Los Angeles CA, before moving to Tiburon CA, where she graduated from Redwood High School in 1992. She found quick success in the real estate industry before joining her mother Lynn and brother Mark in their thriving family business Hired Hands Inc. It was here where she truly prospered, bringing light, commitment, and compassion to every day.
In 2013, Erin expanded Hired Hands operations by opening an office in Pleasanton and moving to Livermore to be with her long-time partner Tim. It was here where she greatly enjoyed the ranch … Read More »