Beat the Heat! Important Considerations for Seniors and Caregivers
In the Bay Area, they’re forecasting TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT for the upcoming Holiday Weekend!
We all suffer in hot weather. However, for elderly and disabled people and those with chronic health conditions such as vascular disease or diabetes, the weather does not have to hit 100 degrees to cause heat stress or even deadly heat stroke.
As we age, we gradually lose the ability to perspire and regulate our body temperature. This is why older people tend to overdress — they don’t feel heat the same way anymore. Heart rates do not speed up-or return to normal-as fast during exercise. Older skin also thins and offers less protection from the sun. Poor circulation, heart, lung and kidney diseases, and high blood pressure increase the risk for heat-related illness. Being overweight or underweight also increases risk.
Medications taken for a variety of diseases … Read More »
MS Care Should Be Whole-Person Care. Here’s How Hired Hands Homecare Can Help.
For many individuals, living with multiple sclerosis is more comfortable with some degree of assistance for daily activities of living. Several hours a day of practical, hands-on assistance from a professional caregiver who has been trained in MS care can allow the person with MS to reserve energy and reduce feelings of fatigue. At Hired Hands Homecare in California, we believe that nourishing a person’s mind, body and spirit is crucial to help those with MS remain motivated and enabled. Here are just a few ways we can help.
MIND – Professional caregivers can help those with MS understand their symptoms and how to best adjust their lifestyle to improve quality of life. For example, they can help set up a daily routine, stressing the need to limit activities and take regular periods of rest to avoid fatigue and symptom exacerbations.
BODY … Read More »
What it’s All About…
The Holidays can be an especially difficult time for families. It is also a time that our Team can band together, and do some of our most important work. Below is a letter we just received, that truly honors the importance of not only What we do, but How we go upon it.
December 7, 2016
Staff at Hired Hands Homecare
10 Commercial BLVD, Ste 102
Novato, CA 94949
Dear Friends at Hired Hands,
Thank you so much for honoring the life of Rody with the planting of a tree in his name. That is a lovely way to be remembered, and will be appreciated by our family.
Each day I think of the fine people who were involved in Rody’s care. I think of the consistent and constant arrivals with a smile and a good morning … Read More »
Know the Difference Between Asthma & COPD? Our Marin, CA Home Care Agency Can Help.
Chronic coughing. Shortness of breath. Wheezing. Think it might be an asthma attack? Before reaching for the inhaler or those over-the-counter cough drops, however, it might be time to consider if another culprit – COPD – could be a factor. As many as 12 million Americans are currently living with COPD (and another 12 million who are likely to have the disease but have not been diagnosed), so it’s important to figure out the real cause behind the cough.
Here are some of the major differences between asthma and COPD:
Environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, dust, and pet hair can trigger asthmatic symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath.
Usually displays in patients in childhood, often by age 5.
Thought to be caused by genetics.
Environmental triggers can exacerbate symptoms like coughing and difficulty breathing, but these symptoms are often present in a milder … Read More »
Marin Senior Information Fair 2016
Looking Great and Having Fun! A great pic of Kirsten and Chris (AKA the King and Queen of Hearts!) representing at today’s Marin Senior Information Fair.
This year’s theme was “Thru the Looking Glass”, and the King and Queen of Hearts enjoyed holding court with all our community partners, providing great information and entertainment for Seniors and their families! Yes, it really does take a village!
And, an interesting fact to note… This was our TWENTY-SECOND consecutive Marin Senior Info Fair! So very nice to see so many familiar faces, and to get out in front of the community we’re so proud to serve!
Join the Best Caregiving Team in our Community!
Become a Registered Home Care Aide In one of the fastest growing, most rewarding, industries in America.
Hired Hands Homecare is hiring for Full Time, Part Time, Overnight, and Weekend positions in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and the Tri-Valley Areas.
Hired Hands Homecare is a family owned and operated California Licensed Home Care Organization that is celebrating our 22nd year serving Bay Area families! We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, and are looking for motivated individuals to join our dedicated Team, and help us improve the quality of life for our clients. “Team:” is a word we take very seriously in our company. No role is too small and everyone plays a crucial part when it comes to taking care of our seniors. Our Management Team works very closely with our Caregivers and clients’ families to assure the highest levels of Care and Customer … Read More »
Open Your Eyes to These 3 Diabetes-Related Vision Impairments
Our eyes are our windows to the world, but we often don’t see just how vital our vision is until it becomes compromised. Diabetes can affect almost all parts of the body, quite literally from head to toe, and diabetics are at an increased risk for both blindness and other minor vision impairments.
If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, keep an eye out for these top eye conditions that may affect diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association:
Glaucoma: Since diabetics are at a 40% higher risk of contracting glaucoma, it’s imperative to be screened regularly. The risk also increases with age and with the length of time a person has had diabetes. There are medications available to reduce pressure in the eye, and surgical options as well.
Cataracts: As with glaucoma, the risk of cataracts is more common … Read More »
Maria’s Dedication to Marin Seniors since 2006!
Hired Hands Homecare – Marin is proud to award Maria C. our outstanding Caregiver of the Month for March 2015!
Maria has been a dedicated Hired Hands employee since 2006. Her devotion to her clients is her number 1 priority. Maria is an excellent communicator when it comes to keeping Hired Hands management aware of her clients various needs and change in condition. We want to congratulate Maria for doing an amazing job everyday and especially for being such a star!!
Maria – we tip our hat to you. Thanks so much for ALL you do!
The Hired Hands Homecare Marin Team
Hired Hands Helping Others
Every day, hundreds of people throughout the Bay Area go hungry. This Holiday Season, we reached out to those around us, accepting gracious donations toward local Food Banks. After all, every little bit helps!
In Marin, our office connected with the SF/Marin Food Bank. More information can be found at www.sfmfoodbank.org. In Napa, our partner was the Napa Valley Food Bank. In Sonoma, we joined with the Redwood Empire Food Bank (www.refb.org). In the Pleasanton/Tri-Valley area, we worked with Open Heart Kitchen (www.OpenHeartKitchen.org).
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to all of the amazing folks that were so generous in their contributions! Our collective donations far exceeded our expectations, and we’re proud to reach out and help others in our communities!
Much Thanks and Happy New Year!
The Hired Hands Homecare Team
Here’s to Lucky 7! Gooooooo GIANTS!