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Showing the Love to Loata!

Posted on September 23rd, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, OUR Caregivers, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

Hired Hands Homecare is proud to celebrate Loata as our most recent Caregiver of the Month!  We have had the honor of working with her since January of 2020, and this is actually the SECOND time she has received this important award.

Loata is extremely committed to senior care, and is an important member of our Live-in Team, providing compassionate care on a 24 hour basis.  Our client often note that she is soft spoken, extremely gentle and caring.   Our Management Team finds her consistently reliable, dependable, and always willing to assist in a pinch.   Even on some of our most challenging cases… Loata is steady, confident, and solid as a rock!

Her most recent client Helen adores her so much that she often writes us hand written Thank You notes showing her appreciation that Loata has come into her life.   She … Read More »



Saluting Our Heroes – Happy Caregiver Appreciation Day!

Posted on February 18th, by Mark Winter in Caregiver Careers, Caregivers, Homecare, OUR Caregivers, Sonoma Elder Care. No Comments

Today, we whole heartedly honor and celebrate the outstanding Caregivers of HIRED HANDS HOMECARE, and all the Caregivers who give so much to keep our loved ones safe, healthy, and content. Every day, they make such an important impact in our communities, and the families we serve.

Happy CAREGIVER APPRECIATION DAY
from the Hired Hands Homecare family!



Lilia is such a Superstar!

Please join us in congratulating Lilia for being our Caregiver of the Month for May!

Lilia has been with Hired Hands Homecare for over 4 years and has really been there when we needed her!   She is soft spoken, calm and sweet with a wide variety of skills.  Her flexibility and the ability to go with the flow is often called upon, and she absolutely delivers!  Most importantly, our Clients and the families Lilia works with all give her high accolades, and glowing reviews of her ability to anticipate their particular needs.

Lilia – THANKS for being You, and doing all you do!
~ The HIRED HANDS HOMECARE family



Top Tips For Selecting a Home Care Provider for a Senior Loved One


A trusted home care partner can help a senior loved one thrive in the comfort of home.

There are a number of facets involved in selecting a home care provider for an older adult. In our continued quest to help families sort through their options for home care with knowledge and confidence, the following are three tips to remember: 

Assessing Needs

With a professional home care agency, you don’t need to worry about determining what services are best for a particular situation. Prior to starting care, the agency will come to the home and, through a series of questions, be able to develop a care plan that is customized to the situation and suits the particular needs associated with the person needing care. The agency may also work with the client’s physician or others on the care team, … Read More »



Dementia Caregiver Tips for COVID-19

Our team is here to keep you informed with the most useful dementia caregiver tips for COVID-19.

Providing caregiving assistance for your family member with dementia is complicated under the best of conditions; mix in a global pandemic, one that calls for social distancing, masks, and meticulous sterilization of both ourselves and the environment, and the challenge may seem impossible.

Hired Hands Homecare’s team of caregivers offers the following dementia caregiver tips to help reduce anxiousness and irritation for those diagnosed with dementia, while keeping both them and their caregivers safe:

Make self-care a top priority. Now more so than ever, it’s extremely important to assess your own personal degree of stress, and take action to make sure you’re healthy – both physically and emotionally. You can only supply the best help for a senior loved one if your … Read More »



The Link Between Senior Nutrition and Dementia: Reduce the Risk with These Tips

Poor senior nutrition may be linked to dementia.

Although there are a variety of age-related issues that can impact senior nutrition, research is now pointing to an even greater reason for ensuring our older loved ones stick to a healthy diet: potential cognitive impairment. And malnutrition in older adults is more common than you may think. According to the National Resource on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging, upwards of 35 to 50% of the elderly residents of long-term care facilities are struggling with malnutrition, and as many as 65% of older hospitalized adults are estimated to be malnourished as well.

Malnourished older adults are twice as likely to see the doctor, and three times as likely to be hospitalized. They also encounter lessened muscle strength and poor healing. Not only that, but a recent study points to the … Read More »



Merry Christmas from Hired Hands Homecare!


Avoid a Hospital Visit for the Seniors You Love This Holiday Season With These Tips

While we may envision a Norman Rockwell-worthy Thanksgiving celebration, with the whole family enjoying quality time together and Grandma’s traditional feast, the reality for many families includes something unexpected: a hospital visit. In fact, statistics show that E/R visits for the elderly jump an astounding 10 – 20% during the holidays. What can you do to avoid a hospital visit this holiday season?

While pinpointing the exact reasoning behind this increase is difficult, it stands to reason that one factor could be family members who haven’t spent time with an elderly relative in the months prior to the holiday season, only to discover then that his or her condition has deteriorated.

Dr. Tamara Kuittinen of Lenox Hill Hospital explains, “It’s an issue of out of sight, out of mind for many people. If you haven’t seen your mom … Read More »



Dealing with Dementia: The Two Top Treatment Options

When dealing with dementia, one of these two treatment options may be recommended.

The most recent Alzheimer’s statistics are worrying. The condition has become the 6th leading cause of death, overtaking both breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. And though deaths from several chronic conditions, including cardiovascular disease, are declining, those from Alzheimer’s have escalated more than 100%. The toll the condition takes on family caregivers with a loved one who is dealing with dementia is similarly shocking, with well over 16 million Americans supplying over 18 billion hours of caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Although we have yet to realize a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are two distinct forms of treatment options that can help alleviate some of the more prevalent symptoms. If your parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the following are two options … Read More »



The Top Reason Seniors May Reject the Idea of Caregiver Services: It May Surprise You!

Older adults tend to resist the idea of caregiver services for one surprising reason.

As the top San Rafael home care providers for the surrounding area, we see firsthand everyday the joy, companionship, and enhanced quality of life older adults receive through our caregiver services. Yet we also know that many seniors initially reject the idea of in-home care help.

To help overcome a senior’s objections to the care needed, it’s important to first understand why he or she is opposed to help at home. And while of course each person will have unique reasoning to support declining help, some of the more common feelings include:

Fear of lost freedom and independence
A desire to remain in control, and not wanting someone to come in and “take over”
Not wanting a “stranger” in the home
Feelings of shame or embarrassment in the … Read More »






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