Make your home a safe place to live

As you age you want to make some adjustments to your home to prevent accidents. Here are a few helpful suggestions. 
-have handrails on both sides of the stairs.  Make sure they are tightly fastened. 
-keep the areas where you walk free of clutter.
-don’t use throw rugs or small area rugs that move around
-check that all carpets are fixed firmly to the floor so they won’t slip.  You can buy n-slip  strips at the hardware store
-have a light close to your bed and a nightlight in halls and bathroom
-keep a phone next to your bed
-I buy all my clients push lights for x-mas.  They are perfect to keep in the bedroom and bathroom.  Great for times when you lose power.  You simply push on the light and it turns on.  Push again it’s off.  I bring them on vacation with me.  Walmart has them reasonably priced.
-keep electrical cords and telephone wires near walls and away from walking paths
-tack down all large area rugs
-make sure sofas and chairs are the rights height for you.  Chairs should have arms.  You can add a dense form cushion to add height.
-don’t walk on newly wet floors
-keep items you use often within easy reach
-don’t stand on chair to reach things-ask for help-or buy a reach stick(can be found at medical supply companies)
-If you  have pets, know where they are when you’re walking.
-Keep emergency numbers in large print by your phone..

Few Tips on in home care

Here’ a few tips for family looking for home health care for their parents.  There are 4 major differences between hiring an aide or nurse directly or a home healthcare company or agency.
l.  If you hire an aide directly, you take on the legal responsibilities of an employer, including payroll taxes, workers compensation,and unemployment insurance.
2. You have to do your own background checks.
3. If your direct hire harms or steals from you, you’re on your own. 
4.You are responsible for training and supervising your direct hire.  If they call in sick or want a vacation, there is no replacement .
Agencies take on all these responsibilities for you:  legal responsibilities,  background checks, liability insurance, training and the most important-replacements.

Making a difference!

“On Monday April 22nd, part of the Always There Homecare Staff was treated to a going away party for one of our clients, Fran Beauregard.  We have cared for Fran for the past 6 years and his family wanted to show their appreciation to his caregivers.  What a great night.  Susan’s buffet was amazing and I came away with some new recipes. It was fun just to have the time to visit with Fran and his family. Our staff has enjoyed working with Fran and his family.  This night gave us the closure that we all needed.
Once again, I came away from this night thinking that it’s moments like these that set our  company apart from the rest. We are making a difference!”

Finally spring in New England, tackle those projects head on!

Spring is here and  hopefully to stay. With the coming of spring, there are endless projects to do.  If you’re feeling like these projects are overwhelming you, Always There Homecare can help you. Homecare isn’t just for personal care.  It’s a trip to the mall to shop for new spring clothes or all those spring birthday presents.  How about help cleaning out your closets and cupboards.  Would you like to put in a few tomato plants?  How about learning how to send E-mail to friends? Or just someone that would cook some homemade meals that you could freeze and eat at your leisure.  When you wish you could do more—you can—-with our help

It always amazes the little changes that make a big difference. Recently, one of the girls spent some time teaching how to use email, it was tough at first, but after they realized it was easy, and it resulted in pictures of the grandchildren on the computer screen.  I am glad to be involved with such a great community of people, it really changes lives.


Health Fair at Ayer Council on Aging

On April ll, we participated in a Health Fair at the Ayer Council on Aging.  These health fairs are a must attend event for seniors. You can get your blood pressure and bone density checked for free. There are always medical insurance companies present that can help you determine the type  of coverage you need to supplement your medicare insurance.  Helpful information on eating healthy, low salt diets, or low sugar/carb diets for diabetics was available.
Always There Homecare had a free drawing for a basket of wellness products including a free 2-hour gift certificate for homecare services.  It was fabulous fun delivering the basket to the winner.
We’re hoping she uses her gift certificate soon for something fun:  trip to the mall to  shop or some home cooked meals for her freezer.
We’ll be at the Lunenburg Fair June 26th, 9-llam.  Drop by and take a chance to win the basket full of healthcare products and gift certificate.