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“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa

February was National Heart Health Month. It’s not only important to take care of our physical heart, but also our spiritual heart! To spread some love last month, we had the delight of sponsoring a special Valentine’s Day event for our friends at Tradition of Dedham. It was a fantastic event which featured a wonderful band, “White Heat Swing Band”, that kept everyone entertained! It was a great sight to hear the joy and see the smiles on everyone’s faces. Check out some more pictures below!

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The holiday season is a time filled with happiness and joy. However, it can be tough for many people, having to do shopping, traveling, or planning holiday parties/dinners for families and friends. This time can be particularly stressful and overwhelming for caregivers. To make the holidays a bit easier and less stressful, here are some tips:

-          Note the effect of the environment and activities on your loved ones

-          Give a heads-up to family or friends coming to visit about the condition of your care receiver

-          Involve the care receiver in holiday tasks, such as decorations or baking

-          Reminisce about past holidays or fun traditions

-          Don’t place too many expectations on yourself and be open to creating new traditions

-          Have the celebration in the home of the care receiver

-          Suggest a pot luck, so that not all the work has to be done by yourself

-          Don’t hesitate to ask for help and accept help

-          Celebrate and maintain contact with friends and family

-          Last but not least, take some time for yourself and reward yourself; Take breaks

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We are honored to have been awarded a 5 star rating by Celebration Media U.S. (CMUS) and Talk of the Town News! All of us at New Outlook Homecare are humbled by our customers for giving us such positive reviews and for all of their support. We would also like to extend our thanks to our wonderful staff for all their hard work and dedication. We are fully committed to providing the best care possible and strive to continue working together with families to strengthen that familial bond. For more information, visit our award page at: www.talkofthetownnews.com/awards2012/6174541190

Mass ALFA Event!

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  On Thursday Oct 25th we had the privilege to co-sponsor the Mass ALFA (Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Associations) Conference and Trade show held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  Mass ALFA is a great organization that is dedicated to providing information and education regarding assisted living and is an advocate for seniors. The theme for this year’s show was “Designing the Future of Senior Living.” The morning keynote address set the tone for the day’s events with a great speech about the role of technology in the future of aging and assisted living. There were a wide range of topics that were discussed throughout the event, from sales and marketing to financial and legal tips, and also information about resident care and innovations in assisted living and care giving.

    We were located at Booth 6, between Emeritus Senior Living (one of the largest networks of Assisted Living, Retirement, and Alzheimer’s Care Communities) and Summit ElderCare/NaviCare (a medical, insurance, and social support program for adults 55+). This is an awesome event with lots of networking opportunities.  We had a great time meeting new people and were able to gather more information that will help us to better serve our clients! We had a blast and hope to see you all next year!

A Pre-Valentine Affair

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Join Us For A Pre-Valentine Affair

New Outlook is hosting a Pre-Valentine Affair at Emeritus Senior Living at Wilson Mountain in Dedham.
Please join us!

Featured Guest: Tony Funches from the group “The Platters”
Date: February 13, 2012 at 2 p.m.
No registration required
Directions

Tony was a member of the Hall of Fame inductees, The Platters, and has been traveling all over the world performing his solo act. He still captures hearts with his beautiful voice and will be performing many hit songs such as, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.

We hope you can join us!

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Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives me a chance to show loved ones how much they mean to me. I put together a list of ideas I’d like to share with you for making Valentine’s Day special:

  • Create a Valentine-themed table using lots of red (tablecloth, napkins, place settings…)
  • Flowers are always a nice gift to give; so is chocolate
  • Make heart-shaped pancakes
  • Turn a sandwich or a piece of cake into a heart with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Make heart shaped Pizzas and more!
  • Pack a picnic (indoors is fun too!)
  • Make a CD of favorite music (romantic or otherwise)
  • Put a collage of photos in a frame

If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day crafts for kids, FamilyFun has some great ideas.

Celebrating the day doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. It only needs to come from the heart.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Illustration © edfredned

Hersheys Kiss

Reflecting on 2011 has left me with joyful tears and a big smile.

What a great year 2011 was for us at New Outlook. We continued to work hard to meet all of our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently, and we received from our clients so much appreciation for our caregivers. “Pearly’s Girls” have proven themselves to be dependable, dedicated, reliable and competent as they diligently carry out their duties.

While New Outlook continues to grow, we strive to remain trusted and accessible to all. We would like to say “Thank You” for opening your hearts, homes and families to us.

It is our goal for 2012 and beyond to continue to earn your trust.

 As our tagline says: “You need care, we’ll be there”

On a personal note, I am proud to have joined the New Outlook team in 2011 and to be a part of this group of wonderful and dedicated caregivers. I have learned so much working with founder and CEO, Pearly Evans and meeting so many of our clients and potential clients. Thank you all for the kind words and the suggestions you have offered us- it’s all very much appreciated.

I’m looking forward to many more years with New Outlook!

Michele Davis,

Marketing Director

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A Night to Remember

New Outlook and Traditions of Dedham celebrated a Night to Remember on New Year’s Eve at Traditions. While everyone sipped their champagne and enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres, feet were tapping to the entertainment by the The Susan McLeod Orchestra of One.

The mood was engaging and joyful as all waited patiently to begin the countdown to the New Year. Everyone made sure to enjoy at least one (Hershey’s) Kiss to welcome in 2012.

May 2012 brings good health and happiness, laughter and joy, and peace within the walls of your home. Remember that February is American Heart Month, so take good care of yourself.

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