Meet Deion Clarke who joins us from Guyana, South America.
How long have you been working with New Outlook Homecare?
I’ve been with the company since August 2016.
Why did you get into homecare in the first place?
I love doing it. I have a passion for it.
Why were you interested in working with Pearly Evans and New Outlook Homecare, specifically?
My daughter had worked with her and recommended her because she’s a good employer.
What is the best part of your job?
Caring for the clients and their needs.
How has working with the elderly affected you?
I have a passion for it and I love doing it. Working with the elderly has affected me greatly. I love helping them.
What caregiving certifications do you have?
In Guyana, I received a nursing certification.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work at New Outlook Homecare?
It’s a good company and I’ve had good experiences. I recommend Pearly; she is a good employer.
What advice would you give to a potential client who is deciding to employ New Outlook Homecare to look after a loved one?
It’s a good company and a good choice. Pearly and all of her staff are great caregivers.
We are thrilled to have a new employee on staff. Rhonda Alward has joined New Outlook Homecare as Office Assistant. She joined us on December 5, 2016.
With more than 35 years experience in the clerical, administrative and Human Resources fields with both front line and management experience, Rhonda has worked with various government departments and agencies within the Province of New Brunswick, Canada.
New Outlook Homecare, LLC, under the direction of Pearly Evans, provides excellent homecare and caregiving services.
I became acquainted with Pearly as she regularly helps clients residing in Traditions of Dedham, Massachusetts, where my aunt went to live for the almost last two years of her life, from age 88 to 90. Initially my aunt was independent, but as she weakened after two hospital and short rehab stays, she required oxygen, and after 4 months, she was on oxygen 24/7. With the use of oxygen, in-room care was required. I hired Pearly to be my aunt’s in-room caretaker for about 8 to 12 hours a day at the outset. Ultimately, New Outlook Homecare, LLC was with my aunt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for months on end – in her studio apartment at Traditions.
My aunt was very particular, but she seemed to bond quickly with Pearly. It became a reciprocal friendship, a bond that only became deeper over time. She relied on Pearly and her staff for the most basic simple activities and needs of daily life, which they provided with no hesitation. Even when Pearly was not with her 24/7 at the outset, she kept an eye out for my aunt to make sure everything was ok. This was vital for me living in New York to know that my aunt was properly cared for. They treated her with respect from Day 1, a posture that was always consistent, no matter how difficult the situation could be.
Staffing and training for New Outlook Homecare, LLC:
Pearly and her staff are dedicated, compassionate, and well trained. They interact very well with Traditions staff when needed. When my aunt went on in-room hospice care in October 2015, hospice determined what medication was required and hospice nurses came in as needed. But it was really Pearly and her staff who kept a close eye on my aunt –flagging any issues, reaching out to the hospice care provider when needed, and even made sure medications were up to date and re-ordered on a regular basis. My aunt had a long decline and they were with her every step of the way. Even as her medications became more complex, they were trained and equipped to handle this.
My aunt also became very close to another New Outlook Homecare caretaker, Rachel. Between the two of them with my aunt daily, they have been a lifeline. They are kind, compassionate people, who truly love the elderly, and help them achieve as much dignity as possible. Pearly also is always upbeat and vibrant, and whose humor had my aunt cracking up. Pearly, Rachel and the other caretakers were a true comfort to my aunt. Pearly and Rachel would hold my aunt’s hand, never let my aunt out of their sight, watching for subtle changes or indications of discomfort, and just being with her, up until the very end in early November 2016. I can honestly say they are God’s angels.
On November 15th, New Outlook Homecare had the privilege of attending the Home Care Aide Council‘s 46th Celebration. It was a wonderful event that had over 300 home healthcare professionals together to eat lunch, learn from motivational speaker, Dr. Steve Sobel and get honored for the excellent care that these caregivers provide day in and day out for their clients.
With so many caregivers in one room, it is clear that the services that we provide to our clients are necessary for the vitality of our aging population. It was so motivating to see these caregivers getting honored for the tireless and selfless work that they do. As Dr. Sobel stated it is with great “joy, passion and influence” that caregivers do what they do every day.
We were so thrilled to offer a door prize at the event that was raffled to a lucky winner. We look forward to attending next year’s event and honoring New Outlook Homecare caregivers as well.
On October 26th, New Outlook Homecare had the privilege of being a sponsor for the Brookline Council on Aging’s Autumn Benefit honoring Alan Balsam. Alan has been the Director of Brookline’s Public Health and Human Services for the past 21 years and will be retiring this year. He has been a strong advocate for seniors throughout his career and created the Division of Elder Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He also founded the Community Servings, meals on wheels program serving individuals with critical illnesses.
It was an honor to be a part of this wonderful event. Fully catered, guests enjoyed music, dancing and a sing-along with Alan Balsam himself playing guitar. The Brookline Senior Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors over the age of 60 and will continue to do so with their Dancing with the Brookline Stars event on November 5th. This event will raise money for much-needed transportation services to help seniors who no longer drive ensuring them to stay safe and engaged in their community.
For more information on this event or others, please visit http://www.brooklinema.gov/245/Council-on-Aging and if you are hosting an event and looking for potential sponsors, let us know. 617-454-1190.
On Sunday, September 25, 2016, New Outlook Homecare participated in Greater Boston’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our team of nearly twenty participants joined close to 5,000 people walking either 1.5 or 3.5 miles toward a common goal – to raise awareness and funds for research to end Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and last year, 15.9 million caregivers provided care for someone with the disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
September 25th was a brisk, beautiful, sunny day. With our lime green t-shirts, Team New Outlook Homecare was all smiles as the walk began. Listening to speeches by radio personalities, celebrities and Mayor Marty Walsh, the Walk officially began just after 10:00 a.m. “Let’s go. This is so fun,” said five-year old Seth as we headed under the purple archway.
It was so nice to see supporters holding various colored flowers. Blue represented someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Purple was for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease. Yellow represented someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and Orange was for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s. The organization provided nourishment, water and support the entire route.
New Outlook Homecare was proud to participate in such a meaningful way and we thank all of those that participated in the Walk. Donations are still being collected. If you’d like more information or wish to donate, please visit our team’s page or visit the Alzheimer’s Association website: http://www.alz.org. We hope you can join us next year.