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raquelWe are pleased to welcome Raquel Crowley as our new Office Manager. Raquel comes to us with over 15 years of office administration experience including human resources, accounting and payroll.  She brings to New Outlook a vast knowledge of working with customers, communicating effectively with a team of office personnel, onboarding new hires and handling all aspects of office finances.

Raquel has four children and has lived locally for most of her adult life.  She was raised in Spain as a young child and her parents currently live there. She is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her active family.  She enjoys working in her yard, cooking, and anything outdoors.

When she was young, one of her first jobs was working in a local nursing home as a nurse’s aide assistant. She loved interacting with the residents and hearing the wonderful stories that they loved to share.  She would look forward to seeing them and being there to listen and assist them. This was one of the reasons that she looked forward to working at New Outlook Homecare and being a part of our organization. We are thrilled to have her a part of our team.

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We had the pleasure of sponsoring two events this month at Needham’s Center for the Heights. On July 13th, we sponsored the movie, Black Panther. The seniors enjoyed popcorn and other goodies as they watched one of the Marvel favorites on a big screen.

On July 18th, the Massachusetts Audobon Society came to present “Reptiles in Our Own Backyard.” It was fascinating to learn about the various critters that are in New England. Did you know that there are no lizards in Massachusetts anymore? They’re not native to this area any longer. Guests were able to touch the reptiles and it was a pleasure to visit with everyone after the event.

We’re looking forward to sponsoring many more programs at the Needham Senior Center this coming year. Stay tuned.

If you have an event that you are looking for sponsorship, give us a call at 781-686-1053 or email Marcy.

NeedhamGoesPurple1On Saturday, June 2nd, New Outlook Homecare volunteered at various lemonade stands in Needham in an effort to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. It was a hot and busy day in Needham with a street fair and a lot of people out and about. Despite a few passing rain showers, over $7,000 were raised.

Needham Goes Purple is an annual campaign throughout the month of June where various restaurants and businesses help by donating a portion of their proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association. Thanks to organizer, Suzanne Lissy, the town has taken on this important cause. New Outlook Homecare was proud to be a gold sponsor for Needham Goes Purple and hope to do so next year. Visit needhamgoespurple.org to find out other ways that you can get involved.

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New Outlook Homecare’s caregiver, Rachel Constant, has been awarded Aide of the Year through the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 19th at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA. Congratulations to Rachel on this well-deserved award.

Rachel grew up in Haiti and has been in the USA for the past seven years.  She has been a Home Health Aide with New Outlook Homecare for over six years. She first got interested in the homecare industry in Haiti after taking care of her dying grandma. That experience stuck with her and made her want to work with the elderly as a profession. Rachel believes that working with New Outlook Homecare is the best decision a person can make. “It’s a great company” and it has given her the opportunity to care and love the elderly on a daily basis.

Rachel has worked with a number of clients throughout her tenure with New Outlook Homecare. She is attentive, punctual and responsible.  The clients that she’s worked with have had dementia, Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart failure and are fall risks. With each client, Rachel has had a positive attitude and currently works on an hourly, live-out basis. She is always willing to put the clients first and is quite flexible when it comes to her schedule. She’ll offer to work a double shift and weekends if needed and if it is in the best interest of the client. She’s a team player in that regard.

Rachel’s responsibilities have included getting the clients up in the morning, bathed, dressed, fed. She assists them with their medications, toileting, and hygiene. She’ll spend time with them, play cards with them and take them to activities within their assisted living facilities. One client, in particular, can be stubborn and doesn’t always like to get out of bed. However, when Rachel arrives she can get him to engage and he often will participate in activities with her and his family.

Pearly Evans, owner of New Outlook Homecare, says that Rachel is “one in a million.” “There is no one like her.” “She’s one of my best aides.”

Rachel also has expressed interest in advancing her professional degree and is taking courses to further her knowledge base and education. She is inquisitive and patient and listens to the clients, their families and other healthcare providers as to the best and most efficient care she can give to each client so that they may live their life safely and fully.


In recognition of skin cancer prevention month, the American Academy of Dermatology is encouraging everyone to become a “skin cancer hero” by performing regular skin checks on both yourself and your partner. Melanoma is the most common cancer in the United States. However, when spotted early it is highly treatable.

Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color or age. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Yet, this can be prevented. Wearing sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher every day, staying out of the sun, avoiding tanning beds, wearing protective clothing and being extra cautious around water, sand, and snow, as they’re reflective surfaces, are all ways to help prevent skin cancer.

In addition, it is helpful to learn the ABCDEs of melanoma detection.
A= Asymmetry
B= Border
C= Color
D= Diameter
E = Evolving

See the infographic above for further information about how to check yourself regularly and for more information about skin cancer, visit the American Academy of Dermatology’s website and/ or make an appointment with a dermatologist in your area each year.


Now that it is warmer outside and the sun is shining longer, it is time to get outside and soak up as much vitamin D as you can. There are many health benefits of Vitamin D including healthier bones, reduced risk of flu and diabetes, reduction of cancer cell progression, cardiovascular health, healthier pregnancies, mood elevation and many others. Along with a healthy diet that includes fish oils and egg proteins, it is estimated that sensible sun exposure on bare skin for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times per week allows most people to produce sufficient vitamin D.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities that can be fun and can increase your overall health:

  • Take a walk
  • Plant a garden
  • Watch a local outdoor sporting event
  • Ride a bike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Visit an arboretum
To learn more about the health benefits of Vitamin D, visit Medical News Today.

Photo Credit: Ol’Pete

On Saturday, April 8, 2018 at 10:00 am, New Outlook will have a booth at the Health & Wellness Fair at the Waltham Westin. Stop by and say hi. At the fair, you can get free screenings, experience mini treatments, buy and sample products, and make appointments with local health and wellness experts in one location.You’ll also have the opportunity to take home a lot of giveaways and useful tips to keep you healthy. To receive FREE admission to the fair, email Marcy for a pass. We hope to see you there!

Photo Credit: Wellness Corporate Solutions