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The holidays are a festive time with family and friends, but for some elderly people the holidays can also be a time of extreme sadness and loneliness. The memories of friends and family who have been lost can be difficult and painful. Energy levels can also decrease, and getting around becomes harder with the change in weather. Depression and feelings of helplessness increase.

It’s extremely important to give the elderly extra time and attention during this season and to make it a point to visit with and listen to them. 

Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Remind them how important they are to you and your family at holiday celebrations
  • Consider being with them as they open up their mail and receive holiday cards
  • Look into the religious organizations that your loved one is involved with and make arrangements for him/her to attend an event
  • Decorate his/her room or home to make it festive
  • Bring the holiday to them. Most assisted living/ skilled nursing homes have common rooms for small gatherings and parties
  • Prepare a special dinner for them
  • Make them feel loved. Include them in singing traditional songs, listening to music, opening presents and spending time together
Do what you can to make your elder loved one feel important and loved. It will make getting through the holiday blues so much easier and less painful. A little extra effort on your part can go a long way in making the holidays festive and joyous for everyone.
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FlushotFacebookFlu season is upon us. The flu shot is vital for senior citizens and caregivers. Older adults’ immune systems are weaker and more susceptible to diseases. A caregiver’s immune system can be impaired by caring for an ill person.

For seniors, the flu can be a severe illness and may cause death. 71 – 85% of flu-related deaths and 54 – 70% of flu-related hospitalizations happen in people who are age 65 and older.

The CDC recommends that everyone should get vaccinated before the end of October, especially adults over the age of 65. That’s because flu activity starts as early as October. After getting the shot, it takes about 2 weeks for the protective flu antibodies to develop in the body. So, the sooner your older adult and you get the shot, the sooner you’ll have protection against the flu.

Flu shots are available in a variety of places including your doctor’s office, pharmacies, and health clinics. The flu shot is free under Medicare. There is no co-payment needed. Other private insurances consider the flu shot a preventative service, so it will likely be covered and of no cost to you.

Don’t wait, get your flu shot today. To find a location nearest you, go to the CDC’s Vaccine Finder website and enter your zip code or city and state to find flu shot clinics near you.

Be well this season.

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Meet Gina Jean Jacques. She moved to the United States from Haiti seven years ago. Below, is an interview with Gina that will help you get to know her a little better. 

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How long have you been working with New Outlook Homecare?

I’ve been working here since September 2016

Why did you get into homecare in the first place?

I love helping people especially older people. I enjoy helping them with various things.  

Why were you interested in working with Pearly Evans and New Outlook Homecare, specifically?

I have a  friend who referred me to Pearly and she’s really lovely.

What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy the daily activities.

How has working with the elderly affected you?

It brings me great joy and peace to work with the elderly.

What caregiving certifications do you have?

I have a Home Health Aid Certification and I am a Certified Nurse Assistant.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work at New Outlook Homecare?

It is important to just be patient with the clients and give the best of yourself always.

What advice would you give to a potential client who is deciding to employ New Outlook Homecare to look after a loved one?

You will have no regrets because we’re one of the most qualified agencies of all the competition.

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fall-leavesNew 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.

Close ties:

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.

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IMG_0713webNew Outlook Homecare is pleased to announce a new hire. Marcy Leiman joins New Outlook Homecare as Marketing Director. With a background in Communications and Education, Marcy brings to New Outlook a passion for elder care, along with organizational and social media skill-sets that will be assets to New Outlook’s mission and growth.

Prior to working at New Outlook, Marcy was Associate Director of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a parenting program that uses Jewish wisdom & texts to assist in parenting at every age. In this role, Leiman utilized social media, personal/community outreach, traditional advertising and public relations to fill over 22 classes each year throughout the Greater Boston area.

In addition, Marcy spent many volunteer hours a month at Newbridge on the Charles, an assisted/ independent living facility in which she aided residents in the memory support unit with their daily activities and assisted with multigenerational programming.

“Caring for the elderly is a core value in my family. Both my parents work in assisted/independent living facilities in New York and my sister is a director of a similar facility. The elderly require our utmost care, love and attention. Working at New Outlook Homecare is not only fulfilling, it is a way that I can give back to people of our community who have given so much to us,” says Marcy.

Established in 2001, New Outlook Homecare was built on a foundation of care and respect for the elderly. With a strong belief in love and understanding, New Outlook created a holistic approach to eldercare by providing both professional and personal services. New Outlook’s founder, Pearly Evans is a certified nurse assistant who not only cares for clients, she becomes part of their families. Her philosophy is:

“When we take care of the elderly, we are in fact taking care of ourselves.”

For more information about New Outlook’s services or to read client testimonials, visit www.newoutlookhomecare.com.

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