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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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Meet Our Caregivers 

Rachel Constant grew up in Haiti and has been in the USA for six years. 

How long have you been working with New Outlook Homecare?
I’ve been working with the company over five years. 

Why did you get into homecare in the first place?
When my grandma was dying in Haiti, I took care of her and it stuck with me. 

Why were you interested in working with Pearly Evans and New Outlook Homecare, specifically?
Pearly’s nice and everyone’s nice within the company. Pearly’s a good person.

What is the best part of your job?
Taking care of elderly people. 

How has working with the elderly affected you?
When you’re young, you don’t care as much about things, but now I’m more caring and loving. It changes you completely. 

What caregiving certifications do you have?
I have a Home Health Aid Certification

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to work at New Outlook Homecare?
I’ve been here for over five years and if it wasn’t a good company, I would have quit a long time ago. It’s a good company and I recommend it.

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 the best choice you could make. I know this first-hand as a caregiver with the company. 

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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.

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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.

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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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