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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.

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With the winter Olympics in a few days, it’s time to qualify for the Senior Olympics which will be in 2019. The National Senior Games Association provides competitive opportunities for senior citizens on a bi-annual basis with the vision of promoting healthy lifestyles for adults through education, fitness, and sport. The NSGA exists today as a non-profit organization dedicated to motivating active adults to lead a healthy lifestyle through the senior games movement.The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.

NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. To date, the NSGA has held 15 Summer national championships. The next games will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 14-25, 2019. Sports that will be played include track and field, golf, swimming, archery, basketball, tennis among others.

New Outlook Homecare fully supports the vision of the NSGA and encourages all healthy adults to participate.

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer.  FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts checked and commit to heart-healthy lives. For further information about heart disease, heart attacks and ways to keep your heart healthy, visit the American Heart Association.

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New Outlook is proud to have become a new corporate partner for the Aging Life Care Association. The Aging Life Care Association, better known as geriatric care management is a holistic client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges. The professionals work with families to reduce worry and stress through:

  • Assessment and monitoring
  • Planning and problem-solving
  • Education and advocacy
  • Family caregiver coaching

As a corporate partner, not only does New Outlook share the vision of the Aging Life Care Association, but we are proud to be among the area’s experts in eldercare. It is a privilege to work with this population and to know that we are a referral agency for geriatric care managers is indeed an honor.

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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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