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Activities Seniors Can Do at Home


If you’re caring for a senior at home and venturing out less in order to keep them – and you – safe and healthy, we know it may be difficult to keep them entertained and engaged. But do not fear! Thanks to some excellent sources out there, we found tons of activities you can do with your loved one while you’re social distancing and staying indoors. Some of these may also be fun for the kiddos who need a break from their non-traditional school work. Take a Virtual Tour Zoos, aquariums, museums, and theme parks are offering virtual tours. Seniors can…

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Top Challenges When Caring For An Elderly Family Member


A family caregiver will spend more than 24 hours a week providing care to a loved one, although many will report spending more than 40 hours per week on caregiving duties, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving study in 2019. Family caregiving can be a genuinely rewarding experience, but it can also come with challenges. FirstLight Home Care has been serving local communities for the last 10 years and we have found that caregivers face these common top challenges when caring for elderly family members: Financial burden. Some of the financial consequences of supporting aging parents include the need…

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Our Commitment to You: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. With the ongoing and increased uncertainty of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the tremendous speed in which things are changing, caring for our clients, families, caregivers and team members continues to be our top priority. We want to ensure you that every member of our FirstLight family is informed daily of what is happening around us. And we are prepared for these types of situations. FirstLight® Home Care continues to actively monitor the progression of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure that we have the most accurate, updated information. The infection control practices we have…

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An Update on Coronavirus from FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston


To our Clients, Families and Home Care Partners: We value and appreciate the trust you place in us to take care of you and your loved ones. We want to personally update you on the situation with COVID-19 and the steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our clients, families, caregivers and staff. FirstLight® Home Care is actively monitoring the progression of COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information. As you know, this situation is developing rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as…

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FirstLight Welcomes Jamie Bisson to Office Team as Care Coordinator


Jamie Bisson has joined the FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston office team as a Care Coordinator. Jamie works closely with Senior Care Coordinator, Elise Scaringello, and under Manager of Client Care Services, Jenny Wu, to oversee the scheduling and performance of the FirstLight caregiver team. Wendy Adlerstein, LSW, continues with the overall supervision of the office team in her role as Executive Director and Owner. Prior to joining FirstLight, Jamie worked as a private geriatric care coordinator, working one-on-one with clients to make sure they were living their best possible lives. Jamie began working with the elderly through…

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How Coronavirus Could Affect Seniors


We have been closely following Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and reports from the CDC, the World Health Organization and other state and local entities, and our thoughts have undeniably been with all those affected. Recent news of the virus starting to spread in the U.S. is unsettling. While it’s natural to worry and wonder what could happen if the spread of the virus gets worse, it’s also important not to panic… but instead to be armed with helpful information from the experts. Of course, we at FirstLight Home Care are deeply committed to the health, safety and well-being of all our clients,…

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5 Surprising Ways Stress Can Impact Senior Health


Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Yet, it can be a silent factor of overall well-being, especially for seniors. Often, senior stress can mask itself in a number of ways, and cause serious issues that may be attributed to other senior health issues. Therefore, it’s important for seniors and their caregivers to understand the symptoms of stress, as well as the different ways to address and prevent it. Overeating When people get stressed, their body releases cortisol, a hormone that readies the body for a fight or flight response. This is why appetite increases during stressful situations: the body is…

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WHAT MAKES A GREAT CAREGIVER?


Caregiving is more than just taking care of the physical needs of a senior, a person with disabilities, or someone recovering from surgery. A good in-home caregiver provides support and encouragement. They form a relationship and foster a bond with the person in their care. And for many families, the caregiver becomes part of their family. At FirstLight Home Care, we have found that the best professional caregivers go above and beyond for the families in their care. They are reliable, responsible and trustworthy. They are respectful, kind and patient. If you’re searching for a professional home caregiver, it’s important…

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Top Reasons to Hire a Companion Caregiver for Your Aging Parent


Everyone needs companionship, and all of us need a helping hand every now and again. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, then chances are they could benefit from in-home companionship when family members cannot be there. Here are some top reasons to hire a companion caregiver for your aging parent: Company and conversation. Simply having a visitor from time to time can make all the difference in the world to someone living alone, or perhaps to someone caring for an ailing spouse. Whether it means hanging out to watch a favorite TV show together, playing a card…

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TOP REASONS TO HIRE A COMPANION CAREGIVER FOR YOUR AGING PARENT


Everyone needs companionship, and all of us need a helping hand every now and again. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, then chances are they could benefit from in-home companionship when family members cannot be there. At FirstLight Home Care we specialize in elderly companion care services. We provide a wide range of caregiver services to support your aging parent with daily activities, as well as personal companionship so that they can maintain their independence. Here are some top reasons to hire a companion caregiver for your aging parent: Company and conversation. Simply having a visitor from time…

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