Our Office Team is Expanding Again: New Care Coordinator Position!
As our service to clients continues to grow, we are once again, expanding our office staff. We are a friendly, fun, and upbeat, team-oriented work environment. We are seeking another Care Coordinator who will be responsible for case management of our home care clients which includes coordination and scheduling of services between clients and caregivers, including the implementation of schedules, ensuring adequate staffing, and continuity of care to best meet the needs of our clients. This is a full-time position reporting to Jenny Wu, our Manager of Client Care Services. This is a great opportunity for someone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree…
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How to Talk to Your Parents About Home Care
As our parents get older, they may need more help than they are willing to ask for. Talking with your parents or an aging loved one about needing home care can be a difficult conversation for both of you. For them, it might represent a loss of independence. For you, it can be difficult because you must come with terms with the likelihood that you will need help caring for them. Here are seven helpful tips to help you to start the home care conversation. Do your homework. Before you start the conversation, research the various options that are available….
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6 Ways to Help Aging Loved Ones Adopt Healthier Habits
If you ask family caregivers, getting their aging loved ones to eat healthier foods can seem nearly impossible. Sadly, this problem isn’t uncommon: One in every eight Americans older than 65 are at risk for malnutrition, according to research conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the National Institutes of Health. Various physical and mental conditions, as well as medications, can make aging adults less likely to get the nutrition they need to thrive. Whether the enemy is fast food, high cholesterol or a lack of vitamins, here are 7 ways to incorporate healthier habits (and maybe even some vegetables!) into your loved…
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FirstLight Home Care Welcomes Melander Taylor as Weekend On-Call Supervisor
Melander Taylor has joined FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston as our On-Call Weekend Supervisor. Prior to joining the office, Melander worked as a Patient Care Technician within an Intensive Care Unit of a large Merrimack Valley Area Hospital. She has always loved to be working within the sector of public service and being able to be an advocate for the varying needs of others. As a former Special Education Teacher, Melander worked diligently to identify the unique strengths of each student in order to help him or her attain a highest level of potential by creating both academic…
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Safely Resume Activities in the New Normal
We all want to stay safe and connected. With cities across the United States easing restrictions and lifting stay-at-home orders, many family caregivers may be wondering if it is safe for seniors to venture out? There is still a high coronavirus risk to older adults, but there are ways to help them get out of the house and resume activities in the new normal while keeping them safe and healthy. We put together some helpful tips on how to test the waters and safely ease back into social activities while minimizing coronavirus exposure. This piece was originally featured on the…
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10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Currently, worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. As more people face a future with this disease, it is important that we focus on early diagnosis. The earlier the detection, the earlier you can take advantage of the various treatment opportunities and support services available to live a quality life. There are 10 early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. If you notice any of these in your loved one, it may…
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Family Caregiver Stress Solutions
Now more than ever, family caregivers are faced with the stress that comes with caring for an aging loved one. We can help. Our free Family Caregiver Stress Solutions Guide offers tips and strategies on how to accept and manage stress while you take on the responsibility of caregiving. Download our free Stress Solutions: A Family Caregiver Guide to Less Stress Use the tools and techniques in the guide to relieve stress, care for your loved one in more ways than you thought possible and gain greater satisfaction and fulfillment from taking on such an important and rewarding responsibility. You…
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FirstLight Home Care Organizes Team for Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston has been a long standing supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the fight to cure Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects millions of individuals and families on a daily basis. The newest reports estimate that there are currently more than 5 million Americans age 65+ that are living with Alzheimer’s – a number expected to nearly triple by 2050. This year, our Executive Director & Owner, Wendy Adlerstein, LSW, is proudly serving as a Co-Chair of the Greater Boston Alzheimer’s Walk, and our office team at FirstLight Home Care of West Suburban Boston will take…
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Continued Covid-19 Caregiver Screening and other Protocols: An Update
Over the past few months, we have all experienced significant challenges, but we are relieved to see the number of Covid-19 positive tests and hospitalizations declining in Massachusetts, as well as the phased opening of businesses continuing. We are, of course, incredibly saddened by the news that so many have been lost to the virus, including a number of wonderful clients who we had served in the years past. We are pleased to see that there is broad understanding and acceptance of social distancing guidelines in the Boston area, and masks are almost “universally” being embraced, not only indoors, but…
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Family Caregivers Should Practice Self-Care During a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has made caring for a loved one even more difficult. Family members caring for a loved one in their home are faced with so many more concerns during this time. But family caregivers should practice self-care. Simple tasks like shopping for groceries or picking up medication have an added layer of complication and worry. Senior isolation may be a concern. Even making sure your loved one is getting proper nutrition and enough sleep can be a challenge. Some family caregivers may be without respite care or the help of other family members, making the task of self-care more difficult than…
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