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Jim Pellegrine
Foxboro,Walpole & Norwood
President Right at Home
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Serving size. Calories. Total fat. March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” a reminder that every bite counts toward a balanced diet. Adopting good nutrition often starts in the grocery store aisle. The following can help family caregivers ensure elderly loved ones... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Registered nurses are responsible for case management of assigned patients in accordance with Right at Home's policies and procedures and all other applicable procedure manuals, laws and relevant professional standards. Essential Functions Performs comprehensive subjective and objective admission and ongoing assessment of client status that includes physical, psychosocial and environmental... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease, the nervous system disorder that disrupts body movement. Each year, more than 50,000 people in the country are diagnosed with the progressive motor condition that mainly affects older adults but can occur at any age. Parkinson’s disease gradually attacks nerve cells... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Known for shaping new cultural trends like smiley faces and bellbottoms, America’s more than 76 million baby boomers—those individuals born between 1946 and 1964—are now shifting America’s workforce by retiring and creating a business “brain drain.” This older worker brain drain leaves businesses with a void of accumulated leadership, skills... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Roughly 20 percent of falls cause serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones and head injuries. Weakened balance, vision and physical strength affect an elderly person’s ability to stay... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
When the temperature drops, healthy eating can become less of a priority. Keeping a healthy diet in winter can be a challenge, especially if you are an older adult. With age, the body naturally starts to become less efficient in absorbing essential nutrients. Add in wintertime’s decreased activity, and many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
The beauty of winter turns part beast when arctic air, icy conditions and mounds of snow prove particularly dangerous for older adults. To help seniors stay safe when the thermometer drops, even in the warmer climates of the country, follow these precautions: Stay warm indoors. A comfortable thermostat setting in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Pile on the eggnog, pecan pie, and mashed potatoes and gravy from Thanksgiving through New Year’s and many aging individuals get off-track nutritionally with the extra calories, fat, sodium and sugar. During the holidays, the key is to consume fewer unhealthy foods and revel in festivities at the same time.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Those molds and invisible germs in the fridge can actually kill you, particularly if you are over age 65. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year in the United States, about 48 million people are sickened from eating contaminated food – 128,000 are hospitalized and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
As the demand for senior care services increases across the country, more and more families are finding a supportive lifeline in older caregivers – who are sometimes nearly the same age as their clients. The Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, a nonprofit advocate for America’s workers caring for the elderly and disabled,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
One of the most challenging aspects of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is adjusting to the troubling and sometimes abrupt changes in personality and behavior. The following are steps to help family caregivers with common Alzheimer’s care situations. 1. Eating and Drinking As Alzheimer’s progresses, mealtime routines and food... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Mom and Dad want to ride in a stock car. Aunt Marianne relishes conversations over gourmet coffee and chocolates. How can you find just-right gifts for these active and less active adults on your holiday list? Start here: Personal Gifts – Bionic StableGrip™ gloves for golf, gardening, fitness, driving and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Whether your aging loved one lives in an area with four distinct seasons of the year or in milder temperatures year-round, autumn is the ideal time to winterize the home to protect it against the upcoming snow, rain and the dipping thermometer. Even relatively small steps toward guarding against the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Dad cuts his daily blood pressure tablets in half to save money. Some days Mom forgets to take her prescription drugs. The wrong medications. The wrong dosage. The wrong timing. Skipped medications or taking too much or too little can cause medical complications or even death. The nation’s seniors are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
First, Dad needed help monitoring his daily medications. Soon, he needed regular at-home care. If you are a primary family caregiver, you understand the tough sacrifices and rewards of helping your elderly loved one with daily routines such as bathing, dressing and eating, or making medical and financial decisions. Yet,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
The Civil War sword. The vintage jewelry. Truckstop plates from all 50 states. Grandma’s china set. Heirlooms or have-to-go’s? It all depends on your point of view. When older adults downsize from their larger homes, letting go of longtime belongings can be a daunting roadblock. Fortunately, there are workable solutions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
The floors are too slick, and the stairs are too many. Most homes in America are not designed to accommodate the needs of people age 65 and older. June is Home Safety Month and a good time to consider home modification as a beneficial solution to reduce the potential for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Inundated by the logistical tsunami of coordinating a loved one’s care, many families are finding answers in one person: a professional geriatric care manager. Specializing in aging and elder care issues, a geriatric care manager is a health and human services professional who helps guide and advocate for families caring... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Connecting well with friends and family can help you stay healthier, age well and live longer. Harvard Women’s Health Watchin 2010 reported on a study that examined data from more than 309,000 people. It was concluded that those without satisfying social ties are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Approximately 6 million U.S. spousal caregivers offer in-home care to their ill, disabled or aging spouse, but often at the risk of stress-related conditions including anxiety, depression, headaches, backaches and sleep deprivation. Eventually, care for an ailing loved one can lead to burnout in which the caregiver is depleted physically,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
In the next 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a stroke. Are you among those at highest risk? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or is blocked by a clot. A stroke caused by a blockage is called an ischemic stroke. A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Arthritis is more than the common aches and pains of getting older. For the roughly 50 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis – two-thirds of them are under age 65 – the musculoskeletal disease painfully affects the body’s joints. Instead of being one catchall joint pain and stiffness condition, there are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Our culture is now more age-segregated with diminished interaction between generations. With our increasingly high-tech society lacking in face-to-face interactions, does it really matter if seniors and young ones engage with each other? Ongoing studies on intergenerational relationships are showing that it does. In schools where older adults regularly volunteer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
Each year, one out of every three American adults age 65 and older falls, and falls in this age group are the leading cause of injury death. Trips and stumbles outside are more common than to lose footing indoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 20-30 percent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Jim Pellegrine Blog
JOB FAIR!! CNA/ CHHA Monday, October 7, 2013 10 AM – 2 PM Right at Home is expanding! Be part of a growing team! Join Right at Home, one of the most respected home care agencies in the area. We provide seniors with the ability to live an independent lifestyle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Jim Pellegrine Blog