Embracing Gratitude: Seniors and the Meaning of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special time of year when we come together to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. While this holiday is often associated with family gatherings and feasts, it’s important to recognize the unique role that seniors play in embodying the true spirit of Thanksgiving. In this blog, we celebrate the wisdom, resilience, and generosity of seniors, highlighting their profound contributions to the essence of this cherished holiday.

  1. The Wisdom of Age:

Seniors are a living testament to the value of gratitude and reflection. With years of life experience, they have learned to appreciate the small joys and endure the challenges that come their way. Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for seniors to impart their wisdom to younger generations, sharing stories and life lessons that remind us all to be thankful for the journey we’ve traveled.

2. Passing Down Traditions:

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition that has been passed down through generations. Seniors play a crucial role in preserving and enriching these traditions. From sharing secret family recipes to teaching the importance of giving back, seniors ensure that the true meaning of Thanksgiving is passed on to future generations, fostering a sense of continuity and connection within families.

3. Gratitude in Adversity:

Many seniors have faced adversity throughout their lives, yet they continue to find gratitude amidst challenges. Whether it be health issues, financial struggles, or the loss of loved ones, seniors exemplify resilience and a remarkable ability to see the silver linings. Their unwavering spirit serves as a powerful reminder to be grateful, even in the face of adversity, and to cultivate a positive outlook during difficult times.

4. Generosity and Community:

Thanksgiving is a time for giving, and seniors are often at the forefront of charitable acts within their communities. From volunteering at local food banks to organizing fundraisers for those in need, seniors demonstrate an unwavering generosity that inspires others to join in the spirit of giving. Their selflessness is a shining example of the true essence of Thanksgiving – coming together to help and uplift one another.

5. Cherishing Time Together:

For many seniors, Thanksgiving is a precious opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. Whether it’s gathering around the dinner table or engaging in cherished traditions, this holiday serves as a reminder of the importance of family and connection. Seniors savor these moments, cherishing the bonds they have formed over a lifetime and creating lasting memories to be treasured for years to come.

As we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us take a moment to acknowledge and honor the invaluable contributions of seniors. Their wisdom, resilience, and generosity serve as a guiding light, reminding us of the true meaning of gratitude and thankfulness. May we embrace their presence and carry their spirit of giving throughout the year, recognizing that seniors enrich our lives in countless ways. This Thanksgiving, let us express our heartfelt appreciation for the seniors among us and the profound impact they have on our lives.

Nurturing Connections: Meaningful Ways to Connect with a Loved One Living with Dementia

Connecting with a loved one who has dementia requires patience, understanding, and adapting to their changing abilities. While dementia can present challenges in communication and memory, it is still possible to maintain a meaningful connection. In this blog, we will explore compassionate ways to connect with your loved one living with dementia, fostering emotional bonds and enhancing their quality of life.

  1. Create a familiar environment:

Familiarity is essential for individuals with dementia. Creating a familiar and comfortable environment can help reduce anxiety and confusion. Arrange their living space with familiar objects, photographs, and mementos that hold sentimental value. This will provide a sense of continuity and help trigger memories and conversations.

  1. Use non-verbal cues:

As dementia progresses, verbal communication may become challenging. However, non-verbal cues can bridge this gap and facilitate understanding. Use gentle touch, facial expressions, and body language to convey love, support, and reassurance. Maintain eye contact and be attentive to their expressions and gestures, allowing for a more intuitive connection.

  1. Engage in sensory activities:

Sensory activities can be highly beneficial for individuals with dementia, as they stimulate the senses and evoke memories. Incorporate activities involving touch, smell, taste, sight, and sound. Simple activities such as listening to music, smelling flowers, or engaging in gentle hand massages can create moments of joy and connection.

  1. Embrace the power of music:

Music has a profound impact on individuals with dementia. It can help evoke memories, improve mood, and promote emotional connections. Play songs that hold personal meaning or are from their past. Sing along together or encourage them to tap their feet or clap their hands in time with the music. Music can be a powerful tool to connect on a deeply emotional level.

  1. Practice reminiscence therapy:

Reminiscence therapy involves recalling and discussing past memories, which can be particularly meaningful for individuals with dementia. Look through old photo albums, watch home videos, or read aloud from their favorite books. Encourage them to share their memories and validate their experiences. This not only fosters connection but also helps preserve their sense of identity.

  1. Focus on moments of joy:

When connecting with a loved one with dementia, focus on creating moments of joy and engagement. Engage in activities they enjoy, such as gardening, painting, or listening to their favorite stories. Celebrate small achievements and milestones. By embracing joy and positivity, you can create a nurturing and uplifting environment.


Connecting with a loved one living with dementia requires adapting to their unique needs and abilities. By creating a familiar environment, using non-verbal cues, engaging in sensory activities, embracing music, practicing reminiscence therapy, and focusing on moments of joy, you can cultivate a strong and meaningful connection. Remember, it’s the moments of genuine connection and love that truly matter in the journey of dementia care.

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia and is experiencing challenges, our Dementia and Alzheimer’s service can truly make a difference in their lives. We invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation or call us at 617-326-1500 to learn more about how we can support your family during this difficult time.

The Effects of Cold Weather on the Elderly: How Babette Home Care Can Help

As winter approaches, it is essential to recognize the unique challenges that cold weather poses for the elderly population. From increased health risks to social isolation, the impact of cold weather on seniors should not be underestimated. In this blog, we will explore the effects of cold weather on the elderly and discuss how a home care agency can play a crucial role in providing support and care during these challenging times.

1. Increased Risk of Hypothermia:

Cold weather puts seniors at a higher risk of hypothermia, a condition where the body loses heat faster than it can produce. Hypothermia can lead to serious health complications and even be life-threatening. Babette Home Care can help by ensuring that seniors have access to warm clothing, proper heating in their homes, and regular monitoring of their body temperature.

2. Aggravation of Chronic Health Conditions:

For those with pre-existing conditions like arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, or respiratory issues, cold weather can exacerbate symptoms and increase discomfort. Babette Home Care can provide personalized care plans, medication management, and assistance with mobility, ensuring that seniors can effectively manage their chronic health conditions throughout the winter season.

3. Slip and Fall Accidents:

Icy sidewalks and slippery surfaces pose a significant risk of falls for elderly individuals. Falls can result in severe injuries, fractures, and a loss of independence. Babette Home Care can help mitigate this risk by offering companionship, assistance with walking, and ensuring that the home environment is free from hazards such as loose rugs or clutter.

4. Social Isolation and Mental Health:

Cold weather often limits outdoor activities and social interactions, leading to increased feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety among seniors. Babette Home Care  can combat social isolation by providing companionship, organizing virtual platforms for communication, and facilitating indoor activities. Regular check-ins and emotional support play a vital role in maintaining the mental well-being of the elderly during periods of isolation.

5. Inadequate Nutrition and Hydration:

Cold weather may decrease seniors’ appetites, resulting in reduced food and fluid intake. This can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and a weakened immune system. Babette Home Care  can ensure that seniors have access to warm and nutritious meals, provide hydration reminders, and offer dietary supplements when necessary. 

In conclusion, the effects of cold weather on the elderly are not to be taken lightly. However, with the assistance of a home care agency like Babette Home Care, seniors can receive the specialized care and support they need during the winter months. From managing chronic health conditions to preventing falls and promoting social engagement, these agencies play a vital role in safeguarding the well-being of our aging population. By recognizing and addressing the challenges posed by cold weather, we can ensure that seniors’ golden years are filled with comfort, warmth, and joy

If you or a loved one would like to discuss how Babette Home Care’s services can assist in helping mitigate the challenges that the cold weather poses, please give us a call 617-326-1500  or contact us and we would be happy to provide custom services that match your need.

How To Celebrate The Holidays While Social Distancing

Elderly on Christmas

As Covid-19 cases continue to spike and stricter guidelines for social distancing are being put back into place. The holiday season is looking very different this year. Under the current circumstances, it’s advised that families stay home for the holidays and continue to practice social distancing. 

This is an especially hard time to be separated from family and friends and so we have put together a list of 5 ways to celebrate the holidays this year while social distancing.

Take Advantage Of Technology

Even though you are not able to meet in person, take advantage of platforms such as Zoom or Facetime. You could send a Zoom invitation to everyone and celebrate all together – virtually! This will help everyone feel together. 

Remember that it might be overwhelming for your senior loved ones to attend a virtual call. Be sure to be mindful and not to speak over one another. Allow your elderly loved one(s) a chance to speak and listen carefully to what they have to say. You can also decide on activities to participate in before the call.

Include Those Who Can’t Be With You

Even though we can’t all be together in person, be sure to keep family traditions alive and also to include your loved one(s) in activities. For example, bake your grandmother’s famous Christmas recipes (Remember to send her some pictures). Keeping holiday traditions alive this year is extra important. Another way to include those who can’t be with you in person is by doing the things you normally do with your loved one(s) over zoom or FaceTime such as opening presents on Christmas day or singing Christmas carols together. Celebrations aren’t complete without family traditions.

Enroll of Acts of Service 

This time of year can be especially stressful and hard for many people. A way in which you can connect with your loved ones is through acts of service. Along with your loved ones, you can take some time this holiday season to volunteer for a cause that means a lot to you. Donate or volunteer in organizations in need such as hospitals, food banks, community organizations, toy drives for children etcetera.

Host Holiday Movie Nights

A fun activity the whole family can enjoy is a virtual movie night! Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu allows watchers to host a watch party. Which means that you and your friends/family can all watch the same movie at the same tile while chatting with one another. Here is a helpful article on how to set up a watch party.

Send Holiday Cards

Sending holiday cards might be a tradition in your family. If not, maybe this year could be a first for your loved ones. While we’re all social distancing, make this year extra special for your older loved ones  by sending an extra special holiday card. You could include some extra warm wishes and pictures from this year. 

This will be a great way to reconnect with your loved ones from afar and remind them just how much you care.

5 Reasons To Attend

Elderly watching virtual summit online

Are you ready to break the quarantine blues and join a fun event? We have the perfect event for you! FREE Entertainment and Surprise Giveaways to bring our communities some much-needed light and joy. Here are our top 5 reasons to sign up and attend.

5 Reasons to attend: For Seniors in Quarantine.

Successful communication with a person who has Alzheimer’s Disease

Elderly Couple Drinking Coffee

Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia diminish a person’s ability to communicate day by day. This can be frustrating for both the patient and their family members, which often leads to unnecessary conflict and miscommunication. When speaking to a person with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to be very aware of one’s listening and speaking strategies. This requires a certain level of patience, understanding, and exceptional listening skills. 

Babette Home Care has a specialized program in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. We have specialized caregivers who are skilled in caring for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. In honor of November being National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we’ve put together helpful tips on how to effectively communicate with a person who has early-stage to late-stage symptoms.  

What to expect when speaking to someone with symptoms? 

There are a few changes in the communication to pay attention to when you are speaking to the patient, these can occur if you are visiting in-person or if you are a call/facetime. Some changes you can expect include; 

  • Problems finding the right words 
  • Continuously using familiar words
  • Frequently losing a train of thought 
  • Describing object other than calling them by name 
  • Speaking less often 
  • Relying on gestures to communicate
  • Reverting to speaking a native language 

Tips on what you can do

Early-Stage Communication

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the person will still be able to have a meaningful conversation and still participate in various social events. The person might start repeating past conversations or stories and experience anxiety when having difficulty remembering words. Tips on how you can help communication. 

  • Be Patient. 
  • Don’t make assumptions based on the person’s diagnosis. The disease affects each person differently at each stage. 
  • Speak directly to the person and not to the caregiver/companion. 
  • Avoid criticizing, correcting, or arguing. 
  • Practice good listening by allowing the person to share their thoughts and feelings as this is a confusing and stressful time. 
  • Find out what the person is comfortable doing in terms of social activities or interactions. 
  • Discuss which form of communication the person prefers (face-to-face, email, or phone)

Mid-Stage Communication

If a person is in the mid-stages of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, that means their ability to communicate has already deteriorated. The symptoms during this stage usually last longer than in the early or late stages. Tips on how you can help communication during mid-stages. 

  • Have more one-on-one conversations instead of being in group settings.
  • Be in a quiet space that has minimal distractions so that the person won’t feel overwhelmed. 
  • Practice patience and reassure the person. 
  • Ask yes or no questions instead of open-ended questions. For example, “Would you like to eat soup?” rather than “What do you want to eat?”
  • Avoid arguing with the person. 
  • Keep written notes around the house. These could be reminders or certain words they have trouble remembering. 

Late-stage Communication

Late-stage is when the disease has affected the person severely. This could last for weeks or years and around the clock care is needed. In this stage, the person will use more non-verbal styles of communication. Tips on how you can help communication during the late-stages. 

  • Identify yourself to the person and approach the person from the front. 
  • Encourage nonverbal communication, this will help the person get his/her point across easier. 
  • Use different senses such as touch, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes as an alternative form of communication. 
  • This is the stage in which you need the most patience and understanding. 
  • Always treat the person with proper dignity and respect. 
  • Offer comfort when you notice the person is having a hard time expressing themselves. 

Our hope is that these tips will help you and your loved one. When the time comes that your loved one needs home care services, Babette Home Care is here to help and offer professional Alzheimer’s and Dementia programs to support you.

For more information please contact us at https://www.babettehomecare.com/homecare-consultation/ 

For information on our upcoming events please visit: https://www.babettehomecare.com/home/virtualsummit/

This is a FREE online event for all to enjoy. 

Source: https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/communications



Tech Savvy Tips For Seniors: How To Attend Virtual (Zoom) Meetings –

Virtual Summit

As days of quarantine and isolation have stretched into months and in-person events have been canceled, virtual meetings and events have become the new normal. For most people, this switch to a more virtual way of interacting has not been a big learning curve. Navigating through Zoom and other online meeting platforms has been pretty simple and easy to do. However, navigating online resources is challenging and frustrating for millions of older adults. 

Social isolation has been a hidden health risk among seniors during the lockdown. We want to decrease the feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing some helpful tips on how to attend virtual meetings. That way, you or your loved one can start attending virtual events, book clubs, hobby clubs, and catch up with friends. 

How To Attend a Virtual Meeting? 

Zoom is currently one of the most popular platforms used to attend virtual events or meetings. You can use it on your phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop (a device that has a camera, microphone, and speakers). Zoom may seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s actually quick to set up and easy to use application. Click this link to follow a step by step guide on how to join a Zoom meeting. 

Another popular application to join online conferences and events is GoToWebinar. This platform can also be used on your phone, laptop, tablet or desktop. It is just as easy to set up and use. Click this link to read a step by step guide on how to sign up and join a GoToWebinar event. 

The final virtual meeting platform we’d like to discuss is Google Hangouts. The great thing about google hangouts is that if you already have a Google account (Gmail address and password), you already have a Google Hangouts account. Click this link to read how to join a Google Hangouts meeting with friends. 

Why Virtual Meetings? 

This pandemic has had psychological impacts on most people due to the increased levels of anxiety, panic, adjustment, and chronic stress. The elderly, who are aware that they are the most vulnerable group, continue to face chronic stress, loneliness, social isolation, fear, and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of when this will all come to an end and the continuing threat that this virus holds for them. Therefore, improving mental health is critically important. Virtual events/meetings allow older adults to reconnect with the world around them, from the safety and comfort of their own homes. 

Now that you have all the tools needed to set up your accounts, go out and enjoy the virtual world. You can always ask a loved one to help get you set up. And speaking of virtual events, we’d like to invite you to our upcoming Summit For Seniors in Quarantine where we are breaking the isolation through entertainment. Be the first to get a sneak peek of our upcoming fan-favorite guests for the summit and more information. 

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What to do when your parents refuse help but need it.

You start noticing changes in your elderly loved one’s behavior. They’re struggling with activities of daily living or there has been a decline in their hygiene. These are common signs that indicate your loved one needs additional care. Other signs include rapid weight loss, a cluttered or disorganized house, forgetfulness, loss of interest in activities they enjoy, or frequent injuries or bruises. When you notice that your loved one is struggling to take care of their health and home, it’s important to know which options of care are available. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s time to start having the difficult conversations with your loved one.

We call these difficult conversations for a reason. Aging loved ones usually feel hesitant about the idea of having a caregiver come into their home. Reasons as to why your loved one feels concerned or hesitant are often caused by a communication gap or misunderstanding. The fear of losing independence, feeling incompetent, or needing to change their daily lives is scary for most people, especially the elderly. Excluding your loved one in the conversations you and the rest of the family are having regarding their care, increases the communication gap, and increases the chance of misunderstandings. Another cause of resistance is caused by emotional distress that they experience. A rapid decline in health and the ability to do daily tasks can cause anger and frustration.

It is important to acknowledge and understand your loved one’s fears and frustrations to have more meaningful and easier conversations. Carefully listen to their concerns and how they feel about the idea so they know their voice is heard. Here are some important tips on how to approach your aging loved one when they resist care.

  1. Start Conversations Early

It is important to start having conversations with your loved one as soon as you start to see signs of decline in their health and conditions, especially if they have already ended up in the hospital. Remember to approach the topic from a place of love and compassion. Keep a calm tone and neutral expressions while talking, to help your loved one feel safe and confident. In the case of increasing cognitive impairment, the longer you wait to have the conversation, the more difficult it will be to explain and convince them that they need help!

  1. Listen And Acknowledge Their Emotions And Feelings

To have the best outcome, acknowledge your loved one’s emotions and concerns. Showing empathy for the situation will make a big difference in how they react. Once you can understand why your loved one is resistant, you can develop an action plan which is more in alignment with what your loved one will be comfortable with. 

  1. Share Your Concerns With Them

Again, when talking about your specific concerns, always remember to address things calmly and lovingly. You could mention specific instances or differences you’ve been noticing in their behavior. By pointing out certain situations, your loved one will more likely be open to listening and learning about care options. If your loved one happens to become defensive, avoid a potential argument. Instead, acknowledge that you understand how difficult this is for them. Be sure to include facts about the consequences of not getting help. 

  1. Establish Common Goals

Establishing common goals is the most important step in having these conversations. Ask your loved one that their goals are. Would they like to remain at home? Would they be comfortable with a caregiver in the home? By realizing what their goals are and aligning those goals with you and your family’s goals. You can adjust and organize the level of care. 

  1. Include A Professional 

Set up a call with a professional to answer any questions you and your loved one may have. It is important to include your loved one in the conversation to make sure that their fears/concerns are being heard. The feeling of inclusivity will help empower them to feel like they have some control in the decision making process. A professional will also be able to explain the current situation to your loved one perhaps in a more clear, concise, and unbiased perspective. 

  1. Avoid Putting Too Much Pressure

Once again, it is important to introduce the conversion early. As the situation worsens the more pressure you and your loved one will feel. If your loved one continues to refuse any type of care, bring someone else, someone who they trust like a close friend or a sibling, into the conversations. 

  1. Keep Notes Of Conversations 

Your loved one might not be able to recall certain conversations or details about the conversations previously discussed. Keeping notes of conversations will help your loved one more easily recall and understand the situation at hand. 

We hope that these tips help you get the care your loved one deserves. If you have any questions regarding our caregivers or services, sign up for our complimentary consultation and we will happily help you with getting services in place. 

Meet Marlene Martin: Caregiver of the month, September 2020

Caregiver of the month, Babette Home Care

We would like to introduce you to our first official Caregiver of the Month, Marlene Martin. Her love and passion for caregiving is evident in her work and she has been a great asset to the Babette Home Care team. We got together with Marlene, eager to know why she decided to become a caregiver and what has been the driving force to her passion and success.

Interviewer: Why did you decide to become a caregiver?

Marlene: I decided to become a caregiver because I love taking care of the elderly. I grew up with my grand-mom and when I began to notice that she could no longer do certain things like she used to, I remember rushing to get things done for her before she even got the chance to do them so I could save her the hardship. This is where my passion started for the elderly.

Interviewer: What is your favorite thing about working with Babette Home Care?

Marlene: My favorite thing about working for Babette Home Care is the genuine love, care, and friendly environment that I get to be a part of. The company is so welcoming, and I feel cared for by the team.

Interviewer What would you say is your superpower as a caregiver?

Marlene: My superpower is my ability to bring a smile and joy to my clients when they see me. This lets me know that my presence makes a positive impact on their lives.

Interviewer: What would you like to do when you retire?

Marlene: When I retire, I am going to become a full-time minister. However, I still want to be a part of the elderly’s lives so I plan on visiting them and providing moral support.

A breakdown of Senior Home Care

Home is where the heart is.

When it comes to Senior Care, there are a variety of options available for your loved one to choose from including; Home Care Agencies, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Independent Living Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Each of these facilities include their own sets of pro’s and con’s and different ways in which they serve the elderly community.

We created this infographic which breaks down the basics of home care and our hope is that this breakdown will help you make a more informed decision about what kind of care is right for you.

This image is a breakdown of the impact of Home Care on individuals, families and the healthcare industry.
What is Senior Home Care.

 For additional questions on the different types of home care please visit our services.