Archive | July, 2012

47 Years Later At Doolittle Home

What a pleasant surprise today. Marilyn Aulis and Kathleen O’Malley came back to visit Doolittle Home after working here nearly 47 years ago. Marilyn’s mother was the head of housekeeping and that is how she started working here as a teenager into her 20’s. Kathleen’s mother in law, Madelyn, was the Executive Director of Doolittle Home, where Kathleen was a nurses aid.

Stories were shared about dignitaries arriving at Doolittle Home for tea and snacks after Foxboro Field Day, their fond experiences here, how residents used to pitch in with washing dishes, and explained that Foxboro was a small tight knit community.

“Hairdressing was in the basement next to the kitchen, and Mrs. Willard talked about the Civil War.” Kathleen explained.

This is what makes Doolittle Home so special. Even after 47 years, there is a special place in the hearts of those touched by The Doolittle Home.

If you would like more information about Doolittle Home or schedule a private tour call DeAnna Willis 508.543.2694

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Summertime Safety Tips For Diabetics

It’s Summertime!  Here, in New England, that means high temps and humidity that can leave just about everyone a little wilted.  But folks who are diabetic may have a special challenge.  “People with diabetes have an impaired ability to sweat, which predisposes them to heat-related illnesses, as do uncontrollable high blood sugars,” according to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Adrienne Nassar.

Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and the health of a diabetic.  A diabetic’s body has a harder time handling high heat, combined with humidity (high heat index)

Here are suggestions from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation for taking care of yourself during hot weather:

  • Heat can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and also increase the absorption of some fast-acting insulin, meaning you will need to test your blood glucose more often and perhaps adjust your intake of insulin, food and liquids.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, to avoid dehydration. Avoid sugar-sweetened beverages such as sweet tea and sodas.
  • If your doctor has limited how much liquid you can drink, ask what to do during times of high heat.
  • Check package inserts with medications to learn when high temperatures can affect them. Take medications with you if you will need to take them while you’re away from home, and protect them from the heat.
  • If you’re traveling with insulin, don’t store it in direct sunlight or in a hot car. Keep it in a cooler, but do not place it directly on ice or on a gel pack.
  • Check glucose meter and test strip packages for information on use during times of high heat and humidity. Do not leave them in a hot car, by a pool, or on the beach.
  • Heat can damage insulin pumps and other equipment. Do not leave the disconnected pump or supplies in the direct sun.
  • Get physical activity in air-conditioned areas, or exercise outside early or late in the day, during cooler temperatures.
  • Use your air conditioner or go to air-conditioned buildings in your community.

The Joslin Diabetes Center offers these tips for diabetics:

First thing—keep hydrated!! The heat causes you to sweat more and dehydration will raise your blood glucose levels. Water is your best fluid replacement. All good news—no calories, no carbohydrate, and pure hydration. If you do choose fluids with calories, be sure to account for the carbs.

Check the sensation: The heat can fool you into thinking your low. Sweating, flushing, rapid heartbeat these are symptoms of hypoglycemia but they can also be a consequence of the heat. Before you take extra carb you may not need, check your blood glucose. A full glass of water and getting out of the heat may be the answer.

Keep your footwear on: It may be delicious wiggling your toes in the toasty, sun-baked sand, but if you have neuropathy or vascular problems, shoes on. Neuropathy can make it difficult for you to feel if your feet are getting burned. Ditto walking poorly shod on hot pavement. Unnoticed cuts and sores can let bacteria in, leading to a nasty infection.

Take a pump vacation: going to the beach perhaps? The insulin in your pump is just as sensitive to the heat as insulin in a vial. This may be the time to leave the pump at home and carry a pen or vial and syringe in a cool pack.

So be prepared and when you’re in the heat, and keep thinking about all the snow you’re not shoveling.

If you have diabetes and have any questions about coping with heat or other extreme weather conditions, be certain to consult with your medical team. Doolittle Home monitors residents blood sugar to ensure safe glucose levels.

What makes Doolittle Home special?  The Doolittle Home provides retirement living for both men and women with a unique twist: Besides the charming bed and breakfast atmosphere, great food and activities, Doolittle Home’s life care option guarantees care for life. It is the only retirement community licensed by the Commonwealth of Mass. as a “Life Care” facility. 24/7 nursing care included. Accredited nursing unit located on premises and only available to residents. All inclusive fees mean knowing how to budget. Call today to experience the Doolittle Difference! More than assisted living…Total Life Care! Come see why we received a deficiency free survey from the state of Massachusetts. Call DeAnna Willis, Executive Director at 508.543.2694 to schedule a tour.


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Beach Party Comes To Doolittle Home

What a great afternoon for a “Beach Party” and “Treasure Hunt.” Roz Champagne, Doolittle Home’s Activities Director and two special volunteers, brother and sister team Christopher and Lindsay, brought fun, laughter and summer adventure to our residents.

The afternoon began with serving Salted Rimmed Margaritas, fresh limes and a special Cranberry Cocktail, followed by delightful light fare of Tabouleh on special whole grain sesame crackers, cajun crab dip and a fresh and juicy fruit salad hand diced by Roz and Doolittle Home resident Mary Korman.

The serving table was adorned with shells and colorful tumbled sea glass. As the party unfolded, it was time for the treasure hunt, where trinkets of coins and jewels were to be scooped from the sand to win a prize. The winners for today were Dottie, and Irma with the grand prize awarded to Pauline , who grabbed a huge scoop of sand and a sparkling diamond like ring.

To set the mood, Roz looked dazzling in her beach attire while in the background was music by Jimmy Buffet to create a  “tropical” ambiance. For more activities photos click here

Doolittle Home wants to also thank Bay Coast Bank for generously donating the sand buckets which happen to be “Doolittle Home Blue”.

To learn more about the Doolittle Home – please visit our website by clicking here.




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Doolittle Home Honors Staff

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The food service staff at Doolittle Home spared no effort in preparing delicious food for the Annual Trustees Picnic. Even though the event took place indoors due to the scorching heat index, the special occasion went on without a hitch. After visiting with residents, and listening to Doolittle Home’s musical entertainment, the Trustees then honored service anniversaries for staff members, with Anne Alves receiving the top recognition for 35 years of dedicated service as head nurse. June O’Leary and Sioban, received a certificate and pin for 5 years of service, Christine Kent , Director of Nursing for 15 years with the home, and Roz Champagne, Activities Director for 10 years of service.

To Watch DeAnna Willis, Executive Director of Doolittle Home, honor each staff member click here.

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