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Doolittle Home Honors Staff At Annual Trustees Picnic

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The food service staff at Doolittle Home spared no effort in preparing delicious food for the Annual Trustees Picnic. The weather was perfect making this special occasion shine. After visiting with residents and listening to Doolittle Home’s live musical entertainment in the blooming garden, the Board Of Trustees then acknowledged service anniversaries for staff members, with Lori DiTomaso receiving the top recognition for 20 years of dedicated service as Food Service Supervisor followed by Edwina “Scotty” Scott in Laundry for 15 years at Doolittle Home. Nursing staff member, Sharon Kantzer, Caitlyn Kelly in Dietary and Terry Bouffard, CNA also received a certificate and pin for 10 years of devoted service. Kristie O’Connell, CNA and Holly Collins in Housekeeping for 5 years of loyal service for the home.

During the ceremony, DeAnna Willis, Executive Director, spoke about the continuous efforts of the entire staff, including activities, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary, and the professional medical staff, collaborating daily to provide extraordinary care, which is the hallmark of the Doolittle Experience. “The service provided to our residents is very personalized.  Our staff have been with us for a very long  time.  They know our residents well and I believe that’s what sets us apart from other retirement communities in the area.  We know what we do well…and that is continuity of care for our residents and their families.”

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Acupuncture For Older Adults

 

Many older adults are struggling with chronic health issues. Long-term health concerns are a strain on individuals, families, and societies. Health conditions are challenging for any person regardless of the diagnosis. However, chronic conditions pose unique challenges for the patient, doctor, and the patient’s family. Acupuncture is a holistic approach to treating chronic medical conditions that have yielded positive and mixed scientific results. Read below to learn more about the benefits and limitations of acupuncture for older adults, particularly as a way to relieve chronic pain.

Acupuncture is the oldest healing practice in the world, originating in China. Healing is facilitated with the insertion of needles and heat at particular pressure points in the body. According to the National Institute of Health, acupuncture opens channels in the body, known as meridians, in order to increase the flow of energy (qi). A theory of acupuncture is that pain and other conditions occur because energy channels are blocked or slow moving at various parts of the body.

If you’re thinking about consulting your doctor about acupuncture, you are not alone. A 2007 National Health Interview Survey said that 3.1 million Americans reported to have used acupuncture in the last year. The most common conditions that brought individuals into the acupuncturist were pain or musculoskeletal issues. The results about the effects of acupuncture on various health conditions are still mixed, though. For example, a 2009 review on pain-relieving effects of acupuncture compared to placebo was inconclusive.

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Sleeping Well Into Older Adulthood

Older adults experience changes in sleeping patterns and habits that are part of normal phases of development. Changes in sleeping patterns, though, do not mean that sleep quality should diminish. Older adults require quality sleep every night in order to function at the highest level each day. According to Harvard Medical School, there are several common factors that cause sleep disturbance for older adults. Poor sleep habits and sleep environment are critical factors that influence older adults’ sleeping patterns.

Poor sleep habits are varied and dependent on the lifestyle of the individual. Falling asleep in front of the television or dozing off on the couch are two examples of poor sleep habits. To fix poor sleep habits, outline a nighttime ritual and follow it. Research suggests turning off electronics an hour before bed. Drinking non-caffeinated tea and reading a book are common activities that precede sleep. Refrain from engaging in activities in your bed that are not related to sleeping or intimacy.

Your bedroom is the environment in which you fall to sleep. Look around your bedroom and identify parts that bring around anxiety and stress. Is your bill basket on your nightstand, reminding you of the debt on your credit card? Do you have clutter stacked on your dresser? Change aspects of your bedroom that cause anxiety. Your bedroom should be a place that elicits peace and calm. If you’re not sure how to transform your sleeping environment, reach out to people who love you for advice.

About Doolittle Home

For an affordable monthly fee, Doolittle Home of Southeastern MA, provides 24/7 nursing care, a licensed nursing unit, onsite nutrition with a registered Dietician, Physical, Occupational, Speech therapies various activities and hairdressing services.  A small resident to staff ratio ensures that your loved ones receives the best care possible.

Doolittle Home is proud of its top-notch reputation and recently received a Deficiency Free Survey from the Massachusetts Board Of Public Health.  With increasingly stringent regulations, achieving the deficiency-free rating is exceedingly difficult. These surveys, and the subsequent ratings, are a useful tool for prospective and current residents; their families and health care practitioners, to make informed choices about the quality of a long term care facility.

 It takes an entire team effort to achieve this distinguished rating.  DeAnna Willis, Executive Director with the continuous efforts of the entire staff, including activities, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary, and professional medical staff, collaborate daily to provide exceptional care, which is the hallmark of the Doolittle Experience.

Doolittle Home is located at 16 Bird Street Foxboro, MA conveniently situated on the corner of Bird and Baker Streets minutes from Foxboro Common. Click Here to visit our website.

Interested in scheduling a tour? Call DeAnna Willis 508-543-2694

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Forgiveness-It’s Good For Your Health!

Mother Theresa once said, “If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.” Forgiving, though, is not an easy process. In fact, the difficulty of forgiving others is often the reason for the ending of friendships and romantic relationships. The scientific research on forgiveness sends the clear message that forgiveness is good for your health. If you want to reconcile with someone who harmed you, read below to learn more about forgiveness and its role in your life.

The Mayo Clinic describes forgiveness as the decision to “let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge.” Forgiveness allows for peace and calm to wash over you rather than rage and resentment. Walking through life holding anger for someone’s behavior invites stress. Stress might be present if your heart rate increases, pupils dilate, and hands tremble. You may also eat more when you are stressed and snap at others.

If you’re ready to begin forgiving, there are many different ways to move through the process. Talk with a friend, family member, or trained mental health professional about the context of your relationship with the person you are forgiving and the particular behavior(s) you are forgiving. Forgiveness may include a conversation with the person where you discuss the issue(s) directly. Or, you might engage in forgiveness individually without involving the other person. You might combine both approaches and others depending on your particular situation. There is no one way to forgive.

About Doolittle Home

Doolittle Home’s all inclusive options provide peace of mind for Doolittle Home’s Life Care, Month-To-Month and Respite Care residents.

For an affordable monthly fee, Doolittle Home of Southeastern MA, provides 24/7 nursing care, a licensed nursing unit, onsite nutrition with a registered Dietician, Physical, Occupational, Speech therapies various activities and hairdressing services.  A small resident to staff ratio ensures that your loved ones receives the best care possible.

Doolittle Home is proud of its top-notch reputation and recently received a Deficiency Free Survey from the Massachusetts Board Of Public Health.  With increasingly stringent regulations, achieving the deficiency-free rating is exceedingly difficult. These surveys, and the subsequent ratings, are a useful tool for prospective and current residents; their families and health care practitioners, to make informed choices about the quality of a long term care facility.

 “It takes an entire team effort to achieve this distinguished rating. ” DeAnna Willis, Executive Director notes “with the continuous efforts of the entire staff, including activities, maintenance, housekeeping, dietary, and professional medical staff, collaborate daily to provide exceptional care, which is the hallmark of the Doolittle Experience”.

If you or your loved one are interested in a tour please call 508.543.2694. Ask for DeAnna Willis.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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