Archive | November, 2013

Holiday Card Drive For Troops

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Residents, family, staff and volunteers signed and addressed 160 cards to contribute to Hero Helpers of America’s Holiday Card Drive. The goal of the Hero Helpers is to send 5,000 cards to our service men and women overseas this holiday season. The non-profit organization was started less than two months ago by two Foxboro natives.

Doolittle Home Activities Director, Roz Champagne organized the effort. “Our residents are always excited to participate in service projects for community organizations. It is wonderful to watch volunteers of all ages work together for a great cause,” commented Roz.

Doolittle Home was chartered in 1915 and has been providing exceptional care for the elderly in downtown Foxboro. Located in a gracious home, it feels more like a New England Bed and Breakfast than a retirement community.

Come see for yourself! Call DeAnna Willis at 508-543-2694 for a private tour. In the meantime, you can take a virtual tour of Doolittle Home by clicking here.

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November Is National Diabetes Month

Nutrition is an important part of the medical treatment plan for diabetes. Diet is critical for management of the disease because of the way that diabetic bodies change when glucose enters the system. For people without diabetes, the insulin in their bodies moderates the amount of glucose in the blood. When someone has diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin and/or use insulin in the correct way. Type 2 diabetes typically occurs after the age of 40. Therefore, middle and older adults are at risk for developing the disease. Read below for how older adults can prevent the onset of diabetes and curb the effects once diagnosed.

Older adults who are diabetic must maintain a strict diet and exercise regimen to ensure that diabetes does not worsen. Making healthy food choices in line with a diabetic diet is not as challenging as it was ten, twenty, or thirty years ago. The National Institute of Health advocates for people to divide their plate in fourths. Half of the plate should include non-starchy vegetables.  The other half of the plate should be divided equally into grains and starchy vegetables and protein. If you’re unsure how to proceed with an appropriate food plan, consult a nutritionist recommended by your primary care doctor.

Physical exercise is another essential part of older adults staying healthy with diabetes. Even if engaging in physical activities is difficult, there are always accommodations you can make. For example, if you enjoy playing golf, forgo the cart and walk the course. If you love to dance, join a Zumba class and take breaks when you’re feeling fatigued. At a minimum, stay active and hydrated. Finding a community that supports your healthy lifestyle is a perfect first step. For more information about Diabetes, visit the national diabetes website.

Doolittle Home provides medication management for all of our residents. We also have a dietician on staff who works with our dietary team to ensure that each resident’s nutritional needs are carefully met. Three healthy and delicious meals are provided to our residents each day with the availability of snacks between meals. In addition, we have 24/7 nursing staff in the home who also monitor residents’ daily health. To learn about all the many services provided at Doolittle Home, please click here.

References
http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/diabetes-older-people-disease-you-can-manage#sthash.E6Y1Paf8.dpuf

 

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Doolittle Home Serves Refreshments at Foxboro Veterans’ Day Program

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Doolittle Home continued our tradition of serving refreshments to attendees of the Foxboro Veterans’ Day Observance. The program, held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Foxboro High School,  honored veterans with a Veterans’ Day Proclamation from State Representative Jay Barrows and a keynote address from Michael Davison, Lt. Col. Retired USAF. A Patriotic medley was performed by The Serenading Seniors including “America The Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

Doolittle Home Board President Joanne Pratt commented, “We are honored to recognize our local veterans by sharing our “Foxboro Famous” cookies. Doolittle Home appreciates being a part of the fabric of Foxboro for almost 100 years and enjoys supporting community events.”

DeAnna Willis, Executive Director of Doolittle Home and Marie Crimmins, Board Vice President invited attendees to enjoy the refreshments and thanked them for their service.

For more information on Doolittle Home, please click here.

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Fall Open House Welcomes Visitors with Doolittle Home Hospitality

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Doolittle Home was buzzing with visitors on Sunday, November 10th during our open house. Guests were cordially invited into the gracious home with the scent of baking gingerbread and were treated to delicious homemade cookies and treats  prepared by our talented kitchen staff.

Guests were able to experience the “Doolittle Home Difference” first hand with personal tours provided by our dedicated Board Members Joanne Pratt (President), Marie Crimmins (Vice President), Edward McIntyre, Catherine Hickey and Florence Spillane.

Doolittle Home is a private nonprofit retirement home providing extraordinary care for those 65 and older for nearly 100 years. Residents live within a beautiful home that looks and feels more like an elegant New England Bed & Breakfast than a long term care facility. Doolittle Home provides 24/7 nursing care, a licensed nursing unit, and onsite nutrition with a registered Dietician, Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies, a wide range of activities and hairdressing services, all included in an affordable monthly fee.  A small resident to staff ratio ensures that your loved one receives the very best care possible.

If you’d like to speak with our Executive Director or take a tour of our facilities, please contact Virginia at 508-543-2694 x27 or email virginia@doolittle-home.org. To view our website, please click here.

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A Special Halloween Visit For Doolittle Home Residents

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Doolittle Home residents enjoyed a costume parade on Halloween morning courtesy of the Crossroads Children Center. Over a dozen pre-school aged children proudly wore their costumes and sang Halloween songs to grinning Doolittle Home residents. This year’s parade was a nod to more traditional characters such as a policeman, fireman, cheerleader, Captain Hook, Power Ranger, a lady bug, princess, Star Wars storm-trooper and a military soldier. The children were very outgoing and brought immense joy during their hour-long visit with the residents of Doolittle Home.

For over 15 years, the Crossroads Children’s Center has been a devoted friend of Doolittle Home, visiting with residents for an hour-long treat each and every month. Roz Champagne, our wonderful activities director of 9 years, schedules these much anticipated visits. Roz says, “It is always a pleasure to welcome the children and their teachers, Marie Williams and Jane Connolly, to Doolittle Home. We are consistently entertained by their programs and personalities.”

Meet Roz Champagne

Roz is adored by the residents. Starting as a volunteer in 2001 before being employed as a Dietary Aide for Doolittle Home, a natural fit was realized when the Director of Activities position became open in January 2004. Roz spends the morning in the nursing unit, followed by various activities, such as a morning stretch program, music appreciation, puzzles, games, poetry, and current events. In the afternoon, Roz can be found in the main house, entertaining the residents with bingo, spelling bees, trivia, amongst other enjoyable activities. Roz books all the entertainment for Doolittle Home with visitors ranging from Crossroads Children Center singing their little hearts out for residents to various community groups and musicians. Doolittle Home’s van provides transportation for trips within the region for out of the home services, such as doctor and dentist appointments, local shopping, and trips to Norton Public Library. Roz is coordinator of Doolittle Home’s volunteer program. Volunteer activities include therapy dog visits, a woman’s discussion group, poetry hour, card making and crafts, as well as a one-on-one program, where volunteers are paired with residents. On Wednesdays each week, bowling is a featured activity, with the mornings focusing on competition and afternoons featuring an assisted bowling program designed for those needing extra care from Doolittle Home’s physical therapist, Marge Howard. Roz is a native North Attleboro resident with 8 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and one very tired husband. Roz always brings her sense of humor and passion for helping others.

For more information on Doolittle Home, please click here

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