April news & updates
April 2021 | Issue 3
COVID-19 Updates
Are You Eligible for the COVID Vaccine?
Hopefully, by now, all of our clients and their family members who are ages 60 and older have either received their vaccine(s) or are at least registered for a vaccination.

According to the Commonwealth of MA, individuals 55 years of age and older with one certain medical condition will be able to sign up for and receive the vaccine. Click here to view a list of eligible medical conditions.
In-Home Vaccinations for Homebound Individuals
In-home vaccinations are available to individuals who are not able to leave their home to get to a vaccination site, even with assistance.

These homebound individuals either require an ambulance or the assistance of two people to leave the home or have considerable difficulty and/or require significant support to leave the home for medical appointments.

NOTE: This is for Massachusetts residents only!

Preregistration is Required When Scheduling a Vaccination Appointment
Did you know that you can preregister for a COVID vaccine appt?

Take the stress out of searching aimlessly for appointments! This is an easy way to essentially "hold your place in line" and have the vaccine location contact you when they are ready to schedule you for your appointment!

NOTE: This is for Massachusetts residents only!

Looking for a vaccine location or clinic near you?

Use Mass.Gov's online vaccination location search tool to find out where you and/or your loved one can go to get your vaccine!

Please note that to access this website you will need to use a computer. If you do not have a computer, please call 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.
You may feel like you are the only one with lots of questions about the coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine but we assure you...YOU'RE NOT!

Visit our page to get answers to some of our clients' most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact your Primary Care Physician.
Employee Spotlight
Meet ABC's Newest Member of the Nursing Team- Jessica Walters, RN
Some of you may have known her as a Coordinator but we are thrilled to announce that Jessica "Jess" Walters is now a licensed RN and working on ABC's Nursing Team!

What started as a flexible, part-time homemaking job right out of high school later turned into a full-time Coordinator position while she completed her degree program. Fast forward a couple of years and now working as a nurse, Jess has truly "worked her way up the ladder" at ABC Home Healthcare over the past five years and has embraced every minute of doing so!

April Showers Bring May Flowers - Happy Spring
Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart

"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."
Eckhart Tolle
Springing into April 2021 Feeling Grateful
It has now been over a year since all of our lives changed forever as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While this year brought countless challenges, it also brought to light all of the things we should be grateful for and not take for granted.

To you, our clients & family members, we thank you for entrusting ABC Home Healthcare Professionals with your care/the care of your loved one. We are committed to keeping seniors living safely and independently at home and are thrilled to hear all of the wonderful feedback from our clients and their families regarding their aging-in-place experience during this pandemic.

Senior Wellness Tips for Staying Healthy This Spring

With the weather getting nicer, it's almost time to ditch "cabin fever" and start enjoying the great outdoors!

Below are a few wellness tips to help keep you feeling healthy and energized this spring:

  1. Schedule a check-up with your physician to check your weight, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels
  2. Lace up your sneakers and start walking to improve bone and heart health as well as improving sleep
  3. Join a *virtual* exercise group or do some light exercises while at home- there are some great, free exercise videos online or on-demand (depending on if you have this through your cable provider)
  4. Get some fresh air and start gardening
  5. Tis the season for fruit and veggies- incorporate more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet
  6. You can never drink too much water- stay hydrated!
  7. Beware of allergies and let your physician know if you are experiencing discomfort due to allergies so they can recommend a good allergy treatment

Just a delicious little "something" to power-up your day

The sun is beginning to shine, birds are starting to chirp and waking up in the morning is becoming a bit easier!

Try this delicious egg white frittata with green veggies and cheese to kick-start your day with something that's healthy, delicious and, best of all, EASY!

Here's what you will need:

  • 6-8 egg whites (beaten) or 8 fl oz of liquid egg whites
  • 2 scallions, slices (separate white and green parts)
  • 1/2 cup kale or spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or 2 sprigs)
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning of your choice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella or monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • cooking spray or oil

Get Organized and Start Planning!
If you are hoping to age in place, you want to start planning ahead if you haven't already.

The very first step in planning for your future is hiring an ELDER LAW ATTORNEY who can not only advise you when it comes to wills and trust planning but can truly be your strategic partner when it comes to elder care options.

There are five smart tips for hiring an elder law attorney...

Supporting the Communities We Serve
Tune into this quick video for more information about this cool program!
Introducing REquipment and Their Durable Medical Equipment Recycling Program
ABC Home Healthcare Professionals remains invested in you and providing you with the most helpful resources possible for all of your aging-in-place needs.

We were excited to learn about this incredible company, REquipment, and their fantastic Durable Medical Equipment Recycling Program. Whether you are spring cleaning and looking to donate unwanted medical equipment like walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs etc. or if you are in need of durable medical equipment (DME) to remain living safely and independently at home, REquipment can help!

Supporting a More Dementia Friendly Community for All
ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is proud to say that we have our own Dementia Friends Champion right here in-house!

Our Business Development Manager, Michelle McNall, has just completed the course required to be able to train others within the community on how to become more dementia friendly and inclusive for all!

Are you interested in learning more about Dementia or would you, your family or your organization benefit from a Dementia Friends training?

The Fun Stuff
Can You Guess It?

An area along the California and Oregon border, known as the "Easter Lily Capital of the World," produces more than 11 million bulbs for the potted Easter Lily market.

What percent do you think this is compared to the Easter Lily bulbs produced worldwide?

Fun With Words

Crossword puzzles are a fun way to pass the time but, more importantly, they are a great exercise for the brain!

Did you solve it? Find the answers here