Joanne MacInnis

President, Aberdeen Home Care, Inc.

Despite being so done” with living our lives around the COVID-19 virus, the severity of the current rate of infection demands our attentionand consideration. We have many months of coping and learning under our belts. We’ve become informed about the scientific factstransmission method, and most importantly, the tools and lifestyle behaviors that can protect us and prevent infection. 

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It is almost like midnight at 4:00 pm these days.  Even if the seconds of daylight increase after the solstice on December 21, the darkness is upon us, NOW.  In the darkness, I’m looking for the lightthe decorated houses with window lights that feel like Colonial Williamsburg, the Chevy Chase Christmas chaos, or a wreath on the door with a little light on it.  It cheers me; it warms me; it makes the darkness more tolerable.  

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This will be a holiday season like no other, writes Joanne MacInnis, RN and president of Danvers-based Aberdeen Home Care, Inc.  Here are her tips for getting through, safely.

Each November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in the health care system and in homes across the nation. Aberdeen Home Care of Danvers celebrates its staff, especially “Agency Champion Suzanne Crossen, a resident of Manchester. 

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Is your loved one's neighborhood still participating in Halloween, even if in a limited capacity?  Consider putting a basket of candy outside in the driveway, not necessarily right next to the door.  Although this may be a "light" trick or treat year, it's a good idea to have a family member visit with your elder on Halloween during the evening hours.  If you can't be there in person, a telephone check-in is a must. 

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As Dorothy said in the “merry old land of OZ,” which was as different from Kansas as it could be, she was in a new world. We are in that new world too. School and Testing and Vaccines, OH MY. 

 

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It is indeed.  Consider just these four big-ticket topics: COVID, Economy, School, Politics, and my head is spinning.  I imagine yours is too.  The heat setting on our cooktop of coping seems to be on “hard boil.

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