Archive for February, 2012

Interesting idea for pre-marriage: discussing your parents’ future care?

February 29th, 2012 No Comments

The wedding season is coming up soon, and any couples are attending pre-marital counseling prior to their marriage. They talk of how to handle finances, child raising methods, how to handle conflicts, and discuss future goals and dreams. Should they add how they plan to provide elder care New Jersey for their aging parents when the time comes? It may be premature, depending on the age of their parents, but it is definitely an issue that will affect their marriage at some point.


Check out these 7 tips to become a sucessful caregiver…

February 28th, 2012 No Comments

Being a NJ elder care caregiver to a neighbor or family member can be one of the most rewarding jobs you may have…and also one of the most demanding and stressful ones. To make the most out of your time caring for someone, follow these tips:

  • 1. Learn all you can about the illness or condition of your loved one. Knowledge is power.
  • 2. Get support. This could be through a support group or with extra care (such as a home care NJ)
  • 3. Make sure the home is safe for the care recipient. Many simple things can be done to make the home safer, from removing area rugs to installing toilet rails, for example.
  • 4. Find a back-up caregiver. This is for times when you may not be available.
  • 5. Seek other resources such as free programs through your local senior center or Council on Aging.
  • 6. Investigate financial and legal services. The Veterans Program we offer is one example–home care to qualified veterans as no personal cost.
  • 7. Allow help from friends and family. Don’t be a martyr…ask for help when needed. When people offer their help, take them up on the offer.


Christopher Plummer, age 82, wins Oscar…

February 27th, 2012 1 Comment

NJSeniorCare.com | Last night was a great night for Christopher Plummer, who at the age of 82, became the oldest Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor in the film “Beginnings.” Plummer has been in the movie business for over 50 years. One of his notable roles was Captain Von Trapp in 1965’s “The Sound of Music.” Before Plummer, George Burns won his Oscar at age 80, as was Jessica Tandy when she won hers for “Driving Miss Daisy.” Plummer doesn’t plan to stop acting. He’s an inspiration for all seniors who have a passion for what they do…age isn’t an issue!

How to beat caregiver stress…

February 15th, 2012 No Comments

Caring for your elder loved one can be very rewarding, but also stressful and exhausting at times. To help make your life easier, check out our Caregiver Page on our NJ Senior Care website. If offers tips and solutions on how to make the most out of your unique situation.

Agingcare.com offers a list of what’s “okay” for a caregiver to feel, such as “it’s okay that you don’t have the answers.” Check out their list at http://bit.ly/ycE6N1.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care!

February 14th, 2012 1 Comment

Happy Valentine’s Day

from all of us at Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care!
Give the seniors you love a hug and
let them know how much you care about them.

Beat the Monday blues: listen to your favorite TV theme songs from the past!

February 13th, 2012 1 Comment

Do you have the Monday blues? If you’re a baby boomer, senior, or just someone loves classic TV, check out AARP’s compilation of TV theme songs of yesterday. Favorites from shows All In the Family, The Jeffersons, The Beverly Hillbillies, Cheers, Gilligan’s Island, The Flintstones, Happy Days, Friends, Welcome Back Kotter, and Sesame Street round out the top 10.

Go to http://aarp.us/zg0YJd to watch (and sing along to) the opening theme songs…and have a great day! 😀

Caring for a loved one? Take a much-deserved break with our NJ senior care services.

The last known WWI veteran has died…

February 9th, 2012 No Comments

Last known WWI Veteran

NJ Senior Care | Florence Green, 110, was the last known veteran of WWI. She died on Saturday in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, according to the BBC. Green was a waitress in the Woman’s Royal Air Force in 1918, at the age of 17. She served her country at the home front. [More on this story at CNN.com http://bit.ly/yOKeLu].

We at Visiting Angels salute all veterans, especially those who served our country during wartime. These brave people may be eligible for the Aid and Attendance home care benefit. Please look into our special Veterans Program. Visiting Angels of Burlington & Mercer Counties provides qualifying Veterans and their widowed spouses with home care at no cost—well before they are awarded their Veterans’ home care benefit from the government.

 

We’re pleased to spotlight our Recruitment Coordinator, Taishia Ward

February 8th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care is pleased to spotlight Taishia Ward as its Recruitment Coordinator based in the Marlton office. The Recruitment Coordinator’s main role is to recruit the most qualified Certified Nurse’s Aides (CNAs) and Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs) in Burlington and Mercer Counties. To that end, Taishia corresponds with numerous CNA/CHHA training institutes (such as Lincoln Tech, CDM Institute, and Moe Shea Institute of Mercer County) to engage the brightest new graduates. Job fairs, internet inquiries, and referral sources are other avenues in which she locates top “Angels.” Taishia has the unique ability to distinguish the professional, compassionate, hardworking, and enthusiastic aides from those who are “just looking for a paycheck.” Other job functions include assisting Managing Director and Co-Owner Nora de Cárdenas with new recruit orientation and performing office work.

Taishia is a very gracious and sociable person who was born and raised in Newark, NJ. She moved to South Jersey in 1996 and has a daughter and a stepson. Although Taishia is currently a Criminal Justice major (she attends classes in her spare time), she has, in the past, worked with brain-injured and older Alzheimer’s individuals for 7 years. Taishia is extremely excited to be Visiting Angels’ own “Recruiting Angel.”

If you or someone you know would like to be CNA/CHHA “Angel,” complete our job application.

New AARP/Microsoft study examines the generational differences of communicating…

February 7th, 2012 1 Comment

NJ Senior Care | A new study by AARP/Microsoft has released a new study of computer and mobile device users, ranging in age from 13 to 75. The study found that sites such as Facebook and Twitter are helping build quality and quantity of communication within the family.

Some other interesting statistics from the study:

  • 83 percent of the users have concerns about the safety of their internet activity
  • 64 percent of parents/grandparents of teens report being extremely or very concerned about online safety risks which could affect their family
  • 30 percent of all respondents would like their family members to communicate more through social networking sites
  • 83 percent think going online is a “helpful” form of communicating with family members
  • 63 percent of the 13-25 year-olds would rather text than any other way of communicating, but only 31 percent of the 39-75 age group would rather text

Read more on AARP’s website: http://aarp.us/xx5Ni7

Check out our latest “Angel Home Care News” issue…

February 3rd, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ‘s latest issue of Angel Home Care News is hot off the press! In this issue, find out who our “2011 Angel Recognition Award” recipients were, learn how to double your dollars, read about about some cool gadgets, get tips on how to cut salt out of your diet, and more! Read the February issue today!