Archive for June, 2012

Singer/songwriter Amy Grant on caring for aging parent…

June 28th, 2012 No Comments

Singer/songwriter Amy Grant has recently discussed providing elder care for her aging parent in an article on Forbes.com. “With an aging parent,” she said, “it’s important for the people affected emotionally and financially to have consistent conversations…discuss what’s going to happen next; and think creatively for ways to meet their needs.” She discussed talking to her parents about their future, and the need to assign power of attorney to their daughters. Currently, her father (who has dementia) is living in his own apartment, with round-the-clock home care. She has also become connected with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, with the intent of helping baby boomers to become educated with the long-term care insurance choices for their parents and themselves. To read the Forbes.com article, go to: http://onforb.es/MBaRtd

Take a mental break with Tuesday’s Trivia…

June 26th, 2012 No Comments

Everyone needs to take mental breaks now and then, especially if you’re a family caregiver deep in providing NJ elder care. Without taking time for yourself, you may end up feeling depressed, angry, exhausted, anxious, or guilty. Be sure to take a smile break each day!

Today’s break: Trivia! Stretch your mind by learning the answers to these questions: What’s the most coinage you can have without being able to make change for a dollar? What was the first product to have a barcode? How much pizza does the average American eat each year? How deep is the deepest part of the Gulf of Mexico, measured by a famous NYC building? To find out answers to these questions and more, go to AARP’s website http://aarp.us/Mn3yHz.

“Norma takes care of my grandmother as though she were her own relative” | New Testimonial

June 21st, 2012 1 Comment

We recently received a home care NJ review/testimonial from the granddaughter of one of our clients…

“My grandmother LOVES her Visiting Angel, Norma, and so do we. Norma takes care of my grandmother as though she were her own relative. She’s always busy in my grandmother’s room—cleaning and re-arranging to make it nice for her. We also love that she shuts off the TV to interact with my grandmother, sets her hair, does her nails, and also helps me with other chores around the house. Gold Star to Visiting Angels!”

—Lori W., Hamilton, NJ

Seniors, it’s a scorcher today & tomorrow, so avoid the heat…

June 20th, 2012 No Comments

Today’s the first day of summer…and the heat is on! The Mercer/Burlington County forecast for today is hot, sunny, and muggy, with heat indexes up near 100 degrees. For older adults, and those active with NJ elder care, it’s time to take precautions. Stay inside in the air conditioning, drink plenty of fluids, and stay out of the sun. More hot weather tips for older adults.

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Study shows the effects of lonliness in seniors…

June 19th, 2012 1 Comment

A recent study questioned 1,604 people over the age of 60 how often they feel a sense of isolation or a lack of companionship. The study found:

  • 43% reported feeling lonely over a period of 6 years (from 2002 to 2008)
  • 45% of those feeling lonely were more apt to die than those with meaningful relationships with others
  • 24.8% of those feeling lonely reported diminished abilities to do activities of daily living–bathing, dressing, eating, toileting
  • 62.5% of those feeling lonely were married

Older adults just don’t want to feel “invisible” or ignored. They just want to have significant relationships. Give your older neighbors or loved ones a call or visit…consistently. Their health and well-being depend on it! And as a reminder, Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care can help provide nurturing companionship if you’re not able to be there for your loved ones consistently. Our caring Angels will help take the loneliness out!

To read more, visit The New York Times online at http://nyti.ms/LonelinessInSeniors.

Happy Father’s Day from Visiting Angels!

June 17th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels Home Care NJ wishes dads everywhere a happy day!

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“It was qualities that run deep in her person; not something she was just doing for us”–testimonial

June 14th, 2012 No Comments

Our Visiting Angels’ RN supervisor recently submitted an observation of one of our dedicated aides:

“I wish to acknowledge the excellent job Messie M. did in taking care of our client, Ms. T, a young woman dying from cancer. Messie was gentle and considerate; she went into the case with grace.

It was a very delicate, challenging situation and there was a great need for help. Ms. T’s sister was the only close relative and was caring for our client while also working. Messie had to be flexible and fill-in with ever-changing work hours to help the two sisters. They were very appreciative of the way Messie not only was there for our client, but she also did everything she could to make it easier around the house for both sisters.

But these efforts are not only why I am writing you. It was the words of not only the sister of Ms. T, but also of a friend that impressed me. The friend, of her own accord, wanted to make me aware of the compassion and gentleness with which Messie cared for our client. The friend said, ‘it was qualities that run deep in Messie’s person and not something she was just doing for us.’ How wonderful for our clients to have such high-quality aides to help them.”

–Marilyn W., RN for Visiting Angels NJ senior care

New issue of “Home Care News by Angels”…

June 12th, 2012 No Comments

The latest issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready for viewing! In this issue…

  • Home Safety Tips
  • Gadget Corner
  • What Summer Gatherings May Reveal About Your Loved Ones
  • Senior Humor
  • Fruit and Peanut Butter Dip Recipe
  • What’s Happening At Visiting Angels

Read this month’s Home Care News by Angels issue today!

“Ophelia has considered all aspects of care to make this a wonderful home for the client”–terrific testimonial…

June 7th, 2012 No Comments

We recently received a great report from the Visiting Angels’ RN who supervises our home care NJ aide, Ophelia C.:

“Ophelia has been the live-in aide for Joan B., a client with dementia, for a long time. Caring for people with dementia is very demanding–they are not only less cognitive but are also more physically dependent as time goes by. In Ophelia’s case, her client is a challenge every hour and day she cares for her, and the client’s daily personal care is becoming more difficult and time-consuming as a result.

Understanding that is only half the competence Ophelia shows. Recently, after Ophelia took a week off the case, the client noticed a urine smell in the house. After investigating, Ophelia found the client’s dog was urinating on the carpet. The carpet was replaced, and Ophelia now keeps it clean by leaving pads on which the dog can relieve himself (“accidents”)–all so the dog can remain with Joan.

Ophelia is to be commended for the job she is doing; she is dedicated and professional. The client’s family is so grateful for Ophelia and it is very obvious why she is so respected. Ophelia has considered all aspects of care to make this a wonderful home for the client.”

–Marilyn W., RN for Visiting Angels NJ Senior Care

Family caregivers: take a vacation!

June 6th, 2012 No Comments

Taking a vacation without worrying about older parents

Summer’s almost here, and it’s time to start planning your vacation! If you’re a family caregiver for your older mom or dad, and worry they may not be OK left alone, let our professional, licensed CNAs or CHHAs at Visiting Angels NJ home care stay with them while you’re away. Our home care Angels can be with them for several hours or even stay with them 24/7. Both you and your parent will have peace of mind knowing someone is checking on them while you’re away. Call us to discuss options for your parents’ NJ elder care…and enjoy your vacation!