Archive for October, 2012

Were you prepared for Superstorm Sandy?

October 31st, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ hope all of you were safe, warm, and comfortable during the recent Superstorm Sandy. Our thoughts go out to many of our New Jersey neighbors have continue to have loss of power and have sustained property damage. During the storm, we continued to provide NJ elder care for many of our clients, helping them remain safe and calm. We appreciate our “Angels” who braved the storm in order to help our seniors!

During the storm, did you find yourself unprepared? If so, please visit our Emergency Preparedness page to help you plan for the next emergency. Let us know on our Facebook page how you fared.

A client writes of his “deep appreciation” for Visiting Angels’ aide, Maria B…

October 30th, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ are pleased when a client takes time to let us know how their lives have been improved by our home care services. We feel blessed to be able to each do our part to make this possible. We recently received a testimonial from one of our clients in Hamilton, NJ.

“I am writing to inform you of my deep appreciation for Maria B, my home health aide for over 2 years. During that time I can always count on her to come when she is scheduled.

I would like to tell you some of the things she does for me: She straightens the sheets on my bed and changes them as necessary. She cleans the bathroom. At least twice a week she vacuums my rugs. She steam cleans the hardwood floors. She takes my laundry to the laundromat and picks it up the next day, folds it, and puts it away. She does my grocery shopping, goes to the bank, and post office as needed. Her personal care consists of great back rubs to my shoulder and arms and helps me with my shower. My hands are so arthritic–she rubs them with lotion and helps me put on gloves. Her helping me with meals is invaluable because I have trouble swallowing.

In my opinion, there is no one in your organization that can compare to the care she is giving me.”

–Lewis M., Hamilton, NJ

Read more testimonials and home care reviews by our clients and their families on our testimonial page.

Electric lift chairs can be a big help for those with limited mobility, but always keep safety in mind…

October 25th, 2012 No Comments

Electric lift chairs are made especially for those who have limited mobility, which can be a great help in helping seniors retain their independence. They can help people slowly and gently rise from a sitting position to a standing position; this is also helpful to NJ elder care caregivers when assisting. Most look like a normal recliner and fit well with any decor. There are two common types: a two-position and a three-position. A two-position chair will help the person stand from the sitting position and partially reclines; the three-position reclines completely so a person can sleep in it with feet raised above heart level, if desired. For those wanting to add features, they can choose warming and massage units built-in.

While these chairs can be terrific, as with any equipment, there are safety issues to consider:

  • If the person has dementia, they may not know how to work the chair’s controls. It’s necessary for someone to be with them to assist.
  • Some with dementia may be frightened by the movement of the chair, so it’s important to let them know what will happen before the movement begins.
  • A person’s height must be taken into consideration when choosing the size of the chair. For example, a shorter person with a larger chair would be lifted too high. Conversely, a smaller chair and larger person wouldn’t be lifted high enough.
  • If the chair has a warming feature, make sure it’s not set too high.
  • Before operating, make sure the chair is the correct distance from the wall.

 

Rudy’s presentation was a hit at the Hamilton Senior Center today!

October 24th, 2012 No Comments

Rudy Tervooren, Co-owner and Managing Director at Visiting Angels, was a hit today at the Hamilton Township Senior Center. With approximately 200 attentive seniors in attendance, Rudy gave an informative presentation about home care and our special Veterans Program. Rudy frequently speaks at senior centers, churches, and in offices throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. He’s passionate about sharing how our State-certified aides can help seniors with all their daily living needs, making it possible for them to continue living at home safely & less expensively than in a facility.

If you’d like Rudy to give an elder care presentation to your organization, contact him today.

Another survey confirms seniors want to age-in-place

October 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Approximately 8,000 people are turning 65 each day–and will be until the year 2020! The Urban Land Institue (ULI), in a recent survey, concluded that older adults in the U.S. want to grow old in their current homes. And those who do choose to move aren’t looking to live in retirement centers. Rather, they’re looking at town centers or cities where public transportation, health care, friends, and family live nearby. Regardless, home is where they want to be. As the population ages, home care NJ services will rise, allowing the resident to stay independent in their own home.

For more on the ULI study, read the article from CBSNews.com at http://cbsn.ws/PoBFSE.

 

 

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day

October 20th, 2012 No Comments

October 20 is World Osteoporosis Day. Each year, many seniors will experience bone fractures caused by osteoporosis. If you or someone you love has recently had a fracture, be sure to be screened for osteoporosis. Read our World Osteoporis Day article for more information on this important NJ elder care topic.

 

Today’s a gorgeous autumn day–a great day to take a walk with a senior!

October 18th, 2012 1 Comment

Autumn Day Senior Outdoor Activities NJ SeniorHere in central New Jersey, it’s a gorgeous autumn day! The sun is shining and the air is crisp and cool…perfect weather for taking a stroll. If you’re an elder care New Jersey family caregiver or friend of an older loved one or neighbor, why not take this opportunity to get outside and walk with them? It’s important for seniors to stay active, both physically and mentally. Having a chance to socialize AND get some exercise is a double advantage. Enjoy the day!

 

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Here’s a reason to walk faster on your daily walk…

October 16th, 2012 No Comments

You may want to start stepping up your pace on your daily walk, a new study shows. The study from Denmark studied over 10,000 people ranging from age 21 to 98. Following them for 10 years, it concluded that the intensity of exercise rather than the quantity may help cut your risk of heart disease and diabetes. If you walk moderately for 30 minutes a day, walking at a faster pace seems to make a bigger impact on your health. For those in NJ elder care, you must–of course–allow for the physical limitations of the elder you’re caring for. To read more about the study, go to http://bit.ly/PAoeyS.

 

Have you had “the conversation” (end-of-life wishes) with your loved ones?

October 11th, 2012 No Comments

No one likes to think about the end of their parents’ lives, nor their own, for that matter. Most of us know, especially those in elder care New Jersey, it’s important to have “the conversation” with your loved ones about end-of-life wishes, or to at least get them in writing (80% of people surveyed think they should have their wishes in writing, but only 7% have done so, according to the California Health Foundation). ABC News is partnering with The Conversation Project and is featuring a series focusing on long term care and end-of-life planning. At theconversationproject.org, you can download a starter kit to help get you and your family started. Questions such as, where would you prefer to be when you die?, at what point would you want to stop looking for a cure, and instead focus on being comfortable?, what do you need to do to get your affairs in order?, and many more questions and ideas to ponder. Visit abcnews.go.com/health/conversation to watch videos and learn more.

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Visiting Angels is happy to spotlight our Payroll Administrator

October 10th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ is pleased to spotlight Anna C., our Payroll Administrator, working out of our Lawrenceville office. Anna is responsible for timely and accurate payroll processing for our aides and office employees. Anna has a degree in Business Administration and recently obtained her payroll certification. Anna was born and raised in Poland, and moved to the USA in 2003. She is married and has two children, Gabby (5) and Olivia (2). Anna says “Working at Visiting Angels is a great experience.”