Archive for November, 2012

Spread the word…we’re always looking for excellent “Angels”!

November 29th, 2012 No Comments

Everyone wants to be a “Visiting Angel”…

but not everyone can meet our high standards!

We’re always looking for exceptional home care NJ CNAs and CHHAs.

Complete our online job application.

Have you used all your Flexible Spending Account dollars yet? Use them for home care for parents…

November 27th, 2012 1 Comment

Your Flexible Spending Account funds for 2012 expire the end of the year. If you haven’t spent down the account, have you thought of using the remaining funds to provide non-medical in-home care for your older parents this holiday season?

Don’t lose the money you’ve put into your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Each year, many people forfeit unused funds that could instead provide much needed help to your older parents.

Visiting Angels NJ encourages you check if you can use these funds to provide home care for your parents. Most FSAs do allow people to use the funds for caregiving expenses. This also includes doctor co-payments, canes, walkers, and other medical equipment. Check with your employers’ Human Resource department or plan administrator for specifics on allocating funds to provide home care.

We can all use an extra helping hand around the holidays! Give us a call at 609-883-8188 if you’d like to discuss non-medical home care for your parents or older loved ones.

 

New hair products soon to be on the market specifically for aging hair…

November 26th, 2012 No Comments

With the baby boomer demographic becoming older, we knew it wouldn’t take long for all types of mainstream products to be specifically aimed at the growing aging population. Proctor and Gamble has developed a line of hair products for women designed to counteract 7 signs of aging hair. A study showed those signs are thinning, dull color, breakage, split ends, being dry, frizz, and out-of-control grays. For those of us in elder care New Jersey, we’re looking forward to more and more products directed toward the older market.

To read more, go to http://aol.it/Qlolh7

 

 

Are you a family caregiver? Take this stress test…

November 14th, 2012 No Comments

If you’re a family caregiver of your older parent or loved one, you know how stressful your NJ elder care “job” can be. Take a minute to answer these questions to see if you’re taking on TOO much stress:

  • Do you sometimes feel angry while you’re caring for your loved one?
  • Do you feel guilty your care isn’t good enough because you have too many other things to do?
  • Do you feel your social life has been put on hold because you need to care for your parent?
  • Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day?
  • Are feeling overwhelmed?
  • Have you lost or gained a lot of weight recently?
  • Have you lost interest in things you once found enjoyable?
  • Do you get angry or irritated easliy?
  • Do you worry constantly?
  • Do you often feel sad?
  • Do you get headaches, body pains, or other physical ailments frequently?
  • Are you abusing alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs)?

Score yourself. If you said “yes” to 0-3 answers, your stress level is LOW. If you had 4-7 “yes” answers, your stress level is MEDIUM. If you answered “yes” to 8-12 answers, you have a HIGH stress level.

Check back again for ways to reduce caregiver stress!

Photo: MorgueFile.com by Darnok

 

Alzheimer’s Month: In NJ, over 435,000 family members provide care

November 13th, 2012 No Comments

This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Most everyone knows a loved one of someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Our hearts go out to them because it’s a progressive, unpredictable disease. Each individual is different.

One of our specialties at Visiting Angels NJ is to care for the personal and in-home care needs of our beloved Alzheimer’s members within our Visiting Angels extended family. We share this information with you in the hopes of helping families understand the nature of Alzheimer’s and what can be expected in certain cases. Some of this information is difficult and painful, but knowledge is a powerful tool.

Saluting Veterans on Veterans Day!

November 11th, 2012 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ salutes all Veterans on Veterans Day and every day!

Check out our special Veterans Program.

New issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is available!

November 7th, 2012 1 Comment

The November issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready for reading! In this issue of our Visiting Angels NJ newsletter, we salute Veterans, raise awareness of both lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, see some unique gadgets, and share a laugh with senior humor. Read our November issue today!

To read back issues, visit our E-Newsletter tab.

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? How the time change can affect seniors…

November 5th, 2012 1 Comment

With the time change yesterday, we all got an extra hour of restful sleep. But as elder care New Jersey family caregivers of their senior loved ones know–especially loved ones who have dementia, the time change may have affected sleep patterns.

For example, because it’s dark earlier, those who experience sundown syndrome may experience more confusion and agitation for a time. As a family caregiver, you can try to expose your loved one to as much daylight as possible and keep naps to a minimum. Also, when the sun starts to set, occupy your loved one with a fun activity such as playing a board game.

Read more at: Caring.com’s http://bit.ly/VNMieN.

Photos: MorgueFile.com