Archive for February, 2013

Have you heard Visiting Angels’ catchy jingle? Check it out!

February 28th, 2013 No Comments

 

We at Visiting Angels NJ think we have a pretty catchy jingle! We challenge you to listen to it, and NOT think about Visiting Angels the rest of the day!

When the time comes for a helping hand

We’re “America’s Choice In Homecare”

When you or your loved ones need assistance

Visiting Angels — we’ll be there

Choose your caregiver, we do the rest

Independent, that’s the best

Call us for a special caring touch

Visiting Angels cares so much

Visiting Angels, “America’s Choice In Homecare”

We’ll be there when you need us most

We’ll make you a home cooked meal

And when you need a friend to talk to

We know how you feel

Visiting Angels, “America’s Choice In Homecare”

Does your older loved one have trouble sleeping?

February 27th, 2013 2 Comments

Are you a family caregiver involved in NJ elder care? Do your parents or other older loved ones have problems getting or staying asleep? Check out our article on Older People and Their Sleep Patterns. Trouble sleeping could be an indicator of a more serious health issue. It’s important to gather as much information about their sleep patterns in order to inform their health care provider.

Man dies on the way to his wife’s funeral…

February 26th, 2013 No Comments

In the news: A 94-year-old New York man died unexpectedly in a limousine on the way to his wife’s funeral. His daughters reported their father, Norman Hendrickson, didn’t like to waste money, so the family decided to have both their mother and father’s funerals together. The couple, who met in Europe during WWII, had been married almost 66 years. Read the story at http://nbcnews.to/13lsM1o.

Have you talked to your parents about their final wishes or long-term care plan? As an elder care NJ provider, we encourage you to have the conversation with them soon!

You’re never too old to be on Facebook…

February 21st, 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Angels - In The NewsIn the news recently is the story of an older Michigan woman, whose real age on Facebook must be denied due to a technical glitch. Maguerite Joseph, born in 1908, is a 104-year-old Facebook user. However, a glitch in Facebook’s system only allows members to list their birth year as 1910 or above. Facebook is currently working on fixing the error.

According to her Facebook page, Mrs. Joseph loves to tell her stories and is a wealth of knowledge and history. Gross Point News wrote an article about her life when she turned 100 (http://bit.ly/12RSMBk). Although her eyesight is poor, she responds to her Facebook posts through her granddaughter, who reads and writes her posts for her. She is able to stay in touch with her family, which includes 12 grandchildren, and friends.

If you are a tech-savvy family caregiver involved in elder care NJ, why not help your older loved one set up their own Facebook page? It can help them engage more with their family and friends, and will give them an outlet by which to share stories and photos.

 

 

Visiting Angels was featured as one of “5 Top Companies Hiring This Week” on Fox & Friends

February 20th, 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Angels was featured as one of the “5 Top Companies Hiring This Week” on the February 19th episode of the national morning news show, Fox & Friends.

As part of the popular segment, “Jobs in America,” Cheryl Casone reported that Visiting Angels franchises nationwide will be hiring approximately 24,000 people this spring.

Our company in Burlington and Mercer counties, NJ, can certainly attest to this. We are always looking for exceptional aides as our business continues to expand. We are currently hiring Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) and Certified Home Health Aides (CHHAs). If you know of someone who meets our very high standards, direct them to our online job application or call us at 609-883-8188.

The need–and desire–for in-home senior care increases as the population continues to age. As Ms. Casone reports in the segment, every 13 seconds in the U.S., someone turns 65. Home care NJ allows seniors to live at home independently, where they would rather be, rather than moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home.

Check out the video clip from Fox & Friends by going to http://tinyurl.com/VisitingAngelsHiring. Visiting Angels is the third company featured  (1:34 into the video).

Read more about the 5 top companies on the Fox Business News page at http://fxn.ws/Xj9h5z

Multi-generational homes growing in New Jersey

February 19th, 2013 No Comments
A trend has been emerging in New Jersey and across the country—multigenerational homes. More and more families are deciding to live together, whether adult children move into their parents’ home, or vise versa. The Census Bureau reports that between 2000 and 2010, multigenerational homes increased by 30 percent. In New Jersey, about 6 percent of homes have more than one generation of adults living together. This can be due to several factors, such as economics. But as NJ elder care providers, our focus is on those who choose to live with their elder parents to become family caregivers. For example, one New Jersey man recently decided to add an addition to his aging parents’ home to help provide long-term care for them. Read the story on NJ.com: http://bit.ly/Vtswc0.

Mild cognitive impairment can put you at risk for financial abuse

February 13th, 2013 No Comments

About 20% of Americans over the age of 70 have mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. It’s described as a stage between an expected mental decline of normal aging and the more significant decline of dementia. You may have more difficulty with completing tax forms, for example, or keeping on top of your finances, but it’s not severe enough to stop you form doing your day-to-day activities. An interesting article on USAToday.com reinforces the need for baby boomers to make their long-term plans BEFORE they have MCI. Not doing so in advance may lead to unsavory people taking over your finances at a time when you’re most vulnerable. The article offers tips of ways to prepare, such as putting together a support team of those you trust to take care of your finances. It’s also advisable to prepare your documents, such as medical directives (such as your desire to have home care NJ rather than living in a nursing home) and power of attorney. Read more: http://usat.ly/Yrh6ml

 

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.

February 7th, 2013 No Comments

This month is American Heart Month throughout the United States. It’s meant to bring awareness to the number one killer of adults in the county: heart disease. Now is the time to learn the risks, signs, and symptoms in order to prevent the disease through lifestyle changes. Read our February Community Resource Bulletin on heart disease. This is a topic near to those in New Jersey elder care, as over 80 percent of deaths related to heart disease are in people over the age of 65.

Will boomers outlive their own life expectancy expectations?

February 6th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels - In The NewsAn interesting NBC News article describes retirement patterns in baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964. One of particular interest to us in the elder care New Jersey field is the observation that boomers will outlive their own life expectancy expectations. As a result, they aren’t planning to save enough money to cover their long-term care needs should they live a longer life. Life expectancy for men is currently 75.7, and for women, it’s 80.8 years (based on 2010 statistics). But if someone only saves enough to last until they’re 80, and lives until they’re 90, there will be quite a financial gap.

Other trends: boomers are retiring outside the U.S.; they’re entrepreneurs; they use technology; they’re in more debt; they have been giving financial support to their aging parents as well as their children; they aren’t moving to Florida. Read the article: http://nbcnews.to/VEpUoD.

 

New issue of “Home Care News by Angels” just released…

February 5th, 2013 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ are happy to announce that our new issue of “Home Care News by Angels” has just been published.

In our February issue:

  • Flowers Aren’t Just for Valentine’s Day
  • Gadget Corner: Vicks HealthCheck Hygrometer and the Trudeau Graviti Battery Operated Pepper Mill
  • Senior Humor: Laziness
  • Humidity Can Help Keep the Flu from Flourishing
  • Visiting Kitchens Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • What’s Happening At Visiting Angels

Check out the February issue today! Check out back issues in our home care newsletter archive.