Archive for October, 2013

Caregiving Inspiration for the Day…

October 31st, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels’ Caregiving Quote

Sometimes, caregivers could use a little inspiration in their day!

Wanted: Live-In CHHAs for our clients in Mercer and Burlington Counties in NJ…

October 29th, 2013 No Comments

Live-In and Hourly Certified Home Health Aides for Mercer and Burlington Counties in NJ

Visiting Angels is currently seeking exceptional certified live-in and hourly home health aides. We service clients throughout Burlington and Mercer counties in New Jersey, including: Hainesport, Lumberton, Marlton, Medford, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Palmyra, Riverton, Shamong, Allentown, Ewing, Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Hopewell, Lambertville, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Princeton, Princeton Junction, Robbinsville, Skillman, Titusville, Trenton, and surrounding areas.

To view a job description, visit our CHHA/CNA job listing and complete our job application online.

Having trouble sleeping? Tips that may help…

October 24th, 2013 No Comments

We’ve all had trouble sleeping from time to time. For those involved in NJ elder care, they know older adults may find it even harder than younger people each night to get a good night’s sleep for various reasons.

Reasons seniors may have trouble sleeping:

  • Pain
  • Napping during the day
  • Medicines
  • Caffeine

Not getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night can lead to:

  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • More prone to taking a fall
  • Feeling tired
  • Becoming depressed

Ideas to help you sleep well:

  • Maintain a regular sleeping schedule
  • Make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet, and just the right temperature (not too warm or cold)
  • Get exercise throughout the day
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal too close to bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine late in the day
  • Consume fewer beverages later in the evening

Other home care NJ tips include keeping safe: have a lamp by your bedside that’s easily accessible, use nightlights, don’t smoke in bed, and remove area rugs around the bedside. Sweet dreams!

It’s Save for Retirement Week…are you saving enough?

October 23rd, 2013 No Comments

The third week in October is Save For Retirement Week

Retirement comes sooner than many of us would like to admit, and many of us—from baby boomers to millennials—just aren’t saving enough to fund our retirement and long-term care goals. Assume that you will live into your 90s. As a general rule of thumb, you probably need to save at least 8 times your ending salary to have enough to live on for around 25 years in retirement. Long term care costs may bump the total up even more (see our Long-Term Care Community Resource Bulletin). Now is the time to start saving..or saving more.

Calculator to determine if you’re saving enough: http://cnnmon.ie/1bf3tyy

Check out The Dream Big Site, created especially for younger savers, to help them plan their financial goals. It has tips, tools, and other resources: dreambigsite.org

New Jersey seniors, have you gotten your flu shot yet?

October 17th, 2013 No Comments

NJ older adults are at high risk for developing complications from the flu

People over the age of 65 are in the high risk category of developing complications from the flu, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Typically, flu season runs from October until May. October and November are the prime months to get your flu shot, as a result. The flu virus is extremely contagious and is spread through the air. It’s important for people to wash their hands frequently to avoid spreading it on surfaces or by touching their eyes, nose and mouth, especially those who are in NJ elder care. To prevent the flu, get a flu vaccine, always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, avoid being around those who are ill, wash your hands often, and clean surfaces or objects which may have been used by infected people.

 

Check out our new home care ad running in communities such as Hamilton, Marlton, and Yardville, NJ…

October 16th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels home health care in New Jersey

Visiting Angels new ad in New Jersey senior communities

Have you seen our ad for our home health care services? It’s currently running in senior adult community newsletters throughout our service area, such as Hamilton, NJ, Marlton, NJ, and Yardville, NJ. Help us spread the word about our care—care which helps allow your older parent or other loved one to remain at home as they age. Whether your parent just needs help with housekeeping and some friendly companionship, or maybe your parent needs respectful personal hygiene care—“There’s An Angel for That!

No more excuses NOT to exercise! Just incorporate it into your everyday activities…

October 10th, 2013 1 Comment

Visiting Angels wants to encourage you to EXERCISE! You don’t have to join a gym or buy fancy “As Seen on TV” equipment to exercise. All it takes is a few extra minutes a day to incorporate exercise into your daily activities. It’s especially important for people who are older and more frail to be as independent as possible. Exercise is the best way to increase strength, maintain balance, increase endurance, and stay flexible.

Tips on how to make exercise a daily habit:

  • Keep it short. Exercise in 10 minute sessions.
  • Keep a schedule. A set routine turns into a habit.
  • Keep it comfortable. Wear comfy clothes that you can actually move in (you don’t need to dress in the latest workout gear!).
  • Keep it healthy. If you feel pain when exercising, don’t continue. If you experience chest pain, dizziness, cold sweats, a heart rate that is very rapid even 5-10 minutes after you stop exercising, consult your doctor.

Easy ways to stay active:

  • Gardening
  • Mowing the yard
  • Taking the stairs several times
  • Walking in a mall
  • Walking around the neighborhood
  • Walking your dog
  • Keeping up with your grandchildren
  • Parking & walking farther from a store’s entrance

Lawrenceville NJ Home Care Scheduler wanted for our expanding home care company…

October 8th, 2013 No Comments

Our busy Visiting Angels office in Lawrenceville, NJ is searching for a Full-Time Home Care Scheduler

Home Care Scheduler

VISITING ANGELS, one of the top leaders in NJ home health care for the elderly, is seeking an immediate, Full-Time “Home Care SCHEDULER” to work in our Lawrenceville, NJ office. This position is designed for a person interested in a long-term career with a well-respected company that is devoted exclusively to helping the elderly and generating jobs in our community. This position reports to Visiting Angels’ Co-owner & Client Care Manager.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling CHHAs (Certified Home Health Aides) for long-term and fill-in shifts/assignments following Visiting Angels’ selection criteria
  • Documenting daily activities into scheduling software with clear, detailed information (experience with “HomeTrak” software a definite plus)
  • Answering calls, taking accurate messages and following-up on any communications required
  • After hours On-Call phone responsibility on only two (2) weeknights and alternating weekends; work cell phone will be provided (for business purposes only)
  • Greeting and assisting walk-in applicants for home health aide positions with Visiting Angels

Requirements:

M-F Hours: 8:50am to 5:10pm

  • Prior work experience as a scheduler in the home care industry (or health care industry, at minimum) is “required
  • Organized, detail-oriented & with ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Disciplined work ethic; consistently on-time and with few absences
  • Exceptional phone etiquette and English language communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills a must, including Microsoft Word
  • Requires minimal supervision
  • Polite, respectful and with a calm disposition
  • A “Company Person”: Very loyal to our company; our Team; our Values;  and our Policies & Procedures
  • Associate’s Degree

*** Students, or anyone planning to return to school in the future, need not apply

*** Only candidates with prior Home Care Scheduling (or Health Care Scheduling, at minimum) experience will be considered

*** This position is available immediately for the right person; serious applicants only

 

Please send us your resume along with a cover letter and salary requirement to info@njseniorcare.com.

Saving for Retirement: All About Annuities

October 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Long Term Care Planning

In October, we’re bringing awareness to long-term care planning. Annunities may help with your NJ elder care planning.

“Are you planning for your retirement?” the TV ads ask. If your answer is, “Umm, not really,” you have plenty of company. Financial advisers across the Web scold Americans for not saving enough for retirement. While this is a real problem, many Americans are struggling just to keep up with the current costs of living. There are quite a few reasons:

  • Losses in savings and retirement accounts caused by record low interest rates and the collapse of several investment firms in 2008
  • Interruptions in income and savings caused by lay-offs
  • Stagnant incomes for those who managed to remain employed
  • Uneven relief, if any, in the costs for food, energy and other basics of life

In fact, more Americans than ever plan to work past their retirement age to make up for lost income and savings they experienced during The Great Recession, The Wall Street Journal reports. Thankfully, annuities provide some relief.

Annuities 101

One option for families thinking about retirement saving strategies is to consider annuities, which are long-term investment strategies that provide an income stream for retirees and people older than 59-and-a-half. Annuities are actually insured by the firms that sell them to protect investors from losing income. Some may even guarantee a fixed rate of return. It’s like having a warranty on your investment.

Annuities can be designed to fit different needs. They can be arranged to pay out funds to owners or their heirs for as long as they live or for a specific period of time. The latter reason makes them a common strategy used to pay out court settlements. Private placement variable deferred annuities (PPVAs) are even more attractive, particularly to lawyers working on court settlement details, because of their flexibility, transparency and ability to accept other investment forms, such as hedge funds and commodities. PPVAs can only be sold by brokers licensed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Selling Annuities

There is a healthy market for individuals who want to sell their annuities for any number of reasons, including to pay bills during a period of unemployment, save a residence from foreclosure or pay for college tuition. However, according to annuity.org, annuity owners who plan to sell should carefully consider other options to raise money. The main concern is most annuities out there today are part of retirement packages. Retirement annuities sold before age 59-and-a-half come with a 10 percent tax penalty from the IRS. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

Selling an annuity can bring unexpected costs, including a 7 percent fee if you opened it within the past year, in addition to age-related penalties. These “surrender charges” decrease with each year, usually by about one or two percent until they drop down to zero. Some annuities also let you take out earned interest without charge or allow a withdrawal up to 10 percent of the fund without the surrender fee.

Guest author: Tom Weaver | Tom is a financial planner from St. Paul.

Don’t wait for a crisis to start planning for your long-term care…

October 2nd, 2013 1 Comment

October is Long-Term Care Planning Month

We at Visiting Angels NJ know how especially important it is to plan, as we work with clients and their families on a daily basis who are in need of our home care services. Most people may not know that Medicare, health insurance, and disability coverages won’t pay for most long-term care services. When a crisis occurs with an elder loved one, families are often faced with making quick, high-pressure, costly decisions regarding care. By planning ahead, you will have alleviated some of that pressure and you will also have more options for care. We encourage you to plan ahead for your long-term elder care.

For much more on this important subject, visit our Long-Term Care Planning page.