Archive for November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Visiting Angels NJ!

November 28th, 2013 No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving from Visiting Angels,
serving all of Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey

HappyThanksgivingNJSeniorCare

We wish you and your family
a wonderful Thanksgiving!

8 stress-busters for family caregivers…

November 20th, 2013 No Comments

Family Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself, Too!

Family caregivers of their parents or older loved ones often experience stress–it’s a fact. Focus on the rewards of caregiving–it helps strengthen your relationship with your parent, helps you feel loved and wanted, and it can boost your self-confidence! Below are ways to reduce caregiver stress.

Try these tips to help you feel your best:

  • Make sure you go to your own medical appointments
  • Watch your diet and eat healthy food
  • Get enough rest each night
  • Get at least 45 minutes of exercise each day
  • Treat yourself at least once a week

Read all you can on how to deal with your parent’s disease. This will help you be proactive and positive about the issues you’ll be presented with. Check your local hospital or Office on Aging to see if there are any support groups or classes on the disease.

When you’re feeling stressed, try these 8 stress-busting tips:

  • Get assistance from your local elder care services in NJfor:
    • transportation
    • delivery of meals
    • home health services
    • non-medical home care services
    • home modifications to make the house more aging-friendly
    • counseling: financial and legal
  • Don’t turn down help from family & friends; when they offer, tell them how and when to help!
  • Don’t volunteer to host holiday meals or other activities
  • Realize you’re not perfect–do the best you can
  • Have a daily routine and prioritize your responsibilities
  • Don’t lose touch with your family and friends
  • Become a member of a support group for caregivers
  • Maintain your sense of humor 😀

If you work full time, ask your human resource manager about taking unpaid time off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

If you’re concerned about your loved one’s safety, get them an emergency response device, such as emergency pendants, intercom systems, webcams, etc.

If your stress is causing you to physically or emotionally harm your loved one, seek professional help right away.

Consider hiring a professional home health care service such as Visiting Angels in Central NJ for assisted living in your own home. We can help with household chores, personal grooming & hygiene assistance, help with shopping and errands, providing caring companionship, and even caring for your pets.

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3 reasons women aren’t prepared for their retirement years…

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

Women face distinct challenges in retirement years

As more and more women enter retirement years, they are realizing their financial resources are lacking. Typically, women in the work force have earned less than men, and many have moved in and out of the work force over the years, leaving their financial nest egg lacking. Many women fear outliving their savings, regardless of income. Women have higher rates of disability and chronic health issues and are more likely to need long-term elder care as they age.

  • 1. Women typically live longer. Women aged 65 this year can expect to live to age 86, so that’s 20+ years of living off their nest egg.
  • 2. Women have invested too conservatively. Many women haven’t invested as aggressively in the stock market as their male counterparts.
  • 3. Women tend to distrust financial advisers. A senior vice president at E-Trade, Lena Haas, reports that women ranked the financial industry last in a 60-industry list, even below used car salesmen.

Women are encouraged to:

  • have a retirement plan
  • have an estate plan
  • consider long-term care insurance
  • review investment plans
  • attend educational group financial planning sessions
  • educate themselves about various aspects of retirement

For more, read the USA article at http://usat.ly/1cFgimf.

Study shows singing show tunes helps those with dementia…

November 14th, 2013 No Comments

Singing Familiar Show Tunes Helps Those With Dementia

A new study has shown singing show tunes has helped raise cognitive abilities of people who have dementia. Nursing home residents were involved in the study. One half of the group participated in singing show tunes, while the other half just listened. The half who sang showed improvement in a cognitive exam. The group met three times a week for 50 minute sessions. While singing is definitely not a cure for dementia, it’s an activity that has been proven to engage and help those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia. It’s also an activity in which we can participate with our loved one; it’s fun and doesn’t cost much. So break out the show tunes recordings and start singing!

To read more on this story, go to http://cbsn.ws/17wrjsy.

 

Honoring Veterans on Veterans Day

November 11th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels Honors Veterans on Veterans Day

Visiting Angels would like to thank all Veterans for their service and sacrifices. We are forever grateful!

We are pleased to honor veterans every day. We provide qualifying Veterans and their widowed spouses with NJ home care at no out-of-pocket cost—well before they are awarded their Veterans’ home care benefit. See our Veterans Page for more details on our special Veterans Program.

Visiting Angels seeks Office Assistant for Lawrenceville, NJ office

November 8th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels is searching for an eager Office Assistant for our busy home care office in Lawrenceville, NJ!

Description

The Office Assistant’s duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones in a pleasant voice and taking accurate messages
  • General office/clerical work including filing, photocopying, etc.
  • Greeting and assisting “walk-in” applicants for home health care positions with our application process
  • Helping the owners and other staff members with various tasks
  • Running errands using your own vehicle

Requirements

The ideal candidate for this position is a person with:

  • Prior office experience preferred
  • Reliable transportation in which to use for occasional errands; the company will pay mileage
  • Excellent English-language communication skills
  • Well-mannered, positive, respectful, reliable, and with a calm disposition
  • A “company person”: Very loyal to our company and all its members
  • Strong work ethic
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented & with ability to multi-task
  • Requires minimal supervision (after probationary period)
  • Functions well as “part of a team”

The Office Assistant position is part-time to full-time; the schedule may change. This is an hourly position.

Please send your resume–along with a cover letter stating why you believe you are the right person for the job–to our email address on our Contact Us page.

Do not apply using our Jobs Tab, as it is Caregiver/Aide-specific.

This position is available immediately for the right person.

Compensation: $11/hour

Visiting Angels home health care newsletter now available…

November 7th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels November Home Health Care Newsletter

Our November issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is now available for viewing.

In this issue:

  • Taking Time to Give Thanks
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Honoring Veterans Every Day
  • Pumpkin Raisin Cookie Recipe
  • Gadget Corner: Heated Rechargeable Foot Warmers and Elastic Shoelaces
  • Senior Humor: Late Night Lecture
  • What’s Happening at Visiting Angels: Meet Our New Care Management Staff Members

Read the November issue today!

November is Family Caregivers Month. 6 ways to show appreciation…

November 6th, 2013 No Comments

Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. To those providing NJ elder care to their loved ones, our hearts at Visiting Angels NJ go out to you. We know how tough the job is on an ongoing basis, and know you would appreciate some sincere appreciation!

Below are 6 ways friends and loved ones can help you out:

  • Offer a few hours of time to relieve the family caregiver. This will give them some much needed time to relax, shop, or visit friends
  • Show your appreciation by sending a greeting card, note, or even a bouquet of flowers to help brighten up their day
  • With the holidays on the way, offer to help them decorate their home, or address holiday card envelopes
  • Spread some humor by sending them a comedy DVD or humorous book
  • If you’re detail oriented, offer help a family caregiver fill out medical forms, insurance forms, and any other paperwork that may be overwhelming
  • Offer your help with handyman tasks around the home–replacing light bulbs, raking leaves, and other minor repairs

For more information on Family Caregivers Month, check out our Family Caregivers resource page.

Lawrenceville-Marlton NJ Visiting Angels welcomes new staff member, Donna Lee…

November 5th, 2013 No Comments

L to R: Visiting Angels Co-Owner/Managing Director Nora de CĂĄrdenas, Donna Lee, and Co-Owner/Managing Director Rudy Tervooren

 

Lawrenceville, NJ Visiting Angels New Office Staff Member

Visiting Angels is pleased to welcome our newest Care Management Team member, Donna Lee. Donna’s main priority is to help coordinate the schedules between our home health care clients and our home care “Angels.” Our Care Management Team is headed by our Co-owner and Managing Director, Nora de CĂĄrdenas; the team works tirelessly to match our families to just the right aide according to experience, client needs and personalities, and time availability…all while maintaining continuity of care. Welcome, Donna!