Archive for December, 2013

Cold weather’s here! Check out winter safety driving tips for older adults…

December 31st, 2013 No Comments

Winter + New Jersey = Icy, Snowy Weather!

Forecasters have predicted possible snow this week in the New Jersey area. Many elder care experts agree that driving ability tends to decrease after the age of 55, but this doesn’t mean that senior drivers can’t still enjoy safe driving–even in our winter weather.

These tips will help older drivers have more confidence when driving in winter months:

  • Maintain your vehicle–check cooling systems, tire pressure, battery, wipers, windshield washer fluid, brakes, anti-freeze, fuel and air filters, heat & defrost systems
  • Install high-quality winter tires–all-weather radial tires are usually sufficient
  • Drive only while well-rested
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car–shovel, ice scraper, flashlight, battery-powered radio, blanket, road salt/sand, extra mittens/hats, snack food, booster cables, emergency flares, first aid kit, distress flags
  • Plan your route–check www.traffic.com for road conditions

To access an additional emergency checklist, check out Visiting Angels’ NJ Senior Care by visiting our elder care New Jersey emergency preparedness resource page.

Winter is officially here: keep seniors safe in cold weather with these 7 tips…

December 21st, 2013 1 Comment

Keeping Seniors Warm in Winter

It’s officially winter now, so for most of us in colder climates such as New Jersey need to get serious about staying warm. It’s especially important for older adults to stay warm since they can lose body heat faster than younger people (a condition called hypothermia).

Below are 7 tips to keep you warm and toasty this winter:

  • Set your home’s thermostat to 68 degrees or higher
  • Inside the house, dress in layers, use blankets, and wear slippers and socks
  • At night, wear thermal underwear under your PJ’s and use extra covers
  • Outside, wear loose layers of clothing and make sure to wear a hat, scarf, and gloves
  • If it’s windy outside, stay inside–high winds can lower your body temperature very quickly
  • Stay active inside by joining a mall walkers group, for example
  • If you live alone, ask a friend or neighbor to check on you

Read a daughter’s praise of our assisted living services in a Trenton, NJ home

December 19th, 2013 No Comments

What are our clients are saying in NJTrenton, NJ home health care review

We are so pleased when we hear from our families about our care. Take a look at these quotes from the daughter of one of our clients:

  • “I can’t thank you enough for the positive difference Visiting Angels has made in both my father’s and my life…”
  • “You are to be commended for selecting people that have a natural nurturing ability with the elderly…”
  • “He [Dad] has done a 360° turnaround!”
  • “Now our whole world has changed for the better…”
  • “I can’t believe any organization would go through so much trouble to help us…”

Read her full review on our Trenton, NJ home care review page.

4 Tips to Save Seniors from Identity Theft

December 17th, 2013 No Comments

Seniors, don’t fall prey to identity theft!

Imagine working hard all of your life and thinking you were finally ready to enjoy the retirement you worked so hard to earn, when all of a sudden you are receiving past due bills for credit cards you didn’t apply for and a significant drop in your credit score. These are all the results of having your identity stolen. Unfortunately, older people are one of the most targeted victims. While Florida ranks #1 with highest rate per capita for reported complaints of identity theft, New Jersey seniors aren’t immune. Seniors are the prime targets because of their vulnerability, typically high credit line and savings accounts. Whether you are a senior or you have an elderly family member or friend or are an elder care giver in NJ, it is important to become educated on ways to prevent identity theft.

1. Carry Around Copies

It is common for seniors to carry their social security, driver’s license or other form of identification that contains their Social Security number. One of the most common places where identity thieves can gain access to a Social Security number is on a Medicare card. To reduce the risk of identity theft, Social Security cards should be left at home and stored in a safe place. When renewing a driver’s license, if given the option of omitting Social Security number from the driver’s license or state ID, opt to leave it off. Although Medicare cards need to be carried in case of an emergency, instead of carrying the original, make a copy and black out the Social Security number.

2. Verify Who’s Calling

One of the most common sources for identity theft is over the phone. It is important that you never give out any personal information, especially your credit card number or bank account information. If anyone calls stating they are from a collection agency, utility company or credit card company, simply hang up. If you do have an account with the company the caller claimed to be from, call the company and speak to a customer representative to determine the nature of the call. Charity organizations often call potential donors, but this is also one of the easiest ways to scam people out of their money as well as identification. Before giving information to a charity organization, visit the Charity Navigator to verify the charity organization is real.

3. What to do with Important Documents

Two of the most important things to invest in is a lock safe box and a shredder. It is not beyond an identity thief to rifle through garbage searching for legal documents that contain all of your information. Store tax returns, Social Security card, credit card statements and any other document that contains your personal information in the lock box. You need to keep tax returns for at least seven years, but anything over 10 years should be shredded. Never throw statements, tax returns or legal documents in the trash; always shred them first.

4. Safeguard Time Online

More and more seniors are using the Internet as a way of connecting with old friends and staying in contact with family. Social media sites, online shopping and online bill paying are easy resources for identity theft. Lifelock on Youtube contains information on how an internet security system can help prevent your identification from being stolen while online. You should never give out personal information while online, especially if someone you do not know asks for your phone number or address. Social media sites are a great place for seniors to meet new friends and stay updated on family events, but it is important to never post when you are going to be away from home, such as going on vacation. If you are unfamiliar with internet security, visit your local library, ask family or a friend or take a local class to learn about firewalls, phishing and staying safe while online.

Guest Author: Sabrina Barnett. Sabrina teaches online classes for multiple institutions.

Caring thought for the day…

December 13th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels Home Care in New Jersey’s Caring Thought for the Day

We hope your day is filled with happiness!

7 tips to avoid getting a cold or flu bug!

December 12th, 2013 No Comments

Cold and Flu Season is Here in NJ!

Cold and flu season is upon us in here in central New Jersey. You may even know someone who has the bug right now. If you’re caring for an older family member in elder care, client, or other loved one, you definitely don’t want to pass a virus to that person. You can take easy precautions to help prevent getting a cold or flu.

7 tips you can follow to help keep the cold away:

  • 1. Avoid touching hard surfaces if possible; germs can live up to 24 hours
  • 2. Keep your hands away from your face–the nose and eyes are gateways to viruses
  • 3. Cover your mouth when you sneeze–the elbow method is best
  • 4. Get lots of immune-boosting sleep
  • 5. Stay hydrated by drinking 4-8 glasses of water per day
  • 6. Take Vitamin D (drink fortified milk, or spend 15 minutes a day in the sunshine)
  • 7. Keep your home’s humidity level between 40 and 60 percent to prevent viruses from thriving

It’s a winter wonderland here in New Jersey! It’s beautiful, but dangerous for seniors…

December 11th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels’ back yard view in Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Yesterday’s snowfall in New Jersey created a winter wonderland at our Lawrenceville office! While the snow is beautiful, it does pose hazards for seniors, in particular. Falling is a big concern for older people in the snow.

If your loved one must go out in the snow, have them take precautions: use a walker or another person to steady themselves upon and wear protective hip gear. Shoveling snow is another snow-related activity seniors should avoid.

Shoveling snow and lifting snow places stress on the heart and increases the risk of a heart attack.

Take a quick break in your day to read the latest issue of “Home Care News by Angels”…

December 10th, 2013 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ December Newsletter

Take a look at the current issue of “Home Care News by Angels”! In this month’s issue:

Before wandering turns deadly (as happened to a GA man): 5 tips to prevent wandering…

December 4th, 2013 No Comments

Before wandering turns deadly: 5 tips to prevent wandering

On Friday morning, a Georgia man who had dementia was shot and killed while wandering. Ronald Westbrook, 72, was approximately 3 miles from his home when he rang the doorbell and tried to open the door to a home. The resident, Joe Hendrix, shot Mr. Westbrook on the property after reportedly not getting response to verbal commands, believing Mr. Westbrook was a prowler. Hendrix is not being charged with shooting Mr. Westbrook. [Read more at http://nydn.us/1cXZKWR].

With news such as this, it’s important for family caregivers in New Jersey and elsewhere to be diligent in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.

5 ways to prevent someone with dementia from wandering:

  • 1. Keep the person in your home. Motion detectors and bells on doorknobs may help you detect when your loved one is attempting to leave. Installing locks on windows and doors can also help prevent someone from leaving. Place “Do Not Enter,” “Keep Out” or “Stop” signs on doors to prevent exiting.
  • 2. Install a fence. Just as preventing children or pets from wandering, a fence will help prevent your loved one from leaving the premises. Make sure the gates are locked.
  • 3. Use tracking devices. Have the person with dementia wear a GPS tracking bracelet or other device. Depending on the device, it may alert the caregiver if the person wanders too far. Your loved one should also carry his/her personal information at all times–an ID bracelet, a card in the wallet, even a temporary tattoo kits are available.
  • 4. Promote better sleep. Maintain a consistent schedule for going to sleep and waking up. Reduce caffeinated drinks and decrease napping throughout the day. Make sure the person gets plenty of physical activity as well.
  • 5. Meet neighbors. Introduce your loved one to your neighbors and give them your information. Let them know he/she may wander and to alert you if they see your loved one out alone.

Home Care Scheduler wanted for our growing Lawrenceville, NJ home health care company…

December 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Home Care Scheduler Wanted Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Visiting Angels non-medical home care services allow seniors to remain at home as they face the challenges of aging. We are searching for a caring, compassionate individual to become a part of our expanding team and to join in our mission of improving the lives of aging seniors throughout our community. We are seeking a full-time home care scheduler in our busy and growing Lawrenceville, NJ home health care company.

The Home Care Scheduler’s regular hours are Monday–Friday 9am-5pm.*

Job Description of the Home Care Scheduler:

  • Schedule home health aides for assignments by matching aides to clients not only based on time availability, but also on experience, personalities and clients’ needs in order to maintain continuity of care
    • Actively listen and ask the right questions to fully understand clients’ and aides’ needs and issues
    • Fill open shifts as well as create long-term personalized schedules
    • Accommodate client requests and aide schedules
    • Update aides with new client information
    • Brief aides on each client case
    • Manage aides’ overtime
    • Document all conversations and events to share information with Client Care Management Team (experience with “HomeTrak” software a definite plus)
    • Operate as part of the Scheduling Team, reporting to Care Management Director
  • Share in after-hours On-Call phone responsibilities:
    • Two (2) weeknights and alternating weekends
    • A work cell phone will be provided (for business purposes only)
    • Answer phone calls “Live” on appointed On-Call shifts
  • Greeting and assisting walk-in applicants for home health aide positions
  • Assisting in interviewing and selecting applicants
  • Maintain a positive, team-oriented attitude
  • Follow all office policies and procedures
  • Work in support of Visiting Angels’ mission and vision

*Since the Scheduling Team operates 24/7/365, it is expected that all members of the team remain flexible. Occasionally, you may be asked to stay later than you are normally scheduled, come in early, and/or work on a day when you are normally scheduled off, including holidays

To succeed as a Home Care Scheduler, you should have/be:

  • Prior work experience as a scheduler in the home care industry (or health care staffing experience, at minimum)
  • Personal accountability and commitment to client satisfaction
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced office environment
  • Comfortable handling complex scheduling demands and managing multiple issues at the same time, with frequent interruptions
  • Superior customer service skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Proficiency with computer programs, including: Microsoft Word, Email, & Internet
  • Disciplined work ethic; consistently on-time and with few absences
  • Exceptional phone etiquette and English language communication skills
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Polite, respectful and with a calm disposition
  • Ability to work with and motivate people
  • Strong interest in home care services sector and show the ability to develop excellent knowledge of the industry
  • “Company Person”: Very loyal to our company, our team, our values, and our policies and procedures

Education and Work Experience Requirements:

  • Associate’s Degree or Higher
  • Prior work experience as a scheduler in the home care industry (or health care industry, at minimum)

Please email your resume along with a cover letter and salary requirement. Please state why you believe you are the right person for the Home Care Scheduling Associate job.

This position is available immediately for the right person. Reply to this ad via email to info@njseniorcare.com (do not use the Jobs tab on this site). No Walk-In’s.