Archive for February, 2015

Angel by Your Side: Check out Visiting Angels TV commerical for senior living assistance

February 19th, 2015 No Comments

An Angel by Your Side: Call Visiting Angels for Independent Living Assistance in New Jersey

It’s been awhile since we’ve shown one of our Visiting Angels’ TV commercials. We love how this particular spot shows how your older parent or other loved one can still live independently at home with the help of a home care Angel. Sometimes your mom or dad may just need a little extra help around the house. We provide housekeeping services such as dusting, vacuuming, doing laundry, and cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. If your loved one needs personal and/or hygiene care, we have an Angel for that as well. Call us today to learn how our Angels can help in your particular elder care situation.

Family caregivers of memory-impaired win with Celebrity Apprentice!

February 17th, 2015 No Comments

In The NewsLeeza Gibbons’ charity, Leeza’s Care Connection, wins big on TV’s Celebrity Apprentice

Leeza Gibbons, Emmy award winner talk show host and author, started Leeza’s Care Connection (originally The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation) in 2003 after her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She had promised her mother to “tell her story and make it count.” It was this charity for which she was competing with 15 other celebrities. In last night’s finale, Leeza was competing against Geraldo Rivera, whose charity was Life’s WORC. Both charities were emotionally featured in the competition’s finale. Leeza and her team raised awareness for family caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s; her foundation offers support, education, and motivation. All in all, $446,000 was raised for Leeza’s Care Connection.

In 2013, there were 15.5 million unpaid family/friends providing care and approximately 443,000 family caregivers in New Jersey alone. It’s essential that family caregivers get the help they need, be it through a support group, by education, and/or with help such as with a Visiting Angel. Go to www.alz.org for support groups in your area. Call Visiting Angels to learn how we can provide help and support for your family while traveling your caregiving journey.

Keeping Seniors Safe During Winter Storms

February 12th, 2015 1 Comment

Senior home in winterSeniors Living Safely in Winter

As winter rages on in New Jersey and throughout the country, it’s especially important that older adults are prepared. Visiting Angels is recommending every family have a Senior Storm Kit handy in the event of a weather event.

“These Senior Storm Kits can be used to prepare for a variety of weather conditions, not just snow storms,” says Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels. “Research shows nearly a third of the senior population, age 65 and older, live alone. Whether seniors are in a direct path of a winter snow storm, it’s always good to be prepared for any type of inclement weather. Our caregivers do their best to battle inclement weather to take care of our seniors in their homes but these items are important for seniors to have on hand in case they find themselves without their typical cold weather care.”

A typical storm kit should include:

  • Bottled water (one gallon per day/person; 3 day supply minimum)
  • Flashlight: rechargeable or with extra batteries
  • Hand crank, solar or battery powered radio
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Warm socks, gloves, blanket
  • Non-perishable food, such as protein bars or nutritional drinks
  • Personal care items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, pre-moistened towellettes
  • Medications divided into a weekly pill container

Tips for keeping safe during winter weather:

Snow shoveling: inactive people over 55 are advised not to shovel snow due to the high exertion it places on the heart. Even just walking through heavy snow strains the heart, so stay inside and have a cup of cocoa while watching others clear the walk!

Dressing in Layers: To avoid the wind stealing body heat, dress in loose layers when going outside. The layers trap air and provide insulation for the body.

No electric blankets: Seniors’ bodies don’t always register temperatures properly, which could prompt them unknowingly to turn an electric blanket on too high. They may also be a fire hazard as well as a trip hazard due to the cord.

Check the thermostat: Most seniors like it warm in their home, but there are those who try to save money by keeping the thermostat low. The lowest it should be for safety is 65°F. Anything lower can bring a risk of hypothermia. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, more than half of all hypothermia-related deaths happen in people over age 65.

Check the detectors: Check both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors periodically by pressing on the test button. Keep fresh batteries on hand. Also, make sure there are enough in the home–every bedroom should have a smoke detector, and at least one on each level (including attic and basement). A carbon monoxide detector should be placed on each level, including the basement.

Visiting “Snow” Angels Are There for You!

Our senior living assistants, a.k.a. our Angel home care employees, can help your older loved ones when winter’s harsh weather comes calling. We provide safety supervision when walking through ice and snow covered walkways. We retrieve mail from an outdoor postal box. We sweep away light snow from a porch. We prepare warm meals on a cold day. We help pass the winter doldrums with friendly conversation.

It’s especially important to check on older people in your neighborhood during cold weather. Your friendly inquiry may be the highlight of their day!

Heart Disease: Know Your Risks

February 11th, 2015 No Comments

In-Home Cardiac Care in New JerseyVisiting Angels’ senior health focus: American Heart Month

Do you know your risk for heart disease or heart attack? Nearly one third of Americans suffer with cardiovascular disease. Your risk increases with age, and being 65 or older is a top risk factor for heart disease or heart attack.

Risk Factors

  • Having a family history of heart disease
  • Being overweight
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • High stress levels
  • Diabetes, depression
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet

Reduce Your Risk
The key to avoiding heart disease is to reduce your risk with some simple lifestyle adjustments. We can’t do anything about our age, but we can work on some other areas.

  • Control diabetes with medication and diet
  • Maintain blood pressure, cholesterol and weight within normal ranges
  • Stay physically active with a moderate exercise regimen
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Find ways to reduce stress
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Stop smoking
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Spend quality time with friends and loved ones

Every positive action you take to safeguard your health is a good step toward heart health.

Would You Recognize the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?
Heart attacks can seem to come out of nowhere, but there are signs to recognize. Along with pressure or pain the chest, shortness of breath, feeling lightheaded or faint, nausea and vomiting and pain that moves up your neck or down your arm are not to be ignored. Early treatment is your best protection against severe damage or even death. If you experience these signs for ten minutes or more, call 911, or get to the nearest ER as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has experienced a heart attack, or if you suffer with heart disease and require in-home care, call Visiting Angels in New Jersey at 609-883-8188. Visiting Angels provides professional, compassionate and competent home care services services tailored to fit your senior living needs. Our goal is to help keep you or your loved ones healthy and independent at home where we all feel more comfortable, secure and happy.

Certified Home Health Aide Jobs in New Jersey…apply today!

February 10th, 2015 No Comments

Visiting Angels Jobs in New Jersey: Certified Home Health Aides Wanted

Are you a certified home health aide licensed in the state of New Jersey? Are you caring, kind and compassionate? Do you love working with and being around older people? If you answered yes, apply with Visiting Angels today! We are recruiting the best of the best home health aides to become our valued employees. Apply now!

Visiting Angels NJ Review Spotlight: Moorestown, NJ Family Gives Us 5 Stars!

February 4th, 2015 No Comments

Moorestown, NJ In-Home Care 5-Star Review of Visiting Angels

“Visiting Angels have just been excellent. We only had two caregivers. They were prompt. They were always prepared to take care of my [adult] daughter. The first caregiver we had left to go back to her nursing profession. She was wonderful and was willing to do everything I asked of her. My daughter was crazy over her. In addition, the management was very responsive to me.” —Miriam, Moorestown, NJ

Read more reviews on our Testimonial Page.

Check out the latest Visiting Angels’ newsletter!

February 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Visiting Angels February Issue

Visiting Home Care News by Angels, February Issue

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