Archive for March, 2015

6 Mistakes People with Diabetes Can Make with Their Feet

March 26th, 2015 1 Comment

6 Mistakes People with Diabetes Can Make with Their Feet

People with diabetes are more prone to issues with their feet. Keeping your feet healthy means less risk of lower-limb amputation.

If you or a loved one has diabetes, don’t make these 6 foot mistakes:

1. Not inspecting your feet daily. Check for cuts, bruises, changes in toenails (getting thicker or discoloring); all wounds need to be treated immediately and monitored daily.

2. Not walking for exercise. Walking helps a person with diabetes keep a healthy weight while also improving circulation

3. Not having shoes properly fitted when you buy them. Shoes that don’t fit can cause foot pain and blisters. Custom orthotics and socks made for those with diabetes are also available. Visit the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA.org) website for approved footwear.

4. Not keeping your feet covered. For diabetics, going barefoot or wearing sandals is far too risky; your feet may become cut and infected as a result

5. Not having a professional remove warts, corns, and calluses from your feet. Those over-the-counter products are not advisable; you could cause even more skin problems with injury or burns. Leave removal to health care professionals.

6. Not getting a foot checkup two times per year. A podiatrist will help ensure your feet are continually healthy.

Happy 1st Birthday to Max, Visiting Angels’ Mascot!

March 23rd, 2015 No Comments

Max's first birthday

Max Turns 1!

We have been so blessed in our New Jersey senior home care office to have our very own Bichon Frisé office mascot, Max, who turns one year old on March 23rd! He always brings smiles to visitors as well as staff with his playful mood and cheerful brown eyes. Happy birthday to you, Max!

Cancer Recovery Care by Angels

March 19th, 2015 No Comments

Extra living assistance after surgery or cancer recovery

Visiting Angels - In-Home Care PatientsThey say aging isn’t for the faint of heart. But we all tend to do it – age, that is. And as we do, our bodies are susceptible to a variety of diseases we didn’t worry about when we were younger.  Now they hover on our horizon.

Did you know that ninety percent of colorectal cancer cases are discovered in patients over the age of fifty? Colon cancer affects both men and women and accounts for nearly ten percent of the annual cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

The good news is that there are more ways than ever to treat colorectal cancer today. As with the majority of cancers, the earlier it is discovered, the more likely treatment will be successful.  In fact, with early detection, colon cancer is nearly ninety percent curable, which makes screenings vital. Talk with your doctor about screening today.

Another important piece of good news is that many cancer survivors are over age 65. Screening and effective treatment for cancer allow us to return to living out a wonderful life at home.

Help just when you need it

Sometimes we need a bit of help getting back into that wonderful life after surgery or cancer treatment. We can make it at home; we might just need a little support for a while. And that’s where Visiting Angels comes in.

Schedule Visiting Angels to come to your home and take the load off while you regain your strength. Visiting Angels will provide support and service according to your needs for a short period of time, or as long as you need assistance. We’ll do the shopping, the laundry, the cooking, cleaning, and errands you may be too tired to accomplish yourself while recovering. We extend compassionate, competent companionship and custom service to each of our clients.

If you need Visiting Angels for your loved ones, or for yourself, call 609-883-8188 today. We’ll listen to you and build a care plan based on specific, individual needs. When you require a professional, in-home caregiver, contact Visiting Angels.

March 18 is “Forgive Mom & Dad Day”…check out these 5 inspiring quotes on forgiveness

March 18th, 2015 No Comments

5 Inspiring Forgiveness Quotes

Forgiveness is healing!

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Holding on to anger, resentment, and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache, and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” —Joan Lunden

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” —Mark Twain

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” —Maya Angelou

“When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.” —Alan Paton

World Kidney Day: 6 Ways to Be Kind to Your Kidneys

March 12th, 2015 No Comments

World Kidney Day

The second Thursday in March is World Kidney Day. It’s a day to bring awareness to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and how to prevent it. People who have a family history of the disease or who have diabetes and/or high blood pressure may have a greater risk of getting CKD.

6 kidney-kind ways to help prevent Chronic Kidney Disease:

  • 1. Don’t eat processed foods; they’re typically full of sodium and phosphorus which damage kidneys. Examples of processed foods are boxed meals, lunch meats, crackers, chips, etc.
  • 2. Cut back on red meat; high animal protein and saturated fat may be harmful to kidneys
  • 3. Cut the colas and other sodas; they’re high in calories and may contain kidney-harming phosphorus additives
  • 4. Lower sodium intake
  • 5. Limit NSAID use such as ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and naproxen (Aleve) as they constrict blood vessels; drink a large glass of water when you do take one of them
  • 6. Eat kidney-loving foods: red bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, apples, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, red grapes, fish

 

Take a moment to read this Alzheimer’s Poem…

March 10th, 2015 No Comments

Alzheimer’s Poem

This Alzheimer’s Poem is written from the point of view of a person who has dementia. It helps all of us gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s-related behavior patterns.

Winter weather is here again in New Jersey! Weather safety reminders you’ll want to review…

March 5th, 2015 No Comments

Winter marches on in New Jersey, so be safe!

It’s March 5th but watching the snow falling makes it seem like Christmas! While it may be picturesque, we are all ready for some spring weather here in our New Jersey offices. Since it hasn’t, however, we thought we’d post reminders about winter safety for seniors and their families from recent posts:

Winter driving safety: If you absolutely cannot stay home, follow these winter driving tips.

Snow shoveling safety: Older seniors shouldn’t shovel. For all others, check out these snow shoveling tips.

Winter home safety: Hopefully you’ve prepared a Senior Storm Safety Kit for older parents and/or for yourself. If not, read about what Senior Storm Safety Kits should include.

Winter isolation and depression: With the cold and snow, your older loved ones may be feeling the winter blues. These 8 Tips to Beat Winter Depression may help.

Visiting Angels newsletter ready to read!

March 3rd, 2015 No Comments

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Home Care News by Angels

The March issue of Home Care News by Angels is ready to read. In this month’s issue:

8 Tips to Beat Winter Depression in Seniors; 7 Steps Toward Better Nutrition; Colorectal Cancer Month; Gadget Corner: NaturaCure Plantar Fasciitis Hot/Cold Therapy Socks and Jasmine Aroma Infuser; Angel Recipes: Gingered Broccoli, Senior Humor: Horse Bet; Client Testimonial; Like our New Facebook Company Page.

Access all issues of Home Care News by Angels on our eNewsletter page.

Seniors, are you eating right? Check out these 7 tips for better nutrition…

March 1st, 2015 No Comments

Fruit is good nutrition for seniorsNutrition challenges for older adults

If you’re an older senior, your eating patterns may be well set. You eat what you enjoy and maybe what’s the easiest to prepare. But are you eating RIGHT?

7 Tips to help you eat better:

  • You can love your food, but eat moderately, avoiding huge portions
  • Half of what you eat should include fruits and vegetables
  • Don’t drink whole milk–drink fat free or 1%
  • Be on the lookout for high sodium food; compare packages and choose lower sodium
  • Choose water instead of sugary drinks
  • Get your vitamin D through foods rich in the vitamin (dairy, eggs, saltwater fish), or through daily supplements
  • Get your protein through poultry, beans, fish, nuts, and seeds; these contain “healthy” oils–monounsaturated
Read more about National Nutrition Month.
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