Archive for June, 2015

Avoid a nursing home! Home modifications help seniors stay safe in their own homes

June 25th, 2015 No Comments

Modifications to the home may help keep seniors safely at home longer

The majority of adults–90 percent of people over 40–want to age in their own homes for as long as safely possible. However, many times people end up in nursing homes due to a fall or other injury caused by perils in the home. The best way to stay at home safely–and avoid nursing homes–is by making the home senior-friendly through renovations. Some renovations are as simple as removing throw rugs, but others can be more costly, such as adding a stair lift or elevator. Assistive products, such as a walker, are also helpful to the senior who needs safety help at home.

In Maryland, a research project has started that brings professionals–handymen, nurses and occupational therapists–into lower-income seniors’ homes. This project will help determine how low-cost modifications will help seniors live independently longer in their own homes, saving thousands of dollars that would have been spent for nursing homes. A monthly stay in a local New Jersey nursing home is $8,364 for a semi-private room, according to Genworth Cost of Care survey.

Home modifications are an excellent idea; adding one more layer of safety for your loved one is having someone physically there with them, such as a Visiting Angels home health aide. We’re committed to helping seniors live at home as long as possible!

Modifications to the home can include:

  • Adding a grab rail on both sides of a stair way
  • Lowering kitchen cabinets
  • Adding a ramp on home entryways
  • Adding grab bars in the bathroom
  • Raising toilet seats
  • Fixing uneven floors
  • Installing levered door handles

Assistive products include:

  • Weighted flatware for those with grip issues
  • Walkers, canes
  • Chair and bed lifters
  • Safety bars on bed
  • Toilet handle grips
  • Non-skid bath mats
  • Automatic medication reminders

To read more on the Maryland program, read the story from CBS News: http://cbsn.ws/13JnkpS.

New Jerseyians, did you hear Visiting Angels’ radio spot? And check out Kathie Lee singing our jingle!

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments

Visiting Angels on the Radio

Visiting Angels is on New Jersey Radio!

Did you hear Visiting Angels’ TV commercial this morning on New Jersey 101.5FM? Locally, we’re happy to spread the word of our non-medical care which allows older New Jerseyians to remain in their own home instead of moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Tune into NJ101.5 and let us know when you hear our radio spot again!

We just celebrated Father’s Day this past weekend, but we recently ran across a Hoda and Kathie Lee clip from the Today Show which talks about our Mother’s Day Survey. In this clip, Kathie Lee even starts singing our famous Visiting Angels’ jingle (at :20). Check it out!

Wishing all Dads a Happy Father’s Day from Visiting Angels

June 21st, 2015 No Comments

Happy Fathers Day 2016

Visiting Angels wishes all dads a very Happy Father’s Day! Take the day off to relax and enjoy your special day!

Feeling Tired? Try these 5 High Energy Foods

June 18th, 2015 No Comments

Walnuts

5 High Energy Foods

Are you or your older loved ones tired of feeling tired? Maybe you’re not eating the right foods. Have you been eating food made with white flour, simple carbs, or sugar? These may be causing you to feel a short burst of energy, but make you feel tired in the long run.

Instead, focus on eating foods that will give you more energy that’s longer lasting.

Oatmeal. Oatmeal is easily digestible and high in fiber. It has magnesium, portein, phosphorus, and vitamin B1. Eat oatmeal every morning for instant and long-lasting energy. Steel-cut, old-fashioned, and thick cut are varieties that are less processed than the instant oatmeal varieties.

Yogurt. Yogurt is good for your digestive tract with its probiotics. It’s also high in protein and can be eaten any time of day. The Greek varieties have about two times the protein than regular yogurt. It’s also creamier. Add nuts and fruit for an even greater power-packed meal. If you or your older loved one has been taking antibiotics, yogurt’s probiotic content is an excellent way to rid the digestive system of the medication’s adverse effects.

Spinach. Spinach contains iron, magnesium, potassium, and B & C vitamins. The potassium helps build muscles (Popeye knew this!). Eat spinach in salad or as an add-on to many of your favorite dishes.

Beans. Beans are high fiber and low in fat and provide slow-burning energy. Soybeans are particularly nutritious. Eat beans as a replacement for red meat, in dips, in salads, in soup, and so on.

Nuts. Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids–healthy fats and supply energy. Nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds all contain magnesium which helps your muscle health. Sesame seeds, cashews, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds can help you sleep due to their tryptophan content. Have a serving of nuts each day; raw nuts are preferable to roasted.

 

Burlington County NJ Home Health Aide Jobs…Visiting Angels has openings!

June 10th, 2015 No Comments
Visiting Angels CHHA jobs in NJ

Look for our jobs flyer on community bulletin boards throughout Burlington & Mercer counties

New Jersey CHHAs & CNAs, are you looking for hours?

If you’re a Certified Home Health Aide or Certified Nursing Aide and live in Beverly, Birmingham, Bridgeboro, Browns Mills, Bordentown, Burlington, Chatsworth, Cookstown, Chesterfield, Cinnaminson, Crosswicks, Columbus, Delanco, Delran, Edgewater Park, Evesboro, Evesham, Eastampton, Fieldsboro, Florence, Hainesport, Indian Mills, Jacobstown, Jobstown, Juliustown, Kresson,  Lenola, Lumberton, Mansfield, Masonville, Mount Laurel, Maple Shade, Medford, Medford Lakes, Moorestown, Mount Holly, Marlton, Marlton Lakes, New Lisbon, New Gretna, North Delran, North Marlton, North Hanover, Palmyra, Pine Grove, Pemberton, Rancocas,  Rancocas Woods, Riverside, Riverton, Roebling, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, Vincentown, Westampton, Willingboro, Wrightstown…or anywhere else in Burlington county, we’re eager to hear from you.

We offer long-term cases with 4-hour minimum shifts, top hourly pay rates, flexible hours, and have lots of ongoing assignments that will keep you as busy as you desire. give us a call at 609-883-8188 or apply online today!

5 Medication Safety Tips for Seniors

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

Multiple Medications

Multiple Medications May Cause Dangerous Interactions

Many people over 65 take multiple medications. Keeping them straight isn’t only important for the compartments of your pill container, it’s also important to be aware of any conflicting side effects they may have with each other. Studies have show that up to 30% of hospital admissions for older patients can be linked to medication complications.

  • Bring a list of all your medications to every health care professional you see; include over-the-counter meds, vitamins, and supplements
  • Use the same pharmacy for each prescription; it may help flag drug interactions
  • Read each medications’ information and side effect warnings
  • Take each medication regularly and exactly as prescribed, for as long as prescribed
  • Contact your physician and/or pharmacist before you stop taking medication if you experience side effects

Remember, you are in charge of your own healthcare. Ask questions of your healthcare professional. Learn all you can about your medications. Knowledge is power!

The June issue of ‘Home Care News by Angels’ is ready to read!

June 4th, 2015 No Comments

June image of hammock by peaceful lake

Visiting Angels’ June Newsletter

June is a perfect month to get outdoors and enjoy this gorgeous New Jersey weather! While you’re sitting outside, take a few minutes to read our June issue of Home Care News by Angels.

In this month’s issue, you’ll find:

Read the June issue today.

9 Ways Men Can Avoid Living An Unhealthy Lifestyle

June 2nd, 2015 No Comments

Live Long. Live Healthy. Good News For Men.

Don’t we all want to live long and live healthy? During Men’s Health Month, Visiting Angels has some good news for men, especially seniors. It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. Aging has brought us to where we are, and we can minimize the negative aspects by adopting healthy choices every day for the rest of our lives.

To continue to live long and live healthy, we need to take care of our health as we age. Here are several things men over 55 can do for themselves along the way.

  • 1. Visit your doctor. Take your meds. Take advantage of health screenings.
  • 2. Eat right. You hear it almost daily, don’t you? And with good cause. Nourish your physical health with good food, nutritional supplements and vitamins. Include fruit, veggies and low fat, healthy proteins on your plate. And be sure to stay hydrated.
  • 3. Stay active. Low-key exercise is still exercise. Walk with a buddy. Swim. Ride your bike. Stretch. Exercise is motivating and reinforces other healthy lifestyle choices. Do something every day that builds muscle and strengthens your body. And use sunscreen when you go on that walk or bike ride.
  • 4. Control your weight. Find your healthy weight and maintain it. Your weight affects other health issues, and you’ll find yourself healthier and happier when your weight is under control.
  • 5. Protect your emotional health. Everyone has a blue day now and then, but if you struggle with depression or feelings of being overwhelmed, seek help. Talk to your family or a friend. Speak to your doctor. There’s a wonderful array of help to be had for emotional well-being.
  • 6. Take a break. Relax. Enjoy a short vacation. Or a long one. Or a mini-vacation right in your home. Do something that makes you happy with someone you love. Play with the grandkids. Go to a ballgame. Attend a performance. A playful spirit is a healthy, happy spirit.
  • 7. Get enough sleep. It seems we wake before dawn as we age, so go to bed early enough to try to get your eight hours of zzz’s.
  • 8. Discard bad habits. Don’t use tobacco. Don’t abuse alcohol.
  • 9. Don’t stress out over things not under your control – and that’s most things, right? Smile often.

Visiting Angels is all about helping seniors live long and live healthy at home. The majority of us want to age in the familiar surroundings of the family home, NOT in a nursing home. Visiting Angels makes that possible. Providing personalized, in-home care every day or whenever you need it, Visiting Angels supports your happy, healthy independent lifestyle. For more information and an in-home visit with a home care professional in New Jersey, call 609-883-8188 today.