Archive for July, 2015

Hoarding and clutter: 5 tips to help seniors tackle their beloved possessions…

July 30th, 2015 No Comments

Clutter and hoarding in seniors

Does your older parent or loved one have a hoarding or clutter problem? Have they had a lifelong struggle with clutter? Regardless, you may find yourself in the position to help encourage them to “edit” their belongings for one reason or another. Maybe you’re helping your in-laws pare down in preparation to move into a smaller home, or assisting your mom in going through your late father’s possessions. Just thinking about it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not the type of person who enjoys organizing and de-cluttering.

There is a difference between being a hoarder and being a person who just tends to save and collect things over time, a.k.a. packrat. Hoarding is a compulsive behavior in which people stack, pile, collect, and generally excessively accumulate all types of stuff (or even animals) throughout their home. In this behavior, people may not even recognize they have a problem. Others will be ashamed and become anti-social. Hoarding can have several causes such as OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), a psychological disorder such as bipolar, or even dementia. Extreme hoarding situations may warrant a psychiatric/health evaluation.

A person who saves and collects isn’t necessarily a hoarder. They may collect and save items throughout the years, but not to the excess where it interferes with daily living and safety.

5 Tips to help tackle decluttering jobs:

  • Take small bites. Don’t look at the entire job or you’ll become discouraged. Start with a small task, in small time chunks.
  • Be sensitive. When going through items with your loved one, realize it has more meaning to them than to you. Don’t just charge in and start throwing things out without regard to their feelings.
  • Make 3 piles: Keep, donate, and discard. Don’t have an undecided pile.
  • Make suggestions that promote compromise. For example, if your mom has a large collection of salt and pepper shakers, suggest she chooses 3 sets of her favorites and donate the remainder (offer to take photos of the ones donated as visual keepsakes).
  • Get outside help. Professional organizers, moving managers, and “neat” friends and relatives can assist with sorting, garage sales, etc.

Stay Cool Senior Fun Nights at Lawrence Township, NJ Senior Center

July 23rd, 2015 1 Comment

Mercer County NJ Seniors Over 60 Wanna Have Fun!

The Lawrence Township Office on Aging is bringing back “Stay Cool Senior Fun Nights” again this year every Monday night from July 6th through August 24th at the Lawrence Township Senior Center. Come get cool, meet new friends, and have a good time with special guests, fun activities and refreshments!

Featured Activities:

  • Bingo with “Light Up Bingo Board” 5¢ a carton
  • Board Games: Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Trouble
  • Card Games: Uno, Bridge, Pinochle, Maj Jongg, Canasta
  • Dominos

You’re never too old and you’re never too young to make new friends in an evening of fun!

Location:
Lawrence Township Senior Center
30 East Darrah Lane
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609-844-7048

Dates & Times:
Mondays, July 6th through August 24th
6:00pm to 8:30pm

11 Simple skin care tips for seniors…

July 22nd, 2015 No Comments

11 Skin Care Tips for Seniors

As we age, our skin takes a beating. Sun exposure is a big contributor to unwanted wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. Skin also becomes much more thin and loses fat as we age, and veins tend to show themselves more prominently. Additionally, older skin takes longer to heal and bruises more easily than when we were younger.

To keep our skin in good condition, these elder care tips may help:

  • Don’t shower or bathe daily–this can dry the skin
  • Do use moisturizing lotions or creams daily
  • Do protect skin from injuries that could tear the skin
  • Do protect your skin when in the sun with sunscreen, clothing, hats, sunglasses, etc.
  • Do be aware that some diseases, such as diabetes, require special skin care needs
  • Don’t use strong antibacterial soaps–these can dry aging skin
  • Do drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated
  • Do add a humidifier when the air is too dry
  • Don’t smoke
  • Do check your skin often for any changes
  • Do avoid stress which can cause dry skin

 

Another Friday Funny…

July 17th, 2015 1 Comment

Senior Humor Senior Care Burlington & Mercer County, NJ

Senior humor: Friday’s Funny from Visiting Angels NJ

Happy Friday! We all could use a smile each day, but especially after a long but rewarding week providing care to our older parents, spouse, friend, partner, relative, and/or client. From all of us Visiting Angels, have a very happy weekend!

Burlington-Mercer County NJ home health aide jobs available with Visiting Angels

July 16th, 2015 No Comments

Willingboro-Bordentown-Marlton-Medford-Ewing-Hamilton NJ Home Health Care Jobs Available!

Are you a certified, New Jersey licensed home health aide (CHHA) or certified nurses aide (CNA) who resides in Mercer or Burlington county? Visiting Angels would love to hear from you. We’re a busy senior home care company covering a large territory of clients needing living assistance. We’ll keep you busy working! Apply online today or come into our office headquarters in Lawrence Township. Or call us at 609-883-8188 and ask to speak to our recruiter.

Pemberton Township, NJ Veterans Presentation at the VFW Post #10065

July 14th, 2015 No Comments
Visiting Angels' Veterans Presentation at Pemberton NJ

Visiting Angels is proud to honor veterans. Pictured: Matt Govan of Visiting Angels and Commander Darryl Wilkins of VFW Post #10065 in Pemberton, NJ.

Pemberton Township NJ Community Outreach to Veterans

Pemberton Township NJ VFWVisiting Angels’ Managing Director and Co-owner, Rudy Tervooren, along with our Business Development Executive, Matt Govan, gave a Veterans Presentation at the VFW Post #10065 in Pemberton, New Jersey on July 13th. Rudy and Matt spoke to the attentive group about Visiting Angels’ unique Veterans Program which allows qualifying veterans and their widowed spouses to obtain our home health care services quickly and with no out-of-pocket costs.

In attendance were veterans who served our country in wars ranging from World War II to the Vietnam War. The presentation took place at the Dominique Johnson Recreation Center in Pemberton. The meeting was very well-received. The veterans asked Rudy and Matt many questions and promised to spread the word of Visiting Angels’ Veterans Program to their fellow veterans.

Check out www.StandDownofSouthJersey.com for information on helping homeless veterans in the South Jersey area.

Diabetics: Beat the Heat with These 3 Crucial Tips

July 7th, 2015 No Comments

Seniors Beat the Heat | NJ Senior Care | Diabetics |Visiting Angels

3 Summer Heat Care Tips for Diabetics

Seniors with diabetes are at a greater risk of health problems during the hot weather than a non-diabetic. When the temperature soars and humidity climbs, it can become difficult to cope with the summer heat. Summertime dangers can include dehydration, heat exhaustion, and foot problems, especially for those with diabetes. Visiting Angels provides these tips so diabetics can beat the heat and still enjoy these delightful days of summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated

In the heat, type 2 diabetics can lose fluids at a faster rate than is healthy. Keep yourself hydrated with water and sugar-free drinks. Carry a water bottle with you on walks or during exercise. Protect yourself by avoiding alcohol and caffeine during the heat of the day. Always have a snack with you in the event your blood sugar drops.

  1. Avoid Heat Exhaustion

During heat waves, stay cool indoors with air conditioning or a fan. Take a cool shower before bedtime or whenever you feel overly warm. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include

  • Dizziness
  • Fainting or near fainting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sweating excessively
  • Clammy skin
  • Headaches
  • Rapid heartbeat

To avoid heat exhaustion, exercise or schedule more strenuous projects before 10 AM and after 4 PM so that you work during the cooler hours of the day and out of the worst of the sun. Protect yourself from sunburn with sunscreen, clothing, a hat, and sunglasses. Check your blood sugar levels throughout the day, and protect your diabetic supplies by keeping those cool as well.

  1. Maintain Good Foot Care

Always keep your feet protected when outdoors. Use sunscreen on your feet when wearing sandals or shoes that cover your whole foot. Change your socks whenever they become damp from perspiration. Never go barefoot on hot surfaces, and check your feet each day for sores. For the diabetic, protecting your feet must be a way of life.

Protecting your way of life is the goal of Visiting Angels. You’re used to the freedom of independent living, and Visiting Angels can help you maintain your independence as you age. Our Angels will come to your home and assist you with the daily living process. Call us at 609-883-8188 for personalized, at-home, senior care any day, every day, and holidays. We’ll help you get back on your feet after major surgery or an injury. When you need an Angel, call us and we’ll be there.

Happy Independence Day from Visiting Angels!

July 4th, 2015 No Comments

Max-4th of July 2015

Happy 4th of July!

From our lovable Bichon Frise office mascot, Max, and all of us at Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties in New Jersey, we wish you all a fun-filled, happy, and safe Independence Day weekend!

Friday’s Funny from Visiting Angels

July 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Friday’s Funny: Senior Humor

Senior Humor Presented by Visiting Angels NJ

With the long holiday weekend ahead, we wanted to start it off with a chuckle. Laughter is one of the best ways to diffuse uncomfortable or tense situations with your older family members, friends, loved ones, and/or co-workers. Life’s just too short to spend time being annoyed or upset with anyone!

Have a great weekend. Happy birthday, USA!

July issue of ‘Home Care News by Angels’ available for your reading enjoyment!

July 1st, 2015 No Comments

July Visiting Angels NJ Newsletter

Visiting Angels’ New Jersey Newsletter

In this month’s issue: 9 Ways to Make Your Mornings Great; 5 Reasons Seniors Should Stay Hydrated This Summer; Senior Humor: Her Brother’s Wedding; Angel Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad; Gadget Corner: Give A Tree Dedication and Hurricane Spin Mop; Client Testimonial; Community Resource Bulletin: UV Safety Month; Angel Mascot: Happy 4th of July from Max

Read the July issue today! Check out our entire Visiting Angels newsletter archive.