Archive for August, 2015

New Jersey Child/Infant Car Seat Safety Law Change Effective Sept. 1st

August 31st, 2015 No Comments

Car seat safetySeptember 1: NJ Child/Infant Car Seat Safety Law Changes 

New Jersey grandparents and parents: take note of the latest car seat safety law which takes effect September 1st.

  • Children under 2 years and 30 pounds must be fastened in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness
  • Children under 4 years and 40 pounds must remain in a rear-facing seat or a forward-facing seat with a five-point harness
  • Children under 8 years and 57 inches can remain in rear-facing or forward-facing seat or transition to a booster seat
  • Children must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back of the vehicle until age 8 or 80 pounds, whichever comes first
As a reminder, it’s NJ law for everyone in a vehicle–both front and back seat passengers–to wear safety belts. Wearing a seat belt, regardless of seating position, increases your chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75%.
For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety website.

Remembering Mrs. Wolski, our beloved 101-year-old client

August 31st, 2015 No Comments
Alice Wolski 100th birthday with grandchild

Alice Wolski celebrating her 100th birthday. Pictured with her great-grandchild.

 

Remembering Hamilton, NJ Visiting Angels’ Client

We were saddened when one of our long-term clients, Alice Wolski, passed away on August 4th. Mrs. Wolski had turned 101 this past May.

Mrs. Wolski was born in Trenton and was a lifetime resident of Hamilton. She was an operator for NJ Bell and later retired from the State of New Jersey. She was a member of St. John’s Church in Allentown and the Altar Rosary Society. Mrs. Wolski was an avid walker and a member of the Hamilton YMCA, where she enjoyed working out with her personal trainer. She was active in several senior clubs and also volunteered at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton. She loved flower gardening, reading, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren (9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren). In her obituary, the family expressed “grateful appreciation for the loving care provided to Alice from Visiting Angels, especially from Nana and Amelia.”

It was a privilege and an honor to have been a part of Mrs. Wolski’s life!

9 Easy ways seniors can stretch their dollars

August 19th, 2015 1 Comment

9 Easy ways NJ seniors can make their money go farther…

In this economy, we all need to find ways to stretch our dollars. For seniors on a fixed income, it’s especially important to watch pennies. Below are some helpful tips to get you started saving more.

  • 1. Develop a budget: figure out your weekly/monthly expenses (it may help to keep a journal of your expenses each day in order to determine this amount), then subtract your weekly/monthly income. Try not to spend less than this amount in order to save extra.
  • 2. Make a list: before you go to the store, have a list written and stick to it (avoid impulse buys)
  • 3. Do the research: compare prices from store to store. You can check the newspaper or the internet for the weekly specials.
  • 4. Buy generic: store brands are often just as good–or even better–than name brands, and are usually significantly less expensive
  • 5. Claim your discount: the senior discount is definitely a perk to being older. Ask for the discount at movies, restaurant, retail stores, auto repair shops, etc.
  • 6. Eat like a bird: take advantage of early bird dinner specials at restaurants
  • 7. Check out your local senior center: for activities, discounted meals, exercise programs, events…all at low cost to seniors
  • 8. Seek free activities: check newspapers, the internet, libraries, senior centers, etc. for free activities
  • 9. Take advantages of services for seniors: your local Office on Aging may offer services such as notary, legal, caregiving, etc.

Do you have a heart for older people? Become a certified home health aide in NJ!

August 18th, 2015 No Comments

Why become a CHHA in New Jersey?

Are you searching for a meaningful career or second career? Do you enjoy the company of older people? Are you a dependable, caring, compassionate person? Becoming a Certified Home Health Aide may be the career for you.

The job outlook in the elder care industry is extremely positive. As the population ages, home health aide jobs are one of the fastest-growing in the nation; the job growth is expected to be about 70% within by 2020 (visit http://bit.ly/1d8poZT). With a career in home health care, you’ll always be in demand!

What does a home health aide do?

  • Housekeeping
  • Meal Preparation
  • Medication Reminders
  • Shopping
  • Errands
  • Personal Hygiene Care (including bathing, grooming, dressing assistance)
  • Companionship
  • Assistance with Walking, Transferring, and Safety

How to get started

Becoming a certified home health aide isn’t a long, drawn out process. In as little as 76 hours (60 hours of classroom instruction along with 16 hours of clinical instruction), you can become certified in New Jersey. Compared to many other certifications or degrees, the cost is quite reasonable. Most courses are between $500-$1000. Click our list of CHHA schools in New Jersey which offer home health aide certification programs.

Are you a certified home health aide? Visiting Angels is always recruiting the best in the profession. Apply online at www.njseniorcare.com/jobs today!

Mercer County, NJ Field RN: Nurse Position Open at Visiting Angels Senior Home Care

August 12th, 2015 No Comments

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Field RN Wanted: Home Care Nurse, Per Diem

Mercer County, New Jersey

Visiting Angels has an immediate opening for a New Jersey Registered Nurse. Our RN is tasked with in-home non-medical visits to our clients throughout Mercer County. Our Mercer county clients live in Princeton, Ewing, Hamilton, Trenton, Robbinsville, East Windsor, Pennington, Lawrenceville, and in other communities throughout the county.

This part-time/per diem position is perfect for a retired RN, or one who desires flexible hours and enjoys meeting and talking with older adults.

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Responsibilities include:

Setting appointments with Visiting Angels’ clients in their Mercer County homes during a regular Visiting Angels’ care shift; mileage is reimbursed per Company policy.

  • Creating in-home initial client assessments and care plans based on our clients’ specific care needs
  • Conducting follow-up in-home assessments at 60-day intervals
  • Revising care plans as necessary
  • Supervising our Company’s home care aides (CHHAs)

Qualifications include:

  • Current New Jersey Registered Nurse license
  • Prior RN experience with in-home care assessments preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communicator with strong interpersonal skills
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently
  • Able and willing to travel to clients’ homes throughout Mercer County
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a reliable car
  • Must have basic computer skills (email, scanning, faxing); Company will provide portable scanner
  • Ideal candidate resides in Mercer County

Please send us your resume  to jobs@njseniorcare.com along with a cover letter explaining why you believe you would be a great fit with our Company.

Note: Do not apply on our website as it is strictly for potential home care aides.

This position is available immediately for the right person. Serious applicants only, please.

 

Cindy Williams of ‘Laverne & Shirley’ fame promotes Visiting Angels

August 11th, 2015 No Comments

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Cindy Williams’ Visiting Angels Commercial

We are thrilled that Cindy Williams is promoting Visiting Angels in 2 new TV commercials! Cindy Williams, as you remember, portrayed Shirley Feeney in Laverne & Shirley, a sitcom which ran from 1976 to 1983. Penny Marshall co-starred as Laverne De Fazio. The series, set in the 1950s, followed the madcap adventures of the two roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a Milwaukee brewery. Williams is not only a renowned actress, she’s also a producer and new author. Her recently released first book is a memoir entitled, Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life.

Watch the commercials now by clicking the Visiting Angels image above and/or let us know when you see it during your favorite cable TV show.

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Cindy Williams (L) and Penny Marshall (R) portray Laverne & Shirley

Note: Actress Cindy Williams is NOT the Cindy Williams of politics. Visit http://bit.ly/CindyWilliamsSnopes for clarification.

How to help dementia sufferers sleep through the night…

August 11th, 2015 No Comments

10 Ways to help a person sleep when they have memory loss and confusion

A common NJ senior care caregiver challenge is getting their loved one with dementia to sleep peacefully through the night. Many times, especially beginning with sundown, they become anxious and restless.

10 simple and practical tips that will help:

  • 1. Diet: Make sure to limit caffeinated beverages to mornings; alcohol should also be avoided
  • 2. Limit Naps: Set and keep regular times for rising in the morning and keep naps to morning hours, if needed
  • 3. Active Days: keep the person as active as possible throughout the day–take a walk with them, have them fold laundry, rake leaves, etc.
  • 4. Make Evenings Relaxed: Develop relaxed routines each evening, such as listening to music or watching TV; keep excess activity, noise, and visitors to a minimum
  • 5. Don’t Go To Bed Hungry: A light snack before bedtime is ideal
  • 6. Keep a Diary: Maintain a log of activities, food, medications, or beverages that may contribute to their sleep disturbances
  • 7. Bedtime Routine: Keep it relaxed and easy. If they refuse to go to bed, let them sleep in the chair or couch. If they don’t want to wear their PJs, let them wear their day clothes
  • 8. Bedroom: Keep the bedroom comfortable–temperature, soft music, comfy PJs, blankets, nightlight
  • 9. Safety: Keep the path to the bathroom (and other areas of the house) clear, block dangerous parts of the home, such as the stairway, use audible monitors if necessary
  • 10. Provide Reassurance: If they wake up in the night, offer reassurance instead of arguing or explaining as you slowly get them back into bed

For more NJ elder care information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, visit our Alzheimer’s Awareness page.

 

4 Ways baby boomers can help our aging parents

August 6th, 2015 No Comments

4 Ways baby boomers can help our aging parents

As we baby boomers age, so do our parents. Sometimes knowledge of our parents’ decreasing limitations slowly creeps up on us–they can no longer open tight lids or jars, their house hasn’t been as clean as it once was, or they are falling behind paying their bills, for example. Other times it suddenly hits when one of them has a medical emergency such as a serious fall or stroke and can’t take care of themselves; this is when we know for certain they need extra help from us, and perhaps other assistance such as senior home health care. Roles eventually start becoming reversed, whether we like it or not.

1. Reassure Your Parents

This role reversal can be tough on your parents. They want to retain their independence, rightfully so. This is a time to gently reassure your parents that you’re there to help them solve problems and issues that arise.

2. Get Educated

It’s also time to get educated. Find out what you can about their legal situation. Do they have a will? What are their financial arrangements (banking, CDs, stocks, etc.)? You may need to help them with paperwork in the future, so getting all of this together in one place will help tremendously. Also, get information on their physicians, medications, health insurance policies, advance funeral arrangements, etc. Become educated about the many senior living options. Nursing homes (also known as skilled nursing facilities) aren’t the only option for aging loved ones.

3. Don’t Go It Alone

Take advantage of the support and assistance of other family members, friends, Office on Aging programs, and related professionals (social workers, physicians, nurses, geriatric consultants, home care aides). They can help you with both the physical responsibilities and also with the emotional ones that come with caring for your elder parents. Brainstorm with these people about different ways to help your parents.

4. Allow Your Parents to Make Decisions

Even if your parents have limitations such as illness or lack financial resources, respect their opinions and their desire to make their own decisions. They want to remain in control of their lives.

Do You Struggle With Late-Onset Psoriasis?

August 5th, 2015 No Comments

Psoriasis Awareness Month Visiting Angels Mercer County New Jersey

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month

Did you know that it’s common for psoriasis to become a health issue for people in their sixties and older? Visiting Angels promotes Psoriasis Awareness Month in August and provides this information with the aim of helping seniors who struggle with late-onset psoriasis.

The most common autoimmune disease in the United States, psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious disease that affects the largest organ of the body – the skin. 7.5 million Americans live with psoriasis, many of them seniors. According to Dermatology Times, early diagnosis of the disease is vital, and the symptoms include red scaly patches of skin that itch, crack, and bleed, and can appear anywhere on the body. These symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe.

Causes of Psoriasis

Psoriasis may be caused by a combination of genes and exposure to external instigators. Psoriasis may flare up after a skin injury, a bout with a variety of infections, or a stress-related incident.  Certain medications may induce or aggravate psoriasis, especially in seniors. This alone makes treating and controlling psoriasis in seniors a challenge. Late-onset cases evolve from different genetic factors than those of early-onset psoriasis.

Treatment for Psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, but researchers are laboring to find one. Many treatment options are available, and there are things that patients who struggle with late-onset psoriasis can do to help themselves. Treatment of this highly-variable disease is individualized, depending on the level of severity. The distinct possibility of adverse drug reactions and interactions make treating psoriasis, especially in seniors, difficult. Psoriasis may prompt other health issues. Seniors who struggle with late-onset psoriasis need to work with care givers to guard against other physical problems while managing this disease.

Taking prescribed medications is the number one protection in the fight against psoriasis. And there are things you can do at home that help.

  • Use moisturizer regularly
  • Get small amounts of sunshine daily, but don’t burn
  • Stop smoking. Smoking aggravates psoriasis
  • Talk with someone if psoriasis is affecting your self-confidence

 If you or your older loved one struggle with late-onset psoriasis or another chronic condition and need help with personal care but want to remain in your own home, contact Visiting Angels today. When you need professional, individualized, in-home care, think Visiting Angels. We provide caring, qualified non-medical services for you or your loved one, understanding how special and unique each person is. Assessing self-care capabilities and patient preferences, Visiting Angels is your first line of care for in-home New Jersey seniors. Call us today at 609-883-8188.

Home Care News by Angels: new issue is ready to read!

August 4th, 2015 No Comments

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The August issue of Home Care News by Angels is ready to read.

In this issue, you’ll find:

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