Archive for January, 2016

11 factors to know about shoveling snow: dangers and tips

January 27th, 2016 1 Comment

11 Snow Shoveling Dangers and Tips

With winter snow comes a greater risk of snow shoveling related deaths. According to a cardiologist who is an authority on the dangerous effects of snow removal, Barry Franklin, “people don’t have any idea how taxing it is on the heart.”

  • Approximately 100 deaths each winter are attributed to shoveling snow, possibly double
  • Heart rate and blood pressure rises even more than when walking on a treadmill
  • Being out in the cold air constricts blood vessels, decreasing blood flow
  • Avoid shoveling snow in the early morning when cardiac risks are higher
  • Arm work associated with shoveling is more strenuous than just using the legs
  • Sedentary people over the age of 55 with suspected heart conditions should avoid snow shoveling altogether
  • Pushing the snow is much less taxing than lifting
  • Remove snow after it’s first fallen; waiting can make snow heavier
  • One shovel full of snow can weigh up to 20 lbs
  • Dress warmly and drink fluids
  • Lift with your legs and keep your core tight

If you have an older neighbor or family member, volunteer to shovel for them or hire a snow shoveling service.

5 Tips About Having A Conversation With Your Older Parents

January 20th, 2016 No Comments

Starting a Conversation with Your Loved Ones About Aging

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If you observed your older parents at gatherings during the holidays, you may have noticed they’re starting to need a little more help than they used to. After ringing in the New Year, maybe you’re thinking it’s time to have a talk with your aging loved ones about a long-term care plan as they age. You certainly don’t want to spend this year continually worrying about their safety and well-being as they go through each day on their own.

For years, our parents were there for us and gave their support during life’s most challenging moments. Now it’s our time to be there for them during their most challenging moments. Whether you’ve noticed your loved ones needing help with day-to-day care (such as dressing, grooming, bathing), if they’re not preparing food or eating enough, if they’re forgetting to take their medications, or if their housekeeping is falling behind, this conversation will spark mixed emotions. Just keep in mind that it’s better to start the conversation now, before it’s too late.

Big life changes may be in store for your loved ones, so plan to have more than one conversation before a crisis situation happens (such as a sudden major fall or debilitating illness) which will impair their ability to function on their own. Below are five ways to help navigate through these conversations.

  • 1. Timing is everything. Plan to talk to your loved ones when there are no distractions or other obligations. For example, the middle of family dinner is probably not the right occasion for this discussion. A good time could be during a morning visit with your parents when they don’t have many activities planned for the day.
  • 2. Share your observations, concerns and feelings. Maybe you’ve noticed that Dad is having trouble getting work done around the house, or Mom is no longer able to keep up with laundry and cooking. Addressing these topics with loved ones can be difficult, but it’s important they know that you care. If you’ve notice your loved one is having trouble, stay persistent, empathetic, and strong as you work with them to find the right solution.
  • 3. Listen to their concerns and wishes. Make a list of your loved one’s concerns so that you’re able to validate them and help guide you both in finding the most appropriate solutions based on their preferences. Understanding the type of lifestyle they wish to maintain can help with planning and lead to positive outcomes.
  • 4. Being an advocate. Emphasize that you’re there to take care of their needs and that they can depend on you. Ensure them that you want to maintain their way of life and need their help to make the best decisions.
  • 5. End the conversation with a plan. Having a plan in place helps to make sure that there are set shared expectations around the next steps. In the event of an emergency your family will be prepared for the next steps.

If you are still uneasy about having a conversation with your parents and need the support and guidance of a professional, Visiting Angels can help. Visiting Angels’ services allow your loved ones to remain independent safely in their own homes. Our Angels are trained to provide a range of in-home, non-medical home care services—including meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, hygiene assistance, medication reminders, personal care assistance, and safety supervision throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. For more information or to schedule our services, call 609-833-8188.

Trenton, NJ home care testimonial

January 13th, 2016 No Comments

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We are excited when we hear from families about our care. Read this testimonial from an adult daughter:

“We had met Rudy [Co-owner and Managing Director] when my father was in a rehabilitation facility trying to setup 24-hour care. The experience was excellent. He is very professional and very caring. Mindy, who works in the office, is excellent. Marie, the caregiver we have right now, is incredible. She is just outstanding in every single respect. The care she gives for my father is amazing. My father loves her. I can’t even describe how good she is. Her personality is incredible. She does everything over and above her job in taking care of my father.” —Barbara, Trenton, NJ

Read more testimonials on our Testimonial Page

Take a look at our January Angel Home Care Newsletter

January 5th, 2016 No Comments

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Angel Home Care Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us at Visiting Angels! Our latest newsletter is ready to read. In this issue: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults; Appreciating Angels Who Soar; Senior Humor: Last Words; Angel Recipes: Cabbage Soup; Gadget Corner: Kangaroo Keeper Purse Organizer and Chair Exerciser; January Celebrity Birthdays; Client Testimonial; Bathroom Safety Tips; Happy New Year from Visiting Angels Office Mascot, Max

Check out our January Home Care News by Angels!