Archive for March, 2016

Spotlight on Kidney Disease

March 17th, 2016 No Comments

Kidney disease risk factors for Senior adults

Seniors at Risk for Kidney Disease

March is National Kidney Month, which highlights awareness of kidney disease. More than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and 1 in 3 people in the U.S. are at risk. Unfortunately, many adults and seniors are not aware of this risk, so becoming informed about the risk factors and how to get tested for the disease can help in making the right choices to keep your kidneys working longer.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic kidney disease is a common condition that affects aging seniors, occurring primarily in those over the age of 60.

Along with age, those with the following personal background are at higher risk of developing kidney disease:

  • Members of your family have kidney disease
  • You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • You have a history of smoking
  • You have cardiovascular disease
  • You have high blood pressure

According to both the CDC and National Kidney Foundation, senior adults who develop chronic kidney disease (CKD) may have a history of diabetes and high blood pressure. It’s important that seniors with diabetes and high blood pressure get tested regularly for kidney disease. Although there are no early signs or symptoms for kidney disease, early detection can help prevent the progression to kidney failure.

If your older parent or loved one is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or another chronic illness, the best thing you can do is become educated on how to best help them.

Chronic kidney disease, like other illnesses, can impact many seniors’ ability to live independently at home. When older adults are diagnosed with chronic conditions, they may eventually become fearful of losing their freedom and autonomy. Visiting Angels can ease this fear by helping them remain independent and safe while remaining in their own home. Our Angels are trained to provide a range of in-home, non-medical home care services throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. These services include assistance with grooming, hygiene, dressing, walking, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, shopping, errands, and more. Call us at 609-883-8188 to learn how our Angels can enhance senior living.

Jobs at Visiting Angels in Mercer and Burlington Counties, NJ

March 12th, 2016 No Comments

We’re Hiring in Burlington and Mercer Counties, NJ

We’re searching for excellent people to join our home care team! Spread the word to your friends and colleagues in our area.

Burlington County, NJ Registered Nurse (RN)

This per diem, part-time position is perfect for a retired RN, or one with a flexible schedule. Our RN will meet with our clients in the clients’ homes, at times arranged between our nurse and our clients. Read more about the responsibilities on our Per Diem RN job posting. Send your resume and cover letter to Recruiting.


Home Health Aides in Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey

Certified Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Aides are encouraged to apply on our website at www.njseniorcare.com/jobs. We offer hourly and live-in assignments to those aides who meet our stringent requirements. Read more about the job for CHHAs/CNAs on our online CHHA/CNA job posting.


Assistant Scheduler Job in Lawrenceville, NJ

We’re seeking a full-time person for our Assistant Scheduler position. Read about the job responsibilities on our Assistant Scheduler job posting. Send your resume to our office.

 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month…boomers, have you been screened?

March 11th, 2016 No Comments

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

If you’re a baby boomer, you’re 50 or older. And that means your body is getting older, no matter how you’d like to deny the fact! It also means it’s time to get screened for colorectal cancer.

Your doctor may prescribe a colonoscopy to check for polyps or cancer which may be inside the rectum and entire colon. There are other screening tests, too: High-Sensitivity FOBT (Stool Test) and Flexible Sigmoidoscopy. Ask your physician which is right for you.

The main point is that you should be tested.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. When cancer is found early and at the local stage, there’s a 90% 5-year survival rate. If polyps are found during a screening test, they can be removed before the cancer even has a chance to develop. That’s why screening at age 50 is so important. There aren’t usually any symptoms in the early stages of the cancer, so you shouldn’t rely on experiencing symptoms before being screened.

Check out our Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Community Resource Bulletin to learn more.

March issue of Home Care News by Angels is ready to read

March 2nd, 2016 No Comments

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March Newsletter Home Care News by Angels is here!

Please take a look at Visiting Angels’ newsletter. In the March issue: Sleep Awareness Week; Gadget Corner: Shoe Slotz and Touchless Trash Can; Appreciating Angels Who Soar; Senior Humor: Losing My Mind; Client Testimonial; Angel Recipes: Healthy Nut and Fruit Bars; March Celebrity Birthdays; 1940s Trivia; and Community Resource Bulletin: National Kidney Month.

Read the March issue today!

To read past issues, check out our eNewsletter page.