Archive for April, 2016

May is National Stroke Month. Do you know the signs of stroke?

April 28th, 2016 1 Comment

Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Month

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and is also a leading cause of long-term disability among adults. Stroke is a brain attack which cuts off blood and oxygen to the brain. Because 2 million brain cells die each minute during stroke, it’s important to act FAST in order to save a life limit disabilities caused by brain damage.

Remember the acronym “FAST” to remind you of the stroke warning signs.

  • F = FACE | Look at the person’s face and ask them to smile. Does one side droop?
  • A = ARMS | Request the person raises both arms; does one drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH | Ask the person to repeat a sentence; listen for slurred or strange speech
  • T = TIME | Call 911 immediately if the person shows any of the signs above, whether independently or all of them

Who is at greatest risk?

  • Those over 55 years of age
  • Women; 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year
  • African-Americans; partly due to higher risks of having diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Family history of stroke
  • Prior heart attack, stroke, or TIA (transient ischemic attacks, “mini strokes”)
  • Smokers
  • Those who are overweight
  • Those who drink alcohol excessively

Stroke Prevention

  • Check and maintain blood pressure regularly
  • Keep atrial fibrillation under control
  • Stop smoking
  • Don’t drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day
  • Keep cholesterol levels managed
  • Control diabetes
  • Maintain exercise and healthy diet

 

 

 

16 Simple ways you can help a family caregiver…

April 20th, 2016 1 Comment

16 ways to provide relief to a family caregiver

You may know a neighbor, friend, or relative who takes care of an older family member. These loving people spend so much of their time helping their elder loved one and may not realize they are suffering from–or on the verge of suffering from–caregiver burnout. What can you do to help them out?

  • Ask them if they need anything while you’re out shopping
  • Help them with yard work–raking leaves, pulling leaves, trimming the bushes
  • Come over one afternoon and spend time chatting together
  • Take a trip to the pharmacy to pick up their medications
  • Wash their car for them
  • Take them out for lunch
  • Offer to stay with the care recipient while they take a well-deserved break
  • Take their dog for a walk
  • Run the vacuum, dust, or load the dishwasher
  • Ask if they need any minor home maintenance–any light bulbs that need changed, squeaky doors, etc.
  • Send them a note or email to encourage them
  • Give them a ride if they need to go to an appointment or to church
  • Bring them a meal
  • Arrange a schedule/task form for visitors and others willing to help
  • Keep asking if they need anything, even if they keep turning you down
  • Tell them how home care NJ can help!

Lawrenceville, NJ Job Fair at Visiting Angels: CHHAs and CNAs April 27th

April 19th, 2016 No Comments

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Lawrenceville, NJ Job Fair for CHHAs and CNAs

Visiting Angels invites you to an upcoming job fair event and interview with the opportunity to be hired on the spot (conditional on a clean background check)!

Visiting Angels is a premier non-medical, Home Care Company dedicated to helping the elderly and other adults. Our Company offers LONG-TERM assignments for both LIVE-IN & HOURLY aides (either FULL or PART-time); no random “Per Diem” work; 4-hour minimum work shifts; no Medicare or Medicaid assignments; compatible client matches based on your experience, physique and location; competitive salaries; holiday pay-rates 6-days/year; and lots of assignment opportunities!

Come enjoy light refreshments and mingle with Visiting Angels’ Owners and Office Team to learn first-hand about our busy and successful company and about how our staffing methods provide our caregiver employees with greater financial security than at other Home Care companies.

When:

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where:

Visiting Angels Executive Office, 140 Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Positions Available:

  • NJ-Certified Home Health Aides (NJ-CHHAs) and NJ-Certified Nursing Assistants (NJ-CNAs)—No Uncertified Companions or Out-of-State Licenses
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Positions for Qualified Live-In and Hourly Aides
  • Great Opportunities for “Fill-In” Live-Ins
  • Openings available throughout Central and South New Jersey in Mercer, Burlington, and Camden Counties

We Offer:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Holiday Pay-Rates 6 days year
  • Referral Bonus Program
  • Long-Term Assignments
  • PPACA Insurance
  • Visiting Angels’ “Training for Success” Program
  • Company Uniform Provided At No Cost to Employees
  • Easy Access to 24/7 Office Management Support
  • Technical Support of RN Field Supervisors
  • Wide Variety of Shifts and Locations
  • Stability with a Company That Believes Our “Employees are our #1 Priority”!

Job Requirements:

  • Current New Jersey CNA or CHHA license (No unlicensed companions or out-of-state caregiver license-holders)
  • Must have a reliable vehicle
  • At least 1+ years of prior PROFESSIONAL caregiving experience required for Hourly Aides
  • At least 3+ years of prior PROFESSIONAL Live-In experience required for Live-In Aides
  • Excellent English Communication Skills, both oral and written

What to Bring to the Job Fair:

  • Two (2) Forms of I.D.: One (1) Photo I.D. and your Social Security Card
  • Original (not copy) of your current NJ-CHHA or CNA license
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of valid car insurance
  • Current PPD or chest X-Ray report if positive
  • One (1) Professional “Work Reference Letter”; or the name & phone number of one (1) professional work reference we can contact. Work references can be from a prior boss, supervisor, teacher, etc., but definitely not from family, friends or work colleagues.
  • Updated resume preferred

Questions and RSVP:

Please call or email our office anytime from 9am-4:30pm Monday–Friday to let us know you plan to come, or if you have any questions.

Complete our online job application.

We look forward to meeting you!

Caring for Seniors with Epilepsy

April 19th, 2016 No Comments

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Epilepsy in Older Adults New Jersey

When our parents or loved ones reach their sixties, seventies or eighties, experiencing unusual feelings such as loss of time, suspended awareness, and confusion is common, and you may think that “getting older” is to blame. However, there could be another explanation for this change in behavior: they might be one of the 300,000 seniors with epilepsy. Seniors age 65 and older are the fastest-growing segment of epilepsy patients in the United States, and the condition has been difficult to diagnose. The increase in epilepsy diagnoses in seniors has led to more healthcare professionals becoming more aware of how to care for them.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder affecting 3-million Americans. Regardless of age, 1-in-26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. Although seniors make up ten percent of the people affected by this condition, their diagnosis can be delayed due to the symptoms being mistaken for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression or just normal aging. Some leading causes of epilepsy and seizures in older adults include the after effects of sudden strokes, tumors or cardiovascular events (heart attack or myocardial infarction).

Being diagnosed later in life can pose additional problems with treatments due to age-related issues and the use of other medications. There’s an increased risk of your loved one falling and breaking bones during an episode. Each seizure also puts extra strain on their heart, due to the reduced intake of oxygen during an episode. Caring for a senior with epilepsy presents different challenges from a child with the condition, but the main principle is the same when handling their seizures: “Protect the person from harm until full awareness returns.”

The Epilepsy Foundation provides several tips to help you when handling convulsion in an older adult.

  • Ease the person into a reclining position on the floor or flat surface.
  • Place something soft and flat under their head.
  • Turn him or her gently onto one side to prevent choking and keep the airway clear.
  • If the person is already seated, turn them gently to one side so any fluids drain away from the mouth.
  • Don’t attempt to force anything into their mouth. Seizures do not cause people to swallow their tongues.
  • Don’t attempt to give any fluids or medicine until the seizure is completely over and full alertness has return.
  • Don’t attempt to restrain the jerking movements. Applying restraint could cause tears in the muscles or even break a bone, especially in seniors.

Although epileptic seizures are usually not life-threatening, they can stop the most active seniors from living an independent and satisfying lifestyle. Many seniors with epileptic seizures are treated and the condition is managed successfully.

If your loved one or someone you know has epilepsy and could use assistance with remaining independent in the comfort of their home, contact Visiting Angels today. We offer professional, individualized, in-home care to adults and seniors in Mercer and Burlington County, New Jersey.

New Jersey Senior Home Care: the Affordable Assisted Living Alternative

April 14th, 2016 No Comments

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Senior Home Care: the Affordable Alternative

Are your aging parents starting to need more attention and care? Are you concerned about them staying safely at home alone? Is the thought of moving them into an assisted living facility too overwhelming to consider, both for financial reasons and/or for logistical reasons? Consider home care as an affordable alternative to assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.

The median monthly cost of an assisted living facility in New Jersey was $5,725 in 2015…that’s $68,700 per year. Skilled nursing facilities were even more, averaging $116,800 per year for a semi-private room. By contrast, having a home health aide for 44 hours a week for 52 weeks averaged only $48,506.*

How can a home health aide benefit your older parents?

  • Help them get dressed in the morning
  • Make breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner
  • Take them to doctor appointments
  • Clean the house including doing laundry
  • Feed and walk pets
  • Help them do physical therapy exercises
  • Take them shopping
  • Help them take a shower or bath
  • Assist using the bathroom
  • Remind them to take their medications
  • Help them to sit and/or stand
  • Replace batteries and air filters, etc.
  • Remove trip hazards
  • Help with their grooming
  • Helps ease loneliness and provides companionship
  • Provides a planned break for family caregivers

Don’t wait until you experience an emergency with your older parents before hiring a home care company such as Visiting Angels. Our Angels can visit your parents as little as one day per week, or as much as 24/7. Call us for home care in Mercer or Burlington Counties in New Jersey 609-883-8188.

*Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey New Jersey

 

 

April Home Care News by Angels

April 5th, 2016 No Comments

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Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties’ April Newsletter

Don’t miss the April issue of Home Care News by Angels. In this month’s issue: Tips on Clearing Clutter and Downsizing; Gadget Corner: BackJoy SitSmart and Roto Clipper Electric Nail Trimmer; Client Testimonial; Angels Who Soar–Celebrating Our Hardworking Employees; April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month; Earth Day Activities; April Recipes: Salmon Loaf with Cucumber Sauce; Senior Humor: Country Club; April Community Resource Bulletin: Cancer Control Month; Office Mascot Max; April Celebrity Birthdays

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