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Read this review from a Browns Mills, NJ family member…

August 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ ReviewsBrowns Mills, NJ Senior Home Care Review

“On behalf of my sister and brothers, I would like you to know how much the care and diligence of Thaera [our Visiting Angels’ aide] meant to our mother in her last months. Besides providing excellent home health care assistance, Thaera was a patient, kind companion to [my mother]. Her care allowed Mom to remain in her own home—her very strongest desire. We all met, liked, and had complete confidence in Thaera to act in Mom’s best interests. Her skills and compassion were evident in every encounter.” —Cynthia L, Browns Mills, NJ

Be An Angel Day is August 22. Check out 16 easy ways to Be An Angel everyday!

August 22nd, 2016 1 Comment

Be An Angel Day

August 22 is Be An Angel Day

At Visiting Angels, every day is “Be An Angel” day. For everyone else, August 22nd has been designated as a special day to encourage doing nice things for a fellow person, to act like an angel! Be a blessing to someone else–you will be blessed in return!

Easy ways you can Be An Angel:

  • Be polite to everyone (including family members)
  • Visit a senior at their home or nursing facility
  • Drive courteously
  • Tip your server over 20%
  • Pick up random litter wherever you see it
  • Be friendly to people
  • Wave and/or say hello to your neighbors
  • Send a note to someone just to say hello
  • Let someone else go first
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Give a hug to someone you know
  • Put change in someone else’s parking meter
  • Return a shopping cart in a parking lot
  • Say thank you for little things
  • Bring in Angel food cake to work for co-workers
  • Call, text, or email someone you haven’t talked to in awhile

 

August 21 is National Senior Citizens Day, so show your appreciation!

August 21st, 2016 No Comments

National Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens Day

Since 1988, August 21 has been declared as National Senior Citizens Day by President Ronald Reagan. It is a day set aside to show our appreciation to the older people in our lives. Send a card, call them up, send an email or a text, visit them, go shopping with them, take them to a park, museum, movie, or a Broadway show. Whatever you do, let them know how much you appreciate them!

8 Ways to Prevent Wandering in Seniors with Dementia

August 17th, 2016 1 Comment

Wandering in Seniors with Dementia In-Home Care Visiting Angels New Jersey

There are more than 5-million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia and 6-in-10 will begin to wander. Seniors living with dementia often don’t remember their name, other peoples’ names, or their addresses. They can become confused, even when in a familiar place.  Wandering among seniors with dementia can be dangerous, but may be prevented with a few proactive strategies.

Wandering is most common among seniors with dementia and can start at any stage of the disease. Early recognition of warning signs can help loved ones plan for situations that can lead to wandering, such as restless pacing, appearing to be confused or lost in a new or different environment, or difficulty locating familiar places around the house.

Even the most dedicated family member or caregiver can struggle to stop a senior with dementia from wandering, but below are 8 strategies that may lower the chances of wandering:

  • 1. Identify the time of day in which they tend to typically wander. Planning daily activities and getting exercise can help reduce anxiety and restlessness often felt by those with dementia.
  • 2. Make sure all basic daily needs are met. Do they have to use the bathroom? Are they thirsty or hungry? A person who has dementia may become agitated and want to find relief somewhere—causing the wandering behavior.
  • 3. Ensure your home is secure. Install locks on the windows and doors that can’t be opened easily. You should also place the locks higher or lower on the door so that they are out of sight, as this can prevent your loved one from easily unlocking the door and getting out and wandering. You may also hang a bell on the doorknob or purchase wander alarms to alert you when your loved one is attempting to leave.
  • 4. Keep car keys out of sight. This will eliminate the chance of a person with dementia from driving a car and putting themselves and others in danger.
  • 5. Wear brightly colored clothing. If you’re going to be in a crowd or a busy place, have your loved one dress brightly colored clothing. By wearing brightly colored clothing, it will make it easier to spot them at a distance or in a crowd should they wander.
  • 6. Provide reassurance if the person feels lost, abandoned or confused. Use communication that focuses on exploration and validation in situations where the person with dementia may want to leave to “go home” or “go to work.” Instead of correcting them, use statements that re-direct their anxiety such as “everything is under control at work today; I could really use help folding laundry, though.” Communicate with them in such a way that they feel you’re taking them seriously. Try to focus on how they feel rather than what they are saying.
  • 7. Camouflage the exits. In addition to placing door locks out of the line of sight, paint them the same color as the wall to make it more difficult to locate the exit. An alternative would be to cover the doors with a removable curtain or screen.
  • 8. Use signs. Sometimes a simple sign on doors that says “stop” or “do not enter” can prevent wandering.

If your loved one does wander off, do not panic, but do act quickly. If you can’t locate the person, contact the police. It’s a good idea to have them carry a card in their wallet, purse, or ID bracelet with their address and responsible party’s phone number. GPS technology can also help: via a phone app (providing they carry a phone), a watch, or other wearable trackers.

For family caregivers of seniors with dementia, wandering can cause significant stress. Having a plan in place, taking precautions in the home, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency can help decrease that stress.

If your loved one has been wandering, contact Visiting Angels. Visiting Angels can help improve the quality of life for seniors and adults with dementia throughout Mercer and Burlington Counties in New Jersey with individualized, non-medical, in-home care.

NJ seniors, are your driving skills rusty? Sign up for AARP’s Driver Safety Program…

August 3rd, 2016 No Comments
Seniors driving in New Jersey

AARP Driver Safety Course Offered in Mercer-Burlington Counties, NJ

AARP has developed a Driver Safety Course for older adults. The course teaches current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, safe ways to change lanes, how to use a car’s safety features properly, how medications affect driving, how blind spots affect driving, ways to monitor your driving ability, and more. After completing the course, seniors will have more confidence behind the wheel. These courses are offered periodically throughout Mercer and Burlington Counties.

AARP Courses:

A Driver Safety Course is being offered in the coming months for seniors (50 and older) who have a valid drivers license.

Mercer County:

LAWRENCE SENIOR CENTER
30 East Darrah Lane, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:00 PM and Wednesday, October 5, 2016 2:00 PM
Instructor: Ray Murphy
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 844-7048
Contact: Lillian LaSalle

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER
3100 QUAKERBRIDGE RD, MERCERVILLE, NJ 08619
Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 AM or Monday, October 10, 2016 9:00 AM
Instructor: Larry Geller
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 584-5900

ECHO INC.
471 PARKWAY AVE, TRENTON, NJ 08618
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:00 AM or Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:00 AM
Instructor: Ray Murphy
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: 609-695-4151

PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM–HAMILTON
1315 WHITEHORSE MERCERVILLE RD, HAMILTON, NJ 08619
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:30 AM or Wednesday, October 5, 2016 9:30 AM
Instructor: Larry Geller
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (888) 897-8979

EWING TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER
999 LOWER FERRY RD, EWING, NJ 08628
Thursday, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM or Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:00 AM
Instructor: Ronald Rubin
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 883-1776

WEST WINDSOR SENIOR CENTER
271 CLARKSVILLE RD, WEST WINDSOR, NJ 08550
Monday, August 22, 2016 9:00 AM or Friday, October 7, 2016 10:00 AM
Instructor: Peter Kosarin (Aug.), Robert Boswell (Oct.)
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 799-9068
Contact: Debbie

Burlington County:

MOUNT LAUREL SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER
100 MOUNT LAUREL RD, MOUNT LAUREL, NJ 08054
Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:00 AM
Instructor: Walter Padworski
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 268-6634

VIRTUA HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER–MOORESTOWN
401 YOUNG AVE, MOORESTOWN, NJ 08057
Monday, September 12, 2016 09:00 AM
Instructor: Robert Downie
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (888) 847-8823
Contact: Susan Waters

VIRTUA HOSPITAL–MOUNT HOLLY
175 MADISON AVE, MOUNT HOLLY, NJ 08060
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 09:00 AM
Instructor: Margaret Berry
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (888) 847-8803

BURLINGTON YMCA
302 COMMERCE SQUARE BLVD, BURLINGTON, NJ 08016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 12:30 PM and Wednesday October 5, 2016 12:30 PM
Instructor: Margaret Berry
Duration: 6 Hours
Register: (609) 584-0114
Notes: This is a 2 day session. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members

Please register in advance by contacting your local venue or you may register online. Most fees are $20 or if you’re an AARP member, $15. Don’t delay as the courses are limited in attendance.

Visit AARP’s website to find an AARP Driver Safety Course in your New Jersey area.

August Home Care News by Angels Newsletter is Here!

August 1st, 2016 No Comments

Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties NJ August newsletter

Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties NJ August Newsletter

In this issue:

7 Places to Find Senior Discounts in NJ; Gadget Corner: Cooling Towels and Air Fryer; Client Testimonial: Valerie, Tabernacle; August 22 is Be An Angel Day; Angels Who Soar: Jumah; What’s Happening At Visiting Angels: Summit Achievement Award; August Celebrity Birthdays; Angel Recipes: Apple Slaw; August Community Resource Bulletin: Immunization Awareness Month; Office Mascot, Max: Yoda

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