Archive for October, 2016

Visiting Angels NJ Receives Honor for Senior Care Service Excellence

October 26th, 2016 No Comments

 

Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties Honored for 5-Star Service: 2 Years in a Row

Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties is delighted to announce our selection as a “Caring Star Agency” for our senior care service excellence for the second year in a row. The award is based on, among other criteria, a high volume of positive 5-star reviews from our clients and/or their family members on our Caring.com listings. We’re the only agency in Mercer County to receive this honor, one of only 2 in Burlington County, and only 9 other New Jersey home care agencies were awarded this honor! Nationally, Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties is among only 151 agencies who share the “Caring Star of 2018” title.

Online reviews have been key for individuals seeking senior care for themselves or for their aging loved ones. Caring.com has conducted multiple studies which have shown that family caregivers have indicated they seek online reviews when doing research on senior home care companies. The studies have also shown that these family members give even more weight to online reviews than to in-person recommendations from medical/geriatric professionals. The Caring Stars annual list helps senior care consumers narrow their options to the highest-rated providers. This list is especially timely as families gather for the holidays and realize their loved ones may need urgent or increased care.

“Congratulations to Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties for achieving this award after earning accolades on Caring.com from clients and their loved ones,” said Karen Cassel, Caring.com CEO. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference Visiting Angels is making in serving older adults, and we celebrate their accomplishment.”

Read a few of the many positive reviews that led Visiting Angels to becoming a Caring Star Agency:

  • “Visiting Angels is terrific!” –Debbie432855
  • “The caregiver that we had was really excellent.” –Laura118462150
  • “Visiting Angels has been very instrumental and informative about the Veteran’s Benefits to which my mother was entitled… ” –Regina7

To read full reviews of these and many more, visit our Caring.com pages:

To read more details about the Caring Stars program or to view the complete winner list, go to Caring.com’s “Best In-Home Care: Caring Stars of 2018” page.

Caring.com is a leading senior care online resource with three million visitors to its website each month. We are proud to be associated with Caring.com as they continue to provide information and support to family caregivers.

October 22 is National Nut Day. Celebrate by eating a handful of these healthy, tasty treats…

October 22nd, 2016 No Comments

October 22 is National Nut Day

October’s famous holidays include Columbus Day and Halloween, but were you aware of its lesser-known “holiday”–National Nut Day? It’s a day to celebrate those healthy, crunchy morsels known as nuts. Did you realize how nutrition-packed nuts are? In fact, according to the FDA, eating about 1.5 ounces of nuts a day (a handful) may help to reduce your risk of heart disease. Nuts such as Brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, and peanuts all are considered heart-healthy due to their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids.

Other Benefits:

Nuts have also been studied and have been suggested to help lower stress levels, protect against lung and prostate cancer, help with maintaining ones weight, lower bad cholesterol levels, and help prevent cognitive decline.

If you’re a family caregiver of an older loved one, why not add some nuts to your loved one’s diet as a healthy snack? Be aware that although nuts are healthy, they’re also high in calories (especially if they’re covered in chocolate!).

 

 

 

6 Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

October 21st, 2016 No Comments

Prevent the Flu for Seniors and Older Adults New Jersey

Fall Starts Flu Season

As the leaves change colors and cooler temperatures cause us to reach for a light jacket, we can expect flu season to make its grand arrival. Fever, chills, a runny nose, and fatigue make getting the flu at any age a miserable experience. But for adults age 65 and older, catching the flu virus can lead to serious health complications including pneumonia and death. During the flu season seniors are more at risk of contracting the flu virus due to their weakening immune system.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 54% to 70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States are among adults age 65 and older. For aging adults, this time of year brings about serious health concerns, which is why taking steps to prevent the flu is critical. Below are 6 key flu prevention tips to keep yourself or older people from contracting the flu.

6 Flu Prevention Tips for Seniors

  • Getting an annual flu shot is the first line of defense to preventing the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone age six months and older get the flu vaccine as soon as it’s available in your area. Those that are 65 and older can receive any injectable flu vaccine in the regular or high dose that has been approved for their age group. The high dose vaccine is recommended because it was specifically designed for adults 65 and older and is associated with a stronger immune system response. Talk with your doctor or other medical care professional about which is the best option for you.
  • For those who are at an increased risk of contracting the flu, like seniors and small children, it’s important that everyone they come in contact with daily get vaccinated as well, including close family and caregivers.
  • Good hygiene is always very important to avoid catching or spreading any virus, but especially important to avoiding the flu. The flu is highly contagious and spreads through coughing and sneezing, so it’s important that you cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Make sure you and your loved ones wash their hands often and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers after touching certain surfaces, doorknobs, and stairwell railings in public places.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle of exercise, eating a balanced diet, and getting plenty of sleep can help boost your immune system. Continuing a healthy lifestyle even after flu season is beneficial to your overall health year round.
  • Seek medical treatment immediately if you start to experience flu-like symptoms. Although there are a number of over-the-counter antiviral medications you can take to prevent the onset of the virus, consult a medical professional for the best course of action. A few common signs of the flu include a sore throat, runny nose, body aches, or chills and a fever. The flu virus can present itself with or without a fever in addition to the most common symptoms. Even if you think you only have a common cold, it’s wise to take extra precaution during flu season and seek medical advice if you’re experiencing symptoms.
  • One of the simplest ways to prevent contracting the flu is to avoid close contact with anyone who’s sick or showing signs of the flu.

By taking these preventative steps during flu season this year, you and your loved ones can enjoy the fall and winter months’ flu-free.

If you have an aging loved one who needs help completing day-to-day chores, managing medications, and/or requires personal hygiene assistance, contact Visiting Angels. Our Angels help older adults and seniors throughout Mercer and Burlington Counties throughout New Jersey maintain independence in their homes while improving their quality of life by providing individualized, non-medical, in-home care.

October Home Care News by Angels

October 5th, 2016 No Comments

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Visiting Angels’ Home Care News by Angels: October Issue

It’s October and the weather’s getting cooler here in Mercer and Burlington counties! It’s time for apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes…and our October newsletter!

In this issue, you’ll find our monthly senior humor, celebrity birthdays, senior gadgets, as well as…

Read October’s Home Care News by Angels today!

Visiting Angels Senior Humor: Pumpkin Jokes

October 1st, 2016 No Comments

Pumpkin Humor from Visiting Angels

Senior Humor, Pumpkin Style

Autumn is in the air. Pumpkins are seen on porches, farm markets, and lawns across New Jersey. Your favorite coffee store is selling Pumpkin Spiced Lattes. Brighten your day with these pumpkin-flavored jokes!