Archive for August, 2017

September’s “Angel” Employee Spotlight

August 31st, 2017 1 Comment

Outstanding Visiting Angels Employees September 2017

We treasure our home care field employees! Every month we spotlight them as Angels Who Soar. This September, we are highlighting Michelle D. and Mohamed M.

Michelle D. has been one of our loyal employees since November 2011. Recently, a client’s family member (who had experienced problems with other home care agencies in the past) remarked that Michelle is “fabulous and amazing,” takes good care of her mother, and is always smiling. We greatly value Michelle’s good nature and helpfulness.

Mohamed M., also a long-time Angel (since December of 2012), recently accepted an assignment with a client which was extremely challenging and difficult to staff. His dedication and compassion toward this client is unsurpassed. We respect Mohamed’s professionalism and caring personality.

Thank you, Michelle and Mohamed! We appreciate your hard work and diligent care of our clients.

Read about our past Angels Who Soar.

Angel Inspiration: Caregivers’ 10 Commandments

August 30th, 2017 No Comments

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Caregivers’ 10 Commandments

When communicating with older seniors and especially people with memory impairments due to Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it’s always good to keep these “Caregivers’ 10 Commandments.”

Always…
AGREE—Never Argue
REDIRECT—Never Reason
DISTRACT—Never Shame
REASSURE—Never Lecture
REMINISCE—Never say, “Remember”
REPEAT—Never say, “I already told you”
SAY, “DO WHAT YOU CAN”—Never say, “You can’t”
ASK—Never Command
ENCOURAGE AND PRAISE—Never Condescend
REINFORCE—Never Force

Senior Humor: Hardware Clerk

August 16th, 2017 No Comments

Visiting Angels NJ presents Senior Humor

Senior humor presented by Visiting Angels of Mercer and Burlington Counties, NJ

We can all use a good chuckle now and then, right? We hope today’s senior humor brings you a smile. When you smile, studies show that you’ll lower your stress and anxiety levels. You’ll also be passing along smiles because smiles are contagious! Studies also show that you’ll also appear more approachable and trustworthy when wearing a smile. 😀

 

Discounted CNA to CHHA bridge course in NJ

August 8th, 2017 No Comments

CNAs must also have CHHA license to work at home care companies in NJ

Soon, the State of NJ Board of Nursing will require ALL accredited Home Healthcare Agencies to employ only CHHAs with valid and active certifications. This means if you have a CNA license without dual certification, you will not be able to continue to work as a Home Health Aide at any accredited home care company, including Visiting Angels.

Discounted Bridge Course

Visiting Angels has arranged a fixed price for a 10-hour bridge course offered through Mercer County Community College. When you have successfully completed this course, you will qualify for dual certification. MCCC will give a 10% discount to Visiting Angels employees who attend the August 22 & 25, 2017 course.

Space is Limited

The course attendance is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions?

Call Kelly from our Care Management Team at 609-883-8188 for more information about this opportunity.

Already have CHHA license in NJ?

We are hiring exceptional CHHAs to service our clients throughout Mercer and Burlington Counties in New Jersey. If you live in this area (includes Princeton, Ewing, Hamilton, Trenton, West Windsor, Burlington, Marlton, Medford, Southampton, Willingboro, and many other surrounding towns), complete our online job application by going to www.njseniorcare.com/jobs. We look forward to meeting you!

August issue of Home Care News by Angels is now ready!

August 3rd, 2017 No Comments

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Visiting Angels’ August Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter is ready to read. In this month’s issue, you’ll find:

August 2017: Tips to Stay Safe in the Summer Heat; Senior Humor: Neighbor’s Debt; August Celebrity Birthdays; Gadget Corner: Oxo Good Grips Garden Scissors and Fire Avert Electric Stove Safety; Angels Who Soar: Lyndsey B and Monica B; Angel Recipes: Mock Crab Salad; Client Testimonial: Dee, Willingboro; 8 Ways to Tell if A Family Member is Feeling Lonely Or Isolated; August Community Resource Bulletin: Psoriasis Awareness Month; August 22 is Be An Angel Day; Visiting Angels’ Office Mascot, Max: Happy August.

Click this link to read the August issue today!

Read all of our newsletters here.

Is Someone You Love In Danger? In-Home Safety Supervision of Seniors

August 2nd, 2017 1 Comment

Is Someone You Love In Danger?

Seniors who live at home may enjoy having a feeling of independence and the comfort of being in their own space. However, sometimes being alone isn’t safe for seniors, and it can help to have someone in the house making sure that they are safe and healthy. One good solution for seniors living at their own homes is in-home safety supervision. People trained in safety supervision can ensure that seniors enjoy a feeling of independence while remaining uninjured or unharmed.

What Does Safety Supervision Entail?

Safety supervision can entail a number of services that help keep people independent. Some of the most common include shopping assistance (making sure a person is safe while shopping—such as reaching for items, walking to and from the store, carrying packages, etc.), assistance with transportation (helping a person in and out of a vehicle, for example), and supervision while cooking. Care providers also supervise trips to the bathroom, bath or shower time, grooming, and dressing. Safety supervision can also be helpful if a senior wants to exercise at home or is instructed to do physical therapy exercises as part of their recovery.

4 Reasons They Need Safety Supervision

Not all seniors need safety supervision, but there are certain signs for people that do. A senior may benefit from in-home safety supervision if they experience any of the following:

  • Frailty, which makes daily tasks difficult and falling likely
  • Mobility issues, which limit the ability to complete important routine tasks like getting to the bathroom
  • Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, which impair a person’s memory and keep them from remembering how to complete routine activities
  • A stroke, which can have after-effects that make living at home, caring for oneself and navigating a space challenging

Who Provides Safety Supervision?

In addition to the careful attention of family caregivers, safety supervision is a service that can be provided by home health care professionals. These people are trained to recognize the scenarios in which seniors might be at risk for injuries, and who know the typical daily difficulties people encounter as they age. Trained safety supervisors can make life safer, easier, and more enjoyable for seniors who live at home.

If you have a senior in your life who might benefit from in-home care, reach out to Visiting Angels at (609) 883-8188. Our trained and state-certified employee caregivers can help adults live safely and comfortably in their own homes, and they can help with safety supervision, housekeeping, personal care, and more.