Archive for December, 2017

Don’t miss the December issue of Home Care News by Angels

December 7th, 2017 No Comments

December 2017: 10 Realistic Ways to Manage Caregiver Stress; Senior Humor: A Cold Home; Gadget Corner: Snow Joe Shovelution Snow Shovel and PillPack Full Service Pharmacy; Angel Recipes: Shortcut Apple Kuchen; Client Testimonial: Jack from Columbus, NJ; December Employee Spotlight: Susan R and Shandel A; Holiday Trivia; Sales and Marketing News. Read the December issue today!

What is Sundowning?

December 5th, 2017 No Comments

sundowning

Many who care for those with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia agree that symptoms get worse in the late afternoon and early evening–the time just before and after the sun goes down. This neurological phenomenon has been named Sundown Syndrome and is often called “sundowning.” Sundowning is the increased state of confusion or agitation that many people with memory issues experience as the day’s natural light fades.

Increased shadows, darkness, and changing ambiance can cause confusion and distress in people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia. This stress and agitation can, in turn, be frightening and/or confusing for loved ones who don’t understand why their loved one is behaving in certain ways at certain times of the day.

The more you know and understand about Sundowning, the more you can help your loved one when and if these symptoms occur.

Symptoms of Sundowning

Symptoms of this condition are associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and may include:

  • Increased confusion as natural light begins to fade
  • Increased mood swings
  • Increased agitation
  • Decrease in energy; lethargy
  • Increased stress or visible worry
  • Increased tremors or shaking
  • Increased hostility or aggression
  • Increased disorientation

People who have dementia and who suffer from Sundowning Syndrome may pace nervously or behave in an odd manner. They may display visible signs of worry such as crying or mumbling to themselves. Dealing with these symptoms can be confusing and frustrating, but there are ways to lessen their severity and make your loved one more comfortable during the toughest part of their day.

How Can You Help?

There are a few ways your help your loved one with dementia make an easier transition from daytime to nighttime.

  • Keep the home well-lit
  • Minimize shadows, especially in rooms your loved one spends the most time in
  • Encourage activity during the day
  • Ensure a regular eating and exercise schedule
  • Consider hiring a professional home health aide who specializes in memory care to provide extra support for your loved one and yourself

For those who have dementia and Alzheimer’s, a specialized caregiving routine can ease symptoms and help them feel more comfortable, no matter the time of day.

Contact Visiting Angels today to learn more about our certified home health aides and how we can help your loved one live more independently at home.

December Employee Spotlight

December 1st, 2017 No Comments

Outstanding Employees December

Outstanding December Employees

Each month, we shine a spotlight on outstanding Certified Home Health Aide employees. This December we are highlighting Susan R. and Shandel A. Read why they are so special…

Susan R. has been a devoted Angel since 2016. Susan has historically been flexible and eager to take on more assignments, even in a pinch. In fact, she was willing to drive an hour from her home to do a fill-in! She has a great spirit and caring personality, even when given challenging assignments. Clients have always been impressed with how involved she is with their care and at how she continually looks out for them.

Shandel A. is a newer Angel who has a big heart and humble spirit. He’s very professional, on time, and consistently keeps the Care Management Team informed and updated about our clients. He treats each client as he would his own family member and ungrudgingly goes the extra mile for every client.