Archive for January, 2018

Don’t miss the January issue of our newsletter!

January 24th, 2018 No Comments

January Newsletter

The January issue of our Home Care News by Angels is ready! Please take a few minutes to take a look at this month’s offering.

In this issue:

Visiting Angels Awarded “Caring Star Agency” for the Second Year In A Row; 4 Tips for a Clean House; New Year’s Trivia; Gadget Corner: Heated Wrap and Call Blocker; Senior Humor: New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep; January Employee Spotlight: Peter B and Shennel C; Angel Recipes: Aloha Chicken Salad; Client Testimony: Louis; January Community Resource Bulletin: Emergency Preparedness; Happy New Year from Max.

Read the January issue today!

Alzheimer’s Disease: Winter Safety Tips for Family Caregivers

January 17th, 2018 No Comments

Alzheimer's Disease

If you provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease, you may find that winter time brings a new set of challenges.

Earlier sunsets, colder temperatures, and changes to your loved one’s daily routine can cause confusion and agitation. As a caregiver, it’s important to be prepared for the unique circumstances of wintertime so you can help your loved one adjust and remain comfortable.

1. Carefully choose your loved one’s clothing

For individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, getting dressed can be a challenge. If they are accustomed to wearing the same types of clothing each day, adding new layers can be stressful. However, it’s important to remember that warmth is also very important, especially for those who have trouble adjusting to colder temperatures. Dress in soft, comfortable fabrics that will provide the insulation needed. If you’re heading outside, ensure that they wear a hat, scarf, and other winter essentials. Choose bright colors or reflective materials that will allow your loved one to be easily seen when he or she is outside.

2. Be prepared for increased sundowning

As we discussed in our previous post, instances of sundowning can increase during fall and wintertime because daylight fades earlier. The low light of winter can cause confusion and agitation in many individuals with Alzheimer’s. It’s important to keep your home well-lit throughout the day and early evening. It’s also important to encourage regular activity and routine each day, to regulate energy levels and maintain a sense of normalcy.

3. Be extra-cautious of wandering

Wandering is a common issue faced by caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s. Because Alzheimer’s Disease affects the memory, many individuals with the disease become disoriented when trying to locate lost objects or navigate home from new places.

Often, they fall into old patterns and routines, such as dressing to go to a previous job. This can cause them to leave their homes and wander off. In winter, wandering can be deadly due to the colder temperatures and other inclement weather.

If you have experienced instances of wandering with your loved one in the past, it might be time to seek additional care from professionals who specialize in memory care.

It’s advisable for those who have dementia to wear an ID bracelet or to carry an emergency ID card. Medic Alert + Safe Return® program is recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association, and is an option for caregivers who want extra peace of mind this winter.

Choose Trustworthy Memory Care Professionals

If you need assistance providing care for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s important to seek professionals who specialize in memory care.

Caregivers who specialize in memory care and Alzheimer’s Disease have an understanding of wandering and other issues of dementia. They also understand how to secure your home in a way that makes it safe and secure for your loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Visiting Angels provides home health care and memory care services throughout Mercer County and Burlington County in New Jersey. To learn more about our services, contact us today or call us directly at 609-883-8188.

January Employee Spotlight

January 3rd, 2018 No Comments

Honoring Our Outstanding CHHA employees

We’re pleased to announce our January Angels Who Soar: Peter B and Shennel C. Below is why they are so special…

Peter B. is one of our longtime Angels, having been with us since 2013. Peter’s dedication is extraordinary–he currently drives over 1.5 hours from his home to our client’s home every day! Our client’s family member has commented on how he takes pride in his profession of providing care, and shows much patience while doing so. We appreciate your loyalty and kind-spirit, Peter!

Shennel C. is an amazing Angel team player! She strives for excellence when taking care of our clients and has always been willing to lend a helping hand with fill-in assignments. Shennel shows wisdom when working with an array of client types, and doesn’t shy away from new and different situations.

Thank you, Peter and Shennel!

Read about other Angels Who Soar