Archive for February, 2018

10 Tips to Get Older Seniors to Eat!

February 26th, 2018 No Comments

10 Tips for Helping Older Seniors to Eat Enough

Getting older loved ones to eat can sometimes be very challenging. They may complain they’re just not hungry, nothing tastes good, they don’t feel well, they can’t be bothered to make a meal, they have memory issues and forget to eat, etc. Regardless of the reason, it’s imperative for their health to receive the nutrients and calories their body needs.

10 Tips for Helping Older Seniors to Eat Enough:

  • 1) Offer small portions throughout the day; cut food into bite-size pieces and place on a smaller plate
  • 2) Serve the largest meal when the person is at their most alert (appetite is best at that point); with elders, it’s typically in the morning for breakfast
  • 3) Suggest they drink between each meal rather than with each meal; this will help them from feeling full while eating
  • 4) Try stronger seasoning in foods to compensate for their decrease in taste
  • 5) Offer smaller, nutrient-rich foods instead of larger, nutrient-deficient portions
  • 6) Always have healthy no-preparation snacks available (yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, carrots, crackers, granola bars, or trail mix)
  • 7) Remind those with memory issues to eat by posting notes with pictures on cabinets and the refrigerator
  • 8) Have nutritional drinks available, such as Ensure, Boost, etc.
  • 9) Consider a Meals on Wheels delivery (Mercer and Burlington County, NJ contact information)
  • 10) In Mercer County, the Mercer County NJ Nutrition Project for the Elderly is another option (contact information in Mercer and Burlington County, NJ)

 

 

Visiting Angels’ February Newsletter

February 14th, 2018 No Comments

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

In the February Issue:

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Your Loved One Needs In-Home Care. What’s Next?

February 9th, 2018 No Comments

In-Home Care

Yvonne is a 49-year-old mother of two teenagers. She works a full-time job and her commute to work is 30 miles each way. After being promoted to manager in her department, Yvonne’s work day stretched from 8 hours to 10 hours. Her schedule has become erratic; she often needs to work for a few hours on the weekend to stay ahead on her projects.

Yvonne’s mother, Rose, recently celebrated her 80th birthday. Rose has always been independent, until a stroke left her unable to drive her car, cook, or stand for long periods of time. A few months after her stroke, Rose had a mini-stroke, and her doctors warned Yvonne that she would need full-time care, in case something else happened. Faced with the need for full-time care for her mother, Yvonne begins weighing her options. Should she put her mother into a skilled nursing or assisted living facility, knowing it would mean taking her out of the home she has known and loved for 50 years? Should she try to balance the caregiving duties herself, cutting back on time at work and the income she desperately needs? What are her other options?

If you identify with Yvonne’s situation, you are not alone. Recent statistics show that there are  44 million unpaid caregivers in the United States; the majority of those caregivers are women.

The sudden need for full-time care for a loved one can be devastating, both emotionally and financially. For family caregivers who are also working outside the home, depression, sickness and burn-out can threaten their well-being.

What are your options if your loved one suddenly needs more care than you can provide? A trained home caregiver can be the answer to your worries.

In-Home Caregivers Can Help

One of the major benefits of having professional in-home care services for your older parent is allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own home. Your loved one can receive care and support in the environment they are most familiar with. Allowing them to remain in their home can help them feel comfortable which in turn will help them adjust to their new care plan and home health aide.

Professional caregiver employees can also assist with housekeeping duties, such as vacuuming, doing laundry, dusting, and preparing meals. Reminding your mom to take her medications, helping her get dressed, assisting her with personal hygiene, taking the dog for a walk, having friendly conversations, and helping your mom with her physical therapy exercises are all other examples of how home health aides can prove beneficial not only for your parent, but for the family as a whole by easing the family’s caregiving responsibilities.

Receive Professional Caregiving Services

If you’re worried about your loved one’s well-being, a professional caregiver employee can help give you—and your love one—peace of mind. At Visiting Angels, our employee caregivers are carefully vetted and matched according to your parent’s personality and care needs by our Care Management Team. Each client is also assigned a registered nurse who will provide a home safety assessment and create a care plan that is unique to your loved one’s needs.

If you’re seeking in-home care for your loved one in the Mercer or Burlington County areas in New Jersey, Visiting Angels can help you.

Contact us today to learn more about our caregiving services.

February 2018 Employee Spotlight

February 7th, 2018 No Comments

February’s Outstanding Employees

We appreciate and celebrate our dedicated home care employees! Each month, we take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on certain Angels. Read why February’s Angels are so special…

Nicole G. has been a dedicated Angel since 2016. She currently works with 3 clients, all with whom she happily shares her professional affection and attention. She takes the time to learn our clients’ likes and preferences, then incorporates those details into her interaction with the clients. She’s hard-working and is always ready to pick up additional assignments when offered.

Claudette H. joined our Visiting Angels team in 2017. She has a compassionate, caring nature which is an important part of being a successful caregiver. When a client’s husband was recently hospitalized, for example, she provided not only physical support to our client, but was also a comforting emotional support during a difficult time. She is consistently eager to go the extra mile with clients.

Thank you, Nicole and Claudette!

Read about all our Angels Who Soar!