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16 Simple ways you can help a family caregiver…

April 20th, 2016 1 Comment

16 ways to provide relief to a family caregiver

You may know a neighbor, friend, or relative who takes care of an older family member. These loving people spend so much of their time helping their elder loved one and may not realize they are suffering from–or on the verge of suffering from–caregiver burnout. What can you do to help them out?

  • Ask them if they need anything while you’re out shopping
  • Help them with yard work–raking leaves, pulling leaves, trimming the bushes
  • Come over one afternoon and spend time chatting together
  • Take a trip to the pharmacy to pick up their medications
  • Wash their car for them
  • Take them out for lunch
  • Offer to stay with the care recipient while they take a well-deserved break
  • Take their dog for a walk
  • Run the vacuum, dust, or load the dishwasher
  • Ask if they need any minor home maintenance–any light bulbs that need changed, squeaky doors, etc.
  • Send them a note or email to encourage them
  • Give them a ride if they need to go to an appointment or to church
  • Bring them a meal
  • Arrange a schedule/task form for visitors and others willing to help
  • Keep asking if they need anything, even if they keep turning you down
  • Tell them how home care NJ can help!

5 Tips About Having A Conversation With Your Older Parents

January 20th, 2016 No Comments

Starting a Conversation with Your Loved Ones About Aging

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If you observed your older parents at gatherings during the holidays, you may have noticed they’re starting to need a little more help than they used to. After ringing in the New Year, maybe you’re thinking it’s time to have a talk with your aging loved ones about a long-term care plan as they age. You certainly don’t want to spend this year continually worrying about their safety and well-being as they go through each day on their own.

For years, our parents were there for us and gave their support during life’s most challenging moments. Now it’s our time to be there for them during their most challenging moments. Whether you’ve noticed your loved ones needing help with day-to-day care (such as dressing, grooming, bathing), if they’re not preparing food or eating enough, if they’re forgetting to take their medications, or if their housekeeping is falling behind, this conversation will spark mixed emotions. Just keep in mind that it’s better to start the conversation now, before it’s too late.

Big life changes may be in store for your loved ones, so plan to have more than one conversation before a crisis situation happens (such as a sudden major fall or debilitating illness) which will impair their ability to function on their own. Below are five ways to help navigate through these conversations.

  • 1. Timing is everything. Plan to talk to your loved ones when there are no distractions or other obligations. For example, the middle of family dinner is probably not the right occasion for this discussion. A good time could be during a morning visit with your parents when they don’t have many activities planned for the day.
  • 2. Share your observations, concerns and feelings. Maybe you’ve noticed that Dad is having trouble getting work done around the house, or Mom is no longer able to keep up with laundry and cooking. Addressing these topics with loved ones can be difficult, but it’s important they know that you care. If you’ve notice your loved one is having trouble, stay persistent, empathetic, and strong as you work with them to find the right solution.
  • 3. Listen to their concerns and wishes. Make a list of your loved one’s concerns so that you’re able to validate them and help guide you both in finding the most appropriate solutions based on their preferences. Understanding the type of lifestyle they wish to maintain can help with planning and lead to positive outcomes.
  • 4. Being an advocate. Emphasize that you’re there to take care of their needs and that they can depend on you. Ensure them that you want to maintain their way of life and need their help to make the best decisions.
  • 5. End the conversation with a plan. Having a plan in place helps to make sure that there are set shared expectations around the next steps. In the event of an emergency your family will be prepared for the next steps.

If you are still uneasy about having a conversation with your parents and need the support and guidance of a professional, Visiting Angels can help. Visiting Angels’ services allow your loved ones to remain independent safely in their own homes. Our Angels are trained to provide a range of in-home, non-medical home care services—including meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, hygiene assistance, medication reminders, personal care assistance, and safety supervision throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. For more information or to schedule our services, call 609-833-8188.

5 Care Tips on Caring for Adults with Early Onset Alzheimer’s

October 16th, 2015 No Comments

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Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Currently, there are approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65—many are in their 40s and 50s—who are battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Out of the 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s, about 5 percent of those have early onset. Watching loved ones experiencing memory problems is difficult, especially when they’re dealing a disease such as Alzheimer’s at a relatively young age. The early stage of Alzheimer’s in younger people is often undiagnosed by health care professionals. Symptoms may include forgetfulness of words/names, losing objects, greater difficulty doing tasks at work, and greater difficulty planning and organizing. As the disease progresses, symptoms cannot be ignored and many people are formally diagnosed as the symptoms become more pronounced. Symptoms include feeling moody, forgetting past history, wandering, personality changes, and confusion. It’s in the mid-stages of the disease where people may start needing more care and supervision.

When providing care for someone with signs of early onset Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important that both you and your loved one face the diagnosis together. Below are five tips to help you gain and establish mutual trust and care for a person battling the early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Care Tips for Early Onset Alzheimer’s: Early Stage

1.) Stay positive. There will be good days as well as bad days. It’s important to learn to enjoy and appreciate both. Each day will be different, so always keep a positive outlook each day!

2.) Keep educated on the progression of Alzheimer’s, as this will prepare you for what’s coming in the later stages.

3.) Encourage your loved one to remain independent. The goal is for them to continue living a reasonably self-sufficient life by doing as much as they can for themselves.

4.) The time is now to decide on important matters. Don’t put off legal, financial, or end-of-life questions for later. It’s important to take care of these matters as soon as possible. All parties should be involved in the decision making if still possible.

5.) Do projects and activities together. Although Alzheimer’s may affect a person’s memory, he or she can still be physically able and willing to enjoy activities such as gardening, housework, listening to music, doing art or craft projects, cooking, reading, doing crosswords, playing cards, visiting friends, walking, etc.

If your family member or someone you know is showing signs of early onset Alzheimer’s and could use extra living assistance while remaining at home, contact Visiting Angels today. We offer professional, individualized, in-home care to New Jersey and adults and seniors. Visit our Alzheimer’s Awareness page for additional resources on the disease.

Need for home health aide positions expected to rise 70%

April 12th, 2012 No Comments

As baby boomers age, the need for home health aides will dramatically increase in the next several years (in NJ there are two types of state-licensed aides: Certified Nurses’ Aides, CNAs, and Certified Home Health Aides, CHHAs). These aides provide invaluable NJ senior care–helping older adults remain in their home, rather than moving to an assisted living facility or nursing facility. Aides help with personal care, hygiene assistance, housekeeping, reminding people to take their medications, taking care of pets, or simply providing companionship. AARP.com lists home health aides as one of the 9 jobs expected to increase—and a great field to enter if you are ready for a second career in NJ elder care (see http://aarp.us/IEnR1w).

Already a home health aide? Apply for home care employment positions online.

Seth Rogan Discusses Alzheimer’s On CNN

April 28th, 2011 1 Comment

Actor Seth Rogan, along with his finacee, Lauren Miller, will appear on “A Larry King Special, Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic.” The CNN special airs Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST. Miller’s mother, age 59, has Alzheimer’s. The couple discuss how Alzheimer’s not only affects the patient, but also the family and friends, many of whom are unpaid caregivers. Rogan told CNN, “I think until you see it firsthand, it’s kind of hard to conceive of how brutal it is.”

Read the full story on CNN.com and watch a video clip of Rogan and Miller by going to http://bit.ly/fqmoQH.

Check out our Resources Page for a wide variety of Alzheimer’s-specific information.

April is Cancer Control Month

April 14th, 2011 No Comments

 

April is “National Cancer Control Month. Click our Cancer Control page to read more on this important topic.

Dementia in the News

February 23rd, 2011 No Comments

In The News: 91-Year Old Shoots Caregiver Daughter

The tragic story of a man suffering with dementia who shot his caregiver daughter in the stomach is making news today. Investigators say the WWII veteran got confused and pulled a gun on his daughter as she was helping him use a urinal during the overnight hours. The family did not realize a gun was still in the home; they had not seen it for seven years. The 61-year-old daughter is in the hospital fighting for her life. Visit http://bit.ly/e39Loi for the full story.

 

February is American Heart Month

February 8th, 2011 No Comments

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Click on our American Heart Month page to read more on this important elder care New Jersey topic.