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6 Thanksgiving Activities for Those Who Have Dementia…

November 21st, 2016 No Comments

6 Ways to Help Make Thanksgiving More Enjoyable for Those Who Have Memory Issues

Thanksgiving week is upon us! If you’re a family member in New Jersey who provides elder care (or elsewhere!) of someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, these tips can help them become more involved in the family activities.

  • 1. Make the guest list small. The more people talking may make the person feel agitated.
  • 2. Give the person small tasks, such as folding napkins or stirring ingredients. Be sure to make sure their abilities match the task. Don’t criticize if it’s not perfect.
  • 3. Reminisce about the old days, but try not to ask them if they remember a certain event. Instead, say, “we all had a great time when Grandma did such and such that year.” This will help encourage their own memories.
  • 4. Look through old photos after dinner. This will spark their memories and encourage discussion.
  • 5. Bring up topics or old memories that will make the person laugh. Laughter always makes people feel good!
  • 6. Play music they love during meal preparation and throughout dinner. This will help stimulate memories and help them feel comfortable.

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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.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories? For seniors, they can be bittersweet…

November 27th, 2014 1 Comment

Making new memories helps seniors beat the blues

We all probably remember going to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, the delicious aroma of pumpkin pie baking and turkey roasting! It was a time to gather with family–ones who lived both near and far. For many seniors, this can be a time of both joy and sadness as they remember “the good old days.” They find joy at seeing their young grandchildren as well as spending time with their adult children…joy of being together as a family again. But also sadness at remembering loved ones who have passed away or who are in facilities or homes far away.

We at Visiting Angels in NJ encourage you to help seniors with their blues by talking about the good times, and involve them in your holiday plans–dinners, parties and such. Help them create fantastic NEW memories that they can hold onto when they feel themselves sinking back into the blues!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Visiting Angels!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Visiting Angels NJ!

November 28th, 2013 No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving from Visiting Angels,
serving all of Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey

HappyThanksgivingNJSeniorCare

We wish you and your family
a wonderful Thanksgiving!

8 stress-busters for family caregivers…

November 20th, 2013 No Comments

Family Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself, Too!

Family caregivers of their parents or older loved ones often experience stress–it’s a fact. Focus on the rewards of caregiving–it helps strengthen your relationship with your parent, helps you feel loved and wanted, and it can boost your self-confidence! Below are ways to reduce caregiver stress.

Try these tips to help you feel your best:

  • Make sure you go to your own medical appointments
  • Watch your diet and eat healthy food
  • Get enough rest each night
  • Get at least 45 minutes of exercise each day
  • Treat yourself at least once a week

Read all you can on how to deal with your parent’s disease. This will help you be proactive and positive about the issues you’ll be presented with. Check your local hospital or Office on Aging to see if there are any support groups or classes on the disease.

When you’re feeling stressed, try these 8 stress-busting tips:

  • Get assistance from your local elder care services in NJfor:
    • transportation
    • delivery of meals
    • home health services
    • non-medical home care services
    • home modifications to make the house more aging-friendly
    • counseling: financial and legal
  • Don’t turn down help from family & friends; when they offer, tell them how and when to help!
  • Don’t volunteer to host holiday meals or other activities
  • Realize you’re not perfect–do the best you can
  • Have a daily routine and prioritize your responsibilities
  • Don’t lose touch with your family and friends
  • Become a member of a support group for caregivers
  • Maintain your sense of humor 😀

If you work full time, ask your human resource manager about taking unpaid time off under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

If you’re concerned about your loved one’s safety, get them an emergency response device, such as emergency pendants, intercom systems, webcams, etc.

If your stress is causing you to physically or emotionally harm your loved one, seek professional help right away.

Consider hiring a professional home health care service such as Visiting Angels in Central NJ for assisted living in your own home. We can help with household chores, personal grooming & hygiene assistance, help with shopping and errands, providing caring companionship, and even caring for your pets.

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November is Family Caregivers Month. 6 ways to show appreciation…

November 6th, 2013 No Comments

Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. To those providing NJ elder care to their loved ones, our hearts at Visiting Angels NJ go out to you. We know how tough the job is on an ongoing basis, and know you would appreciate some sincere appreciation!

Below are 6 ways friends and loved ones can help you out:

  • Offer a few hours of time to relieve the family caregiver. This will give them some much needed time to relax, shop, or visit friends
  • Show your appreciation by sending a greeting card, note, or even a bouquet of flowers to help brighten up their day
  • With the holidays on the way, offer to help them decorate their home, or address holiday card envelopes
  • Spread some humor by sending them a comedy DVD or humorous book
  • If you’re detail oriented, offer help a family caregiver fill out medical forms, insurance forms, and any other paperwork that may be overwhelming
  • Offer your help with handyman tasks around the home–replacing light bulbs, raking leaves, and other minor repairs

For more information on Family Caregivers Month, check out our Family Caregivers resource page.

New study shows why older people are more trusting…and more open to scams

December 5th, 2012 2 Comments

According to the FTC, 80% of scam victims in the U.S. are over the age of 65. A new study from UCLA and funded by the National Institute on Aging shows why older people may fall prey to scams than do younger people. The study showed photos of faces to two groups. One group was comprised of 119 older people, ages 55-84. The other group had 24 younger people, ages 20-42. They were asked to rank the photos as Trustworthy, Neutral, or Untrustworthy. The photos were judged according to insincere smiles, averted eyes, smirky mouths, etc.

The anterior insula in the brain is what detects untrustworthiness or shiftiness. Interestingly, in the older group, the anterior insula showed little activation when looking at an untrustworthy-looking face, whereas the younger group’s anterior insula became very active. This can help explain why older adults tend to see the positive in people and tend to trust individuals who aren’t trustworthy.

At Visiting Angels NJ, you can rest assured our home care aides can be trusted. We thoroughly screen and have background checks on each aide.

For more on this study, read the story on Wired.com http://bit.ly/R7PSUW.

“She did such a good job of caring for us”–another great testimonial!

December 4th, 2012 No Comments

We recently heard from one of our dear clients, Mrs. K. In a note she stated, “Dear Nora, my ‘Angel’ aide Na Na did such a good job caring for us. We are very pleased with Visiting Angels!”

Thank you, Mrs. K. of Hamilton, NJ!

Read more of what our clients are saying about our NJ elder care.

Spread the word…we’re always looking for excellent “Angels”!

November 29th, 2012 No Comments

Everyone wants to be a “Visiting Angel”…

but not everyone can meet our high standards!

We’re always looking for exceptional home care NJ CNAs and CHHAs.

Complete our online job application.