Posts Tagged ‘Visiting Angels NJ’

Have you used all your Flexible Spending Account dollars yet? Use them for home care for parents…

November 27th, 2012 1 Comment

Your Flexible Spending Account funds for 2012 expire the end of the year. If you haven’t spent down the account, have you thought of using the remaining funds to provide non-medical in-home care for your older parents this holiday season?

Don’t lose the money you’ve put into your Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). Each year, many people forfeit unused funds that could instead provide much needed help to your older parents.

Visiting Angels NJ encourages you check if you can use these funds to provide home care for your parents. Most FSAs do allow people to use the funds for caregiving expenses. This also includes doctor co-payments, canes, walkers, and other medical equipment. Check with your employers’ Human Resource department or plan administrator for specifics on allocating funds to provide home care.

We can all use an extra helping hand around the holidays! Give us a call at 609-883-8188 if you’d like to discuss non-medical home care for your parents or older loved ones.

 

Are you a family caregiver? Take this stress test…

November 14th, 2012 No Comments

If you’re a family caregiver of your older parent or loved one, you know how stressful your NJ elder care “job” can be. Take a minute to answer these questions to see if you’re taking on TOO much stress:

  • Do you sometimes feel angry while you’re caring for your loved one?
  • Do you feel guilty your care isn’t good enough because you have too many other things to do?
  • Do you feel your social life has been put on hold because you need to care for your parent?
  • Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day?
  • Are feeling overwhelmed?
  • Have you lost or gained a lot of weight recently?
  • Have you lost interest in things you once found enjoyable?
  • Do you get angry or irritated easliy?
  • Do you worry constantly?
  • Do you often feel sad?
  • Do you get headaches, body pains, or other physical ailments frequently?
  • Are you abusing alcohol or drugs (including prescription drugs)?

Score yourself. If you said “yes” to 0-3 answers, your stress level is LOW. If you had 4-7 “yes” answers, your stress level is MEDIUM. If you answered “yes” to 8-12 answers, you have a HIGH stress level.

Check back again for ways to reduce caregiver stress!

Photo: MorgueFile.com by Darnok

 

Alzheimer’s Month: In NJ, over 435,000 family members provide care

November 13th, 2012 No Comments

This month is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Most everyone knows a loved one of someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Our hearts go out to them because it’s a progressive, unpredictable disease. Each individual is different.

One of our specialties at Visiting Angels NJ is to care for the personal and in-home care needs of our beloved Alzheimer’s members within our Visiting Angels extended family. We share this information with you in the hopes of helping families understand the nature of Alzheimer’s and what can be expected in certain cases. Some of this information is difficult and painful, but knowledge is a powerful tool.

New issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is available!

November 7th, 2012 1 Comment

The November issue of “Home Care News by Angels” is ready for reading! In this issue of our Visiting Angels NJ newsletter, we salute Veterans, raise awareness of both lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, see some unique gadgets, and share a laugh with senior humor. Read our November issue today!

To read back issues, visit our E-Newsletter tab.

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? How the time change can affect seniors…

November 5th, 2012 1 Comment

With the time change yesterday, we all got an extra hour of restful sleep. But as elder care New Jersey family caregivers of their senior loved ones know–especially loved ones who have dementia, the time change may have affected sleep patterns.

For example, because it’s dark earlier, those who experience sundown syndrome may experience more confusion and agitation for a time. As a family caregiver, you can try to expose your loved one to as much daylight as possible and keep naps to a minimum. Also, when the sun starts to set, occupy your loved one with a fun activity such as playing a board game.

Read more at: Caring.com’s http://bit.ly/VNMieN.

Photos: MorgueFile.com

Were you prepared for Superstorm Sandy?

October 31st, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ hope all of you were safe, warm, and comfortable during the recent Superstorm Sandy. Our thoughts go out to many of our New Jersey neighbors have continue to have loss of power and have sustained property damage. During the storm, we continued to provide NJ elder care for many of our clients, helping them remain safe and calm. We appreciate our “Angels” who braved the storm in order to help our seniors!

During the storm, did you find yourself unprepared? If so, please visit our Emergency Preparedness page to help you plan for the next emergency. Let us know on our Facebook page how you fared.

A client writes of his “deep appreciation” for Visiting Angels’ aide, Maria B…

October 30th, 2012 No Comments

We at Visiting Angels NJ are pleased when a client takes time to let us know how their lives have been improved by our home care services. We feel blessed to be able to each do our part to make this possible. We recently received a testimonial from one of our clients in Hamilton, NJ.

“I am writing to inform you of my deep appreciation for Maria B, my home health aide for over 2 years. During that time I can always count on her to come when she is scheduled.

I would like to tell you some of the things she does for me: She straightens the sheets on my bed and changes them as necessary. She cleans the bathroom. At least twice a week she vacuums my rugs. She steam cleans the hardwood floors. She takes my laundry to the laundromat and picks it up the next day, folds it, and puts it away. She does my grocery shopping, goes to the bank, and post office as needed. Her personal care consists of great back rubs to my shoulder and arms and helps me with my shower. My hands are so arthritic–she rubs them with lotion and helps me put on gloves. Her helping me with meals is invaluable because I have trouble swallowing.

In my opinion, there is no one in your organization that can compare to the care she is giving me.”

–Lewis M., Hamilton, NJ

Read more testimonials and home care reviews by our clients and their families on our testimonial page.

Electric lift chairs can be a big help for those with limited mobility, but always keep safety in mind…

October 25th, 2012 No Comments

Electric lift chairs are made especially for those who have limited mobility, which can be a great help in helping seniors retain their independence. They can help people slowly and gently rise from a sitting position to a standing position; this is also helpful to NJ elder care caregivers when assisting. Most look like a normal recliner and fit well with any decor. There are two common types: a two-position and a three-position. A two-position chair will help the person stand from the sitting position and partially reclines; the three-position reclines completely so a person can sleep in it with feet raised above heart level, if desired. For those wanting to add features, they can choose warming and massage units built-in.

While these chairs can be terrific, as with any equipment, there are safety issues to consider:

  • If the person has dementia, they may not know how to work the chair’s controls. It’s necessary for someone to be with them to assist.
  • Some with dementia may be frightened by the movement of the chair, so it’s important to let them know what will happen before the movement begins.
  • A person’s height must be taken into consideration when choosing the size of the chair. For example, a shorter person with a larger chair would be lifted too high. Conversely, a smaller chair and larger person wouldn’t be lifted high enough.
  • If the chair has a warming feature, make sure it’s not set too high.
  • Before operating, make sure the chair is the correct distance from the wall.

 

Rudy’s presentation was a hit at the Hamilton Senior Center today!

October 24th, 2012 No Comments

Rudy Tervooren, Co-owner and Managing Director at Visiting Angels, was a hit today at the Hamilton Township Senior Center. With approximately 200 attentive seniors in attendance, Rudy gave an informative presentation about home care and our special Veterans Program. Rudy frequently speaks at senior centers, churches, and in offices throughout Mercer and Burlington counties in New Jersey. He’s passionate about sharing how our State-certified aides can help seniors with all their daily living needs, making it possible for them to continue living at home safely & less expensively than in a facility.

If you’d like Rudy to give an elder care presentation to your organization, contact him today.

Another survey confirms seniors want to age-in-place

October 23rd, 2012 No Comments

Approximately 8,000 people are turning 65 each day–and will be until the year 2020! The Urban Land Institue (ULI), in a recent survey, concluded that older adults in the U.S. want to grow old in their current homes. And those who do choose to move aren’t looking to live in retirement centers. Rather, they’re looking at town centers or cities where public transportation, health care, friends, and family live nearby. Regardless, home is where they want to be. As the population ages, home care NJ services will rise, allowing the resident to stay independent in their own home.

For more on the ULI study, read the article from CBSNews.com at http://cbsn.ws/PoBFSE.