Assisting Angels
CARING ConnectionsSeptember 2010
In This Issue

Riding Shotgun in a Wheelchair

Mobile Granny Quarters

High Tech and Low Tech "Telehealth"


Employee of the Month

Inception Trailer Mash Up

Inception Trailer

Movie trailers are really an art form unto themselves. They aren't the movies they're trying to sell. But they have to be just as exciting in a short period of time. And like all art, they can be remixed. This video combines Pixar's Up with the trailer for the sci-fi thriller Inception. They're actually a good fit. It's funny and eerie at the same time.Click here.

Nostalgia Magazine

Subscribe to Reminisce magazine and read articles about yesteryear written by contributors who share nostalgic cultural touchstones. The magazine is entertaining for all ages and may be helpful to people who are combating memory loss or dementia.

Learn more here.

The Latest Alzheimer's Research and Science

Access the latest in Alzheimer's disease research and science:

The new website contains an extensive portfolio of information designed to simplify searching for more knowledge about the current state of Alzheimer research. This site highlights both the latest news from the global research effort and how to volunteer for local Alzheimer's clinical trials.

Brenda's Recipe Corner

Summer Garden Corn Salad
Corn Salad

Our gardens continues to produce. Right now fresh, sweet corn on the cob is plentiful and available. You can use it in this delightful summer salad.

With other colorful ingredients like, tomato, cucumber and sweet bell pepper, it's also pretty in the bowl and on your plate.


  • 2 cups sweet corn, cut from left-over grilled or boiled corn on the cob
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (your choice of color)
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions or chives

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp prepared Ranch Dressing
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

In a large salad bowl, combine vegetables; stir in dressing (only enough to coat vegetables). Cover and refrigerate until serving. You will be thrilled with the refreshing and amazing flavors of this salad. Enjoy!

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Technological progression and innovations drive much of our daily life. Transportation, housing, communication - all these industries use breakthroughs to stay on the cutting edge of their market. This newsletter will focus on some advancements that are making aging in place more feasible, more comfortable, and more safe.

We trust you will find the following articles informative and beneficial. Click on the links below to learn more.

Thank you,
The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care
oneRiding Shotgun in a Wheelchair

In the twenty years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, sidewalk ramps have been installed in many places and accessibility to most public places has been improved, However, wheelchair accessible vehicles have not changed much, with wheelchairs still relegated to the rear of the vehicle. Now, a new vehicle is arriving on the market built specifically for the estimated 4 million Americans who are wheelchair-dependent. In these sporty-looking vehicles, the person in the wheelchair enters the vehicle from a ramp attached to the rear passenger side and then can wheel up to the front of the car, allowing him or her to be a front-seat passenger.

Read the full article here.

Watch a video of the vehicle here.

Access the manufacturer's website here.

twoMobile Granny Quarters

A mobile, 12-by-24-foot medical modular home that could be placed in a caregiver's backyard for rehabilitation and extended care needs could be on the market by January. N2Care, based in Salem, North Carolina, invented the MedCottage, a state-of-the-art hospital room with remote monitoring available so caregivers and family members have peace of mind knowing they are providing the best possible care. The idea is that this house is a way to meet the health care needs of aging baby boomers without having to rely on nursing homes.

Click here to learn more.
threeHigh Tech and Low Tech "Telehealth"

A recent study presented at a British psychology conference at Sheffield Hallam University found that text and email alerts could help older patients remember appointments and medication instructions, potentially improving their own recovery.

Closer to home, the "Indiana Cancer Pain and Depression Trial" study indicates that programs that include home-based automated symptom monitoring and telephone-based care management improve cancer patients' ability to cope with pain and depression. The trial also showed that the phone-based system is effective in tracking changes in the patient, and dramatically increases the potential geographic area of a service provider.

Read the texting study info here.

Read the Indiana study here.
Red & Pink HeartsfourKudos...


September 8, 2010

My mom and our family have been very richly blessed by the care and consideration given us by Assisting Angels Home Care and the wonderful providers they have sent our way.  By working with Mom's personal preferences and needs, we have had order and peace as the disease process advances.  Fewer changes decreases Mom's anxiety.  Kindness and efficiency decreases mine:)

At times, when we needed more or less help, they have adjusted to those changes.  I am so grateful for their responsiveness.  They are dependable, never missing a scheduled day or arriving late.  Professionalism tempered with friendship and warm hearts.


Deanna Pond - Nampa, Idaho

EmployeeEmployee of the Month
Josie Trainor
Josie Trainor

Assisting Angels is proud to acknowledge Josie Trainor as our September Employee of the Month.  Josie brings 15 years of care giving experience to our agency.  It was while she was caring for her mother that she realized the value of quality care giving and felt compelled to make a difference in other people's lives.  Pleasing her clients and making them feel "important" is her daily goal. 

Originally from the Philippines, Josie earned two college degrees in education and taught school for twenty years.  In addition to teaching, she found time as a single parent, to raise four sons, who are now all graduated professionals. 

Currently, Josie lives in Caldwell with her husband, Joe.  Together, they spend their free time going for drives around the countryside and singing in their church choir.

Assisting Angels is so fortunate to have a compassionate caregiver of Josie's caliber on our team.  We appreciate all of the commitment Josie puts forth to help make our agency a success!        


Brenda Critell, President / CEO
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), A native of Boise, Idaho and a 4th generation Idahoan.


Skip Critell, Executive Vice President
Provides outreach and education to the community regarding our services. He presents educational seminars; conducts free memory screening for Dementia/Alzheimer's and related diseases, and in-home assessments.


Diana Drake, Outreach Coordinator
Provides home assessments and information to guarantee quality care for our clients and provides outreach and education to the community regarding our services.


Joy Kelly, Client Care Coordinator
Provides quality client care and supervision of direct care services for the Treasure Valley.