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CARING Connections 
June 2012

In This Issue

 Delirium: A Culprit Not Only During, But After Hospitalization 


 The Amazing Power of Music 


What It Takes to Move an Elderly Parent into Your Home  


 Father's Day Humor and Heart 


Recipe of the Month 

Gift Certificates Available 

Need a great gift for your aging loved one? Consider the gift of Personal Assistance Care! Gift certificates are now available for purchase for our care-giving services.

Contact us to learn more.

Father's Day Humor and Heart


The things we do for our parents. Share this funny story with your father this Father's Day!

This beautiful video will tug at your heartstrings and make you think twice about what it means to love your parents. Perfect to share with your dad this Father's Day.

VideoEvidence Based Medicine Recommendations


The Beers Criteria medication list has been updated to reflect new, evidence-based medication recommendations. The list includes potentially inappropriate medications for the elderly. View the list and additional resources about the Beers Criteria here.
recipeGrilling for Father's Day? Classic BBQ Rib Sauce.


There is a flavor that is great BBQ Ribs. This sauce helps you get there, whether you smoked your ribs low and slow for hours, or baked them in the oven. This BBQ Rib Sauce has a touch of heat, a touch of smoke, and a lot of flavor.


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Assisting Angels extends our wishes to all the wonderful fathers in our community for a happy Father's Day! Fathers can be some of the most unsung heroes of caregiving.  


Remember the husband in the film inspired by the Nicholas Sparks novel "The Notebook"? This Father's Day, let Dad know you are thinking about him by picking up the phone or spending some special time together.  


In the spirit of education and cooperation, we hope you will find the following articles in this month's newsletter informative and beneficial.


Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Article1Delirium: A Culprit Not Only During, But After Hospitalization   


A hospital stay is often a subject of fear, especially for older adults; many are afraid that they will leave in a worse condition than before they were hospitalized. Unfortunately, recent studies reveal that these fears may have some merit. Researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have discovered that elderly patients who are hospitalized are at a higher risk of developing cognitive problems afterward.

While the cause of this mental decline is unclear, research indicates that both the patient's initial illness along with treatments received in the hospital may contribute. To learn more about this study, visit the New York Times column,  The New Old Age or click here to read the study.

Article2The Amazing Power of Music: Creating "Awakenings" in Dementia Patients   

Music is a powerful medium, possibly more powerful than we realize. Recently, Henry, an Alzheimer's patient, became an Internet star after a clip from the documentary Alive Inside showed him go from slumped and unresponsive to being animated after listening to his favorite music.

What is even more amazing is that when the headphones are removed, Henry is able to answer questions, speak about his youth, and even sing songs that he used to love. Read more about Alive Inside and how social worker Dan Cohen is striving to help elderly patients through music in this article from NPR.

Click here to watch Henry's amazing and heartwarming video on YouTube.

 Article3What It Takes to Move an Elderly Parent into Your Home


When considering bringing an elderly parent into your home, there are more things to consider than just space. Caring for another person takes time, patience, physical and mental strength, and support from other family members and friends.


The community you live in is also something to consider. If your parent can no longer drive himself or herself, can he or she walk to the store, a salon, or a friend's house? Will he or she be out of touch with a social network because of the move? This article from the Washington Post raises many good points that should be thought through when moving an elderly parent into your home.


Brenda Critell, President / CEO
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
A native of Boise, Idaho and a 4th generation Idahoan. Brenda founded Assisting Angels Home Care in 2006.

Skip Critell, Executive Vice President Director of Operations for the Treasure Valley.

Sherry Atwell

Sherry Atwell, Office Administrator

Scheduling Coordinator, Billing and Payroll and Office Manager.

Sonya Harris



Sonya Harris, Client Care Coordinator

Provides quality client care and supervision of direct care services for the Treasure Valley.






Rebekah Calkins, Community Outreach Coordinator

Provides information to the community through outreach and educational presentations. She also conducts in-home assessments and works with staff to begin care for new clients.  

About Assisting Angels Home Care  

Serving the state of Idaho, Assisting Angels Home Care, Inc. has been providing personalized care at home with supporting services since 2006. Assisting Angels uses certified personnel for supervision and monitoring of all direct services, has no minimum requirement for hours for accepting clients, and does not charge separately for travel to and from the job location. All employees are bonded and insured and a complete screening and thorough background checks are performed prior to any person having contact with one of our clients or patients. Assisting Angels provides a wide spectrum of personalized in-home care services, including general homemaker, personal care, and private duty nursing for all ages.  

Visit or call 208.344.7979 (Boise), or 208.733.2550 (Twin Falls) for more information.