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December 2011

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Make the Holidays Happy for Seniors    

 

Gadget Corner

 

Holiday Tips for Caregivers

What's Happening At Visiting Angels

     

Senior Humor    

 

Now Hiring CNAs & CHHAs

 

Holiday Activities Everyone Will Enjoy 

 

Visiting Kitchens: Cranberry Sauce         


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Senior Humor:  

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Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal-Mart when they collide.
   The first old guy says to the second guy, "Sorry about that I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where I was going."
     The second old guy says, "That's OK, It's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too. I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."
     The first old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her. What does she look like?"
     The second old guy says: "Well, she is 27 yrs old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, long legs, big bust, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife looks like?"
     To which the first old guy says, "Doesn 't matter, let's look for yours."
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CNAs & CHHAs

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Many different shifts are available to fit any lifestyle 
activitiesHoliday Activities That Everyone Will Enjoy
frosting Wishing for some fun family activities that cross generations? Wish no more (see below)!

* Drive around the community looking at Christmas lights

* Decorate cookies together

* Get crafty: make ornaments, knit a scarf or two, or other craft projects

* Attend a religious or community activity together as a family

* Have a Christmas tree decorating party

* Play board games  

* Sing Christmas carols 

 

 

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kitchenPrep the Holiday Meal Quickly and Save Money     

  

   If the holiday meal is at your house this year, you could completely stress out over the menu and ingredients. Or, you could plan ahead and enjoy the holiday.

   As the host of PBS-TV's "Flavors of America," Chef Jim Coleman has tips on how to properly prepare for the holiday meal.

 

* Set your table in advance or at very least, set aside the serving and table dishes you will be using. Make a recipe booklet for easy reference.

 

* Chop all the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bread for stuffing, etc. and store them in ziplock bags.

 

Cranberries Cranberry Sauce

Throw 12 ounces of cranberries into a saucepan with orange zest, 3/4 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let the sauce cool and store it in the refrigerator until it's time for your meal.

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Happy Holidays!


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    All of us at Visiting Angels join in saying THANK YOU for helping to make 2011 a wonderful year! In 2012, it's our commitment to continue finding even better ways to service our clients, business partners, employees, and community.

     In our December issue, we are bringing you holiday gift ideas, holiday tips for family caregivers, fun activities for the whole family, and more!

     Thank you for taking the time to read this issue of the Angel Home Care News. We appreciate your comments and suggestions. You can email us at info@njseniorcare.com or write on our Facebook page 


Wishing you happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year!

 

  

makehappyMake the Holidays Happy for Seniors 

 

Gingerbread All of us get wrapped up in the holiday spirit, religious celebrations, gift giving, family gatherings, and too much food. At different times during the holidays, we all experience some level of stress; possibly from last minute shopping, arranging the family get-together, or even facts.

     Sometimes the senior in the family is neglected by other family members. Most family situations require some form of compromise, but the holidays are especially difficult for the senior members of a family.  

     First, it is difficult for seniors to even participate with the family during the holidays. Sometimes the senior is physically unable to join in the holiday festivities. Often the senior lives alone, which requires the family to make an out-of-the-way trip to see mom or dad.

     Then there is the emotional side of the holiday season for the senior, which can be quite difficult. They may see the holidays as a point in time that may never be experienced again. Although the senior has seen many, many holidays and experienced countless family gatherings, the senior is most likely feeling a sense of loss as he/she understands that thismay be his/her last holiday with family.  

     bow With the family's support, it might be good for the senior to reminisce about the past holiday gatherings. Leaf through some old photo albums and encourage the senior to talk about some joyful holiday moments he/she has had. Although this may be a bit sad, it pulls together how full the senior's life has been and what a wonderful legacy they created by producing such a special family and such wonderful family memories. It can be a very special time for a senior to share the wonderful memories of the past with others. Holidays are made for memories.

gadgetHoliday Gadget Corner

Our Gadget Corner features unique products which have extra benefits for the older population.*   

 

Loc8tor Light Loc8tor Lite:

Never lose your keys again! The Loc8tor Lite's tracking device will quickly help you find your lost keys, remote wallet, even people and pets. Go to www.loc8tor.com to read more.


retro handsetRetro Handset For Your Cell Phone:

Everything old is new again! This retro handset plugs into your cell phone, reducing cell phone radiation and makes hearing easier. Even Hollywood stars have been seen using it! Go to

www.nativeunion.com for details.

  

Dumbbells Dog Walker's Dumbbells

Get an upper body workout while walking your best friend! This leash/dumbbell combination is perfect getting in a quick workout. Click on www.hammacher.com to read more.  

 

*Visiting Angels does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. Items shown are for informational purposes only. 

tipsHoliday Tips for Family Caregivers

pinecones Eat a nutritionally balanced diet
The holidays can stress people out; sometimes that stress can lead to overeating or eating poorly. In order to give your best to others, give your body the best fuel.

Exercise regularly
Exercise helps you feel good by improving your physical and mental well-being. It can keep your mind focused and help you sleep more soundly.

Get enough sleep
Adults need from six to eight hours of sleep per night in order to keep healthy. Take naps throughout the day if you're not able to sleep through the night.

Watch your health
It's easier to watch out for someone else's health and then neglect your own. Caring for another person can be both emotionally and physically exhausting. Take care!

Be knowledgeable
Once you learn of your loved one's illness, learn all you can. With knowledge is power: you'll know what to expect and will be able to plan for whatever happens.

Have an emergency plan
You have a lot of responsibility caring for another person. But what if something happens to you? Who will take your place? What happens if either you or your loved one has a medical emergency? Make a plan: keep a file or notebook with names and numbers of who to contact.

Treat yourself right
No one copes well in a vacuum. Make sure you occasionally take time to get away from your care giving responsibilities. Visit with friends, go shopping, take a mini-vacation, or get a massage.

Join a support group
Talking to other caregivers may be just what you need. They are in your situation and can understand what you've been going through. It helps to know you're not alone.


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HAPPENWhat's Happening at Visiting Angels

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November was a busy month once again for Rudy Tervooren, Visiting Angels' Managing Director and Co-owner. He has been giving eldercare presentations throughout the community and visiting clients. He recently gave presentations at South Ward Senior Center, Hopewell Senior Center, and the seniors group at St. Paul's church.
     We are the experts on elder care.
If you would like to book an eldercare presentation, please call Rudy at 609-883-8188 or email him at rudy@njseniorcare.com.


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Community Resource Bulletin Dec. DECEMBER COMMUNITY RESOURCE BULLETIN 

This month's Community Resource Bulletin focuses on how to help make the holidays STRESS FREE. Press here to download a printable copy of our December bulletin. You will also find back issues of our "Community Resource Bulletin" from previous months on our website's resource page.


About Our Care

Visiting Angels is a New Jersey-licensed, non-medical home care company committed to going well beyond the "industry standard" to provide an exceptional level of security, comfort and peace of mind to our clients and their loved ones. Our "Angels", all certified home health professionals, are ready to provide compassionate and dependable assistance with the activities of everyday living to seniors, the disabled, those recovering from surgery and to those who are simply frail. Our services include such simple tasks as light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and shopping to more personal tasks such as hygiene assistance, bathing, dressing and grooming.
 
Visiting Angels' in-home care helps make it possible for seniors and other adults to continue to live at home and maintain the independence of their daily routines and familiar surroundings, safely. We truly understand how challenging and alien the entire home care selection process can be...and we are experienced in working with families; with loved ones "resistant" to receiving care; and with third-parties payors (such as insurance companies and the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs) to help insure that the best interests of the family and their loved ones are met. Visiting Angels' services help families spend more mutually-rewarding and meaningful time with their loved ones and also helps provide comfort and peace of mind to those who face the challenge of long-distance caregiving.
 
For more information, please call us at 609-883-8188, visit our website NJSeniorCare.com or contact us by email at info@njseniorcare.com .

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