CARING Connection
February 2013

In This Issue


Elder Abuse Prevention

Push to Inform Idahoans

Loving Couple Affects ER Doctor

 video100 Year Old Bride:

Even though it was her third marriage, it was her first formal wedding.

The groom said "Treats me good. It's rare to find a girl like that."

Here's to the "girl" in your life.
100 Year Old Bride
100 Year Old Bride

 clientsWhat Our Clients Are Saying About Us: Home Care Pulse 2013

Home Care Pulse, an independent quality management agency, randomly surveys our clients on a monthly basis.  Here's what one of them had to say last month: 

"The caregiver shows her compassion by explaining my husband's needs to me...I don't know what I'd do without this agency's help."
Boise, Idaho
Mediterranean Chicken Stew:  
It is already known that the Mediterranean diet benefits heart health, but a new cookbook suggests some of the eating principles also prevent Alzheimer's.  Click here for this Mediterranean chicken stew recipe on
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We are resending this newsletter with the correct phone number for the Idaho Commission on Aging. We apologize for the redundancy.

February brings Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day with longings for snow, spring or love. While we aren't sure how accurately a rodent predicts the weather, some February traditions, like romance, are quite nice. 

Rupert Brooke, an English poet known for idealistic WWI era war sonnets said "A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years."

We hope you find time to kiss someone special and pray that this month's articles encourage and inform.

If you were forwarded this issue of CARING Connections, or you are viewing it on our website, you can sign up for your own subscription by clicking here.

Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

 article1Sandwich Generation May be Eligible for Tax Deductions

If you have found yourself caught between supporting elderly parents and adult children needing help, you are considered part of the sandwich generation. Sandwich Generation

When you combine increased lifespans in  older adults with an unemployment rate of 13.7%
for younger adults (age 20-24,) many could experience the strain of helping two generations at once.

Depending on individual circumstances, you may be eligible for extra benefits filing as head of household." Read the CNBC article here, and visit our resource page for more assistance for the sandwich generation.    
 article2Elder Abuse Prevention

As many as 2 million seniors are abused, exploited or neglected every year and some research indicates that one in 10 seniors have suffered some form of abuse at least once, states this NBC article

Prosecution is complex due to mstuck in the suburbsedical and financial issues, and the witness' ability or willingness to testify against relatives, according to research for the National Institute of Justice.

To report elder abuse in Idaho, call the Idaho Commission on Aging at 208-334-3833. See their website for information about preventing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Also see our resource page for more information.
Push to Inform Idahoans About Alzheimer's

A group of volunteers is pushing to make information available for family caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer's.

Read more here in the Idaho Statesman article.

Most know the Idaho CareLine (2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588) answers questions about Medicaid and welfare benefits, but they also provide referrals for Alzheimer's questions. 

If you have questions about Alzheimer's or are interested in finding a support group, you can also contact the Alzheimer's Association Greater Idaho Chapter.
article4Loving Couple Affects ER Doctor 


A 24 year old man posted a letter online this month which his father received shortly after his mother's death. ER Doctor Condolence Letter 

The man's late wife, who had breast cancer, was admitted to the ER with breathing difficulties.

She passed 16 hours later. The doctor wrote that although interactions in the ER are typically hurried and lack possibility for personal connection -- he was touched by her because she was "engaging and cheerful" in spite of her illness.

The doctor was also affected by the loving interaction between the couple, as well as the husband's calmness and concern. 

You can read more and view the letter here

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, 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, Administrative Assistant 

Assists the Office Administrator with scheduling, administrative duties, and billing and payroll.

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. 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 live-in care, 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.