CARING Connection
March 2013

In This Issue


Caregivers Can Slow the Progression of Alzheimer's

Home Care Pulse Award

Red Cross Month

Free Diabetes Workshop

 videoSecret Lives of Seniors:

The Television show "Our America with Lisa Ling" premiered an episode called  The Secret Lives of Seniors  last February.
It's a candid portrayal of aging in our culture. Here is an excerpt of Ida, who at 97-years-old, breaks a track record.
Secret Lives of Seniors: 97-Year-Old Breaks Track Record! - Our America - Oprah Winfrey Network
Secret Lives of Seniors: 97-Year-Old Breaks Track Record! - Our America

 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 two of them had to say last month: 

"The overall service is fantastic."
Boise, Idaho

"They are very flexible, and they are great in helping us."
Boise, Idaho
Poached Wild Salmon with Peas and Morels:  
If you garden, you know peas can be started as soon as the ground thaws. Pea tendrils add a delightful, delicate flavor to any salad and accompany this dish well.
Morels are a popular wild mushroom found in the northern parts of Idaho (and elsewhere) during the spring.  Click here for the recipe and click here to search "wild morels in Idaho" on Google.
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If signs advertising chicks and bunnies are showing up and the garden has thawed to mud--winter might be winding down.

Warmth peeking through the clouds is just one consolation for losing an hour to daylight savings--March brings the first day of spring, St. Patrick's Day and Easter Sunday.

American poet E.E. Cummings said "The earth laughs in flowers." We hope tiny bursts of laughter begin to surprise you in your yard and your life.

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

article1Caregivers Can Slow the Progression of Alzheimer's

In the top ten causes of death nationally, Alzheimer's is the only one which currently cannot be prevented or cured.

However, according to an study published in January titled Caregiver Coping Strategies Predict Cognitive and Functional Decline in Dementia: The Cache County Dementia Progression Study, the caregiver's characteristics actually affect the progression of the disease.

Bob DeMarco shares his experience of this with his aging mother at the Alzheimer's Reading Room where you can also find tips to promote independence and self care in dementia patients.

Marie Marley, popular Alzheimer's caregiving author writes "Confessions of a worn out caregiver" where she further emphasizes the coping strategies and responses of caregivers influence the peace and contentment of the patient.

It is estimated there will be an Alzheimer's epidemic by 2050 so there is a viable chance someone we know will be affected by the disease in the future.
 article2Home Care Pulse

Assisting Angels Home Care received
"Leader in Excellence"
Skip and Brenda Critell
Award this year by Home Care Pulse, an independent quality management agency.

Less than 50 private duty home care agencies across the United States and Canada received this award -- and Assisting Angels is the only agency in Idaho to receive it.

See for details or the Leader in Excellence Award page. 

Click here to view a pdf of our press release for details.

Assisting Angels Home Care has also received Best of Home Care for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
article3 National Red Cross Month
Red Cross Launches Online Volunteer Connection System

Every U.S. President since Roosevelt in 1943 has declared March the National Red Cross Month. 

The Red Cross mission is to: prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, not a government agency. It depends on volunteers and the generosity of people to perform their mission.

Click here to see the Boise, Idaho Blood Donor schedule and location.

If you are interested in disaster preparedness, first aid or CPR training, click here to search Red Cross classes in  your area.

Visit to find other ways to support their mission including donating, fundraising and volunteering.   
article4Diabetes Workshop Free through
Put Life Back In Your Life! 
Put Life Back In Your Life!


National Council on Aging (NCOA) is offering their online Diabetes workshop free through the end of March.This six week course takes about two hours per week and you are able to anonymously log on at your own convenience.

Watch the video to see how helpful the workshop is, and when you are ready, click here to sign up.  

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.