CARING Connection
June 2013

In This Issue


Stroke Goggles

Aging in Place Time Bank

Playground for Seniors

Seniors are an Asset to the Community

 videoJune is Wedding Month:

We wanted to share fun and shocking marriage proposal in honor of the season.
Amazing Proposal
Amazing Proposal

 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 caregivers are always very considerate and they always ask how we are doing and if there is anything else that we need."
Boise, Idaho

"The caregivers are very compassionate and dedicated to my wife. They keep her very good company."
Boise, Idaho
Kale Chips:  
    bon appétit online features 11 quick and easy ways to use kale. From kale chips to smoothies, you'll be pleased how easy it is to incorporate leafy greens into your diet.
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Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, will begin on June 21. Even though there are less hours of darkness, it will be a good week to pull out your telescopes as June 22-23 will have the closest, full moon (or perigee full moon.) We won't see a similar moon until August 2014.

We hope you enjoy the summer days and summer nights ahead!

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 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

article1Stroke Goggles 
Currently, detecting strokes can be inaccurate and costly. A new device, glasses with an infrared video camera, may be able to tell the difference between a recent stroke victim and an individual suffering from vertigo or a benign inner
Stroke goggles: Can new tech diagnose a stroke? 
Stroke goggles: Can new tech diagnose a stroke?
ear problem just by wearing a pair of glasses.

This article on Health Day News
says "Some100,000 strokes are misdiagnosed ... resulting in 20,000 to 30,000 deaths or severe physical and speech impairments."

Watch the video to learn more about the difference in time, cost and reliability for the simple, painless test versus an MRI or CT scan. 
article2 Aging in Place Time Bank
Most mature adults say they prefer to age in place according to AARP report, and up to 80% believe where they currently live is where they will always stay. 

Without forethought and sacrifice, however, it might not be responsible to make a promise for a parent or spouse, says the author of "Be Careful What You Promise" which highlights the practicality and feasibility for remaining alone indefinitely.

There are a few other options including multi-generational living and long term care insurance but here is a unique idea from Glen Falls NY about an aging in place care bank.

Individuals "invest" volunteer hours which they are later able to "withdraw" when they are in need.

See our resource page for other options to pay for care.
article3 Playground for Seniors
London's first playground for Seniors opened a few years ago, NBC News, and low-impact exercise equipment parks geared toward older adults are starting to catch on in the United States, as well.

Here's a story about a woman who got one going after searching "Exercise Equipment for Seniors" on Google.

Must Have Play, a company that builds playgrounds for seniors says indoor workout facilities are not adequate wellness playgrounds

Physical fitness benefits seniors in many ways, from self esteem to preventing falls.
article4Senior Citizens are an Asset to Any Community 

Auburn Hills, Michigan is making a city-wide effort to improve the quality of life for their aging community. They are embracing the many reasons seniors are an asset to their city, including the idea that seniors tend to spend more money locally than other demographics.

Other benefits of an active aging community is that they have time to volunteer such as teaching students cribbage
Boise Senior Center .
Here in Boise, we can support seniors through volunteerism with organizations like Friends in Action or donations and patronage at places like Grandma's Thrift store
which helps fund the Boise Senior Center
. The senior center in your community will also have other volunteer options. 

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, VP/COO
Director of Operations and Community Liaison for the Treasure Valley

Sherry Atwell, Office Administrator

Manages Operations and Scheduling of Direct Care services



Rebekah Calkins, CFO 

Manages billing, payroll and financial affairs 





 Sonya Harris

Sonya Harris, Client Care Coordinator

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


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.