CARING Connection
December 2013

In This Issue


Elder Polypharmacy

FIA Caregiver Conference

Lifestyle Home Medical Supplies

War Bride Waits Sixty Years

 videoImpromptu Piano Recital   

Mayo Clinic atrium piano, charming older couple...
Mayo Clinic atrium piano, charming older couple...



What 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 overall quality of service has been excellent. The caregiver comes at the times that we need so we know when to expect her. She is also a huge help to
--J. L.
Boise, Idaho

"She is very compassionate. She listens to me and that makes me feel like she really cares about me."
--E. H.
Boise, Idaho

10 Chicken Soup Twists
I love soup during the cold months of winter! Are you tired of the old traditional "chicken and noodle?" Well, read on for some exciting alternatives that will be sure to please your palate!

Here are ten ethnic  versions of the most  traditional cold and flu season meal, proving that chicken soup really is good for more than the soul.
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It is our wish that this newsletter finds you enjoying the season. If you consider the holidays a stressful time of year, our resource pages offer tips, especially for caregivers or people with elders in their life, to reduce stress. If someone in your family has Alzheimer's, we recommend that you keep the festivities small and low-key for them

However you end up celebrating, we wish you the very best Christmas and New Year!

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Elder Polypharmacy--Taking Too Many Drugs?

Polypharmacy is the practice of using (or administrating) multiple medications, especially concurrently.

Carolyn Rosenblatt, Contributor to Forbes Magazine reports in Are Your Parents Taking Too Many Pills that it was not uncommon as a nurse to find elder patients taking duplications of the same drug prescribed by different doctors. 


US News Health reports on how to avoid dangerous drug errors and combinations.  Aging Care offers Medication Problems and How to Prevent Them.   


Dr. Derrick DeSilva from the Age Management Medicine Group AMMG has a few considerations in this video to potentially reduce polypharmacy.
Friends In Action Upcoming Conference
Friends in Action (FIA) is a unique program serving family caregivers. They recruit and train volunteers to lead nationally recognized, evidence-based self-care education programs. Next month is the third Annual Family Caregiver Conference:   

Saturday, January 25, 2014
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Boise State University, Student Union
Cost: $20/person includes Conference, Lunch, Community
Resource Expo, and Parking. Limited scholarships are available.
View the flyer PDF for more information. 
To register for the conference now, click here, click here.
Lifestyle Home Medical Supply
Lifestyle home medical supply helps individuals in need of durable medical equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, power chairs, scooters and even bathroom safety rails, who cannot otherwise afford it.

They are supplied by people who have unused equipment available.

If you have something taking space in your garage or you are in need, read more about this Oregon based company.
article4War Bride Waits 60 Years

Peggy Harris, was married for six weeks before her husband, First Lt. Billy Harris, went away to war.

She never remarried, but waited dutifully. Watch the video to discover why it took so long to find out what happened to him.

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.