CARING Connection
February 2014

In This Issue


Sex in Retirement Homes

Concierge Medicine

Think Positive for Health

Cleaning Out your Parent's Belongings

 videoElderly Couple Dancing    

Fun video of very talented dancers. They aren't really elderly and they probably aren't a couple either. 


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: 

"They are very quick and responsive."
--M. B.
Boise, Idaho

"The caregivers are very friendly and they're professional in what they do."
--R. E.
Boise, Idaho

Cornmeal & Chia Seed Crusted Tilapia  
Chia seeds do not have to be ground, nor do they grow rancid as flax does. This, with their flexibility make them one of your best sources for omega 3 fats. The Huffington Post gives ten reasons to add them to your diet and you can find the tilapia recipe here.
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Greetings, we still technically have one month left of winter but as we read in this month's newsletter about the benefits of positive thought -- we're imagining spring anyway.

We hope that you stay healthy and dry during the upcoming season and that the articles below encourage and bless you.

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Sex in Retirement Homes


Not only is it happening, but the rate of sexually transmitted
2007-2011: Chlamydia infections for adults 65 and older increased by 31%
diseases (STD) compares to the 20-24 year old demographic.  

Most people consider conversations dealing with estate planning, financial stability and end of life wishes with their elderly parents -- not STDs. For prevention of STDs, see the Center for Disease Control.

The NY Times discusses a few reasons why this is happening.

Watch the Fox News report to find out the good news, the bad news, and why it is an issue at all.   
Concierge Medicine


Among the many changes in the healthcare industry is a new service called concierge medicine.
For extra fees, you can return to "the good old days" where your family doctor knew all about you, would see you anytime you needed and even made house calls.

The fees vary, and in a way, you keep a physician on retainer for when you need him or her. It isn't for everyone says Forbes Online.

Kiplinger reports on the 6 things you need to know about Concierge Medicine.   
Think Young Thoughts


A new study, published by a Canadian Medical Journal in January, takes the idea that since negativity can effect you physically as well as mentally -- what about positivism? elder-hiking-couple.jpg

The conclusion is: how satisfied you are with your life changes your energy and health.

The Washington Post expands that  optimism helps you stay healthy as you age. The outcome including physical ability for continued independence.

The New York Daily News suggests that reducing sedentary time and increasing activity effects that optimism.  
article4Four Boxes Approach

Cleaning out a late parent's home can create unnecessary stress as you balance grief with the responsibility of deciding value for your deceased loved one's personal possessions. moving-boxes-stack.jpg

Additionally, a lack of housekeeping or hoarding, often prevalent with mental decline, increases the amount of work and can convolute your comprehension of sentimental value. suggests that it can become a guessing game--both financially and emotionally.

Forbes also offers a non threatening way to help your parents (or let your kids help you) inventory and preserve memories in their article: The Four Boxes Approach to Helping Elderly Parents 

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.