CARING Connection
March 2014

In This Issue


Never Give Up--Never Too Old

Top 10 Senior Scams

Free Tax Returns for Seniors

Make a Donation at Marshalls

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What Old People Do For Fun
What Old People Do For Fun



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 caregiver works great with my father. She's aware of what he needs. She adores my dad."
--G. S.
Boise, Idaho

"They have been very accommodating with scheduling.."
--J. C.
Boise, Idaho

Asparagus, Leek, and Gruyere Quiche
If you are adventurous enough to hunt for wild asparagus along ditches in Idaho, you're probably already watching the weather, waiting for it to warm.

Whether you forage or shop, quiche is a great way to eat Asparagus.
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In honor of Women's History month, our first article "Never Give Up--Never Too Old" highlights history-maker, Diana Nyad.

As we approach spring, we look forward to warmer weather and hope you don't miss the upcoming lost hour.

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Never Give Up--Never Too Old


Since the 1950s, swimmers have dreamed of attempting the 100+ mile swim from Cuba to Florida.  

Diana Nyad TED WomanDiana Nyad had also dreamed of it since she was in her twenties. Scientists, sports experts, her team and trainer all told her it was impossible. 

After four failed attempts, jelly fish, sharks, hypothermia, vomiting, hallucinating and singing John Lennon's "Imagine" 1,000 times, she completed the 53-hour swim.

She was 64 years old.

You can listen to the awe-inspiring message on TED Talks to hear her say, "You can chase your dreams at any age; you're never too old."
Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors


Have you received a phone call recently informing that you've won a contest you never entered?

It is easy to recognize a scam when the story isn't plausible. It becomes more difficult when they have legitimate information, for instance, they know the name of a grandchild and beg for help.

Research suggests seniors are especially vulnerable because they don't detect suspicious body language as easily. If you'd like suggestions for talking to your parents about fraud, read this Guardian Fiduciary article.

To arm yourself with valuable knowledge of the most popular scams, be sure to read the National Council on Aging's list: The Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors.  
Free Tax Returns for Seniors
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The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. Visit AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) for a tax locator.

Amac (Association of Mature American Citizens) has more information regarding free filing for seniors and suggests as a resource.  
The Fight to End Alzheimer's


For the second consecutive year, Marshalls stores nationwide are getting involved in the fight to end Alzheimer's. 

Shoppers who visit a Marshalls store between March 2-15, can donate to help end Alzheimer's.   

One-hundred percent of the donations made at the checkout will go to the
Marshalls on 2020 N Eagle Rd in Meridian is participating. 

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.