CARING Connection
April 2014

In This Issue


The Affordable Care Act and Medicare

Is Exercising Better for Your Brain

Now That winter is over It's time to Get Rid of Those Blues


 videoQuick Laugh     


Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner
Funny Prayer about Getting Old at the Caregiver of the Year Dinner


What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:


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 caregivers were always punctual, courteous, well groomed and professional. they always arrived in time to be thoroughly briefed on my wife's condition and needs. Although my wife needed little more than to have someone in the house while I was gone, I never felt that she was not watched over.."
--Peter D.
Mountain Home, Idaho

"Thank you all for all the care and concern for my husband, and also for me.  I tell everyone if they ever need home care that you are the best!"
--Florence W.
Caldwell, Idaho

Strawberry Vanilla Pancakes
Spring Is the time of year to start think about berries.  What better way than to use strawberries.

Whether you make from scratch or use the boxed mixes, adding strawberries are a tasty addition.
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When April arrives our hearts are usually full of thoughts of renewal and fresh beginnings. These are the days when the flowers are in full bloom and the last remnants of winter disappear.

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

The Affordable Care Act and Medicare


The Affordable Care Act is now officially in full effect.  There are changes to the way senior health and medicare itself is handled.  

Under the Affordable Care Act seniors are now eligible for a free yearly wellness visit, which allow seniors to consult with their doctor and agree on a personalized plan to stay healthy

Up until now many seniors fell into what was termed the "donut hole" or a gap in which they were responsible for all costs of their prescription drugs until they spent a total of $4,550 for the year.  This is being changed.  Seniors are getting a 50% saving on brand name prescriptions and 20% on generic. 

Read the full article Here.
Is Exercising Better For your Brain Than Puzzling?


Keeping the brain sharp is important as we all grow older, but recent research suggests there may be something else more important. 

A person's brain typically shrinks in late adulthood, and brain shrinkage is believed to play a role in memory decline. New research in the U.K. studied brain scans of 700 70-year-olds, some of whom reported to exercise regularly, and some of whom reported to engage in regular non-physical activities.


When brains were scanned again three years after beginning the study, those who exercised regularly tended to have larger brain volumes of gray and normal white matter, and physical activity was linked to less brain atrophy. Read more about the study and its findings in this article from WebMD.

Now That Winter is Over, It's Time to Get Rid of Those Blues.
Although winter is finally officially over, continuing frigid temperatures, and the shorter days can cause the blues if people can't get out of their homes or if day after day it's cold and gray. Some people suffer from post-holiday blues since their adult children left and contact is limited due to busy schedules. 

While exercise remains a great way to fight depression, not all people can accomplish this with their various health conditions, Just doing some singing or dancing can help fight the blues.

Just getting a good night's sleep can help some people ward off the feelings of hopelessness.  Getting 7-9 hours of sleep is just as important at any age.
The Family Learning Center Guide


 The Assisting Angels Home Care Family Learning Center is a vast educational resource for families
with a loved one who is beginning to need care. The Family Learning Center offers over 50 courses relating to the roles, responsibilities and challenges surrounding the care of our elderly loved ones.
Topics of our family courses range from understanding signs and symptoms of Alzheimer 's disease,
managing and coping with challenging behaviors, daily care skills, First Aid and even information on
how to create engaging activities for your family member.
If you would like access to this free training  click here.

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.