CARING Connection
July 2014

In This Issue


Idaho's New True Blue Plan

Microchips Treat Memory Loss

Coping with Alzheimer's

Broccoli Removes Carcinogens

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I Like Being 98.
Woman gets her license back to help a friend.



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: 

"Her knowledge is outstanding. She's picked up on a couple of things that has helped me. She helps me with what I'm doing."
--P. M.
Boise, Idaho

"The caregiver was well trained!"
Savory, Roasted Root-Vegetables 
Roasting is a great way to incorporate beets into your diet. Many different root vegetables are beginning to become available and this makes a satisfying vegetarian dinner or filling side dish.
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 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Blue Cross of Idaho Passes the State Readiness Review

The first dual eligible (Medicaid/Medicare) coordinated care plan in Idaho began this month.

The following services were added to Blue Cross of Idaho's dual eligible True Blue Plan
  • A and D Waiver Services
  • Personal Care Services
  • Targeted Service Coordination (The DD Waiver will remain Fee-For-Service)
  • Nursing Home and ICR/ID services
  • Expanded Behavioral Health: Targeted Care Management, CBRS and Peer Support

It will be a full service health plan serving the needs of dual eligible providing:

  • One card for the member
  • Access to the True Blue network
  • Vision and dental benefits
  • A health club membership (with the once a year 50 dollar co-pay)
  • And the very important - Care Coordinator, a primary point of contact to help members get the service they need

To join, potential members may enroll over the phone by calling customer service staff directly at 1-888-495-2583

or apply online at

Questions should be directed to Beth Nelson, Blue Cross of Idaho Medicaid Director, 208-387-6849.
Microchips Treat Memory Loss 


As it becomes more common for people to have electrodes implanted in their brain (an estimated 80,000 have had deep brain stimulation to treat epilepsy and Parkinson's) researchers believe they have found a treatment to use electrical signals to make short term memories move into the long term.

The team's experiments have shown that certain brain functions can be replaced with signals by electrodes. The current hurdle is shrinking down the equipment to a device.

Read more to find out how soon this could be used to begin treating dementia.  
Coping Strategies from People with Alzheimer's


Alzheimer's Association ( has a helpful list of coping techniques for people with the onset of Alzheimer's. You can read tips for how to deal with forgetting medication and losing your spouse in a crowded area as well as details on tips like:
  • Set realistic goals and focus on what you can do today. 
  • Develop a daily routine.
  • Approach one task at a time and don't get stuck.
  • Know that you have Womanmore than one chance to solve most problems.
  • Recognize the triggers that cause you stress.
You can download the complete pdf or view more online.  
 Broccoli Speeds Removal of Carcinogens from the Body 

A controlled twelve week study in China showed that the pollutants from automobile exhaust and cigarette smoke were reduced in the group of individuals who drank a broccoli sprout beverage every day. broccoli

The study authors concluded that broccoli "enhances the detoxification of some airborne pollutants and may provide a frugal means to attenuate their associated long-term health risks." Read the full Lee Swanson Research Update.  

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.