CARING Connection
August 2014

In This Issue


Aging in Place Dangers

Back to School

Community Education

Alzheimer's Artist Self-Portrait


RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014) Tribute - Best Movie Moments
RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014) Tribute - Best Movie Moments




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 is able to provide the care that we need for my husband."
--C. G.
Boise, Idaho

"The caregivers show their compassion by coming on time and doing what we ask them to do."
Paleo Blueberry Crumble 
Coconuts, almonds, almond flour and dates make this late-summer harvest dessert practically guilt-free. Try it with other berries, too.
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If you need to be somewhere weekday mornings--you've probably noticed that school is in session again. Please drive safely and watch for children especially if you intend to pass a stopped car. We hope everyone has a safe autumn season.

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 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Aging in Place Dangers

To address the increasing number, rate and cost of serious injuries to senior citizens, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has launched its "Senior Safety Initiative," which aims to "find inventive ways to address consumer product related injuries to the ever growing population of seniors states 
HomeMost adults want to grow older in their own homes. However, there can be many dangers To quickly reduce the risk, clear walkways and rugs. Increase lighting and install handrails. See Brenda's home care resources for other tips.  

Take an interactive home safety tour to learn other potential hazards or visit to see four ways to keep you and your parents safe.  
Back to School


According to the American Association of Retired Persons, only 7 percent of people over the age of 65 pursue higher education.
While still a teen, he became a war hero. At age 84--he pursues a higher degree.

If space is available at a Boise State University course, Idaho residents who are at least 60 years old may register for the course at a reduced rate. Tuition is only $5 a credit hour, and the registration fee is $20. To register at the senior citizen rate, apply for admission and request the Idaho Senior Citizen's Fee Reduction form at the Payment and Disbursement Center when you pay your registration charges.  
Community Learning  
If you would like to continue learning, but do not wish to attend school, consider community education. lists senior exercisecommunity education classes in the Boise area. There is a large variety of classes available, everything from "programmable robots" to "how to buy and manage property rentals."

You can find the current Meridian Parks and Recreation Rec Guide online as well. Currently, there are no extra fees to participate in community classes if you do not live in either of these cities.

Also consider teaching a class in the future if you have any skill you would like to offer the community.
Alzheimer's Artist Self-Portrait 

Here is an interesting collection of an artist who painted his self-portrait each year once he became an Alzheimer's patient.

They were painted over the duration of eight years, from the onset of the disease until he forgot to send his portrait to care facility management.    

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

Jennifer Hochstrasser, 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.