CARING Connection
September 2014

In This Issue


Viral Video Captures Beautiful Moment

A Broken Heart May be Hardest on Elderly

Bracelet Helps Locate Lost Dementia Patients

Get Involved in Walk To End Alzheimer's
videoExperience the power of a bookbook
Experience the power of a bookbook





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 VA gave us two choices of agencies. We tried one agency for a year, then we decided to try Assisting Angels. This agency bent over backward to provide help when we needed it. They have always done wonderfully and they are very flexible."
--P. N.
Boise, Idaho

"My caregivers treat me with respect and do what I need done."
--J. D.
Apple Chips 
Apples are a hit any time of year, but something about the turning leaves of September make them the perfect choice for this healthy snack.
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With autumn underway and school back in session, there is no better time than National Senior Citizen Month to stop and spend some extra time loving, protecting, and understanding those who are aging in place.  

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Viral Video Captures Beautiful Moment
Gods Gift
Gods Gift
The gradual loss of a loved one to Alzheimer's is devastating, but there can be beauty even in tragedy. According to, Kelly Gunderson captured one of those moments with her 87-year-old mother on video--a video that went viral--reminding us all to savor the gifts.
A Broken Heart May Be Hardest on the Elderly


The old adage "dying of a broken heart" may hold some truth, especially for the elderly. A recent UK study showed a broken heart results in a reduction of immune system
cells--a reduction that is greater in the elderly population than in younger patients, says FOX News.
If you or someone you know is struggling with the loss of a loved one, offers helpful tips on coping with grief, including identifying symptoms, stages of grief, and advice on grief that won't go away.
Bracelet Helps Locate Lost Dementia Patients

California's Riverside Police Department has launched a promising new program to help identify and safely return those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's when they are wandering or lost. Free I.D. bracelets connect to databases that maintain identifying information and emergency contacts. The Press Enterprise says the program was launched with the help of Rich Gardner, a proactive citizen who hopes the program will save lives.

Unsure if your loved one is susceptible to wandering? Click here to download the identifying signs of wandering behavior along with tips on reducing it. For additional information about obtaining a similar locator device for use in Idaho, please visit Comfort Zone.  
 Get Involved in Walk to End Alzheimer's

It's not too late to sign up for the Walk To End Alzheimer's here in the Treasure Valley, coming up on October 10, 2014. All funds raised are used in continuing the care, support, and research of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Visit Walk To End for more information.

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.