CARING Connection
October 2014

In This Issue


When You Can't Always Be There

Home Design Meets the New Frontier: Aging in Place

Outliving Retirement Becomes Rising Issue as More People Live Longer

New High-Dose Flu Shot for Seniors
Dear Kitten: Regarding The Dog
Dear Kitten: Regarding The Dog





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: 

"Assisting Angels Home Care was responsive and seemed to be right on top of everything."

"Assisting Angels Home Care is thorough, clean, and personal, so I would recommend the agency."
--J. D.
This versatile recipe will hit the spot. Vegetarians can easily omit the bacon and use vegetable instead of chicken broth. However you make it your own, these yummy crepes are sure to please any time of year.
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October brings cool, crisp air and the shortening hours of daylight. Our community bustles with Idahoans savoring the lingering daylight hours while carved pumpkins, faux spider webs, creepy corn mazes, and other fall festivities spring up all around.

With so much of the festivities focused on tricks and treats, the best part of October--National Make a Difference Day--doesn't get near the publicity it deserves. So don't forget to mark October 25th on your calendar and make a difference in someone's life by donating the gift of your time to help someone who really needs it. 

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Thank you,

 The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

When You Can't Always be There 
Distance doesn't have to mean absence.
It can be frightening when life factors make it hard or even impossible to make regular visits to an aging loved one. Between the guilt and the worry, it can weigh heavy in heart and mind.
PBS Newshour recently featured Leah Eskenazi, of the Family Caregiver Alliance, who has some helpful and informative tips on overcoming these challenges.
For additional information, offers a downloadable Handbook for Long Distance Caregivers.
Home Design Meets the New Frontier: Aging In Place  


As more and more Americans embrace their right to age in place, the need to creatively evaluate the usability of their home environment is an important consideration.
For those planning ahead, homebuilders are increasingly addressing the need for home designs to offer enduring functionality through all of life's stages.
Looking for free advice to help you identify safety issues for an aging in place home? Home Modifications for Safer Aging in Place is a must-have checklist for addressing these concerns.
Outliving Retirement Becomes Rising Issue as More People Live Longer

With the millions of Americans now living far into their 80's and 90's, a situation looms on the horizon. What happens when the retirement runs out? Many adult children have not prepared for a future time when their parent(s) may have to turn to them for financial help.

A Metlife study has shown that nearly 50% of family caregivers spend about $5,000 a year on care-associated expenses. However, Fox Business recently featured some powerful yet simple suggestions for wading through the legal matters of assets, Medicaid, and trusts. 
 New High-Dose Flu Shot for Seniors
Everyone knows that football and pumpkins go hand in hand with flu shot reminders--especially seniors.

One bout with the flu could result in severe illness with the risk for other complications that just aren't worth risking. This may sound like the usual call-to-action flu shot reminder, but this year there's something new: the high-dose flu shot.

According to MPR, the high-dose vaccine is superior to standard shots in providing greater immunity to seniors age 65 and older. Enter your zip code in this search tool to find a source near you.

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 for more information.