CARING Connection
December 2014

In This Issue


Seniors Fear Feeling Alone During Christmas

Gift Ideas for Alzheimer's and Caregivers

Take a Break: Caregivers Need Support Too

Family Caregiver Conference in Boise
100 Year Old Best Friends: A Take on Our World
100 Year Old Best Friends: A Take on Our World



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 two of them had to say last month: 

"I appreciated that Assisting Angels Home Care was reliable...the caregivers showed up on time."
--W. K.
Boise, Idaho

"I appreciate being the one that gets the respite. I appreciate the quality of service. There are always good people working with us."
--P. N.
Boise, Idaho
Chocolate Candy Cane Cake 
Looking for a festive change from your traditional holiday baking? This scrumptious peppermint chocolate cake is stunning.
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Now that the shopping season is fully underway and family celebrations are just around the corner, it's so easy to get caught up in all the things we know we need to check off our to-do list. But don't forget to take a moment away from the hustle and bustle each day to reconnect with yourself and those you love.  


From everyone here at Assisting Angels Home Care, we wish you a beautiful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!  


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Seniors Fear Feeling Alone During Christmas

A recent UK study has suggested that many seniors dread Christmas due to fears of feeling lonely, not being able to
get out, and the sadness associated with memories of loved ones who've passed on.

With the emphasis on togetherness, the holiday season is an important time to be alert to possible signs of depression, the onset of dementia, and understanding the difference between the two. This PDF is an invaluable tool that will help you do that. If someone you love is experiencing depression, here are some suggestions for ways you can help.  

Gift Ideas for Alzheimer's and Caregivers
Holiday gift buying can be stressful, especially for caregivers--unless you approach it from the right mind set: finding a meaningful gift that will make living with dementia just a little easier for the person you love. Need suggestions?

This article from the Alzheimer's Association has a complete list of gift ideas for both caregivers and people with dementia, plus tips on making this holiday season less stressful. Medical News Today also has also compiled a list of the top 25 gifts for seniors. 
Take a Break: Caregivers Need Support Too 

candy-cane-sm.jpg Care-giving is a lifestyle that, for many, can include varying degrees of self-neglect. Huffington Post tells how one man was surprised to realize he'd gone an entire 17 months without a single medical or dental appointment for himself while caring for his cancer-stricken wife. And he's not alone.

Respite care provides benefits to both caregivers and receivers. If you are a caregiver, don't overlook your own need for regular "vacations." It can give you a much needed break that reduces stress and improves well being for both you and those you love. Looking for general information about respite care? This list of resources is a great starting point. 
Family Caregiver Conference In Boise

Save the date! Boise's Fourth Annual Family Caregiver Conference is just around the corner, on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Join 500 other caregivers in a one day educational event that will enrich you, connect you to community resources, and help you build relationships with other caregivers who've been where you are. Click here or call 208-333-1363 to register.   

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

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.