CARING Connection
February 2015

In This Issue


Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Caregivers

Getting Heart Smart Can Help Save Your Life

When Love Gets Complicated: A Caregiver's Story

Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Hearts May Be Changing
When Harry met Sally... Couples Interviews
When Harry met Sally... Couples Interviews



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: 

"My caregiver is always asking me how I'm doing and if there's anything else she can do to help me."
--B. W.
Boise, Idaho

"Our main caregiver was great and very caring, and overall it's been a good experience."
--D. C.
Boise, Idaho
Sweetheart Cupcakes 
These super cute cupcakes are sure to please whether served at a party or given as a gift to someone special.

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Greetings to you! Now that it's February, it's all about focusing on the heart...figuratively and literally. Not only is it time for sweethearts and roses, it's also American Heart Month--the time to make sure you're taking care of your heart and staying current on the treatment, prevention, and symptoms of heart disease.


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The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Caregivers
This Valentine's Day remember to do something special for the caregiver in your life. Whether it's a ticket to the movies or a therapeutic massage, this article has some suggestion you can use.

If you are a caregiver, be sure to make time to reward yourself for all that you do, spend time with your significant other, or simply rest and rejuvenate. Here are some practical tips you can use to better care for yourself this V-Day and throughout the year.

If you are caring for someone who suffers from dementia, these suggestions from Huffington Post offer creative ways to give a gift of your time and heart.  

Getting Heart Smart Can Help Save Your Life
Red & Pink Hearts  
Heart Disease is responsible for more deaths each year than any other disease in America. Additionally, heart disease kills one in four women, making it the leading cause of death among women today. Learning the symptoms is paramount to longevity. A cardiac nurse practitioner explains what to watch for in this article from the World Herald News Service.

Not surprisingly, misconceptions about heart disease abound. A recent article by Sheboygan Press identifies ten common myths and replaces them with heart-smart facts that can save your life.  
When Love Gets Complicated: A Caregiver's Story  

Amy Goyer knows how it feels to see the father she's always known change before her eyes. In a recent AARP blog post, Goyer shares her experience of learning how to love him selflessly, even when it's complicated. According to Goyer, "he may not remember me, but I sure remember him and a lifetime of shared experiences."

While Alzheimer's may affect a person's ability to connect with others, they can still share affection and love--a capacity that Goyer says has taught her to love him selflessly by blanketing him with loving affection and kind words. For more help on communicating with someone affected by Alzheimer's check out this free downloadable resource of communication tips..    

Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Hearts May be Changing
According to a new review of the research that led to the historic dietary fat guidelines, there may not have been sufficient evidence to justify the concerns.   
Meanwhile, The U.S. Government is poised to remove cholesterol from it's list of concerning nutrients, according to this article  from the Washington Post.

But before you throw caution aside, The Record interviewed cardiologists, Gerald Sotsky and Jeffrey Matican, who maintain they've seen firsthand that healthy lifestyles help people live longer and that obesity does lead to diabetes, which plays a "grim" role in heart disease. 

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

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) for more information.