CARING Connection
June 2015

In This Issue


Elderly Have High Risk of Choking


Mental Activities Can Delay Dementia Symptoms

Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise in Aging Population

Idaho Coalition Tackles Scams June 20th at Boise State
Amazing "Photo-Surgeon" Takes this Beautiful 100 Year Old Woman Back in Time


What Our Clients Are Saying About Us:


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: 

"When you get older, you slow down a little bit. It makes life so much easier by having this help.
Boise, Idaho

"Assisting Angels Home Care have been very cooperative and tried hard to satisfy us...I would recommend Assisting Angels Home Care to others because they are much better than the previous agency we

Boise, Idaho
Roasted Yam and Kale Salad
For a healthy dose of nutrients, this salad pairs caramelized onions and kale with the subtle sweetness of roasted yams--sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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Welcome to summer! Since June is National Safety Month, please be sure to read our features on choking and fall prevention. Both are safety hazards that have a high rate of relevancy for caregiving. Enjoy the warm weather, stay hydrated, and be sure to use extra caution during outdoor activities.


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Elderly At High Risk of Choking
According to The National Safety Council, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States, particularly in the elderly.Whether due to dry mouth, lax esophageal muscles, or complications from cognitive or motor disorders, choking is a significant hazard. highlights problem foods and how to reduce the risk of choking. The Vital Move Saves Lives PDF is a printable infographic that shows how to help someone who is choking. 

Mental Activities Can Delay Dementia Symptoms 
Time says engaging in stimulating mental activities may delay the symptoms of dementia. In particular, activities such as learning new languages, maintaining social life, reading, and puzzles are the best advice doctors can give to patients regarding the progression of Alzheimer's and dementia symptoms. Our PDF, Activities for Those With Alzheimer's, provides additional information for caregivers of dementia sufferers.
Spinal Cord Injuries on the Rise in Aging Population

A recently published study shows there has been a sharp increase in traumatic spinal cord injuries in people aged 65 and older. According to Medscape, the rise may be attributed to several factors, including recreational activities as well as everyday balance and cognitive issues. Check out our PDF, Tips for Preventing Falls, to help protect your aging loved one. For a more thorough primer on making the home safer, consult our Home Safety Checklist.
Idaho Coalition Tackles Scams June 20th at Boise State

Idaho Scam Jam Alliance has been holding events throughout Idaho to combat fraud. The 12 member group of nonprofits, advocacy groups, and state agencies has united to help Idahoans learn how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. If you would like to attend the conference at Boise State on June 20th, you can register by calling 1-877-926-8300 or completing the AARP invitation form online.

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.