CARING Connection
September 2015

In This Issue


The Silent Epidemic


Be a Hero for Your Loved Ones: Know the Signs

Resveratrol May Slow Alzheimer's

Senior Vaccination Rates Drop Despite Growing Need

"Ain't the Way to Die"
Make sure you know their wishes.
Make sure they know yours...
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: 

"I can tell my caregivers really care because of their actions when they come...Assisting Angels is professional and has met my needs.
Boise, Idaho

"I appreciate everything about the service, especially that they show up when they are supposed to be here and do whatever I ask."
--L. W.
Boise, Idaho
Tailgate Chili
Try this yummy chili for a delicious make ahead meal or the perfect tailgate party hit.

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Greetings to you! We hope you are settling into the school year and finding time to enjoy the cooler weather. September is National Sepsis Awareness Month. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of sepsis--it just might save the life of someone you love!


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The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

The Silent Epidemic

Sepsis has been around as long as human history. Despite our medical advances and cutting edge medications, a storm is brewing. Sepsis takes more lives each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined. These bacterial "bugs" are ever-changing, becoming more aggressive and resistant to antibiotic treatment, The elderly are among the most susceptible, according to Today's Geriatric Medicine. With such rapid growth of this segment of the population, sepsis awareness is an absolute must. For more information about sepsis, please visit the Sepsis Alliance.
Be a Hero for Your Loved Ones: Know the Signs

Would you recognize the signs of sepsis in your loved ones? Franchot Karl did not -- not until after it had taken the life of his beloved mother. In this blog post, written for the CDC, he describes this devastating experience.  

Be alert to the early signs, such as lowered blood pressure, increased pulse, and pale or mottled color. Check out this article for a full list of symptoms--it may help save a life.
Resveratrol May Slow Alzheimer's 

According to CNN, resveratrol is the antioxidant found in chocolate, grapes, and red wine. It has shown promise in preventing cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer's, but recent human studies have shown that concentrated doses of resveratrol may actually help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Senior Vaccination Rates Drop Despite Growing Need

Despite vaccination campaigns, more than 75% of elderly Americans are not getting their shingles vaccine. Other vaccine rates, such as flu, pneumonia, and tetanus, have also fallen short of national goals. According to USA Today, one in three elderly Americans skip their flu shot each year, four in ten don't get a pneumonia vaccine, and nearly half don't get a tetanus shot. If concerns about vaccinations are holding you back, check out our PDF, Vaccination Myths.
Employee Spotlight

Megan ParrishCaregiver, CNA
Caregiver, Megan Parrish, has been with Assisting Angels since June of this year. Megan was raised in Huntington Beach, California, but when her family moved here two summers ago, Megan wanted to be near them. Since moving to Boise, Megan has attended BSU in addition to becoming a CNA.

Megan loves being a caregiver, stating, "It really makes my day when one of my clients tells me how much they appreciate my coming to help them. It makes me feel like I'm making a difference." 
In her free time, Megan enjoys relaxing with her family and spending time with her sister and their dog, Beretta -- a golden retriever lab mix.

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.