CARING Connection
October 2015

In This Issue


Early Detection is Key


The Big See: Metastatic Breast Cancer

Broccoli Protects Against Breast Cancer

Genetic Testing for BRCA: Why It Makes Sense


"Pink Glove Dance"
A Breast Cancer Awareness Effort...
That Will Put a Smile on Your Face

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 haven't had a caregiver who wasn't a good fit. There isn't anything that would make me more satisfied with the services.
Boise, Idaho

"My caregiver doesn't want me to do anything to help. She wants to know how I am feeling and is concerned that I don't do anything that will hurt me."
Boise, Idaho
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
This recipe is easy to make and lends itself well to personalizing with your favorite add-ins. If you don't like ham, leave it out and try bacon instead. Or you can make it vegetarian. Enjoy!

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Greetings! You may have noticed that the color pink is everywhere this month. That's because it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States? We hope this month's issue will help inform and inspire you.


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Thank you,

The Team at Assisting Angels Home Care 

Early Detection is Key

Do you or your loved ones know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer? Make sure you are performing regular self exams and getting yearly check-ups. According to the American Cancer Society, early detection of localized breast cancer has a 100% survival rate. That's worth an ounce of prevention.

To create your own personal early detection plan, visit To learn more about signs, symptoms, and exams, please make sure to visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation website.
The Big See: Metastastic Breast Cancer

In a recent Huffington Post article, Holly Cara Price discusses living with metastatic breast cancer and how it made her stop, look, and live in the present. To those caring for someone with cancer, she urges, "We need you to be there, to look into our eyes and see us, and be real with us. That's how you can honor the journey we're on." 

If you are a caregiver, our PDF, How to Help Someone Diagnosed with Cancer, offers tips to help guide you in understanding their needs.
Broccoli Protects Against Breast Cancer

According to the HealthSite, a recent study has found that broccoli contains chemo-protective properties that actually help lower the risk of breast cancer, particularly in those who recently have undergone hormone replacement therapy.

Broccoli also contains Luteolin, a natural compound which researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia say helps aid cancer treatment by lowering tumor cell levels in the blood.
Genetic Testing for BRCA: Why it Makes Sense

According to a recent feature in U.S. News Health, a growing number of women are carrying the fear of breast cancer on their shoulders after seeing its effects on other women in their family. It may seem less burdensome to not know that your odds of developing breast cancer might be 87% by the time you are 70. But for people like Katrina Wells, who tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, knowledge is power. She writes, "If the brakes on your car had an 87% chance of failing, would you drive it? If you had a 50/50 shot of your flight crashing, would you step on that plane?" 

The answer to those questions is a resounding "no" for more and more women who are deciding surgical prevention is the best way to take back control. For more information about BRCA genes and testing, visit
Employee Spotlight

Sherylyn Anderson
If you're looking for some extra sunshine in your day, Caregiver Sherylyn Anderson has plenty to share. She has been working in the health care field for over twenty year as a CNA and caregiver. After deciding to move to Idaho to be closer to her only daughter, Sherylyn chose to live in Emmett where she says, "It's like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. I love it!"

When asked what she likes most about being a caregiver, Sherylyn is quick to reply, "The people. They're a blessing. Their smiles are worth a million dollars. It's highly rewarding, and I can't see myself doing any other type of work."

Sherylyn has three children and 10 grandchildren. In her free time, she loves doing things outdoors, like camping, boating, and fishing. She especially enjoys the activities Emmett has to offer in the warmer months. Her hobbies include crocheting, glass painting, and making wreaths.

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.