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Are you an adult son or daughter seeking home care for your parent(s) in the Greater Manchester, Derry, or Concord, NH areas?

If your Mom or Dad lives in New Hampshire and you’re in California, how do you take care of them? If you’re dealing with either of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. Visiting Angels provides Private Duty non-medical homecare for the elderly. We are also keenly aware that the adult children of our clients are challenged with the prospect of caring for their parents. We are here to help manage your loved one’s homecare and ease this responsibility for you.

Thank you for visiting our website. Gaining insight on our services is the first step in making an important decision for your loved-one. We’ve included a lot of information on our site. However, we always welcome an opportunity to speak with you. So, please feel free to call us or stop by our offices in Auburn, NH for more information about our home care services.

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Tips for Preventing Falls

Written by Administrator Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:28

This article from July-August 2014 Vol. 10 Issue 6 Visiting Angels HomeTimes newsletter

As we all know, seniors have a tremendous fear of falling. The fear is justified, knowing that falls lead to more serious illnesses than the injury from the fall itself. For example, while in the hospital for a fractured hip, an elderly person may begin to show signs of infection, or even pneumonia.

Any efforts that we can offer our senior population towards the prevention of falls will be a step in the right direction. As caregivers, we want to help keep our seniors safe.

Below is a list of tips to help prevent such falls:

  1. Remove all throw rugs.
  2. Make sure all carpeting is securely fastened to the floor, and has no wrinkles.
  3. Make sure all electrical and telephone cords are safely out of the way.
  4. Install hand rails in bathrooms for the toilet and the bath/shower.
  5. Use non-skid pads in the shower or tub.
  6. Use a shower seat and/or pull-down shower head to reduce the need to stand in the shower.
  7. Try having the senior sit when shaving or brushing their teeth at the bathroom sink.
  8. Use caution when walking from one type of flooring to another, for example from carpeting to polished floors.
  9. When getting up from a lying position, hesitate in the sitting position for a few moments before moving to the standing position.
  10. Arrange items in the kitchen cabinets so that frequently used items are up front.
  11. Consider using a counter top toaster instead of a convention oven (to avoid bending).
  12. Make sure stairs are well lit and clutter free.
  13. If the stairs are difficult to light up, make sure that the edges of each step are covered in bright colored tape or paint.
  14. Make certain that all stairs have strong hand rails.
  15. Use night lights in the bedrooms and bathrooms, or any room the senior might enter when dark.
  16. Have the senior sit in furniture that is firm, high, and has armrests. This will make it easier for the senior to get in and out of the chair.

Using common sense is the key to protecting our seniors from falls. If the above tips are used regularly, many accidents with our senior population can be avoided.

Transitions in Senior Life

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:21 Written by Administrator Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:05

Transitions in living situations are challenging at any stage of life but are especially tough on seniors due to the state of their physical, emotional, and cognitive health. A big change for someone in their 40s is a speed bump in life. For seniors, a big change can be traumatic. After a lifetime of working hard, seniors often feel out of control and fearful as they start to lose their independence. A lot is at stake for everyone involved and seniors need tremendous support in making the right decision. Consider these scenarios:

#1: The senior stays at home with homecare services

The homecare option allows the senior to “age in place” and provides tremendous flexibility. When deciding between privately hired help vs. a home care agency, consider the following:

  • A privately hired individual does not go through the stringent hiring process a good agency requires. Agencies must adhere to state and federal regulations (annual criminal checks among others) to ensure the safety of the clients
  • Although the cost of a homecare agency is higher than privately hired help, the risk of the senior getting sued is removed if the caregiver gets hurt on the job
  • Hours can be increased or decreased anytime
  • The senior will receive individualized care based on their needs and interests
  • Perhaps the best part of great homecare is the companionship the senior will enjoy 

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Typically, after the initial resistance wears off, seniors wonder why they didn’t set this up earlier.  The article "Choosing a Homecare Agency with Confidence" published in WISER LIVING Winter/Spring 2014 provides a comprehensive list to use when comparing agencies. To see the article, call us at 603-483-8999 and we will send you a free electronic copy.

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Us!

Written by Administrator Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:32

In 2004, one remarkable woman decided to make a difference in the lives of seniors wishing to age at home in NH. Debra Desrosiers, with the full support of her husband and business partner, Ron Desrosiers, opened New Hampshire's first Visiting Angels. Since then, Visiting Angels of Auburn NH has helped thousands of families by providing non-medical homecare to seniors in the greater Manchester, Concord, and Salem areas.

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Their business started on Debra and Ron's kitchen table and grew through tremendous dedication. Debra and Ron, along with their full time office staff, now work out of their custom built 3,500 square foot office in Auburn New Hampshire. Their caregivers consist of over 100 Angels who service clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  

On June 12, 2014, Visiting Angels of Auburn NH celebrated their 10th Anniversary at the Puritan Backroom. Over 100 people gathered to celebrate the company's remarkable success over the past decade.  The theme of the party was "The Power of 10."  Debra led the attendees down memory lane with pictures and stories highlighting the most significant milestones, toughest hurdles, memorable clients, community service projects, key partnerships, triumphs, and funniest moments.

Read more: Happy 10th Anniversary to Us!

Celebrate National Smile Month with Us!

Written by Administrator Thursday, 29 May 2014 14:05

We Want to Know...What Makes our Clients Smile?

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One of the joys of our agency is the person-centered care approach we take with our clients. Yes, we take our "typical" home care agency training seriously to ensure client safety, cleanliness, transportation to appointments, nutritional needs, and other important factors of activities of daily living. Additionally, the Alzheimer's Association Habilitation Therapy training (mandatory for all our employees) sets us apart from other home care agencies. But beyond these trainings is what we call "person-centered care" approach. Joyful companionship is a very important part of our services. Our approach may be a little different in that we encourage our staff to discover our clients' GREATNESS.  What did they do (or are still doing) in some capacity as professionals, as heroes, as parents, as intellects, as ... people? What activities, hobbies, or passions make our clients SMILE? Is that "built into" your care plan? If not, here is an opportunity to do just that.

Read more: Celebrate National Smile Month with Us!

 

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