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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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Incorporating Meaningful Activities into a Care Plan for Seniors with Dementia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:57 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:50

In designing a successful daily care plan for someone with dementia, one thing is for sure: one size does not fit all. Covering the ADLs (activities of daily living) is the starting point. Beyond that, where's the joy? Just because an individual has some form of dementia doesn't mean they don't have the capacity to have fun! Including meaningful activities, based on the persons likes and dislikes, is a great strategy to improve quality of life for both the senior as well as the caregiver. Innovative activities for those with cognitive impairment have widespread benefits. Person-centered activities plans can be created with some upfront effort on the caregivers' part. Caregivers who have taken the time to educate themselves along these lines will tell you, creating an appropriate and intentional activity plan for a senior with dementia pays great dividends for everyone involved.

This new segment in senior care has expanded tremendously and now has high-quality dedicated training, certifications, and education available. It is becoming widely understood that undesirable behaviors by those with dementia is caused by an unmet need. Following this train of thought, the benefits of well designed, person-centered activities help to:

* Minimize behavioral issues (keep them busy!)
* Improve sleep habits (keep them busy during the day so that they sleep more at night)
* Decrease depression and anxiety (a well suited activity makes them feel useful)
* Improve self esteem (engage them in activities in which they will experience success)
* Mental and social stimulation (we all need to connect with others)
* Reduce caregiver stress (a great plan, with plenty of room for flexibility, makes for a great day)

A person-centered activity plan layered on top of the care plan is now showing up in home care agencies as well as among savvy family caregivers. Consider the progression of the form of the senior's dementia. When crafting a meaningful activity plan, consider the following questions:

* Is the activity geared appropriately to their cognitive and physical ability?
* Is there a way to modify this activity to set them up for success?
* What are the social needs, abilities, and preferences of the senior?

Read more: Incorporating Meaningful Activities into a Care Plan for Seniors with Dementia

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.

Read more: Transitions in Senior Life

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!

 

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