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Visiting Angels is committed to serving those in our community who are looking to Age in Place or provide home care to our Senior Loved Ones!

6 Creative Ways to Communicate While Maintaining Social Distancing with Seniors

As Maryland continues to stay at home and keep our distances, we need to be creative about communicating with our Seniors. The health benefits of human contact are well known, here are 6 ways to stay in touch over this unprecedented time! Creative ways to communicate while maintaining social distancing with your loved ones during the coronavirus global pandemic.

Home Care Heroes: In-Home Caregivers Provide Essential Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

Home Care professionals around the Country are providing an invaluable service keeping our Seniors at home, engaged and safe in these uncertain times! See all the ways that home care can help not just our Care Recipients but their family members. Also see specifically some of the ways we assist with COVID-19 prevention.

Visiting Angels is always ready to assist our Community members! If you would like a free home assessment or phone consultation call 443-484-2181. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in-home caregivers are on the front lines providing safe and compassionate personal care to the elderly.

6 Coronavirus Scams and Hoaxes Targeting the Elderly

It is truly sad to say, but very true, that is a time like this there are several scams that are trying to take advantage of not only our elderly, but all of us. Look at some of the scams in this article to be aware and help educate our Seniors! Learn about 6 popular COVID-19 scams used to prey upon the finances and emotions of older adults during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus - Maryland Department of Health

While there is now a plan with light at the end of the tunnel, Maryland is heading towards its peak!!! It is very important to follow guidelines and do our best to protect one another! Visit the Maryland Department of Health's official resource for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus and the Elderly: How to Protect Your Senior Loved Ones

There are steps we can all take to protect our Senior Loved Ones! For more info check out this article which includes links to the CDC and WHO COVID-19 pages. Find out more about COVID-19 and what you should do to protect your elderly loved ones during the coronavirus global pandemic.

Hogan issues stay-at-home order for Marylanders to stop spread of coronavirus

Governor Hogan has issued an order to stay at home beginning at 8:00 pm on 3/30/2020! Visiting Angels is considered essential personnel and we continue to provide our services to our community and do our best along with other home care agencies to reduce the stress our facilities are seeing and will likely see increase.

Thank you to ALL of those within the Healthcare field! Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday issued a stay-at-home order for Marylanders to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Beware Of Stimulus Check Scams And Related Hoaxes

With the passing of the COVID-19 Relief Bill, as usual, there are a variety of SCAMMERS who are out to take advantage of all of us, including our older loved ones! Make sure to warn those you know that the Government will never call you for information regarding your check!!! The ink is barely dry on the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or the "CARES Act" - and scammers are already coming up with schemes to defraud taxpayers.

COVID Recovery: Let Congress Know Home Care is Health Care You did it!  More than 1,000 messages to Senators urging them to reconsider the mandates in HR 6201.  But as you can imagine things in Washington are changing by the minute.   Now we must make sure home care workers are...

From the CDC:

Caregivers: Know what to do in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community:
• Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
• Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
• If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.…/specific…/high-risk-complications.html

From the CDC:

Caregivers: Know what to do in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community:
• Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
• Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
• If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Even though dementia does not increase the risk of COVID-19, some of the behaviors of those with dementia may increase the risk of contracting the virus. Here are some great tips from the Alzheimer's Association: Get information and resources for Alzheimer's and other dementias from the Alzheimer's Association.

[03/18/20]   COVID-19 is a serious situation that we can all get through confidently by following guidelines that are being passed through to us. Our Caregivers will continue to provide the great care we need to and continue to lead by example!

Actions we can all take to slow the spread of the disease:
• Practice prevention
• Stay home when sick – and until fever-free for 24 hours
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20
seconds, or with a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and
• Avoid touching face, mouth, eyes with hands
• The CDC does not recommend that people who are well
wear facemasks
• Avoid contact with anyone who has traveled outside of the
United States

Building Family Consensus When Your Elderly Parent Needs Care

Often we hear that there is disagreement among the family on whether or not Mom/Dad needs this article, you will find tips on how to build the family approval and get everyone on the same page! You know your elderly parent needs help, but your siblings don’t agree. Avoid sibling rivalry and build consensus for your parent with these tips.

ScienceAlert: The Best in Science News and Amazing Breakthroughs

March 8, 2020 to November 1, 2020
Routine is very important for in-home caregiving. We want to maintain the independence of those we care for and maintain safety during this time change. Time change can cause the following disruptions:

Sleep difficulties
even a small change in older adults' sleep schedules can affect their natural circadian rhythms and lead to grogginess and loss of mental acuity. This can cause an increase in falls and medication errors.
Increased risk of heart attacks
Heart attack rates rise by about 5% in the days after the March daylight savings time change. Ironically, there is a decline in the heart attack occurrences in the fall when the clocks are turned back.
Higher car accident rates
The Monday after the Daylight savings time change leads to an increase in automobile accidents. There is a 17% chance that the accidents are more fatal as well.
Also more common during this time are headaches. Seasonal changes as well as an increase in warmth and light can cause an increase in headaches.

So how can we help?

Start preparing ahead of time by going to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier than their usual bedtime. This will allow them to make up for the lost hour of sleep.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Coffee and other caffeinated drinks and alcohol are known to disrupt sleep and seniors should avoid them around the time change.

Encourage a consistent sleep routine. Recommend not varying times by large amounts. Encourage seniors to keep consistent wake and bed times. This will keep the seniors' internal sleep cycles on track despite the time change.

Discourage taking naps. Seniors should also avoid naps before the start of daylight saving time. Being tired will help you fall asleep easier. If the senior does want to take a nap, try to have them take it early and no more than for 20 minutes.

Encourage exercise and some sun. Taking a walk, swimming or being active in another way can help seniors fall asleep better at night. Researchers say that exposure to natural sunlight helps regulate the body's natural rhythms. Sunlight will also help the Vitamin D levels in the body as well as aide with depression and anxiety.

Maintain good sleep hygiene. Use the bedroom and the bed for sleep only. Limit television in the bedroom. Do not allow seniors to eat in their bed. Make the environment of the bedroom fit for sleeping.


Multiple Sclerosis Review

Neurologists have agreed that there are 4 major categories MS patients may be grouped more about the categories, current treatments and drugs that are in development by clicking the link below to access this in depth article from the NIH... Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune, inflammatory neurological disease of the central nervous system (CNS).1,2 MS attacks the myelinated axons in the CNS, destroying the myelin and the axons to varying degrees.3,4

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. While often diagnosed earlier in life, we are seeing an increase in Seniors being diagnosed with MS. An auto-immune disease, Multiple Sclerosis effects each person differently as to the severity and recurrence of symptoms.

Why the Sandwich Generation Isn’t Ready for the Caregiving Crunch

These days it is not uncommon to have a family paying for their loved Senior's care and also for providing for their children...all while trying to continue their profession. Read more about the impact and trends that are starting to surface by CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW! The sandwich generation cares for their children and parents, so a shortage of caregivers will affect them greatly. Here’s how to minimize the effect.

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Feeling overwhelmed by a recent diagnosis of dementia in your family? PAC can help.

Our Family Care Partner Starter Kit has the tools to support your first steps on this journey of dementia.

This kit contains the four resources below, plus a link to download a free bonus GEMS handout:

🧠 Dementia Caregiver Guide
🧠 The Journey of Dementia (DVD)
🧠 Companion Cards
🧠 GEMS: Using PPA with Various GEMS States - Assessing Abilities with Your Approach (Recorded Webinar)

How to Work with a Parent's Caregiver

Knowing how to introduce a Caregiver, and the role both you and the Caregiver play will start everyone down the path to a successful home care environment.

Call Visiting Angels today and schedule a FREE home safety evaluation and learn more about how our services can help your loved one age in place!

443-484-2181 - 24/7, 365 days a year, a live person will answer your call! Helping your loved one remain in a familiar environment surrounded by their cherished possessions is attainable with caregiver support from Visiting Angels.

Visiting Angels was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help some of those in need in Harford County last night! Although we always hope for a bigger turnout, many seemed happy and well fed!

Why Seniors Prefer Living Assistance to Assisted Living

See the TOP 7 Reasons Seniors prefer to age in place... When you ask U.S. seniors to choose between living assistance and assisted living, the vast majority choose the one that allows them to age in place.

JP Glynn's Walk to End Alzheimer's Page

Please help us raise our level of participation and contribution! All are welcome to donate and join our team!!!

Let's show our Community that Visiting Angels is here to support and assist in the ending of this horrible impact of this disease. I am Walking to End Alzheimer's. Donate today and help me reach my goal.

[02/21/20]   Loneliness is a very real, serious condition that can inhibit one's life and even contribute to an earlier ending! Click the image to learn more...

Celebrating our Exceptional Team here on National Caregivers' Day! Please stop on by and say hi!

[02/20/20]   Yesterday, Monday, was National "Random Act of Kindness" Day. While our Caregivers complete random acts of kindness on a daily basis for our Clients, we asked our Caregivers to provide examples of what they did on Monday and we would highlight our favorite, right here on Facebook!!!

That winner goes to an incredible Caregiver who has shown great representation of who we are here at Visiting Angels. Our Caregiver June, knowing that her care recipient is unable to get out of his home, made sure to purchase Roses, a Card & Candy for his wife to receive when returning home from work! This is a tremendous example of thoughtfulness, caring and empathy, with which we can all appreciate and learn to follow!
Thank you June!!!👍😁

[02/19/20]   Reading this article will equip you with the ability to detect dementia earlier, initiating the planning phase and assist in communication with your loved ones physician's. Click the image below to learn more...

Visiting Angels Harford & Cecil Counties

Check out these few but important thoughts, facts and guidance revolving around the critical need of nutritious diet! Click the image to find out more!!!

How Caregivers Can Help Reduce Elderly Anxiety at Night Sundowning presents unique challenges to people caught in the position of caring for an aging loved one. Learn the symptoms and how home care can help.

Gentleness Is Important to Personal Care

“Touch has a memory.”
― John Keats Caregivers need special skills to perform personal care tasks. One important quality—and one that is too often overlooked—is gentleness.

The 2020 Visiting Angels Annual Conference in Seattle

How to Plan for End of Life Care

Putting a plan in place for your final days is something that, although hard to face, is extremely important in order to ensure your comfort and care wishes. End of life care planning is proven to improve quality of life in one’s final days. Yet only one in five Americans actually creates an end of life care plan.

JP Glynn's Walk to End Alzheimer's Page I am Walking to End Alzheimer's. Donate today and help me reach my goal.

Respite Care: Answers to 7 Common Concerns Have concerns about hiring respite care services? Get answers to 7 common concerns that family caregivers have about respite care.

Common Winter Hazards Among the Elderly

Winter can be an extremely difficult time for all of us. For our Seniors, proper preparation can prevent critical issues that may arise! Winter is a wonderful time of year, but it comes with extra risks for seniors. Be aware of the risks and use these tips to keep your senior safe and warm.

Four Important Vaccines that Protect Seniors Against Infection

Infections and Seniors are 2 words we do not want to hear in the same are 4 vaccines that can help! Seniors should get vaccinations on a regular basis to avoid viruses that can lead to health problems

Finding the Brighter Side of Elderly Care

Receiving assistance from a home care agency does not have to be a signal that quality of life is declining, in actuality, home care can increase the the quality of life! While every caregiving situation is unique, here are some of the ways that elderly care can not only maintain quality of life but substantially improve it.

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