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Caregiving is a special job. Although it can involve ordinary, everyday tasks, it also leads to extraordinary relationships.

“It’s about much more than cleaning seniors’ homes and taking them to appointments,” said caregiver Debbie Mortimer. “These amazing clients often just want you to sit and talk with them and take an interest in their past and present lives. They have so much to teach us — we just need to listen.”

This kind of bonding keeps Debbie committed to the job and looking forward to work every day. She cherishes the quality time she spends with clients and the friendships it fosters.

Caregiver Kelly Linedecker also finds herself growing close to her client and feeling like a friend. Right off the bat, they found common ground, bonding over the fact that they both served in the Navy and were stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Kelly’s client also shared her love of birds, spirituality and family.

Kelly’s been caring for her client since she started at Angels Senior Home Solutions about two-and-a-half years ago, and she feels like a family member now.

“Her children are at peace knowing their mom is cared for,” Kelly said. “They told me they wouldn’t want to be on this journey of caring for her without me. They feel like my family.”

Angels prides itself on pairing clients with caregivers that match their personalities and fostering beautiful relationships like these.

“Our caregivers truly care and become emotionally invested” said Vice President Carrie Cash. “The friendships they make with their clients compel them to pour their hearts into this line of work. We’re grateful to have them, and we look forward to finding even more caregivers out there like them.”

For more information about our caregiving services, contact (765) 463-2100.

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The holiday season is a hard time for anyone to be alone, especially seniors. Angels Senior Home Solutions provides the services they need during times like these.

Whether seniors are alone for the holidays or having trouble getting ready for family events, our trained, compassionate caregivers can help in a wide variety of ways, including …

  • Shoveling snow
  • Setting up holiday decorations
  • Preparing for family gatherings
  • Shopping for gifts and groceries
  • Wrapping presents

Most importantly, caregivers serve as a source of comfort and friendship during the holidays. They’ll happily sit with seniors and listen to festive music or talk about their favorite holiday memories. This is a season for togetherness. Our Angels ensure that seniors aren’t left out of this communal celebration.

“As people grow older, celebrating the holidays can become a bit more difficult,” said People Champion Heather Todd. “Our Angels help seniors stay involved in holiday celebrations. And we also provide their families some respite if they are traveling and unable to care for them.”

For more information about our services, please contact us at (765) 463-2100.

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This holiday season, Wendy and her caregiver, Danielle, are grateful for the gift of each other’s companionship.

Within just a few moments of meeting Danielle, Wendy knew she would be the perfect caregiver.

“She walked through the door with an awesome smile, and I felt like she was the one,” Wendy said. “We just seemed to connect immediately. We are so comfortable with each other.”

Although they’ve only known each other since the spring of this year, they seem like lifelong friends.

“We have so much fun together. Even when we just go to the grocery store, we end up laughing and having a good time,” Danielle said. “This doesn’t feel like a traditional job. It’s like hanging out with a friend.”

Danielle is currently pursuing a graduate degree in mental health counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. She finds her intimate interaction with Wendy helpful in preparing her for that field.

“We can talk about anything and everything — family, school, careers, whatever’s going on in our lives,” Danielle said.

Wendy appreciates that Danielle not only helps her with daily tasks like laundry and shopping, but she also takes the time to get to know her on a personal level.

“She makes everything better and easier,” Wendy said. “When I’m feeling down, she lifts my spirits, and I hope I do the same for her.”

Wendy is grateful to Angels Senior Home Solutions for pairing her with an ideal companion.

“The people at this company definitely live up to its name,” she said. “They are Angels. I’m blessed to have them and Danielle.”

For more information about our caregiving services, contact us at (765) 463-2100.

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Our Regional Office Manager, Carolyn Butera, keeps things running smoothly all throughout the year. She is in charge of daily operations from office budgeting to addressing client/caregiver concerns — she goes wherever she is needed.

Starting out as a caregiver, Carolyn fell in love with the work Angels provides, and those caregiver skills taught her invaluable skills that carry her through her work today. She loves that Angels is a team of passionate people that like to lift each other up and give credit where credit is due.

“We are living our mission to create active and engaged lives through exceptional care,” Carolyn said.

During her first yearly planning day, Carolyn knew for a fact that she was at the right job. She felt in her heart that she was in a good place surrounded by even better people. The Angels team is full of people here for the right reasons and their attitudes reflect that.

“Angels isn’t just for seniors! I know our name says so, but we can service anyone who needs help. Currently our youngest client is 29 and our oldest is 104,” Carolyn said.

Outside of working at Angels, Carolyn’s love of animals shines through. She fosters dogs from local shelters and volunteers with her Certified Therapy Dog, Bea, going to memory care centers, substance abuse centers and long-term care facilities to provide some much-needed smiles. She also enjoys hiking and visiting every national park in the United States is on her bucket list.

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Moving around can a bit more challenging later in life. The risk of injury increases, even for simple daily routines like getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom. Angels Senior Home Solutions can lend a helping hand!

Caregivers can be a great resource when it comes to reducing the risk of falls and other injuries. Here are a few of the many ways they can assist your loved one.

Preparing for appointments and running errands: Caregivers can take on tasks like grocery shopping and driving to the doctor’s office, allowing seniors to clear their minds and conserve energy. We’re here to take weight off people’s backs. Decreased stress drastically reduces the risk of a fall or muscle injury.

Providing physical support: Caregivers offer seniors a hand to hold and a shoulder to lean on when they’re climbing stairs or walking to a distant part of their home. Rest assured that they’ll keep your loved one steady and balanced.

Helping with household chores: Seniors don’t have to worry about dusting the top shelf of the pantry or taking out the trash. Caregivers can help with those kinds of chores that can lead to falls.

Assisting with exercise: Trained caregivers can assist with physical therapy exercises that improve strength and reduce the risk of injury.

“If you notice that your loved one is missing appointments and family events or avoiding certain areas of their home, mobility may be an issue,” said People Champion Heather Todd. “We can offer you and your family peace of mind through our caregiver services.”

If your loved one could benefit from these services, please call (765) 463-2100.

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We all have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks. The time for pumpkin picking and trick-or-treating is just around the corner. Unfortunately, so is flu season.

The Center for Disease Control recommends getting the flu shot by the end of October. Recent studies show that the vaccine reduces the risk of illness by 40 to 60 percent. The flu is particularly severe for seniors, so if your loved one needs someone to take them to their doctor or local vaccination center, Angels Senior Home Solutions can help!

Although caregivers are largely associated with home care, that doesn’t mean your loved one has to be stuck in the house. Our Angels are happy to provide transportation for a wide variety of needs, including …

  • Medical appointments — again, don’t forget about getting your flu shot!
  • Grocery shopping
  • Family visits
  • Other outings — a trip to the movies or a stroll in the park? We’re here to get your loved one there!

“Seniors can often have difficulty getting around, so this is an essential service,” said People Champion Heather Todd. “We’re happy that we can lighten a family’s load and provide transportation for their loved ones as needed.”

If your loved one could benefit from these services and more, please contact us at (765) 463-2100.

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Ricia Williams is celebrating her five-year work anniversary with Angels Senior Home Solutions. From joining us as a caregiver to now office coordinator who also leads the Chaplain program, Ricia wears many hats. After providing home care for a family friend, Ricia realized how rewarding it was and that’s how her journey to becoming a caregiver began.

“Clients can get very attached to their caregivers and vice versa; it can definitely feel like family,” Ricia said.

A memorable moment Ricia recalled was celebrating a client’s 100th birthday. She made it special for this veteran by reaching out to all his family, arranging congratulations from state government officials and even the President of the United States. Ricia appreciated the opportunity to celebrate someone who turned 100 and served our country to help secure our freedom.

“I have had moments when I wished that I had known about this type of work opportunity earlier, but thankful for these past 5 years and however many years lie ahead for me,” Ricia said.

In her spare time, Ricia loves to make memories with her family, serve at her church and make items by crocheting/sewing.

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Seniors with dementia face many obstacles that make daily life difficult. Here are some simple tips to help them over those hurdles and lighten their loads.

Use bright colors: Seniors with dementia often have difficulty visually distinguishing objects. For example, lightly colored food — grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, etc. — blends together on their plate. Serving meals on brightly colored dishes can help them see their food more clearly and differentiate the various items.

Using bright colors on doors can also prevent seniors with dementia from leaving the house unsupervised. Camouflage exit doors by painting them the same color as the walls and make “safe doors” stand out with brightly colored labels.

Take the right approach: Seniors with dementia feel anxious when they are approached from behind. Always try to approach them from the front, and walk toward them slowly and calmly. You should also be careful not to loom over them, as that increases anxiety and makes seniors feel threatened. If they are sitting or lying down, crouch to meet their eye level. And when they are up and moving around, stand by their side so they feel supported and protected.

Plug in a night light: Seniors with dementia tend to become more agitated at night. The darkness increases their confusion and insecurity. A night light not only provides comfort but also helps prevent falls when they wake up to use the bathroom or get a glass of water.

Ensure stove safety: Removing the knobs from the stove or placing protective covers over them can prevent a serious accident when your loved one is in the kitchen without supervision.

Turn on some tunes: Studies show that music is a great vehicle for traveling down memory lane. Playing music from your loved one’s past can help bring back memories and lift their spirits. It can also help them relax when they’re feeling restless. Keep a playlist of their favorite songs ready for when they’re having a rough day.

Take a trip outside: We all benefit from time in the sun. Seniors with dementia can often feel isolated and confined in the midst of receiving home care. Taking your loved one out to a nice park or coffee shop can go a long way toward improving their well-being.

Could you or your loved one benefit from learning more of these tips and collaborating with a caregiver equipped with dementia training? For more information about how we can help, call Angels Senior Home Solutions at (765) 463-2100.

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Nick McGail has a strong passion for helping seniors and their families. He has worked in the field of senior care for more than 10 years.

Nick is now celebrating his one-year anniversary with Angels Senior Home Solutions as the company’s executive director. He is thrilled to be part of an organization that shares his love of providing compassionate care.

“Angels has exceptional staff members that have huge hearts for serving clients and their families,” Nick said. “The bond between our caregivers and clients is very special, and I am honored to work for an agency that makes a difference every day.”

Outside of work, Nick is happily married with two children. (In his spare time, he serves as a coach for his son and daughter’s soccer teams.) He also helps seniors beyond his Angels duties, serving on the board of the Indiana Geriatrics Society and participating in volunteer activities for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Nick’s passion for the senior community grows every day, and he looks forward to building relationships in the years to come.

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