SOURCE: Senior Helpers New Jersey

Senior Helpers New Jersey

November 21, 2013 07:11 ET

Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey Announces Thanksgiving-Christmas Holiday In-Home Assistance for Ocean County, New Jersey Seniors and Their Families

Features the Launch of Special "Bringing Families Together" Drive During the Holidays

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ--(Marketwired - Nov 21, 2013) - Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN, Senior Health and Wellness expert, and Director of Nursing for Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey, www.seniorhelpersnj.com, announced the launch of its first ever "Bringing Families Together" campaign for the 2013 holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving.

The ability to preserve family traditions is an important value that Senior Helpers of Ocean County is committed to protecting for multi-generational families, especially within Ocean County, New Jersey. As the baby boomer generation enters retirement at the rate of 10,000 a day, family traditional gatherings become an important legacy as well as a challenge, with families living at greater distances from each other.

The figures prove this out: nearly 40 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving holiday season, traveling an average distance of 588 miles, according to AAA. The planning portion of the actual holiday event becomes ever more problematic as seniors age and the preparation becomes ever more complex.

Holiday Planning Checklist
Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey, www.seniorhelpersnj.com, sees an increasing number of its clients wanting to participate and maintain family traditions that become somewhat problematic due to travel, preparations and planning factors.

Senior Helpers of Ocean County is committed to keeping the seniors both involved and independent, striving to keep the important gathering events as memorable as possible.

This Thanksgiving Senior Helpers will be assisting seniors with holiday transportation services, light meal preparation, shopping, errands, and even quick trips to the malls or to the supermarkets to make sure all of the last minute items are remembered. This takes a great deal of the burden off of family members when senior family members are dealing with cognitive challenges. Facts prove this out with:

Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.

By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million -- a 40 % increase from the 5 million aged 65 and older currently affected.

"Senior Helpers believes in the importance and value of family. We have caregivers who are able and trained to assist seniors and their families with in-home care as well as assistance in running errands and shopping that goes along with the major holidays of Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. We believe that we can help make getting together with senior loved ones easier by lightening the load," stated Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN of Senior Helpers.

Senior Helpers Holiday Checklist is free to download in a PDF format by emailing pmangiola1 at Verizon dot net.

3 weeks before
Guest list is prepared
Set your budget
Plan your menu
Decorations
Any small home improvements

2 weeks before
Check your linens
Plan your tablecloth and centerpiece
Get your frozen turkey
Make sure you have enough silverware and plates

1 week before
Order any flowers
Polish silver
Buy wine
Plan activities for children
Check your chairs and seating
Put together your menu and shopping list

Saturday/Sunday
Buy the non-perishables
Get the sides and dishes that are frozen
Vacuum and clean the house
Make sure your furniture is in place

Monday
Start defrosting turkey
Finish decorations

Tuesday
Buy flowers
Buy veggies
Make your cranberry sauce
Buy any extra ice

Wednesday
Set table
Put wine outside to be chilled (or in wine cooler)
Defrost shrimp for shrimp cocktail

Thanksgiving
Make turkey
Make stuffing
Make salads
Put out nut dishes
Prepare shrimp cocktail

Brief Services Summary:

  • We offer companion and personal care services from three to 24 hours daily.
  • We have a Peace of Mind Visit program where our caregiver makes a one-hour visit each day to see the client (minimum five days per week). This is very good in situations where the client needs a specific task to be performed and doesn't want a caregiver "hanging around" for three or more hours.
  • All of our caregivers are employees of our company and are licensed, bonded and insured.
  • Our Director of Client Care is an RN and completes full nursing assessments and 30-45 day follow-up assessments for all of our personal care clients.
  • We create a written Care Plan for each client -- so our caregivers know exactly what they are expected to do.
  • Our licensed aides have to complete skill assessments that are monitored by the Director of Client Care.
  • We can usually provide a caregiver with 24-hours' notice (in our service area). We prefer a one-week initial assessment to service start time so we can make sure the paperwork is in order (assessments, care plan, etc.).
  • Currently, we service Ocean County, New Jersey.
  • We are bonded and insured and licensed by the State of New Jersey as a Residential Service Agency and can work with most Long Term Care insurance companies for client reimbursement.

To learn more about Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey and the services available, please call 732-657-3600.

About Senior Helpers of Ocean County, New Jersey
Senior Helpers was recently voted "2013 BEST In Home Care" by Home Care Pulse. With nearly 300 franchises in 40 states, Senior Helpers, www.seniorhelpersnj.com, connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. The company offers a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers provides free client and home safety assessments to insure the best possible service. Senior Helpers employees are licensed, bonded, background checked, drug tested, and field supervised and trained.

About Peter Mangiola, RN, MSN
Peter Mangiola, a registered nurse, received his degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1980, and since has served in Emergency, Recovery, Cardiac Care, and Electrophysiology departments, including three years as an Oncology Director and eight years as Charge Nurse for a cardiovascular nursing unit. Mr. Mangiola worked with several major hospitals as a traveling Registered Nurse, including:

  • Temple University Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

  • Senior Helpers New Jersey
    732-657-3600