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Dementia Care: Visiting Angels Provides Insight into Care and Symptoms

Dementia Care: Visiting Angels Provides Insight into Care and Symptoms

With the recent release of the HBO documentary on Robins Williams, dementia care, and specifically Lewy Body dementia, has been top of mind for many across America. At Visiting Angels, we have been helping families living with dementia find stability and assistance for more than 20 years.

As the nation’s largest in home care company, we provide comprehensive dementia care services across the country as well as support and insight into how families can better cope with dementia.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease, but a term that is used to associate a variety of memory-related concerns. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most widely known form of dementia, Lewy Body dementia is the second most widely diagnosed form of this condition.

Connie Hill-Johnson, owner of Visiting Angels Cleveland, was recently featured on HLN News discussing dementia’s symptoms and ways families can help their loved one live successfully at home with dementia.

Some of the most common symptoms of dementia include:

  • Increasing confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty caring out daily tasks
  • Difficulty caring out following instruction
  • Short-term memory loss

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

Lewy Body dementia is a specific form of the disease that according to the National Institute on Aging is “associated with abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain whose changes, in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood.”

Lewy Body dementia can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are often similar to Alzheimer’s. In the case of Robin Williams, his Lewy Body dementia was originally diagnosed and treated as Parkinson’s disease.

How Dementia Care Can Help

As Hill-Johnson explained, family members are often the first line of defense when a loved one is diagnosed or begins to show sign of dementia. As family members step in to offer assistance, it’s common for everyone to feel stress. Adult children are often juggling their own families, careers, and responsibility and it can easily become overwhelming to also find time to help Mom or Dad several hours a week.

Professional dementia care services provide the relief and assistance families need to better cope with the effects of this condition. Caregivers can provide assistance with a wide variety of needs including:

  • Preparing meals
  • Light housekeeping
  • Wandering prevention
  • Walking and mobility assistance
  • Medication reminders
  • Transportation to doctor and/or therapy appointments
  • Help getting dressed
  • Hygiene assistance

Bringing in a caregiver to provide dementia care at home is often one of the best ways for families to cope. Extended care at home allows your loved one to continue living at home and to also receive the continuity of care they need. Having a regular caregiver will be a comfort as the dementia progresses. Staying at home provides a sense of comfort that seniors with dementia need.



Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702
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Visiting Angels of Toms River Receives 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider and Employer of Choice Awards


Brick Visiting Angels of Toms River announced today that it has received both the 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on clien tand caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. Visiting Angels of Toms River is now ranked among a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.


“We want to congratulate Visiting Angels of Toms River on receiving both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, ”says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, Visiting Angels of Toms River has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client and caregiver satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.”


Best of Home Care providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it can collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“By winning both awards, we are part of a select few home care agencies in the nation.  This shows our dedication to the industry and striving to make it better every day,” says Dave Frost, Executive Director Visiting Angels of Toms River.


“At Home Care Pulse, our mission is to help home care businesses create an experience that goes beyond client and caregiver expectations,” says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “We’re thrilled to recognize Visiting Angels of Toms River as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.”



To find out more about Visiting Angels of Toms River’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 732-240-1050.




About Visiting Angels- Visiting Angels is the nation's leading network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies. Licensed, bonded, and insured, we specialize in both hourly and live-in home care services for adults and seniors. From as little as 1 hour a day up to full 24-hour service, Visiting Angels provide both short, and long- term home care throughout Ocean County New Jersey. Staying Home is still the # 1 preferred choice by seniors. Simply call us to learn more about our service and how we can accommodate your individual needs. Our professionally trained staff at Visiting Angels is always available to answer your questions.732-240-1050


About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse leads the home care industry in experience management, online training, and review management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers home care providers to attract and retain caregivers even during a historic caregiver shortage. HCP also conducts the annual Home Care Benchmarking Study, the most comprehensive survey of home care providers in North America and administers the annual Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class client and caregiver satisfaction scores. For more information, visit