Local Events West Springfield, MA


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is changing and adapting to the current situation.

As a strong and close-knit community in Hampden County, we must continue to bring positivity to local areas. Visiting Angels of West Springfield is proud to offer care and support to facilities and individuals during this difficult time.

Recently, Julie Dewberry, (the marketing coordinator at Visiting Angels of West Springfield) made a visit to Day Brook Senior Living Community in Holyoke, MA. In March, the town of Holyoke usually celebrates its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade—one of the largest in the country. Unfortunately, Holyoke had to cancel the event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Julie was able to bring some Irish luck to the seniors and older adults in this independent living facility. She brought dozens of small gift bags to the many residents who are undergoing lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visiting Angels of West Springfield and Day Brook Senior Living Community have shared a long business and marketing relationship. Visiting Angels was able to bring support and cheer to the many residents of this Pioneer Valley facility.

If you have family or friends who are in need of a little extra care or support during this time, Visiting Angels of West Springfield continues to offer the many services that have made us a provider of choice for over two decades! To learn about some of our services or the towns and communities covered in the Greater Springfield Area, call our main office today at (413)733-6900!

Visiting Angels Recent Events and Career Fairs

Visiting Angels of West Springfield continues to grow and expand their organization. We are proud to announce we have grown from 30 employees to just over 60 employees within the past few months! We have filled numerous incoming client cases that have a variety of needs including daytime, overnight and other shifts throughout the day and night. All of these new cases have been in our large coverage area throughout Western Mass and The Greater Springfield area.

Recently, Julie, our Marketing and Recruiting Specialist attended the Springfield Technical Community College career fair. During the event, she met with dozens of nursing students who were interested in careers in home care. She explained some of the regular tasks, some unique job duties, and the benefits and flexible hours from working with Visiting Angels of West Springfield. The event was a success and she left the career fair with many resumes and applications in hand!

Julie also attended the Elms College, annual mock interviews for nursing students, who are preparing for internships and careers in nursing, home care and other industries. She had an array of interview questions to ask, as well as helping to assist the students for real-life interviews and preparedness. Even though the event was for mock interviews, Julie left with several resumes of nursing students interested in part-time and flexible positions with Visiting Angels of West Springfield.

Our third event of the week was the Mardi Gras networking event hosted by The Arbors of Westfield! Both Julie and company director, Michele, attended the event which was held at The Arbors of Westfield facility on February 25th, 2020. The event was industry specific to home care and discussions were plentiful as dozens of other industry businesses from the Greater Springfield area and Hampden County attended.

Overall, as Visiting Angels continues to grow, our first step is to acquire experienced and passionate Caregivers who enjoy a career in private home care. Visiting Angels of West Springfield continues to offer the proper training in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care for those who have not been trained in this area but want to expand their skill set. We continue to offer flexible positions to meet the needs of individuals with full-time careers or those who are even looking for full-time work. As an industry leader in Western Mass, Visiting Angels of West Springfield is looking for their next Caregiver! If you or someone you know is looking for part-time or full-time work in home care, call our office today at (413)733-6900 to learn more or fill out an application!

On Monday, January 27th, employees of Visiting Angels of West Springfield attended a Professional Education Program at Keystone Commons in Ludlow

Located in the Hampden County of Western Mass. The presentation was by guest speaker Dr. Joan Roche, who is a Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing. As an experienced industry professional, Dr. Roche has years of real-life experience studying and conducting research on the process of aging.

Her research revolves around the study of Alzheimer’s disease including symptoms, effects on the brain, and the effects Alzheimer’s has on the individual’s family and loved ones. Dr. Roche discussed some of the latest breakthroughs and advances in the field of Alzheimer’s research and development. Dr. Roche then went on to discuss the symptoms and key elements for earlier detection in Alzheimer’s patients as well as some lifestyle modifications that may help individuals with the disease live a safer and more fulfilling life.

As Visiting Angels continues to grow throughout the Greater Springfield area, we strive to bring the latest news and information in assisted living and home care to our clients who continue to trust us in taking care of family and friends. Continuing to educate our staff through seminars, education, and training is an important process to maintain the high quality of care our clients expect from our Angels. If a friend or family member is suffering from early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, Visiting Angels can help provide care that will improve the quality of life for your loved one. For more information about services provided or areas covered by Visiting Angels of West Springfield, contact our office at (413)733-6900 today!

Visiting Angels of West Springfield is happy to announce our growing team is expanding our network by attending and supporting local events throughout the Greater Springfield Area!

Julie Dewberry, the marketing coordinator for Visiting Angels, recently attended the Keystone Connections meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at the Keystone Commons Retirement Community in Ludlow, MA.

The event was well-attended by industry leaders and professionals from Hampden County. Guest speakers included Dr. Joan Roche and Executive Chef David Powers, who discussed the benefits of “The Mind Diet.” Participants, including Julie, had the opportunity to connect with other eldercare professionals and share more about the organization they represented.

As an industry leader for over two decades, Visiting Angels of West Springfield continues to provide well-trained and qualified caregivers for thousands of families in the local community. Our caregivers provide a range of services including household chores, bathing assistance, running errands, meal preparation and dieting tips, companionship, and more! Our “Angels” enjoy enriching the lives of the older adults and seniors they care for.

If a friend or family member is in need of assistance in order to live a happier and healthier lifestyle, Visiting Angels is able to help! We offer a range of coverage from a few hours a week to 24/7 care. If you would like to learn more about Visiting Angels of West Springfield (including the services offered or towns covered), call our main office today at (413) 733-6900 or email hgobeil@visitingangels.com. We look forward to helping your elderly loved ones live a more fulfilling and active lifestyle!

Visiting Angels of West Springfield held a Fall Prevention event & workshop at the Genesis House in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

As an Independent Living Facility, the Genesis House is home to dozens of seniors and older adults who continue to live active lifestyles in a safer environment than living alone. Visiting Angels Director, Joe Arduino, spoke at the event and covered a variety of topics including the significance of falls, identifying risk factors for falls and tips for fall prevention. With millions of older adults at risk of significant injury or death from simple falls, preventing these mistakes can saved your loved one.

Identifying these risk factors are the most important first step. Some risk factors that are signals from the individual include:
  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of balance
  • Shuffling of feet
  • Confusion
  • Poor eyesight
  • Decreased sensation in the feet
  • Weakness in the legs
If you or a loved one shows symptoms of one of the above, or a variety of other symptoms that tend to arrive at an older age, that individual may be at a greater risk for falling, and therefore the risk of injury or death

A few simple tips and tricks to help prevent falls include:
  • Repairing loose floorboards or carpeting
  • Hiring a home healthcare agency
  • Installing better lighting, especially on stairways
  • Having assisted home care help from caregivers
  • Grab bars at the toilet and in the shower
  • Assistance with showering and bathing
  • Repairing uneven floor surfaces or highlighting small steps
With over half of all falls occurring in one’s home, these simple steps can help prevent injury, medical bills and expenses and the headache and heartache associated with falls. If a loved one shows signs of the above symptoms, or if you believe their living environment is not up to safe standards, Visiting Angels of West Springfield may be able to help. Visiting Angels provides in-home care similar to home healthcare agencies in Springfield, MA and surrounding towns in the Western Mass region. When deciding which homecare agency to use, consider Visiting Angels, a provider in the Greater Springfield Area, for over 20 years, and rated as one of the top agencies in Western Massachusetts.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, call Michele Anstett, Agency Director, at (413)733-6900 or reach out via email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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8th Annual Ice Cream Splurge!

Visiting Angels of West Springfield was happy to host the 8th annual “Ice Cream Splurge” at the Westfield Senior Center in Westfield, MA. The event served over 100 seniors and 20 volunteers for the ice cream social!

Visiting Angels Director, Michele Anstett, hosted this event around the topic of Fall Prevention tips that reduce the chances of elders becoming a fall risk. Michele passed out information to the seniors and staff who attended that reviewed several ways to maintain a safe living environment in their own home.

Many of the seniors who have met Michele previously, and even use Visiting Angels services on a regular basis, were happy to see her once again! Michele spoke to many of the seniors about the services offered by Visiting Angels and how Visiting Angels continues to make a positive impact on the local community of Western Mass.

Some of the services provided by Visiting Angels include:
  • Fall Prevention Assistance and supervision
  • Daily Household Chores
  • Companionship
  • Bathing and showering assistance
  • Walking assistance
  • Meal preparation
  • And much more!
Providing an array of Homecare, Homemaker & Transportation services in the Greater Springfield, Greater Westfield area, Visiting Angels is able to care for older adults in most locations in Hampden County. Covering towns from Chicopee, Holyoke and Southampton, down to the border towns of Agawam, Southwick, Wilbraham, Longmeadow, and East Longmeadow, home care services are offered throughout the Western Mass region.

For more information about the annual Ice Cream Splurge hosted at the Westfield Senior Center, or to learn more about the services provided by Visiting Angels of West Springfield, contact Michele Anstett, Agency Director, at (413)733-6900 or by email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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On Friday June 21, 2019, Michele Anstett and Visiting Angels of West Springfield attended the annual Thrive After 55 event hosted at Springfield College.

The event which is presented by Senator Eric Lesser, Health New England and Springfield College, continues to put on an excellent show drawing hundreds of seniors from across Western MA and the Greater Springfield area.

The event had over 75 organizations from Health and Human Services providers to state agencies and small businesses! Visiting Angels of West Springfield was happy to attend the event again and speak to dozens of seniors about the benefits and services provided by Visiting Angels. As seniors and older adults continue to age, having in-home care can provide peace of mind, safety and a better quality of life.

Many seniors were especially interested in the Homecare services offered such as Companionship, Grocery shopping, Meal preparation, Bathing Assistance & Household chores such as laundry and cleaning. As a top provider in Western MA, Visiting Angels is proud to be a local business of 2 decades! Visiting Angels would like to thank the Senator, event organizers, and the local community for hosting such a special event in the Springfield area.

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We are proud to kick off the 2019 summer season with our first ice cream social of the year!

Held at the local Wilbraham Senior Center on April 23, 2019, Visiting Angels Director, Michele Anstett, served ice cream to nearly 100 seniors, staff and helpers who all attended the event.

Many of the seniors, some who have met with Michele previously, were happy to share ice cream and good jokes once again. Michele spoke about the services offered and how Visiting Angels continues to help improve the quality of life for older adults and seniors.

Some of the services provided by Visiting Angels include:
  • Bathing assistance
  • Walking and exercise assistance
  • Companionship
  • Daily supervision
  • Household chores
  • And many more!
With a large range of services in the Greater Springfield area and Western Mass, Visiting Angels is able to cater to a large age range, mobility range and geographic location range. Covering towns from Chicopee, Holyoke and Southampton, down to the border towns of Agawam, Southwick, Springfield, Longmeadow, and East Longmeadow, homecare is covered throughout the Western Mass region and beyond!

For more information about the annual Ice Cream social hosted at the Wilbraham Senior Center, or to learn more about the services provided by Visiting Angels of West Springfield, contact Michele Anstett, Agency Director, at (413)733-6900 or by email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Visiting Angels of West Springfield attended the Chapin Center vendor fair in collaboration with the Department of Elder Affairs.

The event which has held at the Jordan Senior Center in Springfield, MA was for seniors and older adults to browse through a variety of vendors and offerings which will help them to live a more fulfilling life. Michele Anstett, the Director for Visiting Angels of West Springfield attended the event where he spoke to many seniors about the services offered by the Homecare agency’s Caregivers to help them live a life with independence, dignity and safety.

The vendor fair was an “all around the world” themed fair which included live entertainment and activities for the seniors and older adults. It was held to bring awareness and further education to local seniors who are searching for further resources and activities to help maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Michele was able to discuss the many opportunities and offerings provided by Visiting Angels for seniors to live this lifestyle. Some of these accommodations that are provided by the Caregivers, Certified HHA’s and CNA’s include:
  • Meal preparation
  • Companionship
  • Bathing / Showering assistance
  • Walking companion and helper
  • Transportation services
  • Household chores / Housekeeping
  • Fall prevention
  • Mobility / walking assistance
  • And much more!
As a provider to the Greater Springfield area including Westfield, Agawam, Wilbraham, Longmeadow, Chicopee, Holyoke and beyond, Visiting Angels has helped seniors and older adults for 2 decades! As a successful care provider in the Western Mass area, Joe and his team of caregivers continues to provide top in–home care services to its clients.

To learn more about Visiting Angels or the services and towns included, call Agency Director, Michele Anstett at (413)733-6900 or email @ m.anstett@visitingangels.com. Call today to learn about how Visiting Angels can assist you in living life to the fullest!

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Visiting Angels of West Springfield recently attended a Career Fair at Elms College in Chicopee, MA.

Visiting Angels Director, Michele Anstett, personally attended the fair and spoke with dozens of students about the open positions available as a Caregiver. Currently hiring CNA, HHA, Nursing Students & Caregiver positions, Michele spoke about the benefits of working at Visiting Angels, as a part-time or full-time Home Health Aide with flexible schedules. Direct Care Aides with Visiting Angels can choose from mornings, afternoon, evenings and overnight shifts. Visiting Angels currently has homecare jobs available in Wilbraham, Westfield, East Longeadow, Springfield, Chicopee and Southwick Massachusetts.

Offering a competitive salary and flexibility to work around the schedules of nurses, students, mothers hours and more, Visiting Angels works hand-in-hand with their employees to ensure they are providing top care to seniors and older adults.

The event, which hosted students from across the region, opened their doors to students from AIC, Bay Path University, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, STCC, Western New England University, and Westfield State University. Michele spoke with many students about the current services and locations offered by Visiting Angels of West Springfield.

For more information about the event, or how you can start a career with Visiting Angels, contact Michele Anstett at (413)733-6900 or by email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Visiting Angels of West Springfield was proud to join the Westfield Senior Center at their 7th Annual Ice Cream Splurge event on Thursday, July 12th.

The event served over 100 seniors and 20 volunteers for the ice cream social! Visiting Angels Director, Michele Anstett, was pleased with the turn out and was happy to serve such a large crowd at the senior center. Many of the seniors, some who use Visiting Angels and their many services, were happy to see her once again! Michele spoke to many of the seniors about the services offered by Visiting Angels and how Visiting Angels continues to make a positive impact on the elder community of Western Mass.

Some of the services provided by Visiting Angels include:
  • Housekeeping chores
  • Meal preparation
  • Transportation and errands
  • Bathing and showering assistance
  • Walking assistance
  • Home supervision
  • And many more!
Providing an array of services in the Greater Springfield area, Visiting Angels is able to cater to a large age range, mobility range and geographic location range. Covering towns from Chicopee, Holyoke and Southampton, down to the border towns of Agawam, Southwick, Springfield, Longmeadow, and East Longmeadow, homecare is covered throughout the Western Mass region and beyond!

For more information about the annual Ice Cream Splurge hosted at the Westfield Senior Center, or to learn more about the services provided by Visiting Angels of West Springfield, contact Michele Anstett, Agency Director, at (413)733-6900 or by email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Thrive After 55

Visiting Angels of West Springfield recently attended the “Thrive After 55” Wellness Fair at Springfield College on June 15th. The event, which was hosted by MA. State Senator Brian Lesser, was aimed at educating and helping seniors understand the benefits of maintaining health as age increases.

The event hosted local Healthcare vendors and drew nearly 700 visitors! Visiting Angels Director, Michele Anstett, discussed how companionship that a Caregiver, HHA or CNA can be beneficial for an elder’s cognitive health. As a leading provider of homecare in the Western Mass area, Visiting Angels continues to strive for improving the quality of life with the clients they care for. Many Seniors expressed they needed help with bathing or showering, walking, housekeeping, running errands and transportation to doctor’s appointments.

Visiting Angels of West Springfield works with many older adults and seniors throughout Hampden County who are looking for help with maintaining a healthy diet. Visiting Angels Caregiver’s and the staff Nurse provide services and educational information on living a healthy lifestyle.

Some of these benefits for older adults caregivers provide:
  • Light exercise on a daily basis
  • Meal preparation that supports a healthy and nutritional diet
  • Regular outdoor activity such as walking
  • Assistance with Range of Motion exercises
  • Encouragement and moral support
All of these activities, and many more, can be provided by a Caregiver to help one learn and grow into a better living lifestyle. For more information about the services provided by Visiting Angels, contact Michele Anstett, Agency Director, at (413)733-6900 or email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com. Visiting Angels provides homecare assistance for seniors in Springfield, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wilbraham, Holyoke, Agawam, West Springfield, Westfield and Southwick.

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If you’re simply trying to make life a little easier for your Father or Grandfather, consider speaking with Michele Anstett, Visiting Angels of West Springfield Director. Visiting Angels can arrange for a Caregiver to come to Dad’s home to help with anything from companionship, socialization, playing games, exercise, shopping and making a meal together.
(413)733-6900 or email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

Here are just a few tips for Father’s Day from Visiting Angels of West Springfield:

A father is someone who holds you back when no one is there to show you the path! With his heroic activities he is the one who has been solving your entire problems and he will keep on doing that. A father is a gift angel that God has given to all of us who will always be there with his helping hand.

Father's day 2018 is approaching and it will be celebrated on 17th of June and this is the time when each one of us can make our father feel special and loved. The best way is to choose the most perfect of his choice and he will know that he is blessed him with a wonderful son/daughter.

Here are some of the very desirable Father's day gift ideas, which will make every father, feel on top of the world. Let's find them out ....

  1. A trip to his favorite location
    A gift should be meaningful; it should be something that can make the person feels lucky enough to have somebody like you. A trip to the favorite place of your father will definitely make him feel happy. He will love the idea and will feel lucky to have a son/daughter who thinks so much about his father.
  2. Taking him to his favorite Restaurant
    It might that, he has been planning to go to his favorite restaurant but because of the financial issues or some other reasons, and he has not been able to do the same. On father's day, you can surprise him by planning out a dinner at his favorite restaurant. Just make sure that he is not aware of the plan before the day arrives.
  3. Organizing a Reunion with his college friends
    Because of the busy schedule and the responsibilities after getting married and after having kids, he might not have been able to meet his college friends, who have been too dear to him. So, as a loving son/daughter, it is your responsibility to render him that happiness and father's day is the best time to do that. After meeting his friends he will be surely overwhelmed and will know how much his son/daughter care.
  4. Taking him to where he has spent his childhood
    Each one of us loves to see the place we have grown up as child and had spent a considerable part of our lives. On father's day, as a gift from a son, you can plan out a surprise of taking him to the place where he has grown up as a child and had learn first and significant lessons of life. For sure, he will love the idea and will his day to the fullest.
  5. Buying him the best outfit that he had desired always After becoming a father, we never care about our choices and do not pay heed to our dressing and we are wearing. And, your father will also be one among those! Just try to know his taste of outfit and on this father's day gift him his favourite outfit and the one he had always desired to own. He will surely be overwhelmed with joy and the love that he had received from his child.

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On Wednesday, May 16th, Visiting Angels of West Springfield participated in the 50-plus job fair at the Storrowton Carriage House.


The event, which was in West Springfield where Visiting Angels is located, hosted an array of local employers that discussed the many healthcare job opportunities that are in the local area for older adults. Whether you had years of experience, or are looking to start a new career, there were opportunities for everyone at the job fair.

The event, which was hosted by AARP, saw hundreds of older adults attend with the common interest of finding a job that is flexible and is able to fit with their current schedule, needs, skills and interest.

Visiting Angels Homecare Agency Director, Michele Anstett, spoke to many older adults about the array of job opportunities as part time home caregiver, CNA and HHA with Visiting Angels. Many of the older adults were interested in the services that Visiting Angels provides as many would be carrying out these tasks as a caregiver for Visiting Angels. Many services offered by Visiting Angels are:
  • Transportation
  • Companionship
  • Hygiene assistance
  • Household chores
  • Home organization
  • Dementia care
  • Alzheimer’s care
  • Fall prevention
  • And many more!
Michele, who had a booth at the event, was happy to share the many opportunities and current openings in the Greater Springfield area. As a great fit for nursing Students, Home Health Aides, CNA’s and more, Visiting Angels is able to offer a flexible work schedule and competitive wage for older adults.

For more information about job opportunities at Visiting Angels of West Springfield, contact Michele Anstett at (413)733-6900, or email your resume to m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Visiting Angels of West Springfield launched their 6th Annual Ice Cream Social Event season for seniors beginning at the West Springfield Senior Center!

The event was packed full and there were plenty of toppings offered at the senior center.

Director Michele Anstett estimated that to date, we have served an estimated 3,000 Ice Cream Sundae’s to Older Adults, Elders, Volunteers, Nurses, Home Health Aides and CNA’s. Ice Cream Socials are provided free of charge, at Senior Centers, Nursing Homes, Rehab. Centers, Assisted Living Facilities and Home Health Care Agencies within the Western Mass area.

Many of the seniors not only loved the ice cream social but are also familiar with Visiting Angels, having been in the Greater Springfield area for 19 Years! Although both the event and Visiting Angels are in West Springfield, many towns throughout the Springfield area are serviced by Visiting Angels. Some of these towns include the following:
  • Chicopee
  • Agawam
  • Feeding Hills
  • Wilbraham
  • Holyoke
  • Springfield
  • Westfield
  • Southwick   






Visiting Angels serves these towns and offers a variety of services for seniors and older adults. Below are just a few of the many offerings Visiting Angels has: 
  • Bathing and Mobility Assistance
  • Personal Care & Hygiene
  • Housekeeping
  • Meal Preparation
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Companionship
  • Laundry
  • And many other options for assisted living
If you would like to learn more about the ice cream social by Visiting Angels, or the many options and towns serviced by Visiting Angels, call Michele Anstett, Agency Director at (413)733-6900 or email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Visiting Angels of West Springfield, MA joined the Westfield Council on Aging for the 2018 “Senior Options”

The event which is held annually. Many of the exhibits included information and learning opportunities about support, medical and various other activities aimed to older individuals.

Many seniors and older adults who attended the event spoke to Michele about the various services Visiting Angels provides to help improve the quality of life for those who live at home. Many of the services Visiting Angels provides includes basic housekeeping chores, assistance with activities of daily life and further needs such as transportation to doctor’s appointments, errands and grocery shopping.

Visiting Angels provides services to many seniors who attended the event and also provides services in the following areas:
  • Chicopee
  • Agawam
  • East Longmeadow
  • Westfield
  • Wilbraham
  • And the entire Greater Springfield area
For more information about what Visiting Angels has to offer, contact agency Director, Michele Anstett, at 413-733-6900 or by email at m.anstett@visitingangels.com.

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Visiting Angels attends annual Senior Health Fair in Southwick, MA.

On April 4th Visiting Angel’s Director, Michele Anstett participated in the annual Senior Health Fair at the American Inn for Retirement Living. This year’s event featured local homecare and home healthcare agencies that provide in-homecare services for elders such as Bathing, Mobility and Dementia Care assistance.

Many of the Seniors who attended expressed interest in Visiting Angel’s transportation services for assistance in running errands, grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments. Visiting Angel’s Caregiver’s that provide transportation for seniors are required to have passed an extensive criminal background check, driving record check and drug screening.

For more information about Visiting Angels services or home caregivers call Michele Anstett, Agency Director and Owner @ 413-733-6900.

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Adults with Heart Disease: Vaccinations are an Important Part of Protecting Your Health

(BPT) - Having a chronic health condition doesn't mean you have to lose control over your health. Every day you take steps, like taking your medicine, monitoring your blood pressure, and watching your cholesterol, to manage your heart disease and ensure the healthiest possible future. What if there was also something you could do just once a year that could also help protect your health? There is - you can make sure you are up-to-date on vaccines to protect against a number of common diseases, some of which may be even more serious to you because of your heart disease.

Adults are recommended to get vaccines throughout their lives to protect against serious diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles, and pneumococcal disease. Some vaccines you received as a child may require a booster, and as you get older, there may be other diseases you are at increased risk for based on your job, where you travel, and other factors. But, many adults don't know which vaccines they need.

Each year, thousands of adults needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. If you're living with a chronic condition like heart disease, getting vaccinated is even more important because heart disease can make it harder for you to fight off certain diseases like the flu or increase your risk of serious complications from certain illnesses such as pneumonia. Some vaccine-preventable diseases, like flu, can even increase the risk of another heart attack.

Talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional to make sure you have all the vaccines you need. The good news is that getting vaccinated is easier than you think. Adults can get vaccines at doctors' offices, pharmacies, workplaces, health clinics, and health departments. Visit vaccine.healthmap.org to find a vaccine provider near you. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of recommended vaccines - a call to your insurance provider can give you the details.

If you have heart disease, it is recommended that you get:
  • Influenza vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu
  • Pneumococcal vaccines to protect against pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases
In addition, all adults need:
  • Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough and tetanus
  • Zoster vaccine to protect against shingles if you are 60 years and older.
You may also need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, and occupation. CDC offers a short quiz at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adultquiz to help determine which vaccines are recommended for you. For more information about heart disease and stroke prevention visit millionhearts.hhs.gov.

For more information, contact Michele Anstett, Agency Director of Visiting Angels of West Springfield at m.anstett@visitingangels.com or (413)733-6900
Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.