Local “Angels” deliver holiday cheer to seniors

Staff report

MINSTER –December is a month filled with tasty treats, shiny new toys and loads of quality time with family. One local group of angels is working non-stop to make sure the next four weeks are extra special for seniors across the country.

Visiting Angels, one of the nation’s largest in-home senior care companies with an office in Minster, is spreading the spirit of giving. The angels are delivering boxes of Holiday Cheer to seniors in the local community. Each box is packed with customized creations sure to bring a twinkle to either Grandma’s or Grandpa’s eye.

“If you can’t be with your senior relatives this December, send them an angel and a box of Holiday Cheer,” said Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels. “For families who live far apart, our caregivers can quickly step in and make the holidays fun, warm and memorable.”

Senior Care Minster is part of Visiting Angels. The agency services seniors in Allen, Auglaize, Shelby and Miami counties.

Visiting Angels: box of senior Holiday Cheer

Holiday cookies or candy: Angels hand-deliver ingredients to whip up everything from sugar cookies to gingerbread houses. Visiting Angels caregivers always make sure the ingredients meet the requirements of the senior’s diet.

Ornaments: A great way to celebrate the season is by creating a special trinket to put on a Christmas tree or even a bedside table. Angels can help design something unique with the senior. Nothing is too big or too small and the activity is catered to the senior’s abilities and needs. Putting up small decorations helps a senior feel “plugged in” to the holiday.

Gift card for a day “out on the town”: Getting out is a real treat for many seniors. Many spend every waking moment of the day inside their homes. Angels can take seniors out holiday shopping, to a movie, on a coffee date or even for a steak dinner.

Technology to connect with loved ones: Angels can help either Grandma or Grandpa use a smartphone, tablet or computer to either Skype, Facetime or even Facebook with grandkids who live hundreds of miles away and cannot visit this year.

“With our Holiday Cheer program, we are committed to spreading the spirit of giving. Our caregivers spend dozens of hours a week with our clients. They help seniors bathe, get dressed, plan and prepare meals, even run errands. Our angels become like family, they know how to make seniors feel loved throughout the holiday season, they help fill a void when the senior’s family cannot make it home for the holiday.” said Meigs.

Holiday Angels Checklist:

• Decorate home for the holiday.

• Help seniors address and mail out holiday cards to friends and family.

• Run holiday errands: buy groceries, prepare meals, shop for and wrap gifts.

About Visiting Angels

Visiting Angels began franchising in 1998 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area. Today, Visiting Angels has more than 500 private duty agencies throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.visitingangels.com.

Staff report