Sparta Visiting Angels, a national network of over 425 franchised non-medical home care agencies providing up to 24-hour home care to help elderly and older adults continue to live in their own homes, has opened in Sparta. Officials said Visiting Angels staff work with each family to develop an individualized program to manage the daily needs of the care recipient. They match those needs to the best caregiver who is then introduced to the family. The care recipient and family have the final say in the selection process of the caregiver. After the caregiver has been placed in the home, the agency continues its personalized contact through telephone check-in and home visits to make sure the care recipient and the caregiver are a good match, and stays in contact with family members to give them peace of mind. Visiting Angels’ caregivers do not dispense drugs, but they can help monitor whether the patient is taking their medication throughout the day. The caregivers can accompany or take the care recipient to doctor’s appointments. In addition to offering companionship, Visiting Angels will also provide hygiene assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation and shopping. According to Visiting Angels, these are all ways of providing respite for families dealing with the care of a loved one while allowing the care recipient to maintain their dignity and quality of life in the own familiar surroundings. Officials added the company hires certified home health aides (CHHAs) and certified nurse assistants (CNAs) after extensive criminal background and reference checks, and they are licensed and bonded through the State of New Jersey. To learn more, call Lauren Reid at 973-726-3010 or visit www.visitingangels.com.