What Do You Need to Know When You Start Being a Caregiver?

When you’re brand new to being a caregiver, there’s so much that you don’t know yet and that you haven’t experienced. There’s so much to consider, in fact, that you might not realize fully what you’re getting into. Here are just a few of the things you need to consider when becoming a caregiver. If Anyone Else Requires Your Attention, Too No one exists in a bubble. There are likely other people, maybe even a couple of pets, who need your time and attention. ... Read more

Why Should You Always Keep Researching Home Care Services Options?

Whether you are a family caregiver or your dad's medical power of attorney, you should always keep researching options for home care services. What's working for your family right now may change. If you stay up to date, you'll be ready to address changes as they arrive rather than rush to figure things out when you're already stressed. Health Can Change Without Warning It's said that there are no guarantees in life. That's very true. Your dad may seem healthy. He could have ... Read more

Increasing Demand for Senior Care Providers

It’s quite common for adult children to worry about their aging parents. Whether they are dealing with arthritis, diabetes, poor vision, surgery or something else related to health, elderly adults frequently develop a serious need for help in getting along in their own home. Because seniors often slow down physically and struggle to take care of their own daily needs, adult children need to step up and make some decisions. Most of the time, adult children are happy to step into the ... Read more

Helping Aging Loved Ones in a Quest to Quit Smoking

Has your aging loved one been smoking for most of their adult life? If they are battling a lifetime habit of smoking, they may have given up on ever quitting, thinking it is too late. While it’s true that quitting smoking is an extremely difficult challenge, millions of people do so successfully each year. As seniors and their family members grow increasingly concerned about their health, many try to quit smoking once and for all. Family caregivers can do a lot ... Read more

Benefits of Seniors Adopting a Pet

Research reveals that elderly adults can benefit physically as well as mentally from having a pet, specifically a dog or cat. With age comes a lot of stress, health issues and loneliness. A dog or cat can provide aging adults with a constant companion, a focus for their attention, and incentive to be more active. Family caregivers that may be hesitating on whether their elderly loved one should get a dog or cat should learn more about the benefits that adoption ... Read more

What if Your Senior Only Wants You to Help Her?

Being a caregiver is hard work and sometimes you need to take a break, but what happens when your elderly family member refuses that idea? If you’re the only person that she allows to help her, that can put a big wrench in your plans. This Isn’t Unusual Needing help from other people is embarrassing and your elderly family member may have come to terms with the fact that you’ll help her. But that doesn’t make this easier for you. It’s tough to ... Read more

Questions to Ask Before Your Senior is Discharged from the Emergency Room

Hearing they are being discharged from the emergency room can be an exciting moment for your senior. No one enjoys spending time in an emergency room, but discharge can be an important time of the process, and you don't want to overlook it or rush it. During this time, it is important to make sure both of you fully understand what happens during the visit, and what needs to be done moving forward to help your parent overcome what brought them ... Read more

Are You Coping with Emotional Stress in Your Caregiver Experience in Healthy Ways?

Being a family caregiver for your elder loved one is stressful. In fact, adults who take on the responsibility of caring for their elder parent are much more likely to experience stress and its consequences than those who don't. This stress is increased dramatically when your parent is dealing with a serious health issue, a progressive challenge, or otherwise has serious needs. It is essential for you to manage this emotional stress in healthy, constructive ways so you can protect your mental, ... Read more

4 Ways to Ease Seasonal Depression Symptoms

Seasonal depression is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD experience symptoms of depression that are associated with changing seasons. Most of the time, SAD occurs during the fall and winter months. Doctors aren’t sure why some people get SAD, but it may have to do with the way changing seasons affect the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. Whatever the cause, it can be difficult to live with seasonal depression. If your older family member has SAD, ... Read more

Simple Ways to Stay Connected to Your Partner During Your Care Experience

As a family caregiver, you need all the support you can get. Feeling supported reduces the risk for mental and emotional consequences such as depression, stress, and anxiety, and gives you the motivation and perseverance to work through the challenges of this care relationship. While there are many resources to give you the support, one of the most meaningful and beneficial sources can be your partner. Relying on your partner to provide emotional support not only helps you to be a better ... Read more
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