Although every caregiver has a different daily experience, there are some situations that are similar from one caregiving experience to another. How you deal with those situations is what matters.
Wrestling with Equipment
Depending on your elderly family member's health issues, there may be some equipment that you need to wrangle for her. This can range from devices that are moderately cumbersome, like a walker, to equipment that gets more complicated, like a wheelchair. Regardless, it's still your responsibility as your elderly family ...
Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal part of life, and one we can do little about. However, some people suffer from anxiety disorders that cause frequent, and often intense, periods of worry and fear. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States. Around 40 million adults suffer from an anxiety disorder.
If your senior relative has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, or you ...
Conflicts among family members, yourself, and even your aging adult are not uncommon at all when you're a caregiver. Everyone has opinions and everyone has goals. You can reduce some of those conflicts just in how you approach them.
Make Communication Open and Frequent
The more comfortable that you and the rest of your family members are with talking about what's going on, the easier it's going to be to avoid misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can be a big source of conflicts. Family meetings can ...
Traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBI, is a leading cause of serious injury and contributes to more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths throughout the United States each year. These injuries can result in a wide variety of serious consequences, including death, but the impact is not just limited to the injury itself. Many of these complications are related to functioning after the injury and can have a tremendous impact on your parent's health, well-being, and quality of life ...
Caregiving is full of situations that can make you feel angry very quickly. There are paperwork problems, frustrating family members, and all sorts of other bureaucratic red tape that might have you seeing red. How you cope is really important.
Check that You're Meeting Your Needs
There are plenty of reasons that you can become genuinely angry as a caregiver, but if you're hungry, not sleeping well, or otherwise not getting your needs met, you might have a shorter fuse than usual. If ...
Your senior might not be looking forward to surgery, but there are some things that you can do in advance that can help make that recovery period easier on everyone.
Assess What She Needs After Surgery
Talk with your elderly family member's surgeon and anyone else who is instrumental to her care about what to expect after your senior has surgery. Your elderly family member's surgical team may even have a checklist that you can follow to make things even easier. This can ...
When an elderly adult is physically affected by chronic illness, injury or age-related impairment it often means they must rely on others for help around the house. Family members, homecare aides and others must step in to assist them with some of the tasks of daily living, like cleaning, cooking and even getting dressed. Family caregivers can provide dressing aides for their elderly relatives to boost their ability to do as much for themselves as possible when it comes to getting ...
Being a caregiver comes with its own little rollercoaster. Nope—not the physical kind, the emotional kind. As a caregiver, you’re likely to feel everything from joy to the deepest depths of despair. Sometimes you might even feel all of that in one day. We don’t say that to scare you, but to let you know that your feelings are perfectly normal.
The trick to having all of these emotions is accepting them and dealing with them. But, even though having the feelings ...
Cognitive problems, which can include memory loss, are an issue that can lead to a lot of fear for your aging family member. You and she both may be concerned about whether she's really dealing with a cognitive problem or there's something different at play. It helps to know what to watch for so that you can make more thorough decisions.
Familiar Processes Are Now Difficult
When familiar processes and things in your senior's life become difficult for her that can be a ...
Sleeping well is a vital part of staying healthy. If your elder isn't sleeping well, that's a problem that you both need to resolve as soon as possible.
Rethink Lighting at Night
Artificial lighting is fantastic because it allows your aging adult to see inside her home even when it's dark outside. The problem with artificial lighting, however, is that it can trick her body into thinking that it's earlier in the day than it is. The human body uses complex hormone releases ...