Who Are the Caregivers of Older Adults?

According to a 2016 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, there are primarily two categories of caregiver: Caregivers who assist an older adult with any need because of health or functioning deficiencies Caregivers who assist “high need” older adults with probable dementia or with at least two self-care activities (bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, transferring in and out of bed)   According to According to the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), approximately 17.7 million individuals, which is about 7.7% of ... 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

What Do You Need to Look for in Terms of Nutritional Well-being for Your Aging Adult? 

Keeping your elderly family member healthy and happy involves helping her to get the nutritional balance that she needs. Here are some ways you can assess how well your senior is doing in her quest for eating well and what you can do to help. Does She Have Plenty of Healthy Food Choices? If your senior is stuck in a rut or she hasn't been to the store in a while, you might not see much variety in her fridge and pantry. This ... Read more

What Are the Best Things You Can Do for Your Own Emotional Support as a Family Caregiver?

Emotional support is essential for anyone who cares for other family members. If you're not feeling as emotionally supported as you need, look into trying one or more of these solutions. Seek Help and Support When you first start out on your caregiving journey, it can feel as though there's no one out there who understands what you're going through. The reality is that there are plenty of people who are also caregivers or who understand what caregiving entails. Talk to other family ... Read more

Dental Health and Your Aging Parent

Caregiver in Bellville OH While many people realize the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums, they do not realize the correlation that tooth decay and gum disease have with other diseases. As people age, this connection only becomes more prominent. As a family caregiver, it’s important to know the consequence of poor dental hygiene and stress the importance of good dental hygiene to your loved one. Poor Dental Health and Diabetes Uncontrolled blood glucose levels increases the risk for both gingivitis ... Read more

The Importance of Respite

Caregiver in Bellville OH Family caregivers benefit greatly by taking a respite from caregiving duties. The best way to do this is to get assistance from a professional that specializes in providing in-home care and senior care. These qualified professionals are best found by working with a reputable in-home care placement agency. The ALS Association points out the importance of family caregivers having some time off from caregiving duties. It is important to take care of oneself to be able to better take ... Read more