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What Can Home Care Really Do?

One of the questions your elderly family member might ask when you bring up the idea of home care is just what that type of service can do for her. Some of these suggestions might be ones that your aging family member could use help with now or in the near future. Help with Personal Care Tasks Personal care tasks, such as grooming and bathing, are ones that can be extremely embarrassing for your senior. Oddly enough, it can be easier for your ... Read more

Tips for Avoiding Burnout During the Holiday Season

Stress is more common among those who care for elderly adults than those who don't. Caregiver stress can lead to a variety of potentially serious complications and issues, and if it becomes overwhelming and excessively frequent, it can become burnout. Family caregivers are particularly vulnerable to burn out during the holiday season when more pressure is placed on them than on any other time of the year. Burnout can threaten your physical health and well-being, diminish your enjoyment of the holiday season, ... Read more

Three Reasons Some Family Caregivers End Up in This Role (Having Never Anticipated It)

Late at night, listening to the sound of rain gently cascading off the roof and dripping into puddles outside your bedroom window, do you ever wonder how this all started? You never thought you’d be a family caregiver, but there you are, struggling to sleep, your eyes so heavy, your body completely exhausted, and the stress showing signs of abuse on your body, mind, and spirit. You never anticipated having to do this. Most family caregivers don’t. November is National Family Caregivers Month ... Read more

7 Ways to Reduce Your Aging Relative’s Risk of Influenza

Are you worried about your aging relative getting the flu this year? You are right to worry about influenza’s impact on your elderly loved one, because many seniors suffer the harmful effects of this illness each year. In fact, influenza and its effects are responsible for hundreds of thousands of hospital visits for elderly adults throughout the country. Influenza-related complications can even cause death in some cases. If you want to prevent your aging relative from contracting the flu this year, there ... Read more

Staying in Touch with YOUR Needs

Recently, the wife of a client called me on my cellphone at dinner time. She was frustrated because she and the caregiver were having difficulty getting her 61-year-old, 6-foot, 2-inch tall, 220-pound husband out of his bed and chair. It was becoming risky that he would fall on them and injure her or the caregiver. “What do I do? I can’t handle him anymore,” she said. I told her how a Hoyer Lift could safely lift him. His rehab therapist had never mentioned ... Read more

Halloween Safety Tips for Elderly Adults

You don’t have to be young to enjoy Halloween, just a kid at heart. In fact, many elderly adults like to get into the spirit of the holiday and dress up themselves. Many elderly adults even want to decorate their homes and host other family members for a Halloween party. Seniors can have a lot of fun at Halloween, but there are some safety tips that family caregivers and senior care providers should enforce so that the elderly adult stays safe ... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions Family Caregivers Have About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's is one of the top chronic conditions in the U.S. As the disease progresses, home care services are necessary. If you decide to offer the care your mom or dad needs, you need to carefully look at what care is going to be needed now and in the future. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions family caregivers have when they start offering care to a parent with dementia. What Scents Can Soothe Anxiety and Agitation? Anxiety and agitation are ... Read more

What’s the Difference Between In-Home Day Care and Night Care?

Your elderly mom or dad may need you now more than ever as they slowly succumb to the effects of old age. Perhaps you’ve noticed that they struggle to shower or dress themselves. It may be that they can no longer clean or maintain the house like they used to. They might face mobility problems if they use a cane, walker, or wheelchair to get around. In other words, they can no longer live independently, but want to stay at home. ... Read more

Why Is Your Senior Lashing Out at You or Others?

It's incredibly upsetting to have your senior verbally or even physically lash out at you. This can happen for a variety of different reasons, so it helps to have some idea why it might be happening so you can do whatever is in your power to help. She's Uncomfortable or in Pain. Discomfort or pain can make anyone a little cranky, especially your aging adult. If she's uncomfortable or in pain often, this takes a greater toll. The problem can be exacerbated even ... Read more

What to Do About Common Pains in the Elderly

According to WebMD, around 100 million people in the United States suffer from chronic pain. As people age, they are more likely to experience pain in certain areas of their body. For family caregivers, it can be helpful to know what kinds of pain to expect and how to manage them if they occur. Below are some common kinds of pain and ways you can help to ease them. Back Pain. Older adults may have lower back pain because of arthritis. It can ... Read more
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