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What Can You Do to Make Family Meetings More Helpful to You as a Caregiver?

Family meetings can do a lot for you and your elderly loved one, but how you handle those meetings makes a big difference. Try some of these ideas to see how they help. Give Other Family Members a Chance to Volunteer to Help. Sometimes as a caregiver, you know exactly what needs to be done and so you start to believe that other people do, too. Or maybe you've shared your "to do" list a thousand times and yet you've had a tough ... Read more

How to Deal with the Emotional Fallout of Telling Your Loved One She Can’t Drive Anymore

When your loved one gets to a point at which she's no longer safe behind the wheel of her car, you're going to be the one to handle that as her family caregiver. The problem is that the emotional fallout from that decision can be brutal. Keep Your Loved One's Feelings about Driving in Mind. You might think that your loved one doesn't have any feelings about driving, but you might be surprised. There's a grieving process that will happen with this decision ... Read more

Adapting your Parent’s Home After Surgery

One of the main concerns following surgery for many seniors is how they will be able to care for themselves during the healing process. Many wish to remain in the comforts of their own home—homes which may have upstairs bedrooms. Not knowing how mobile they will be following the operation can leave many seniors worried and anxious at a time they should be focusing on health and healing. You can help them stay in a positive mindset by preparing their home ... Read more

Coordinating Care

Individuals who need home health caregivers deal with multiple medical problems, including some that are chronic. Getting care for all the issues, and understanding how those issues and treatment measures impact each other, is essential to maintaining a good quality of life. But by necessity, most physicians only have time to treat what’s bothering their patients now. As non-medical experts, home health caregivers have to—and should—rely on those physicians to treat their clients. But caregiving agencies can help physicians improve the quality ... Read more

Scleroderma Awareness Month: Here’s How to Help Your Mom

While scleroderma is a rare condition, it is possible your mom has it. The condition occurs when the body produces too much collagen. One of the biggest challenges facing your mom is that the condition affects each person differently. It might just affect her skin, but it could cause tissue damage in vital organs. If your mom has scleroderma, here's what you need to know in order to help her. What is Scleroderma? Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune condition where tissue and skin ... Read more

Could Routines Help You and Your Loved One Cope Better with Alzheimer’s Disease?

As you help your loved one manage Alzheimer's disease, you might find help in some things that you never thought would help. One such helper can be your loved one's routines. Setting them up properly can help your loved one understand what each day is demanding of her. Look at Your Existing Routines. Everyone has routines, even if they're simple routines that aren't strictly tied to a timetable. Having a set time to do a specific task doesn’t necessarily mean you have a ... Read more

Do You Know the Signs of Dehydration in Seniors?

Dehydration is a very serious problem for the elderly. While most of us can avoid dehydration simply by drinking a glass of water if we feel parched, things may not be so simple for your aging loved one. For starters, the elderly are much more prone to dehydration because as we age, our bodies retain less and less water. Also, many illnesses and medications can cause more frequent urination. This leads the body to lose even more of the hydration it should ... Read more

How Exercise can Help a Parent with COPD

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a long-standing lung condition characterized by a blocked airflow that makes breathing difficult. Diseases that fall into this category are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It can be difficult for your parent to imagine exercising when they find themselves out of breath from just walking up a few stairs, but, done religiously, exercise can improve the symptoms associated with COPD. Symptoms include: shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and a chronic cough. The Benefits If you ... Read more

How Can You Tell Other Family Members Effectively that You Need Help?

Being a family caregiver means that you're interacting with your elderly loved one and with other family members, too. If you're not able to get across to your other family members what you need, when you need it, you might find yourself consistently disappointed. Try some of these suggestions. Use "I" Statements If you're talking to your other family members with "you" statements, those can feel accusatory. When you use "I" statements instead, those feel less like an attack and put the focus ... Read more

What Do You Do When You Suspect Your Loved One Is Declining?

Your elderly loved one may stay pretty spry, right up until she isn't. there may be quite a few contributing factors to her sudden shift from "okay" to suddenly "not okay." How you handle that shift can make a big difference to your loved one. Get a Full Health Assessment First The first step in figuring out what to do for your loved one is to get a full health assessment done with her doctor. This helps you to see where your loved ... Read more
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