You may be in a situation where someone you care about, may that be a spouse, parent, relative, or friend, is struggling to care for themselves.
Most caregivers I know have a complicated relationship with self-care. We keep a polite smile on when someone (usually not actively caregiving) tells us, “Make sure you take care of yourself, too!” Sure. Of course. Easier said than done.
No matter what form the visit takes, you’ll want to make the most of the time with your loved one. “It is very lonely for seniors in nursing homes today…
Recovering from an accident or injury can be a lengthy and difficult process. Friends and family members can struggle to provide the injured loved one with the level of care they need for optimal health.
As simple as it may sound, the most important skill for a caregiver is to have good communication. As the family caregiver, you are the connector for all your loved one’s physicians, service providers as well as family members and friends who care.
Choosing the right person for home healthcare can make the difference between good and great care, but how do you know who to choose?
You may be ready for retirement, but is your home? Making sure that your house will work with your aging needs is important if you want to practice aging in place.
The AARP has created a great resource guide for caregivers. Find the help you need for everything from Financial Help to Long-Term Care information.
Lifelike robotic ‘pets’ are helping seniors combat loneliness with all the benefits of a furry friend, but without the drawbacks.
With Covid-19 disrupting lives across the world, people often hit hardest with the lack of social interaction are our elderly population. Noticing and helping seniors who are dealing with depression can significantly reduce suicide rates and feelings of isolation.
Caring for a person with Angelman Syndrome, a disease characterized by a range of intellectual and physical disabilities, can be exhausting. A practice called mindfulness can help.
Being a caregiver is a tough job, especially during a pandemic. This is why caregiver supports groups around the United States are going virtual to meet people’s needs in a time of confinement.
Mary Daniel hadn’t seen her husband for 114 days due to coronavirus restrictions at the senior care facility where he lives. So when she was told she could see him if she worked there as a dishwasher, she seized the opportunity.
A family caregiver serves a vital role in the life of their loved one, but the job is often exhausting and thankless. CAREgivers offers 8 tips for helping you stay positive.
Keeping families updated about their loved ones during times of uncertainty is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, communication can seem more difficult due to social distancing. Luckily, with technology and a dedicated communication team, providing reassurance to families is possible.
Hygiene is important, but when your senior adult refuses to bathe or change their clothes, there can be many underlying reasons why. Learn how to tackle hygiene with this in-depth article.
The bathroom can be a treacherous place for many senior citizens. With hard, slippery surfaces and sharp corners, the risk of falling and being injured increases. The National Aging in Place Council has a few modifications they recommend to make the bathroom a senior-friendly environment.
What is a caregiver? Should care be provided by a family member or a professional service? Where do I even start to look? Let this article from Hopkins Medicine answer all of your caregiver related questions.
Developers of senior living communities are tasked with the challenge of anticipating the changing demands of their customers. As Americans age, so do their needs and preferences when it comes to senior living facilities.
An elder care industry veteran offers her picks for must-have aging-in-place technology.
Activities of daily living fall into six categories of basic skills needed to properly care for oneself. Each category is assessed for the ability to safely complete these tasks without direction, supervision or assistance.
Most family caregivers want what is best for their loved ones, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. Unfortunately, discerning what’s best for a senior is often easier said than done. In many cases, a loved one’s own desired (or demands) may actually jeopardize their health, erode their independence and diminish their quality of life. Caregivers are left to walk a thin line.
“We’re already seeing some really interesting ways technology is being used to help people as they age,” said Ben Jonash, and author of the Future of Aging be the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Talking about end-of-life wishes is one of the most important conversations to have because it’s not actually about dying.
“Discovering the triggers for wandering is not always easy, but they can provide insights to dealing with the behavior.”
Surveys show dying at home is what most Americans say they want. But it’s “not all it’s cracked up to be,” said Johnston, a caregiver advocate and writer from Atlanta.
Aegis President, Engskov, does not believe that senior living as a whole has been effective in reaching millennials and other young workers, to promote the career opportunities available in this richly mission-driven field.
David Solie’s 89-year-old mother, Carol, was unyielding. “No, I will not move,” she told her son every time he suggested that she leave her home and relocate to a senior living residence. And it didn’t stop there.
Although Kleinman’s specialty is studying how patients experience illness, he wasn’t prepared for the roller coaster of family caregiving.
What emotional and practical challenges do family caregivers face as they undertake these responsibilities? How do they cope with changing relationships, financial burdens and the distress that serious illness often provokes?
Owning a pet can be both mentally and physically beneficial for people of any age, but especially older people. Just spending a brief time with an animal sets off a chemical reaction in the brain.
Imagine a government program that would mobilize volunteers to help older adults across the nation age in place. One is on the way.
Caregiving often creeps up on you. You start by dropping by your mom’s house and doing her laundry, or taking yo9ur dad to a doctor’s appointment. Gradually, you are doing more and more. AT some point, you realize you have made a commitment to take care of someone else.