Caregiver guilt is very real and can incapacitate you. You can become so riddled with guilt about your decisions and actions that you no longer know what to do.
Accept that You're Going to Occasionally Feel Guilty
Guilt is always going to crop up as a family caregiver. You might feel guilty for taking an afternoon away or for helping someone besides your elderly family member with a problem. There are a million ways that guilt is going to crop up. So ...
Having a loved one with dementia comes with many challenges. People with dementia often exhibit behavioral changes that are disturbing and difficult to manage. One common behavior is asking caregivers to take them home or saying that they want to go home repeatedly when they are at home. Understanding the behavior and how to respond to it can make the behavior a little less challenging.
The Reasons Behind the Behavior
First, it’s important to know that “home” may mean different things. They ...
Some caregivers avoid hiring elder care providers because they worry that they're passing off tasks and responsibilities that they should be handling themselves. There are quite a few different circumstances that contribute to whether this is the right option for you.
When You're Out of Time
Time is an incredibly precious commodity and you can't do anything to get it back once it's gone. You can only do so much yourself during a day, so having someone else that you can rely ...
Being able to recognize the potential signs and symptoms of serious health conditions is an important step in making sure that your aging parent gets the medical care and support that they need throughout their later years, and that you are able to be the highest quality caregiver that you can be.
For those who are prediabetic or who have increased personal risk of diabetes, paying close attention to their health and recognizing potential symptoms can help to ensure that they get ...
Learning that your elderly parent has Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most intimidating moments of your care journey with them. You know that this diagnosis is life-changing and something that will alter many of the plans that both of you had for the future. You may immediately start thinking of the additional care that they will need and all of the ways that you will need to help them manage their daily tasks as they progress.
It is important to ...
Many caregivers are thrown for a loop when they first realize that a senior family member needs more help. Sometimes this situation crops up literally overnight, which complicates it further. Take your time to start putting some answers together. From there you can sort out what else you need and what other resources you can access.
Assess the Situation
Get as full a picture of the existing situation as you can. If your senior family member is having health problems, talk with ...
The office staff at Star Multi Care Services in Melville, New York had another lively Halloween. The Annual Costume Contest is always well received by the staff as everyone looks forward to their opportunity to make a statement. This year’s winner, Lauren, dressed as Kim Kardashian West and took First Place. The two runners up were Angie who dressed as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, and Karen who chose to resemble a trendy zombie.
“The staff always seem to have a great time”, said ...
When you've got a lot of different situations going on in your life, being a caregiver can become extremely overwhelming. Overwhelm is that feeling when you're battling upstream constantly and getting nowhere. You might even feel as if you have to step completely away from caregiving. In many cases, managing the overwhelm can keep you functioning as a caregiver.
You're Experiencing Feelings of Depression
Depression can be subtle, but the symptoms are usually the same. People suffering from depression tend to feel ...
The statistics regarding bone and joint health in this country are truly staggering. Experts estimate that there are more than 54 million adults over the age of 50 who are suffering from osteoporosis, 35.5 million of which are women, and nearly 23 percent of the adult population is living with arthritis. These are only two of the many conditions that can lead to pain in the joints and bones, all of which can lead to reduced mobility, compromised safety, and diminished ...
In your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent one of the most important decisions that you will make is whether your senior needs home care services or how much of such care would benefit them the most. You want to make sure that you make the decision that will ensure they have all of the support and care that they need, but that you are kept at the forefront of their care, and their independence is not compromised.