Having a healthy caregiving relationship with your aging adult is incredibly important but you might find it difficult if you've had a tense relationship before. Some of these ideas might help you both.
Keep Conversations Open and Respectful
When you and your elderly family member talk, make sure that you're speaking respectfully and honestly about the topic at hand. This isn't about establishing control over your senior or taking away her independence. If she feels as if you have ulterior motives, she's more ...
Has your elderly parent’s doctor suggested they have a total hip replacement? This can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but you’ll be able to make better decisions and support your aging mom or dad when you know more about the procedure as well as the steps toward recovery. Many elderly adults have hip replacement surgery but the ones that have the smoothest recovery are those with a strong support network of family members, elder care assistants, physical therapists and community senior ...
Whether you're angry about a situation that concerns your aging adult or something in the rest of your life isn't working the way that it needs to, anger is an emotion you'll definitely experience as a caregiver.
Give Yourself Time to Think before Speaking
The problem with getting angry isn't that you're experiencing the emotion itself. The problem is usually that the emotion can prompt you to respond in a way that you may regret at a later time. When you realize you're ...
When your aging adult is ready to start exercising, she may not realize that her eating habits are probably about to change, too. Eating healthier foods helps to keep her body fueled to keep up with her new, more active lifestyle.
Protein Is Important
Protein is one of the building blocks that your senior's body uses to stay healthy and to keep her going. If she's not getting enough protein, she might experience muscle loss or find that she heals more slowly than ...
The topic of Alzheimer's disease is a difficult one for anyone to approach. As an adult, you can understand the disease and what it means, and prepare yourself for how it will change your parent and the care that you are going to need to give them. For your children, however, this might not be as easy. This disease can be very difficult for them, even frightening them, and it is critical that you are there to help them to understand ...
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 ...