What’s Changing About Medicare in 2019?

As a family caregiver, one of the things you may do for your aging relative is managing their medical bills. That means dealing with Medicare, a program you might not have had much experience with prior to becoming a caregiver. Medicare has been around for 53 years, but that doesn’t mean it’s “same old same old” from one year to the next. In fact, there are several changes coming to Medicare in 2019 that family caregivers should know about. Below are some ... Read more

Can Concussions Cause Complications?

Most concussions are a very mild, and heal quickly and completely. In fact, many people experience concussions without even realizing it they have suffered such an injury. Other concussions, however, can be very serious, and result in complications that can linger for months or years. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the impact a concussion can have on your parent for the rest of their life, and be prepared to ensure they receive the care and support needed ... Read more

Could Mold Be Damaging Your Senior’s Health?

Part of your role as a family caregiver is making sure your aging parent has a healthy, clean environment to live in. Unfortunately, there are many potential hazards that may exist in your senior's home which can put their health and well-being at risk. One of these is mold. September is Mold Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity for you to determine if your aging parent may be suffering from health consequences as a result of exposure to mold, and to ... Read more

Four Ways to Deal with Sudden Stress as a Caregiver

As a caregiver, you may find that stress can balloon up out of the blue very quickly. If you've got some techniques that help, you can stay calm, cool, and collected. These techniques are some easy ones to start with and you can build on them as you need to do so. Repeat a Positive Mantra Mantras are short, simple statements that are positive and easy to remember. During times of extreme stress, mantras can help you focus on that positivity. You might ... Read more

My Elderly Loved One Needs to Get Out More

Is your elderly loved one dependent on you, family members and elder care providers for their daily care? If their physical abilities have diminished enough that they cannot complete basic self-care tasks, they need a support group that works together for their basic needs. However, once the basics like hygiene, food and housework are covered, what about their mental and emotional needs? It’s too easy for seniors with physical challenges to sit around all day at home, becoming more isolated each week. ... Read more

Are You Overlooking Resources in Your Community that Can Help with Caregiving?

When you're a caregiver, you're constantly looking for resources that can help you to be a better caregiver and to give your senior the best help possible. Try some of these ideas for finding help. Agencies that Help Elderly Adults Almost every area has agencies that help senior citizens. You're likely to have a better mix of these types of agencies in a larger metropolitan area, of course, but just because you're in a rural area that doesn't mean you don't have this ... Read more

Five Tips When Time Is Getting Away from You as a Busy Caregiver

Every caregiver has those times when it feels like time just isn't cooperating. Here are some ideas for getting a handle on time management again as a busy caregiver. Prioritize What Has to Be Done Some tasks are more important than others. It might not feel that way, especially when you're doing so much, but it's true. The key for you is to sit down and look at what needs to be done and determine a priority for each of those tasks. When ... Read more

What Causes Hospital Induced Delirium?

Hospital induced delirium can be a very frightening issue during hospitalization. Experts estimate that approximately half of all elderly adults in the United States who end up hospitalized will contract hospital induced delirium. This is a change in cognitive functioning or awareness that can lead to many different issues and consequences for your aging parent. From increased risk of falling to higher potential for death in the next year, delirium can make a serious negative impact on your parents current health, ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Managing Hip Fractures as a Caregiver?

Hip fractures are exceedingly common for older adults. Your elderly family member could even sustain a hip injury or fracture and not realize it for a time. It's important as a caregiver that you are able to recognize the signs of a possible fracture and that you're able to help her recover. Call Her Doctor if You Suspect a Hip Fracture You might think that a hip fracture would be something that would never be in question, but it definitely happens. Your elderly ... Read more

Is Your Parent at Increased Risk for Cataracts?

Understanding the risks your parent faces as they age in place is one of the most important things you can do for them as their family caregiver. By recognizing the specific risks they face, you can adjust your care routine to reduce this risk, as well as prepare yourself for the possibility of them developing the condition, so you can be ready to give them the care they need. When this comes to cataracts, knowing if your parent is at increased risk ... Read more
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