What Can Clutter Tell You about Your Senior’s Situation?

Clutter is definitely irritating, but it can be a bit of a diagnostic tool for you as a caregiver. By digging a little deeper into the clutter situation, you can determine what might be going on. Clutter Has Physical and Psychological Impacts Clutter itself has a lot of physical effects on your senior's environment. In its simplest impacts, it makes the space she's in physically smaller, which can be a problem in an already small environment. The psychological effects of looking around and ... Read more

4 Reasons to Be Thankful You’re a Caregiver

Let’s be honest for a moment…being a caregiver often feels like a thankless task. It’s frustrating, physically and emotionally exhausting, and it takes a lot of time. Yes, it certainly has its downside. You may have days when you wonder how on earth you ever wound up as a caregiver for an elderly relative and just why you’re still doing it. On those days, you probably need a little extra encouragement. So, here’s the thing, even when it’s tough, there are a ... Read more

Importance of Caring for Your Senior’s Oral Health During National Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is the perfect time for you to evaluate your elder's oral health, and the steps they take to protect their mouth health, so you can make sure they are as healthy as possible. As a family caregiver, it is important to recognize that taking care of your senior's oral health is not just about keeping their mouth healthy. What happens in your parent's mouth can impact their entire body. Understanding this risk can help ... Read more

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
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