Relieve Yourself of Family Caregiver Stress

Limiting family caregiver stress is more important to your health than you may think.

For a family caregiver, stress in inevitable, but in reality, that doesn’t necessarily always have to be a bad thing. After all, as the saying goes, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” However, family caregiver stress levels can rise quickly and become extreme. And if that stress isn’t handled properly, it can lead to concerning health-related consequences. 

Give these ideas a try to lower stress and realize a healthier and calmer way of life – both for yourself and those you love:

  • Take a break. Minimize stress through any or all of these strategies:
    • Take a walk or participate in some other exercise
    • Practice deep breathing (inhale while counting to four; hold for a count of four; exhale to a count of four; hold for a count of four; repeat as needed)
    • Listen to calming music
    • Pray or meditate
    • Call a friend
    • Write in a journal
  • Engage in a stress-busting activity. There are a number of enjoyable activities to deflect your focus away from whatever was triggering stress and onto something more positive, such as arts and crafts, reading a book, spending time with pets or children, gardening, a DIY project – even as little as 10 or 15 minutes spent on the activity can make a big difference in how you feel.
  • Change your self-talk. All through the course of each day, you may find yourself having thoughts like, “I can’t do this!” or “Everything is going wrong!” Pause for a moment when negative feelings begin to fill your mind, and say to yourself instead, “I can handle this, one step at a time,” or, “Help is here for me whenever I want it.”

You could also benefit from one of the many apps that are specifically designed to help reduce family caregiver stress. Find five that are especially helpful here from DailyCaring.

Family caregiver stress can often be exacerbated if you feel you have no support system. Thankfully, we can help! Call Endeavor In Home Care, provider of the most trusted senior home care in Phoenix and the surrounding area, for a free in-home consultation to learn how we can share in your caregiving obligations, allowing you essential time away to destress, through services including:

  • Assistance with personal care and hygiene
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Running errands, including grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions
  • Taking care of housekeeping chores and laundry
  • Companionship to brighten each day with stimulating conversations, games, puzzles, hobbies, etc.
  • Transportation to doctors’ appointments and fun outings
  • Medication reminders
  • And many more

Contact us online or at (480) 498-2324 and find out how a partner in care can make a world of difference in lowering stress and restoring a healthy life balance for people experiencing family caregiver stress.

Advice for Including Aging Loved Ones in Holiday Festivities

Learn how to best include aging loved ones in holiday festivities.

Though the holiday season is normally a joyful time of high spirits, filled with visiting loved ones who are nearest and dearest, for seniors, it can be far from merry and bright. A combination of lost loved ones, health problems, memories of holidays past, and more can impact seniors with emotions of sadness and loneliness, and it can make including aging loved ones in holiday festivities challenging. Read more

How to Plan Holiday Activities for Aging Adults

Here are some tips for planning holiday activities for aging adults.

The holidays are filled with parties, celebrations, and get-togethers. Yet for older adults, holiday outings call for a little extra planning, and sometimes, it’s challenging for family members to plan holiday activities for aging adults. Try these tips from the Chandler home care experts at Endeavor In Home Care to enjoy joyful activities with loved ones of all ages this holiday season. Read more

Make a Dementia-Friendly Home Using the ABC’s

Do you know the ABC’s of making a dementia-friendly home?

If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, your top priority is probably his or her safety and wellbeing. The familiarity of being able to remain living in the comfort of their own home rather than face a move away to a facility is important, but how do you ensure continued safety and wellbeing as the disease progresses? One of the first things you can do to ensure a safer environment is to make a few adjustments around the house. It is possible to create a dementia-friendly home, which can encourage continued independence for the older adult you love.

For people with any type of dementia, consistency is key. This means assisting with visual and written cues and providing plenty of time and instructions, when needed, to help him or her perform tasks and maintain independence. By thinking through the tasks where assistance might be needed – for example, the steps to follow during a morning routine — things like toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, and washcloth can be put in easy-to-use locations which will help prompt a senior to recall what he or she needs to do next. 

Creating a dementia-friendly house is not hard when you follow the ABCs: ensure it is Accessible, Bright, and Calm by using these tips:

ACCESSIBLE

Nurture independence by boosting accessibility based on the individual’s particular challenges. As an example:

  • Place commonly-used items in prominent, easy-to-reach locations.
  • Label cabinets, the refrigerator, doors, as well as other regions of the house the individual may frequent with pictures or words to describe whatever they could wish to gain access to. 
  • Minimize any tripping hazards, such as throw rugs and electrical cords, to ensure clear pathways.

BRIGHT

Lighting is an essential component to consider for anyone with dementia:

  • Keep rooms well lit, making use of natural lighting as much as possible, or the highest wattage bulb recommended for the older adult’s light fixtures.
  • Keep blinds/curtains closed in the evening to help minimize disturbing window reflections that could be misinterpreted as an intruder and also to help the older adult feel secure.
  • Always make sure lighting is purposefully placed to eliminate shadows which can cause the senior distress.

CALM

Designating a place of retreat for your loved one to de-stress can be extremely helpful. Include:

  • Several key items or activities which are typically soothing for the older adult: a stuffed animal or pillow to hug, a well-liked photo album to look through, etc.
  • A favorite scent that evokes peace, such as vanilla or lavender. 
  • Quiet, soothing music.

One of the most effective techniques to help an older adult who has been diagnosed with dementia is to partner with a dependable home care agency like Endeavor In Home Care. Our caregivers are specially trained to understand the needs of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and will help to make your home a safe and calming space. What’s more, our care team can help your family member remain active and engaged with specially designed memory care activities, reminiscing, and outings to see friends. For family caregivers, our reliable respite care services allow you to have peace of mind while taking time for yourself. 

For more modification tips and ideas to create a dementia-friendly home, or to request a free in-home consultation for more information on our experienced, creative care for people diagnosed with dementia, reach out to Endeavor In Home Care, a Phoenix professional home care provider for the surrounding communities, at (480) 498-2324.

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Tips to Help Seniors Age at Home Safely

Seniors can age at home safely with senior home care in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

The vast majority of older individuals would prefer to age at home where they are comfortable, rather than making a move to an assisted living facility or nursing home – nearly 90 percent of them, based upon research done by AARP. And who can blame them? The comfort of home, the freedom to go wherever, whenever you would like, and preparing the meals you want when you want them are all invaluable commodities.  Read more

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Changes to Make a Home More Accessible to Seniors with Wheelchairs

senior disabled man in wheelchair in hallway

Make sure your home is accessible for seniors with wheelchairs.

Home is where we can enjoy the most comfort and familiarity, and it’s for that reason so many older adults make the decision to continue to live at home as they age. But many times, wheelchairs become a part of life when seniors or those with certain disabilities experience decreased mobility. This can be particularly challenging when it comes to ensuring the home is a safe place for seniors with wheelchairs. Thankfully, a few home modifications for aging adults and disabled persons can substantially improve safety. Read more

Stroke Recovery

Try These Easy Tips to Improve Stroke Recovery at Home

These simple tips can make stroke recovery at home safer and more comfortable.

Stroke recovery at home is both an emotionally and physically challenging process, and the main thing you long for is to get back to your regular life. Nevertheless, given that more than half of stroke survivors often have some means of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in-home safety modifications may need to be made to make post-stroke life easier and safer. Read more

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5 Warning Signs of a Stroke, and How to Act FAST

Improve recovery after a stroke by acting immediately when symptoms arise.

Recovery after a stroke may be impacted by how quickly a stroke is recognized and treated. It’s important for all of us to recognize the warning signs of a stroke, a condition that is both serious and increasingly prevalent. The National Stroke Association lists stroke as the 5th leading cause of death in America, with upwards of 800,000 individuals having a stroke every year. This translates to every 40 seconds a person somewhere in the U.S. is experiencing a stroke and every 4 minutes somebody dies from a stroke. Read more

Multiple Sclerosis

Managing Multiple Sclerosis at Home

Review these tips for managing multiple sclerosis at home.

As Jane Austen once explained, “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” And for anyone with a chronic disease, like multiple sclerosis (MS), comfort is essential, as is remaining safe. Our in-home care experts are here to help with managing multiple sclerosis at home. Read more

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Choosing In-Home Care for Multiple Sclerosis

The providers of Mesa in-home care discuss choosing in-home care for multiple sclerosis.

While there’s no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), hundreds of thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with the condition – as many as 400,000 people. Of that, 86% of MS patients identify fatigue as the most common symptom of the disease. Treatment options vary, and can include outpatient treatment and in-home care for multiple sclerosis. The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown; it is not contagious or known to be hereditary, but elements that may come into play include: Read more