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Making Seniors Comfortable with Personal Care Assistance

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Receiving personal care assistance can be humbling for seniors, but these tips can help!

Stop for a moment to close your eyes and imagine yourself like this: You have spent most of your life taking care of and helping others – as a mother or father, in your profession, through volunteering in your neighborhood, and as a grandparent. After spending your whole life being independent and making your own decisions, you now have aged to the point where it’s you in need of help with bathing and other care tasks. Imagine the sense of loss, vulnerability, and fear that comes from needing personal care assistance. Read more

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Are You Missing the Signs of Elder Abuse in an Aging Loved One?

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Learn these signs of elder abuse to keep an aging loved one safe.

It’s a given that abusing a senior is something that is unthinkable in the minds of most people, but it’s a prevalent issue in the United States. Elder abuse happens in many forms, from physical to emotional, and it affects the most frail and vulnerable among us. Read more

Alleviate Your Compassion Fatigue as a Caregiver

Compassion fatigue is a normal part of the caregiver experience, but we can help you manage it!

Caregivers give up so much of themselves for the sake of the ones they care for – both emotionally and physically. It’s easy to become worn down and to start to experience feelings like apathy, exhaustion, and a withdrawal from the person in your care. This is often known as compassion fatigue or secondary traumatic stress, and it can be harmful to your own health and wellbeing. It could also hinder your ability to be as warm, nurturing, and caring as you need to be for the person you’re caring for. Read more

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Tips to Help Aging Loved Ones Maintain Independence

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As a family caregiver, it’s important to help aging loved ones maintain independence.

Throughout the many stages of life, “independence” can mean different things. There are major events, such as leaving our parents’ home or getting married, and less significant events, like completing a difficult task on our own. Then, as we age, staying as independent as possible becomes a priority, like being able to live safely and securely in your own home. This wish to grow older in place at home is usually the greatest desire for older adults, regardless of their condition of health or ability to function independently, even in the face of injuries, sickness or chronic health problems. And it’s why as family caregivers, we need to do everything we can to help aging loved ones maintain their independence.

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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

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Is It Dementia or Clinical Depression?

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Clinical depression and dementia share some similar symptoms, but there are key differences as well.

Visiting with Mom recently brought to light a number of concerning signs. While she’s always been up at the crack of dawn, now it’s hard to wake her before noon. Instead of preparing an elaborate home-cooked meal, she would rather simply warm up a can of soup; and can barely finish a small bowlful. Furthermore, she has lost interest in enjoying time with her best friends from church. Might she be experiencing clinical depression or dementia? Read more

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Changes to Make a Home More Accessible to Seniors with Wheelchairs

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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

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How to Respond to the Complex Behaviors of Alzheimer’s

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Reacting thoughtfully to difficult behaviors can reduce stress for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a complex condition that often presents overwhelming issues for those providing care. As the disease continues into later stages, those with Alzheimer’s become increasingly dependent on communication through behavior rather than speech, and oftentimes these behaviors are of an inappropriate nature. For instance, someone with more advanced Alzheimer’s disease may present the following: Read more

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Overcoming the Challenges of Caring for Someone with Dementia

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Support is available for the emotional challenges common when caring for someone with dementia.

Picture how it would feel to awaken in an unfamiliar location, not able to remember how you arrived there or even what your name is. Progressing into complete disorientation, then quickly leading to anger and fear, you might find yourself lashing out at the unknown person positioned beside your bed, talking to you in a quiet voice. Read more

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Questions to Ask a Caregiver Agency as You Explore Home Care Options

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Be sure to get answers to these questions before engaging the services of a caregiver agency.

You’re beginning to become concerned that Mom might be in need of some help at home, and so obviously, you know exactly where to go for that help, right? No? Take heart – you’re not alone. Millions of people in the United States alone are confronted by the same predicament, and most people don’t know a lot about home care services until the need for care arises. Read more