What Can You Do to Avoid Potential Caregiving Conflicts?

Conflicts among family members, yourself, and even your aging adult are not uncommon at all when you're a caregiver. Everyone has opinions and everyone has goals. You can reduce some of those conflicts just in how you approach them. Make Communication Open and Frequent The more comfortable that you and the rest of your family members are with talking about what's going on, the easier it's going to be to avoid misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can be a big source of conflicts. Family meetings can ... Read more

How Do You Get Your Parent to Eat When They Have No Interest in Meals?

Appetite changes are common in the elderly. It can be side effects of medications keeping them from eating. Problems with dentures that don't fit correctly can be an issue. It can simply be changing taste buds that make foods taste different. If your parent is showing no interest in meals, talk to the doctor first. It's important to rule out medical reasons for the lack of appetite. If that passes, there are ways to get your parent to eat. Switch to Multiple Snacks ... Read more

What Sleep Issues Might Your Senior Cope with After Suffering a Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries, also referred to as TBI, is a leading cause of serious injury and contributes to more than 30 percent of injury-related deaths throughout the United States each year. These injuries can result in a wide variety of serious consequences, including death, but the impact is not just limited to the injury itself. Many of these complications are related to functioning after the injury and can have a tremendous impact on your parent's health, well-being, and quality of life ... Read more

Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Harrisburg, Pa. (March 28, 2018) – Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh (a branch of Star Multi Care), has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA). Williams has been an aide with Extended Family Care for nearly ... Read more

What Can You Do When You’re Overwhelmed by Anger?

Caregiving is full of situations that can make you feel angry very quickly. There are paperwork problems, frustrating family members, and all sorts of other bureaucratic red tape that might have you seeing red. How you cope is really important. Check that You're Meeting Your Needs There are plenty of reasons that you can become genuinely angry as a caregiver, but if you're hungry, not sleeping well, or otherwise not getting your needs met, you might have a shorter fuse than usual. If ... Read more

8 Ways to Make Eating Easier for Older Adults

There are many conditions that can make eating difficult for older adults. Their hands may shake, making food fall from their fork or spoon. Or, arthritic hands might have difficulty holding the fork at all. Other conditions that may affect the ability to eat are stroke, dementia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Eating can also be hard because of health problems that affect the mouth or digestive system. If you’re a family caregiver to an older adult who has difficulty eating, here ... Read more

Tips for Caring for a Senior with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can be a devastating condition for elderly adults. Those who suffer from this condition are at greatly increased risk for fractures that can have a severely negative impact on your parent's health, well-being, and even mortality. If your parent has been diagnosed with osteoporosis, the care that you give them can make a tremendous difference in how they are abe to cope with the condition and their health and safety. Use these tips to help you care for a senior with ... Read more

What Can You Do to Make Recovery from Surgery Easier for Your Senior?

Your senior might not be looking forward to surgery, but there are some things that you can do in advance that can help make that recovery period easier on everyone. Assess What She Needs After Surgery Talk with your elderly family member's surgeon and anyone else who is instrumental to her care about what to expect after your senior has surgery. Your elderly family member's surgical team may even have a checklist that you can follow to make things even easier. This can ... Read more

What are Dressing Aides for Elderly Adults?

When an elderly adult is physically affected by chronic illness, injury or age-related impairment it often means they must rely on others for help around the house. Family members, homecare aides and others must step in to assist them with some of the tasks of daily living, like cleaning, cooking and even getting dressed. Family caregivers can provide dressing aides for their elderly relatives to boost their ability to do as much for themselves as possible when it comes to getting ... Read more

Are Your Feelings About Being a Caregiver Normal?

Being a caregiver comes with its own little rollercoaster. Nope—not the physical kind, the emotional kind. As a caregiver, you’re likely to feel everything from joy to the deepest depths of despair. Sometimes you might even feel all of that in one day. We don’t say that to scare you, but to let you know that your feelings are perfectly normal. The trick to having all of these emotions is accepting them and dealing with them. But, even though having the feelings ... Read more
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