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

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

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

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

Is it Cognitive Impairment?

Cognitive problems, which can include memory loss, are an issue that can lead to a lot of fear for your aging family member. You and she both may be concerned about whether she's really dealing with a cognitive problem or there's something different at play. It helps to know what to watch for so that you can make more thorough decisions. Familiar Processes Are Now Difficult When familiar processes and things in your senior's life become difficult for her that can be a ... Read more

What Can Your Elder Do to Get Better Sleep Each Night?

Sleeping well is a vital part of staying healthy. If your elder isn't sleeping well, that's a problem that you both need to resolve as soon as possible. Rethink Lighting at Night Artificial lighting is fantastic because it allows your aging adult to see inside her home even when it's dark outside. The problem with artificial lighting, however, is that it can trick her body into thinking that it's earlier in the day than it is. The human body uses complex hormone releases ... Read more

The Flu Is at Its Peak – How Home Care Can Help Seniors Avoid Getting It

You can hardly turn the news on right now without hearing a story on the seriousness of the flu epidemic this year. Sadly, there have been numerous deaths and many more hospitalizations. Older adults are among those at highest risk for serious complications due to the flu. This is especially true for seniors who have other conditions, such as heart problems or diabetes. If you’re concerned about your aging relative contracting the flu this year, there are many ways a home care ... Read more

5 Dressing Aides that Give Seniors More Independence

It’s certainly hard on an elderly person’s self-esteem when they must start relying on others for assistance. As the body succumbs to age-related illnesses and injuries, plus diseases and other chronic conditions, it can be hard for aging adults to take care of themselves completely. They often require a family caregiver or a homecare assistant to do simple things like cook, clean and get dressed. The more the elderly person must give up self-sufficiency, the more their self-esteem suffers. That’s why many ... Read more
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