Caregivers of aging parent(s) or those facing the challenges of assisting a loved one or friend who is chronically ill, disabled or elderly are growing in numbers. As a caregiver, you are one of the 22 million Americans who care for an older adult. Caregivers provide 80 percent of in-home care, but unlike nurses and home health aids, they are mostly unpaid for their labor of love. Dr. Elizabeth Clark, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers says “Care giving is a difficult job that can take a toll on relationships, jobs and emotional well-being. Those who care […]
The responsibilities of Alzheimer’s family caregivers is enormous. Is it no wonder that the #1 complaint of caregivers is stress? Many of these responsibilities overlap a bit into other areas, but I wanted to give you something to work with. Depending on where you’re currently at in your journey with your loved one, you’ll take something different away from this article. Knowing what lies ahead in your journey as a family caregiver will help you prepare and plan for when things get more difficult. This is better than being surprised by having to make yet another change in […]
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Caregiver Training: Refusal To Bathe is transcribed from video and provides great insight on how caregivers can encourage their loved one to bathe without it being a battle every time. By following these tips, bathing can be much less stressful for both caregiver and loved one. “My mother used to shower every day. Now if I don’t remind her, she refuses to bathe at all. If I try to help her and courage her to take a bath, she argues with me and gets upset, so she’s afraid of the water. What can I do?” “Mom it’s 8 a.m. Time […]
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health is transcribed from video. Hi, I am Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about how to take care of yourself when you are a caregiver. The demands of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can force you to focus all of your energy on his or her care. In fact, research shows that many people start neglecting their own care when they are caring for others. A loss of self care can result in both physical and emotional stress. You may experience a loss of sleep, headaches and […]
Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Burnout is transcribed from video and provides tremendous insight into how to prevent it. Enjoy! Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I am talking about avoiding (family) caregiver burnout. Let’s talk about ways to cope in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients. Many family caregivers presently care for a parent or spouse who is suffering from some sort of dementia. In fact, the frequency of dementia increases with rising age; from less than 2% for the 65 to 69 year-olds, to 5% for the 75-79 year-olds, and to more than 20% for the […]