Senior Respite Helps Caregivers

Personal Consulting for Seniors

Senior Respite Helps Caregivers Caregiving is a very hard job. The Center for Disease Control has reported that caregivers end up suffering a lot because of all they do. 35%  of caregivers believe it’s hard to find time for themselves 29% suffer emotional and physical stress 54% report that their health is worse 29% have a hard time finding a work life balance Since caregiving is so incredibly hard, many people decide to take advantage of respite. Senior Respite Helps Caregivers What Is Respite? Respite care is often offered by assisted living communities. They provide short-term stays for seniors whose caregivers need a break. They take care

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Helping Elderly Parents Who Don't Want Help

Caregiving Paradox of Quality Time with Mom or Dad

Helping Elderly Parents Who Don't Want Help This is common. Many parents are quite independent. They want to do things on their own for as long as they are moving around. The problem is that for some people, there comes a time when moving around and doing tasks that were easy before become more difficult. Even so, many seniors do not want the help. They feel like if they give up one thing, they will have to give up something else. While you know that probably isn’t the case, your parent is fearful. Understanding how to help your elderly parents

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Healthy Boundaries When Caregiving

Ask an Expert: 5 Tactics for Dementia Caregiving

Healthy Boundaries When Caregiving Caregiving is a selfless job. You provide support to someone who desperately needs it from you. You give, give, give and give some more. However, when does that giving get to be too much? When does the giving cross boundaries? Healthy Boundaries When Caregiving Why Crossing Boundaries Is Bad The reason crossing boundaries is bad is because it can burn someone out quickly. This can make them overly tired, grumpy, and resentful. It can also lead to illness. Usually, this is because the person puts the other person’s needs before his/her own. This just leads them to

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Understanding Long Term Care Costs

Understanding Long-Term Care Costs

Understanding Long Term Care Costs Don't let Long Term Care Costs Surprise Your Family There are important realities to understanding long term care costs. Long term care is more expensive than most people think. And, most importantly, the cost of care is usually paid for out of savings and income. Understanding Long-Term Care Costs About 70 percent of people turning 65 can expect to need some kind of long-term care as they age. A number of public programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, may help pay for some long-term care services under certain circumstances. However, each program has specific rules about what

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Taking Care of the Caregiver

Tax Benefits of Caregiving of Aging Relative

  Taking Care of the Caregiver “In case of a loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down from above…. Please be sure to secure your own mask before assisting others.” If you’ve flown on an airplane in the last few decades, you’ve heard this speech. It illustrates the truth that you have to take care of yourself in order to care effectively for others. Taking Care of the Caregiver Are you caring for aging parents, young children, a relative who is ill, or some combination of the above? You know how challenging it can be to find the time

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Better Ways to Help a Senior as a Caregiver

Better Ways to Help a Senior as a Caregiver

Better Ways to Help a Senior as a Caregiver I was speaking to a client the other day who was quite frustrated with her elderly mother. She can see her mother is having a difficult time making decisions, but when she tries to help, her mother becomes upset. This then can lead to an argument that keeps them from talking for days. When they finally do start talking, there’s an awkwardness. This can then sometimes lead to another argument that ends up causing the relationship to suffer. As I was talking to this particular client, I realized that it wasn’t

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Managing Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Stress

Managing Caregiver Stress The work that goes into being a primary caregiver for a sick or elderly family member is very difficult, and the number of Canadian caregivers feeling distressed, upset or even depressed has nearly doubled in the last few years. Managing Caregiver Stress According to the Huffington Post, 33 percent of folks who provided care for a loved one at home had feelings of depression, stress, anger or anxiety in 2013-14, but in 2008-09, just 16 percent of caregivers reported those same feelings. Recognizing how negative side effects may manifest themselves is important for identifying caregiver stress. There are also a number of

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Responding to Caregiver Criticism

Responding to Caregiver Criticism Getting criticized is unpleasant, especially from family or friends who don’t lift a finger to help care for your older adult! When you get a hurtful comment, take a deep breath and try to stay as calm as possible. Then, try one of these 3 responses. Responding to Caregiver Criticism If it makes you feel any better, your calmness will only frustrate someone whose goal is to make you angry. 1. Acknowledge their concern, then ask what they’d suggest instead When someone criticizes how you did something, it’s automatic to snap back defensively. But that’s only going

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More to Dementia than Memory Loss

More to Dementia than Memory Loss Dear Mary, The doctor says my mother has dementia. I understand that the dementia makes her forgetful, which is why I moved her in with me, my wife and children. But she is constantly trying to get out of the house and says she wants to go home. Even in the middle of the night, she wanders all over the house. Would it help to post signs up at the doors reminding her that she is home? More to Dementia than Memory Loss Dear Reader, Memory loss is only one aspect of dementia. Wandering is very

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