Dolls Help with Dementia

Dolls Help with Dementia

A video has gone viral on social media. It’s of a grandmother holding a doll reacting to it as though it is a real life baby. The video is so touching that people from around the world have shared it on their personal Facebook page. I thought it was important to discuss it in my blog because it’s a great idea for people. Dolls Help with Dementia Maxine, the granddaughter of Lilly, says: “Her dementia was progressively getting worse to the point that she had forgotten most family members and her mannerisms became more child like so I thought maybe a

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Outsourcing Caregiving Help

Understand Your Caregiving Options

Caregiving is challenging. Between managing another person’s health and well-being and running a household, the tasks can become overwhelming. It’s hard to know when to ask for help. We focus on what needs to get done and don’t even realize when it’s time to ask for help.  Critical to both of your well-being is to step back and evaluate the situation and accept that you can’t do it all. Outsourcing Caregiving Help Do you need Outside Caregiving Help? If caring for a loved one is important, you can still do it, but you don’t have to do everything. Find ways to

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Cancer Caregiver Tips

Cancer Caregiver Tips

Caring for someone with cancer is a stressful job.  While doctors handle the cancer treatment, caregivers often manage their patients’ everyday needs — transportation, food, recreation, medications and visits with friends. All the while caregivers must deal with feelings of helplessness and frustration as they watch their loved ones fight battles in which they cannot help. Many people feel guilty if they focus any attention on themselves. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, studies have consistently reported higher levels of depressive symptoms and mental health problems among caregivers than among their non-caregiving peers. Cancer Caregiver Tips But caregivers can learn to manage

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Medication Safety for Children

Important Advice for Caregivers giving Medication to Children Each year, an estimated 71,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for accidental medication poisonings, many of which are caused by dosing mistakes. Thankfully, while health care professionals or poison control resources resolve most issues, extreme cases that go untreated can result in complications, particularly in very young children. Medication Safety for Children "Many well-intentioned caregivers can get mixed up when it comes to administering medication," says Dr. Michael App, a pediatrician in Grand Rapids, Mich. "With so many factors playing a role in proper dosage, such as weight and age of the

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Information to Know Before You Hire a Caregiver

Information to Know Before You Hire a Caregiver

Information to Know Before You Hire a Caregiver When looking for the perfect caregiver, many families don't know where to begin. Though the Internet offers a quick solution for finding caregiver information, it can also be a misleading source. Whether looking for a babysitter for a few weeknights or a full-time nanny, knowing the history of your caregivers is vital. In fact, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, babysitters are responsible for 4.2 percent of criminal acts against children under six years of age. Though this is a small percentage, some believe these types of crimes could

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Consider Elder Care Franchise Ownership

Consider Elder Care Franchise Ownership

The Joys of Professional Caregivers & Senior Care Franchise Owners One of the greatest pleasures in life is knowing that your work is making a positive impact. In few industries is this felt as much as when you work as a professional caregiver or run a senior care franchise. By helping the elderly find comfort and contentment at home, caregivers bring more happiness minute-by-minute into other people’s lives than almost any other kind of professional. At Visiting Angels, our work in the home care industry has taught us that as well as anyone. As the #1 rated senior care franchise

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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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