How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

If you are a long distance caregiver, or just don’t live close enough to visit your parents on a regular basis, you may not have enough time to evaluate how they are doing. Here are some ways to maximize your visits so that you get quality time but also check in on their ability to safely live independently. How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents  Leave the House This may sound like an odd suggestion, but I worked with many families who were very close and the adult children visited regularly, however, they had no idea that their parent had a

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Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care

Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care

If you are an older adult, or caring for an aging senior, the topic of home instead of senior care has likely come up. But, you don’t have to move to an assisted living facility to get the care needed. There are ways to get help with personal issues, meals, and medication while still living at home. Choosing Your Home Instead of Senior Care 69% of people age 90 or more have a disability, according to government estimates. With numbers like these, it is clear support is needed. Reach out to get the care you need to stay in your home as

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Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management

Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management

A question that has come up a few times is, “how do you know if you need to manage your parents’ finances?” It’s a difficult topic. Finances are usually private, even among family members. And sometimes, we think we know what’s best for our aging loved one but our bias or intention may not be as pure as we think. Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management I’ve had people tell me that they want to step in to handle their parent’s finances because their parent is spending too freely or not being as cautious as they would

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Hardest Most Rewarding Job is Caregiving

Organizing Care for an Aging Loved One

Whether or not your job includes working outside enduring the elements or seeing others suffer with no ability to change their situation, caregiving for a loved one possibly could be the most difficult job of all. Why, because it is a job from the heart and not one easily left behind once you leave the job site. Hardest Most Rewarding Job is Caregiving How do you leave loved ones who are unable to go out and do much else for themselves without a saddened tug on your heart? Your heart wants you to know to that it is alright to do

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Resolving Common Conflicts Around Senior Care

Bed Sore Care

At Visiting Angels, we know that senior care can be a contentious and sensitive issue. While it can be easy for some families to agree on when care is needed and how care will be provided, in many other cases it can be a cause for conflict. Perhaps you don't believe that you require care, while your son or daughter insists that you do. Or maybe you and your children agree that care is needed, but you can't come to an agreement on the right caregiver. Finding ways to resolve these conflicts around senior care is often a necessary part

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Taking Care of Elderly Parents

10 Dementia Warning Signs to Look for this Holiday Season

There comes a time in many people’s lives in which they need to start taking care of elderly parents. For some people, that means setting up services that will come to their parent’s home. For others, it means making changes to the schedule to be available to care for them. If you’re faced with this situation right now, consider these tips to make the situation much easier to handle. Taking Care of Elderly Parents Tips for Taking Care of Elderly Parents #1: Learn About Your Parent’s Needs Before you’re able to care for your parent, you’ll need to know his/her needs.

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How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent

How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent

If you have an aging parent, it’s normal to be worried about their health.  Moreover, if you recently stepped into the role of the caregiver for a parent with a health issue, you’ve also become their health advocate–whether you realize it or not. How to Be a Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent It’s important to take your role for your parent seriously. Here are 5 ways you can be the best health advocate for your senior. 5 Tips to Being an Awesome Health Advocate for Your Aging Parent 1. Prepare for Appointments When you have an aging parent, you’ll want to

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How to Handle Changes in Aging Parents

How to Handle Changes in Aging Parent

Helping Your Aging Parent Remain Safe at Home Whether you live near your aging parents or across the country from them, it can be difficult to see signs of aging. Your parents have always been the family leaders and suddenly, you notice that they’re not able to manage certain aspects of their life. They may also be working very hard to make sure you don’t see physical or cognitive changes. How to Handle Changes in Aging Parent I worked with many elderly clients who intentionally hid their health issues from their children. They kept phone calls short or used all of

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Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Caregiving Support

Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Caregiving Support

Is Your Aging Parent Struggling?   Whether you live near your aging parents or live across the country, it can be hard to see changes in their health or well-being. Sometimes, health and cognitive changes are gradual, making it hard to notice. Or, in many cases, we just see our parents as our parents and don’t notice a decline until something major happens. Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Caregiving Support It can be especially hard for local family members to see gradual changes. Similar to noticing gradual weight loss in someone you see regularly, you may not catch that your parent

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