Understand Your Caregiving Options

Understand Your Caregiving Options

Choosing Between 24-Hour Home Care and Live-In Caregivers There are a number of reasons why a senior might require round-the-clock care. Severe illness, acute disability, or a memory disorder can all lead to 24/7 care and support. While many seniors and their families choose to make the move to a nursing home at this stage, others prefer to receive care at home, where seniors feel most comfortable. Understand Your Caregiving Options If you have a loved one who requires constant care, you’ll need to choose between a live-in caregiver and a 24-hour home care service. Each offers its own benefits and

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Handling the Emotional Side of Caregiving

Most caregivers step up to the plate because they love their caree. Sometimes, the process of becoming a caregiver is slow as a parent begins the aging process and other times it happens quickly due to a fall or illness. One thing that many caregivers don’t anticipate is the many emotions they will experience as a caregiver. While love enables us to do many hard things, sometimes, love isn’t enough – particularly if you are a caregiver for an extended period. While you love your caree, being a caregiver takes a lot out of you and putting your needs on

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The Care Needs of Older Adults

The older segment living without the support of grown children, a spouse or partner continues to rise. Having few to depend on, other than a handful of friends, in many cases, the population has little to no personal support if and when illness strikes. Local medical and healthcare organizations are more aware of the segment's needs and address the older adult's functional declines to better facilitate maintenance of the aging process. And we need more ways to assess the patient's lifestyle. For instance, the medical paperwork asks for marital status, age, illnesses, diseases, and symptoms. What it does not ask,

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Signs of Anger Issues

If you are experienced as a caregiver for older adults, it is possible you have seen signs of anger issues. For some, anger outburst happen because a senior citizen is feeling vulnerable, which can magnify emotions and reactions. In separate cases, anger occurs in response to other problems, whether that is illness, pain, or memory loss. When you see signs of anger issues in an individual you are caring for—whether those indicators are physical abuse, verbal abuse or periods of paranoia—talk through your experiences with a professional to find relief. Coping with Physical and Verbal Abuse If you are caring

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Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes

Medications are a crucial part of life for most seniors, helping them stay healthy and manage chronic conditions. But for all the good they do, medications also represent a risk for older adults. Making mistakes when taking medications can lead to serious — even fatal — consequences. So, it’s important that seniors and family caregivers alike do all that they can to avoid medication mistakes. Helping Seniors Avoid Medication Mistakes As America’s choice in non-medical home care, the team at Visiting Angels knows how important it is for seniors and their families to avoid medication mistakes. To help, we’ve listed some

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Hiring the Right Caregiver

Making the decision to hire a caregiver is stressful. Once you decide your aging parent needs outside help, you need to take the next step to find the right person. Whether you are hiring an independent caregiver or going through an agency, you need to be sure that your hired caregiver is a good fit for your family. How do you know if you’ve hired the right person? Hiring the Right Caregiver I have worked with many families over the years and have met good and bad caregivers. There are certain traits that were common among good caregivers. Hiring the Right Caregiver

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Electricity Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Caregivers

Power outages aren’t very common, but when they do happen in your community, do you know what to do? Preparing for power outage emergencies won’t be as easy as getting a 72-hour emergency kit ready—especially if you are an elderly or are caring for someone who is. Here are a few things that may help you ensure your safety or of the elderly in your care. IDENTIFY THE RISKS Knowing what you're up against is a big step toward being prepared. WHAT CAUSED THE POWER OUTAGE? Natural disaster. Accidents leading to power failure. WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE RISKS? Do you

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Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent

We don’t choose who are parents are, and for some of us, we end up with parents who didn’t exactly show us the love, support, and compassion we deserved growing up. As they grow older, those parents can come back and want to be helped. As much as you may not want to help them, you know you should. So what do you do? Do you just stay quiet and do what you feel you need to do? Or do you turn around and walk the other way? Dealing with Narcissistic Older Parent Well, the decision is yours to make, and

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GPS SmartSole® Is a Game Changer for Caregiving

GPS SmartSole® is a discreet trackable smartphone hidden in a shoe insole.  GPS SmartSole®is enormously helpful if you are worried your loved one may wonder or get lost.  This patented product is a game changer for caregivers of people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism or other developmental disabilities. 60% of them will become “lost” at least once. 70% of those will become “lost” 3 or more times. 46% of wanders not found within 24 hours may die.  GPS SmartSole® is water resistant and sealed in a trim-able shoe insole. It uses GPS and cellular technology, is charged about every day, and

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