You Need a Caregiving Team for Everyone’s Well-being

You Need a Caregiving Team for Everyone’s Well-being

Stepping in as a caregiver for a loved one is noble. It is selfless and kind and compassionate. Caregiving is also incredibly isolating. Caregivers get so stuck in the day-to-day care that they struggle to keep it all together and rarely have time to find support and reach out. You Need a Caregiving Team for Everyone’s Well-being While it is difficult to figure out what caregiving support you need and reach out to family and friends for help, it is critical to your mental and physical health. Don’t try to carry the whole burden of caregiving yourself. You need to speak

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When Incapacity Happens in Your Family

Tips for those grieving and those who wish to help

What does Dad want? Have you asked? How about Mom? Does anyone know what her wishes are?  Has anyone asked her? And is anyone really listening to what they are saying? When Incapacity Happens in Your Family Life can turn on a dime. Incapacity happens. Wouldn't it be better to take some time now to get prepared?  There is no time like the present to ask questions and get some answers.  It’s never too late until it really is too late! Engaging in conversations about what to do in the event of incapacity or death and formulating a plan ahead of

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Before Moving a Parent into Your Home

Before Moving a Parent into Your Home

6 Factors to Consider First The decision to move your older parents into your home is a big one to make. Your home is your refuge from it all. Caregiving is hard, and having it so close to you can make it harder. Does that mean you shouldn’t move your parents into your home? No, not necessarily. Many people decide to have their parents stay with them and it ends up being the best decision they could have made. Just take time to consider the following before you start packing up and moving your parents into your home. Before Moving a

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Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents

Whether you plan ahead or you’re thrown into a situation due to a sudden health crisis, end-of-life conversations are never easy. Couple that with trying to initiate these conversations with your aging parents.  End-of-Life talks can be excruciatingly delicate and sometimes difficult. One must simultaneously tread lightly, yet boldly. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Here are some basic guidelines to help prepare for these very important and personal discussions. Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents Start now Initiating End-Of-Life Conversations with Parents If you think it’s difficult to find the time today, it could be much harder.  Imagine what it will be like trying to

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Helping Parents Resisting A Move to Senior Living

Resistant Parents Moving to a Senior Living Community

Helping Parents Resisting A Move to Senior Living Three dos: Helping Parents Resisting A Move to Senior Living Understand their perspective. Moving can be frightening. Remember when you first moved away to college or a new city? For aging parents, moving to a senior living community is a big change and an even bigger step out of their comfort zone. By empathizing with their situation, you are better able to approach the experience from their perspective. Moving to a Senior Living Community and Dealing Resistant Parents Emphasize your aging loved ones’ health. Make it readily known that the well being of your aging parent

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What NOT to Say to Senior Parents

What NOT to Say to Senior Parents

What NOT to Say to Senior Parents Taking care of senior parents is not easy, so it’s normal to become frustrated sometimes. The problem is that the frustration can sometimes take over our choice of words. This is when we say things that we probably shouldn’t, and that causes some relationship issues that make the situation worse. The following are some of the things you probably shouldn’t say, even out of frustration. It’s hoped that by having this fresh in your mind, it will help you preserve your relationship. What NOT to Say to Senior Parents #1: Don’t you remember?! It’s

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Aging in Place

Aging in Place

Aging in Place Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible. It can be hard to imagine that tasks around the house that were once done with ease can one day pose a challenge. Anticipating the challenge and planning accordingly may allow you to remain in your home for an extended period of time. Often, with some minor modifications, your home can be adapted to help

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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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Changing Your Perspective of a Situation

Changing Your Perspective of a Situation

Whenever there is a situation in your life you are not quite fond of, you may find yourself unable to see it any differently. You are stuck on your beliefs. Those beliefs are what makes the situation so difficult to deal with, though. When you’re able to change your beliefs or perspective, you can alter the way you approach the situation. Changing Your Perspective of a Situation How to Do It It’s not easy to change your perspective, but it’s possible. The following can help you do that. Consider Alternatives Many people get stuck on one belief, and they simply cannot

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