Caregiver Self-Care When You Don’t Have Time

Caregiver Self-Care When You Don’t Have Time

Caregivers rarely have time for self-care. Between regular “life” tasks and caring for another adult, there isn’t much time to practice self-care. While people harp on the importance of self-care, they rarely step in to give the caregiver time to actually practice self-care. So, many caregivers just drop self-care from their to do list. It’s the easiest thing to drop, yet it is critical to a caregiver’s well-being.  Caregiver Self-Care When You Don’t Have Time While the thought of adding one more thing to your to do list may be overwhelming, remember, if you don’t care for yourself, you can’t

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How to Create a Caregiver Command Center

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Smoothly With A Command Center Caregiving requires organization. Few caregivers have only one obligation – caring for a loved one – so juggling all of the tasks and managing your own life requires some serious organization. If you aren’t organized, you’ll become frustrated, stressed out and possibly drop a few balls here and there. Of course, many caregivers are thrust into their role without much planning and it can be hard to create an organization system that will work for your family on the fly. If you were thrust into caregiving and are trying to figure out some sort of

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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 wander 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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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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7 Essential Resume Writing Tips for Caregivers

7 Essential Resume Writing Tips for Caregivers

Writing about yourself in the form of a resume is never an easy task. However, it’s an essential part of the job-seeking process and always the first impression you’ll have with a future employer, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s perfect. 7 Essential Resume Writing Tips for Caregivers The caregiver industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world so if you’re looking for your next job; there’s never been a better time to do so. So you don’t miss out on your next opportunity, here are seven tips you need to know about writing the

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Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

Home Safety Checklist for Seniors

How to reduce falls in the home: Did you know falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults? So how can you help your parents make their home fall-safe? Home Safety Checklist for Seniors First, you can address the fall risks in the home, room by room. You both may be so used to the layout of their home  and the way things are that you don’t notice the risks. Be prepared for some push back, particularly if they are resistant to you stepping in and “taking over.”

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How Caregivers Heal after the Sacrifice

Family members at times take on the role of caregiving suddenly, assuming the tasks of helping a loved one without knowing what they're giving up. In most cases, people don't recognize their sacrifice and view the tasks as administering medications, preparing meals, giving rides, and making arrangements to live with their loved--all for the sake of the right thing to do. How caregiving effects adults who step into the role: Helping my parents through elder care put life on hold and I focused on their personal needs more than my own. Deferred retirement to maintain the 6 figure income to

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Moving Aging Parents into Your House

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Are you considering moving an aging parent into your home? For some, moving parents into an adult child’s home is an optimal solution for everyone involved, but there are things to keep in mind to secure a smooth transition. Benefits of Living with Your Elderly Parents Some families find living with multiple generations is beneficial for everyone. For an aging parent, it can help to decrease feelings of isolation. And adult children can welcome the support of another adult while raising their own young children. Even if you are looking forward to transitioning your parents from their own home into

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6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose

6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose

After retirement, seniors often struggle to find purpose in their lives. Many are surprised at their lack of direction without a Monday-to-Friday job. This lack of motivation can have a damaging effect on seniors’ well-being. Without this sense of purpose, seniors often slip into a sedentary lifestyle. Others find themselves feeling listless, anxious, or depressed. 6 Ways Home Care Can Help Seniors Rediscover Purpose At Visiting Angels, we’ve seen how lack of purpose takes a toll on older adults, time and time again. When seniors first get started with a home care assessment, many report feeling a lack of energy, motivation,

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