10 Caregiving Tips for Alzheimer’s Behaviors

One of the most challenging aspects of taking care of elderly parents with Alzheimer’s is adjusting to the troubling and sometimes abrupt changes in personality and behavior. Sometimes, family members are still in a phase of denial and aren’t ready to cope with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects their aging pare

Case Management: What Is It and How Can It Benefit My Loved One and Me

Anyone caring for elderly family members knows the amount of time it takes to coordinate their care. There might be in-home senior care providers involved and medical appointments to schedule with multiple physicians and specialists. There is also the task of making sure your family member makes it to the appointment and that someone is

We Are Always Hiring Caregivers!

Lois originally became a caregiver to earn extra money for a trip to Europe.  She already had a great telecommunications job, but she wanted extra income to save for her one-time trip.  That was 13 years ago.  Long after her trip to Europe, Lois is still working with the same client, “”Danny.”  She washes his floors, does his

Caring for the Caregiver

When the caregiver burns out, what happens to the person needing care?  The answer is never good. Burnout can happen when a caregiver is overburdened emotionally and/or physically, and burnout can manifest itself through emotions (depression; anxiety; symptoms such as lashing out, feeling down, resentment to the one needing care) or

Who Pays for Non-Medical Home Care?

                    We get numerous calls from elderly people living in the community or from families inquiring about getting some help with housekeeping, laundry, and other various non-medical tasks. Those calling are usually disappointed when they lea

When People with Dementia Repeat Themselves

As I was visiting with a new client to initiate services for her in her home, she told me the same story over and over and over again!  Her son told me he couldn’t listen to it any longer, about how she had been given a gift and how her peers were jealous of her.  He could repeat every detail of the story because he’d heard it so

Managing Medications is Crucial to a Senior’s Well-Being

Dad cuts his daily blood pressure tablets in half to save money.  Some days, Mom forgets to take her prescription drugs.  The wrong medications.  The wrong dosage.  The wrong timing.  Skipped medications or taking too much or too little can cause medical complications, reduced quality of life, or even death. Unfortunately, for s

5 Easy Ways to Help Your Elderly Parents

1.  Stop by for a visit . . . and bring dinner. Life gets busy, particularly for adult children in the sandwich generation who are taking care of elderly parents and raising children.  Yet, there are few things more critical for your elderly parents than getting face time with their children and grandchildren. When life gets bus

4 Family Caregiver Stress Busters

First, Dad needed help monitoring his daily medications.  Soon, he needed regular at-home care.  If you are taking care of elderly parents, you understand the tough sacrifices and rewards of helping your aging parent with daily routines such as bathing, cooking, washing laundry, or making medical and financial decisions. Yet, witho

Family Caregiving Survival Guide #1: “I Don’t Need Help!”

It’s not uncommon for seniors to balk at the idea of having help at home.  It’s also not uncommon for the adult children taking care of elderly parents to push for it.  They push for Mom to accept help, and Mom pushes back to do it all herself.  This can be an aggravating source of tension, frustration, and resentment among famil