There are various health issues that may lead your elderly loved one to wake up at nighttime. If you are a caregiver of your loved one during the night, it would be helpful to know more about how to handle these issues. Figuring out how to handle these issues will make nighttime caregiving easier.
Has your elderly loved one been awake often using the bathroom? There could be many reasons why they need to use the bathroom more than usual. A ...
If you have a senior parent or loved one living at home, there’s a good chance that they take some sort of regular medication or supplements. As a family caregiver, you have a lot on your plate caring for an aging senior, and keeping track of their medications can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have any type of medical background or training. But it’s not impossible.
Making sure they they take the correct medications, in the proper doses and at the ...
Some family caregivers have the benefit of falling back on siblings to help care for aging parents. When you're an only child, that's not possible. You don't have a brother or sister to vent to, brainstorm with, or rely on for breaks. How do you handle family caregiving as an only child?
Find a Way to Build a Support System
Make sure you have a support system. Whether it's friends, your own children, or your cousins, make sure you have a support system ...
If you and your senior are changing her living situation to one in which she lives with you, there are some emotional and mental changes that come along with that physical shift. You might not even notice them until they show up unless you know what to watch for.
Adjustments Need to Be Made
Everyone who lives in the home is going to need to make some adjustments. Some people are going to be more adept at this than others are. Everyone in ...
Carrie was widowed at 68. Her husband had just retired the previous year. They had been diligent in working and saving for retirement. She had admonished him to retire earlier, especially given the fact they were financially set, but much of his meaning and purpose in life was rooted in his profession. It was difficult for him to let it go. When he finally did let it go, it was only a few months before that massive heart attack overwhelmed him ...
When a parent needs care, moving often makes sense. Whether you're moving in with your mom or dad or you're moving a parent in with you, it's easier to provide care. While it's an easier path, is it always the right one?
Does the Home Have Space?
If you live in a two-bedroom home and you have children still at home, be realistic about where your mom would sleep. If you don't have the room, you'll be crowded and privacy would become an ...
Many elderly adults need other people to help them out with daily tasks around the house that may be too challenging. Physical and cognitive decline is common in old age, and sometimes seniors are struggling with more than one illness, injury or chronic condition. Family caregivers are an excellent resource but may not be able to assist all the time. When aging adults need someone to help them out with in-home care, they should consider hiring elderly care providers.
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Your dad chose you as his medical power of attorney. It's not a position to take lightly. You need to have many conversations with your dad about his medical wishes. Over time, he may change his opinions on certain things, and if that happens, you should sit down with his attorney. It's your job to make sure his wishes are heard and obeyed.
When you are the medical POA, there are things you need to keep on hand. Keep a folder with ...
Have you noticed your elderly loved one is struggling with things around the house? Perhaps you saw a pile of dirty dishes from a week ago still in the sink or noticed a new bruise on your aging loved one’s arm or knee.
As much as you might not want to admit it, some aging adults reach a point where they struggle to do the basic tasks that keep them safe, healthy and independent. Family caregivers like you now have to make ...
While people report feeling lonely at different stages of life, a recent study identified three peak ages for a higher risk of severe loneliness. According to International Psychogeriatrics, one of those peak ages happens in the late 80's. Seniors reported more isolation and loneliness at that age more than almost any other time in their life. This is important information for family caregivers as they work hard to meet their aging loved one’s emotional and physical needs.
Why Seniors Become So Lonely