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 your senior is experiencing shortness of breath more often, is coughing a lot, or seems to be getting sick more often, you might have started to wonder if she has COPD. COPD is a chronic and progressive lung disease that can take a tremendous toll on her body and on her ability to continue to live her life the way that she wants.
Smoking is incredibly common amongst people who have COPD, but it’s not a guarantee that your elderly ...
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 ...
Whether you take care of children, an elderly parent or work for a home care company like Extended Family Care, you probably have come to realize that caregiving can be as stressful as it is rewarding. We want to help you reduce the stress of caregiving and for you to start taking care of you. We have found a FREE program aimed at taking care of caregivers called, Think Caregiver, that will benefit you, your client and your family members.
In nature, ...
Health challenges can take a lot out of your senior mentally, physically, and emotionally. If she doesn’t have a series of steps she can take in order to deal well with those challenges, they’re going to take an even bigger toll on her.
Find Ways to Express Her Feelings Appropriately
Health challenges are going to happen and they’ll possibly happen more frequently for your senior as she continues to age. If she’s not expressing how she feels in ways that are appropriate, that ...
A healthy liver is important to the overall health of your aging relative. The liver performs several key functions in the body, such as helping to remove toxins from the body. It also plays a role in metabolism, storing vitamins and minerals and producing bile. Just like every other part of the body, what your older family member eats can affect liver health.
Eating certain foods, such as those below, can support and improve the health of their liver.
Scientific research suggests that ...
High cholesterol is a common occurrence in older adults. However, it’s possible to have it without even knowing since it causes no symptoms. Because it is a symptomless condition, you may wonder why it matters. The truth is that having high cholesterol is a risk factor for many serious conditions. When you understand more about high cholesterol and what can happen when it’s not kept in check, you may feel more confident as a caregiver.
Total, Good, and Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol has a ...
On March 27, 2019 Ric Williams was recognized by over 200 of his peers and colleagues from across the Commonwealth at Pennsylvania Homecare Association Direct Care Worker Event. The day was culminated as Ric passed on the prestigious award of the 2018 Direct Care Worker of the Year to the 2019 recipient. His speech and encouragement to his peers was heartfelt. “Live each day with love in your heart and enjoy it”, he instructed. Words of wisdom he not only uses ...