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Elder Care and Independence

Your elderly family member’s desire for independence might be a sore point between you both. Importantly, having some extra help from elder care services can increase your senior’s independence and help you to accomplish more at the same time. Aging in Place Is Possible If your senior’s major goal is independence, she likely wants to remain in her home for as long as she can. That’s called aging in place and there are potential issues that might make aging in place difficult for ... Read more

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Respiratory Flares in Your Baby?

When your baby is at a greater risk of respiratory illnesses, everything might feel as if it's out to get your baby. Here are some of the ways you can help to keep that risk a lot lower while still being welcoming to friends and family. Learn as Much as Possible about Germ Exposure Talk to your baby's doctor about germ exposure and how it can impact your baby's health. There may be some specific guidelines you can follow, like always washing hands ... Read more

Anxiety and Caregiving Sometimes Go Together

There are very few people who don’t really know what it’s like to feel anxious, even just occasionally. When you’re a caregiver, especially as a new one, you’re going to experience a good bit of anxiety. Are you doing the right things? Is your senior okay, is she happy? These and so many other questions will dance around in your head. If you let it, anxiety can steal the best parts of caregiving from you. Start to Acknowledge Anxiety for What it ... Read more

What Do You Put in a Preemie Journal?

You might think that keeping something like a preemie journal is just one more task that you're struggling to keep up with every day, but it's more than just another thing to do. Keeping a preemie journal can help you to track important information and process how you're feeling about what is happening. It's a Baby Book, and a Little More At first glance, a preemie journal seems an awful lot like a baby book that you might keep for any child. But ... Read more

Four Steps to Making Respite Easier on You

If respite feels like too much work, you might be doing it wrong. There are some steps you can take that allow you to reframe how you look at respite and how the experience ends up. It’s worth taking a deeper look. Who Is Your Backup? If you’re at the point where you have been putting off taking respite time, there is a solid chance that means your senior needs a lot of your time, help, and attention. Very often caregivers look at ... Read more

Four Tips for Beating Loneliness

Loneliness is a huge problem for caregivers. You’re often alone with your aging adult, but there’s more. The situation you’re in can cause you to pull back from the other people in your life and that has far-reaching effects. You can still do something about it, but you need to make a conscious effort. Friends and Family Are a Good Start If you’re not spending much time around family and friends, that’s your first mistake. Your family and your friends care about you ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Dehydration and Your Baby?

Babies, especially premature babies, are much more susceptible to problems that can sneak up on you, such as dehydration. While dehydration can show up as a result of illness, it can also happen when your baby gets overheated in hot conditions. Here's what you need to know. Dehydration Is More Likely in Babies Babies develop dehydration much more quickly than adults do. Their systems are smaller and the proportion of water to body mass is much different. If your baby is a preemie, then ... Read more

What Do You Need to Know about Sunscreen and Your Preemie?

A little bit of sun helps the body to make the vitamin D that it needs, but too much sun is disastrous. This is especially true for your preemie. Here's what you should know about using sunscreen on your preemie or older baby. Age Makes a Big Difference The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that infants younger than six months of age should not use any topical sunscreen. Once your child is older than six months of age, talk to your pediatrician before ... Read more

Caring for a Parent is a Family Job

Have you stopped to think about how much time family caregivers spend helping a parent? About 25 percent of caregivers spend more than 40 hours helping parents out. The majority spend 24.4 hours each week. If you're also working or caring for your children, it becomes overwhelming. When you're a family caregiver, it really does need to be a family job. It's not ideal if only one person is handling the bulk of the chores. Create a To-Do Chart The first thing a family ... Read more

How Can Positive Thinking Improve Your Dad’s Health?

There's no doubt that positive thinking makes you feel better. It also affects your health. According to John Hopkins Medicine, positive thinking can reduce the risk of a heart attack. It improves your mental health and helps with anxiety and depression. A happy outlook can also help improve the outcome following many chronic health conditions like cancer and stroke. How Do You Get Your Dad to Think Positively? When your dad isn't accustomed to a lot of positivity, it can be hard to ... Read more
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