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Tips for Keeping Your Senior’s Home More Secure

Many elderly adults are living alone for the first time. Their partner might have died recently, they are no longer raising children, and may for the first time be in their home by themselves. Even if they are not alone for the first time, new challenges, limitations, and needs can make it more difficult for them to feel secure and confident living on their own. They may be nervous when they are by themselves, or you may worry that they are ... Read more

Help Seniors During Organize Your Medical Information Month

When elderly relatives accumulate a lot of medical history, it can be difficult for family caregivers to keep everything straight. Because elderly adults are more likely to interact with different doctor and experience health issues, it’s wise to compile all their medical information into one convenient location. That way doctors will have a complete picture of the health history before treating the aging adult. October is Organize Your Medical Information Month, so it’s an excellent opportunity for family caregivers to tackle this ... Read more

How Can You Respond to People Who Are Cruel about Your Child?

As a parent of special needs children, you might find that some people say things that aren't very nice. They may do this out of ignorance or because they just don't take the time to be kind. Whatever the reason is, how you handle the situation can make a world of difference. Try to Mentally Step Back from the Comments It isn't always easy to step away from mean comments, but it can be an important first step. Chances are very good that ... Read more

What is the Importance of Helping Your Parent Leave a Legacy?

Many elderly adults struggle with feeling like they are no longer relevant, or that they no longer make a significant impact to the people or world around them. They may worry that they will not be remembered, or that their family will push them aside. This can be extremely distressing for a senior. As a family caregiver, it is important for you to support your aging parent, and help them to recognize that they are still valuable, and that they will continue ... Read more

What Sorts of Unreasonable Standards Are You Setting for Yourself?

If the standards that you're trying to live by as a caregiver are too difficult for you to meet, you're not going to achieve the success that you want to achieve. It's much easier to be a caregiver when you're setting goals and standards that you can actually meet. Doing it All Alone Many caregivers feel as if they have to do everything completely on their own. Perhaps this is accurate from the standpoint that you don't have other family members who can ... Read more

How to Manage Your Own Stress as a Parent of a Special Needs Child

Being a parent to a child who has special needs takes caregiving to new levels. You're likely stretched to your limits often and you need to learn how to manage your stress in a healthy way. Learn to Recognize Increased Stress in Yourself Everyone has a set of patterns that occur when they're under a great deal of stress. Start tracking how you're feeling in a journal or just in a spiral notebook. You'll start to recognize what it looks like when your ... Read more

How Fatigue and COPD Are Related

If you've been thinking that your elder with COPD seems to be continually exhausted, you might just be correct. Fatigue is extremely common with COPD and it's not a good situation. Fatigue Is Worse than Just Being Really Tired When most people think about fatigue, they picture it as something that simply means that the person is really, really tired. It's more than that, though. Fatigue is tiredness that doesn't improve for your senior after one or even two nights of good sleep. ... Read more

Extended Family Care Takes the AARP Employer Pledge

Extended Family Care believes in Equal Opportunity for all. In so doing, we have recognized the value of the mature workforce and have recently joined the nationwide efforts of the AARP Employer Pledge Program. The AARP Employer Pledge Program is “a nationwide group of employers (over 500 strong and growing) which stands with AARP in affirming the value of experienced workers and which are committed to developing diverse, high-performing organizations by leveraging workers of all ages. Smart employers know that the multigenerational ... Read more

Five Ways to Help Calm Sensory Overload with Children and Infants

Sensory overload can be a tremendous problem if your child or infant has sensory development issues. Some of these issues may not be apparent to you until they're too much for your child to deal with on her own. Use a Firmer Touch Ironically, using a lighter touch for a child or infant who has sensory issues can actually make the problem worse. A firmer touch is less problematic and can be more comforting. The reason for this is that a firmer touch ... Read more

Do You Have a Checklist for Bathroom Safety?

Busy caregivers get interrupted frequently, which makes checklists an easy way to make sure you haven't missed anything. Some of these tips might need to be on your bathroom safety checklist. Install Grab Bars in the Tub and Near the Toilet The toilet area and the tub or shower stall are two of the spots in a bathroom in which your senior is likely to be the most vulnerable. If you can install grab bars in these areas, then your elderly family member ... Read more
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