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To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 31, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Every day at 5 a.m., I hear you wake up across the hall, unraveling yourself from the bed covers. You walk quietly to the kitchen as not to disturb me, so I can continue to sleep. You brew the coffee for us, count out my pills for the morning and set everything on my breakfast tray. As you enter my room, you call my name sweetly, “Mom?” I open my eyes to see a fatigued but smiling woman. You help me sit up in bed, guide my hand so I can drink and place my medications on my tongue. You help me bathe and dress. You lift me into my wheelchair and comb my hair, parted the way you know I like. Then, you hustle to get yourself ready for the day: work deadlines, PTA meetings, etc.
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Topics: Caregiving

Providing Care for Military Caregivers

Posted by Anne Hein on October 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM

In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States.

Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 8, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be.

However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Aging

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time?

Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

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Topics: Safety, Caregiving, Fall Prevention

Family Road Trips With Older Adults: How to Make the Journey More Pleasant

Posted by ComForCare on July 10, 2018 at 8:00 AM

For many families, summer road trips are a tradition. The purpose of these travels may be to relax in a scenic setting, explore a new city or visit out-of-town relatives.

Travel, however, can be challenging for older adults. If you plan to take a road trip with your loved one, these tips may help take some of the stress out of the journey.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Caregiving

Family Caregiving: How to Manage the Costs

Posted by Helen Beamer on April 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Caregiving for a family member is like taking steps into the ocean. At first, the water playfully splashes against your toes – it’s a quick errand or medical appointment with your loved one. Then the waves come with greater force and urgency – your loved one needs daily reminders for medications or has a fall and breaks a hip. Before you know it, the water is nearly up to your head – your loved one has advanced Alzheimer’s or another chronic health condition requiring around-the-clock care.

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Topics: Finances, Caregiving, Home Care Planning

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medication Safety Week

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on April 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM

While medications are created to help heal illnesses or manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, prescribed drugs can also be dangerous if not taken correctly. 
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Topics: Healthy Living, Safety, Caregiving

Communication and Dementia: Speaking Through the Silence

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Certain types of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, Parkinson’s and frontotemporal dementia) may affect language ability. People who have these conditions may forget the names of people and things. They could use words that mean something entirely unrelated. Sometimes, they speak in “word salad,” using a combination of words and sounds that seem to make no sense. Over time, many might stop speaking entirely.

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Aging, Caregiving

Family Caregiving: Advocacy for Your Loved One and You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

People often think of caregiving as mostly hands-on care. It involves tasks like bathing, feeding, transferring and toileting. However, caregiving is more than caretaking. Caregiving tends to the whole person and all their needs.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Aging

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act Is Signed Into Law

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2018 at 4:21 PM

RAISE (which stands for Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) focuses on providing relief to those who care for a relative or close loved one. Family caregivers don’t have to provide just personal care to qualify. The RAISE Act can help any family caregiver who provides housekeeping, financial and medical assistance.

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Topics: Caregiving, Home Care Planning

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