Your mom is a sentient being not an item One of the most common phrases I hear when I am helping a family face a crisis with their elderly parent is “I don’t want to put my mom in a home!” I AGREE! Mom is not an item that can be put somewhere; she is a sentient being who has helped you through many things in your life, you need to care for her the best way possible. Moving her from an environment where she is alone, isolated, surrounded by things that she may get hurt on … [Read more...] about Please, DO NOT Put Your Mom in a Home!
Help Keep the Family Caregiver from Collapse - Family caregivers can suffer the most especially when caring for someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia The caregiver burden can be detrimental to the well-being of that family caregiver and if not noticed and helped can cause a collapse of that caregiver. The physical and emotional health of the primary caregiver is critical to optimal care of our loved ones. Family Caregivers can suffer from increased rates of depression and physical … [Read more...] about Caregiver Burn-out can be Prevented
During the Holiday Season it’s easier to see changes in behavior that could be the early stages of memory impairment or dementia. Noticing changes is important but not for the sake of providing a “label” for a condition but for the purpose of creating a desirable environment for your loved one with dementia. Although doing this can cause concern, taking the time to understand the situation is the first step in providing your parent, grandparent, sibling, client, friend or colleague the … [Read more...] about Dementia and Holidays: Changes in Behavior that may Indicate Dementia
Caregiver burden is the stress which is perceived by family caregivers due to the home care situation. This subjective burden is one of the most important predictors for negative outcomes of the care situation – for the caregivers themselves as well as for the one who requires care. Unlike professional caregivers such as physicians and nurses, informal caregivers, typically family members or friends, provide care to individuals with a variety of conditions, most commonly advanced age, … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Help an Overburdened Family Care Giver
Not even Hurricane Irma could dampen the spirits of this group Seniors were evacuated from their assisted living community in Orlando but are having the time of their life! Watch the video segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and see photos of Kristen Bell bringing smiles to ELDERLY residents’ faces. CLICK HERE: … [Read more...] about Seniors Evacuated – Hurricane Irma – But Still Having A Great Time!
What to Look for When Visiting Your Independent Elderly Parents In the summertime, there is more family activity - from visiting to family reunions, and family vacations. Often these have become routine and regular outings for the group. However, as one ages it can become more difficult to keep up and participate like before. There are things to look for when you are visiting to see if the activity planned will be appropriate for them this time. Be observant of the following things; you … [Read more...] about Visiting Elderly Family Members