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Ten Things Caregivers Need to Know about Respite

Published: 09/19/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

If you ever need a break from caregiving, you need to understand what respite care can offer you.

Timely Tips to Help Family Caregivers Avoid Burnout

Published: 11/01/2012 by Michael Bloom in Caregiving

It is a selfless choice to serve as a family caregiver. Given the complex needs of their loved ones, it is understandable that caregivers experience high levels of stress and are at risk of burnout.

Caregiving involves many challenges and changes, but the most difficult may be when a loved one with dementia becomes physically aggressive. This doesn’t always happen, but as many individuals with Alzheimer’s progress into the middle stages of the disease, behavioral problems such as aggression do surface.

The A-B-C Approach to Managing Alzheimer’s Behaviors

Published: 08/23/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Alzheimer’s

Fortunately, the support group members had recently learned about the A-B-C method of managing Alzheimer’s behaviors. While Alzheimer’s is complicated, this method can help make understanding and responding to challenging behaviors more straightforward.

The Warning Signs of a Bad Home Health Care Worker

Published: 01/10/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Home Health Care

We at the Senior Care Society know all too well that while the majority of health care workers in the field are qualified and good caring people, there are some bad apples in the bunch that you will need to be wary of. Therefore, we would like to provide you with the following warning signs to watch out for and what you will need to do to find a qualified and trustworthy home health care worker.

Telehealth Can Make Caregiving More Manageable

Published: 08/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

If the first thing you imagine when you hear the word “telehealth” is someone sending healing interventions through mental telepathy, you can rest easy. Telehealth is a sound, evidence-based practice that has gained momentum over the years due to challenges in delivering health care to isolated populations. Moreover, telehealth can make a crucial difference in the lives of caregivers because it helps them manage their loved ones’ care more effectively.

Tips for Getting Your Loved One to the Doctor

Published: 10/12/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

Have you ever been worried about your loved one’s health – maybe even felt like something could be very wrong – but you cannot convince your family member to even set foot in the waiting room of a doctor’s office?

Tips for Finding the Right Assisted Living Community

Published: 03/22/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

If you have decided that your loved one needs assisted living care, and she has agreed that the transition would be best for everyone, you’re halfway there. Getting this far may have been a difficult road, and the transition itself may not be easy, but making a decision about care is the first major step.

Now, it’s time to find the right place.

Tips for Approaching Difficult Conversations with Parents

Published: 04/29/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Maybe you’ve been there as a parent: that moment when you realize you must have a very difficult conversation with your child. If you don’t have children, at some point you’ve likely had to approach dear friends or other family members about a sensitive issue.