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How to Manage Multiple Health Problems

Published: 10/22/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

Harriet is beginning to worry about her husband, Stanley, who now struggles with arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in addition to the diabetes and heart disease he has lived with for years. Both in their 80s, Harriet feels overwhelmed by the number of medications Stanley is taking (upwards of 12 now).

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.

Activities of Daily Living Checklist

Published: 08/15/2011 by Senior Care Society in Caregiving

Activities of Daily Living, ADL's, are helpful in determining the level of care that is needed when working with home care agencies or looking to find long term care. Use this checklist as a care assessment tool to determine what ADL's they will need assistance with. If you are uncomfortable doing this yourself, you can ask your medical doctor to perform this assessment or other professionals such as a geriatric care manager or licensed clinical social worker.

Reaching Out: Strategies for Combating Caregiver Loneliness

Published: 08/14/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

We’ve often heard the phrase, “alone but never lonely.” Considered a triumph of the human spirit, it refers to those who are perhaps single or living alone but who still live full, connected lives.

Why Being Organized Makes You a Better Caregiver

Published: 02/29/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

You may not qualify for the show Hoarders but if you’re caring for Dad and he has a heart attack, will you know where to find his emergency medical information or advanced directives (like a DNR order)?

How to Make Life Meaningful for Aging Parents

Published: 05/03/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Pick up her meds. Get him to the doctor. Make sure she has fresh milk and eggs in the fridge and bread in the pantry. As caregivers, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stuff and forget about life in between the caregiving.

In order to be an effective caregiver for a mesothelioma patient, you must understand mesothelioma and the special needs associated with this disease. Caregiving involves challenging responsibilities that can only be accomplished after you understand the cancer, the special needs and the obligations of the role.

How to Choose Quality Caregivers for Your Loved One

Published: 03/25/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

If you’re a parent, you’ve gone through this before, choosing babysitters, day care centers, or where to send the kids for summer camp. There was a level of trust required on your part, but if you did enough research, asked questions, and checked references, you were able to make a more informed decision. Your reward for doing this due diligence was peace of mind about with whom and where your children spent unsupervised time away from you.

The stresses of a caregiver’s daily life can become overwhelming and lead to caregiving crisis without proper planning, resources, networking and utilizing stress management tools available here at the Senior Care Society. One of the key elements in functioning as a loving caregiver is to be able to handle the inevitable stress that accompanies your job as a caregiver, particularly of caregivers to those suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Adjusting to Life Without Driving

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Caregiving

Adjusting to life without a car may be challenging at first. Most likely, you’ve been driving your whole life and it feels like quite a shock. It’s normal to be frustrated, angry, or irritable. You might even feel ashamed or worry that you are losing your independence. However, it takes a lot of courage to stop driving and put the safety of yourself and others first. You may also find there are many benefits to living without a car that you may not have considered.