How to Ask Others for Help “I keep trying to help mom on my own. I think I’m doing a good job and I don’t want to burden anyone else with this, but seriously, there are times when I could really use some help…” Caregiving is and should be a family responsibility. But oftentimes if [...]
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What if My Aging Relative Resists “Outside” Help? Helping Seniors Accept Help Two of the most important issues for seniors are to remain independent and keep living in their own home. But health and cognitive issues can sometimes make normal day to day living a bit more challenging. While some seniors accept assistance with no [...]
Involving Siblings and Seniors in Eldercare Planning In many instances, the responsibility for caring for a senior relative tends to fall on one person who becomes the Primary Family Caregiver, usually the spouse, the grown daughter of the senior, or the family member that lives the closest to the person needing assistance. However, this situation [...]
Putting Together a Plan of Care Perhaps one of the most difficult conversations you’ll have as a caregiver is talking about end of life preparations. For many seniors, this conversation is as hard as the one about having to move to a full-time care facility. But because, a senior’s health can fail suddenly and unexpected, [...]
Signs that Spousal Caregiving May Be Becoming Too Risky for You Times have certainly changed. Medical and healthcare strides are allowing people to live well into their 70’s and 80’s. Despite those health advances, the fact remains that caring for a spouse in need, regardless of their age, is very demanding, stressful and could threaten [...]
Providing Care and Support for a Spouse The care of a spouse surely has its rewards. One advantage is that the partner who is need of care or assistance is already comfortable with the caregiver. You know each other’s idiosyncrasies, habits and preferences. You also know each other intimately so it eases any embarrassment when [...]
Physical Signs of Caregiver Stress When you’re a caregiver it’s easy to forget about your own needs. After all, you’re a caregiver not a me-giver. Right? Well, yes and no. As difficult as it might seem, you need to pay attention to yourself too. Why? One study done by Elissa Epel from the University of [...]
Emotional Signs of Caregiver Stress The emotional experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person. The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can exact a heavy toll. It’s important to recognize the emotional signs of caregiver stress. Take a look at the following list [...]
Just 15-20 minutes here and there each day when you can focus on yourself will make a world of difference in managing your caregiver stress.
You’re at work. The phone rings. Caller ID shows it’s your mom. You sigh. Shake your head and wish the call would just go away. You think, “I was just there. What does she need now? How am I possibly going to get my work done?”