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Understanding Sibling Dynamics When Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by Emily Lewis on Jul 11, 2016 3:37:56 PM

GEN-BLOG-BAN-600x460-150115-UnderstandingSiblings.pngThe situation is new – taking care of Mom or Dad – but sometimes, the old story still dictates family interactions. It can become especially apparent when siblings try to assign jobs or make decisions together. Old family roles are rekindled….Who is the ‘responsible kid’ in the family? Who leads the pack and is dominant, and who is considered flighty or unavailable? The challenges may be escalated further when one sibling lives close to the parent and the others are physically distant.

Unspoken Expectations and Asking for Help

A large part of sibling tensions can arise from lack of communication. One huge step that any caregiver can take is asking for help, and specific help at that. Many times, a brother or sister may be disappointed in another sibling for not contributing more, but has never communicated the need or where there are gaps to fill in the care.

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Topics: Caregiving

What to Expect: 4 Questions Before Home Health Care Begins

Posted by Emily Lewis on Jun 16, 2016 1:32:42 PM

This basic guide addresses commonly asked questions and concerns about home health care and the kind of support provided through these services.After deciding that it’s time to start home health care, and before meeting their nurse or therapist for the first time, patients and their caregivers can have a lot of questions. This basic guide addresses commonly asked questions and concerns about home health care and the kind of support provided through these services. Patients and caregivers can feel more comfortable and confident about the days ahead after they find out more about what to expect.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Caregiving, Financial Health

Don’t Let Caregiving Give Way to Compassion Fatigue

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Jan 29, 2016 10:32:07 AM

Caregivers for seniors selflessly devote time, energy, and emotional support. But an outpouring of caring over time can lead to compassion fatigue.‘Care’ is the root of caregiving. For seniors aging in place, caregivers devote time and energy — perhaps assisting with daily activities and chores, providing transportation, managing household expenses, or helping to cope with chronic illness and medication management. Yet in each of these tasks, there is an emotional component. Although caregivers may be subject to momentary feelings of frustration or exhaustion, the underlying current of feeling comes from affection and compassion — wanting to do everything possible to better the life of someone so dear.

When times get tough or in home caregiving demands increase, caregivers might lean on this wellspring of emotion in order to continue giving of themselves. But these resources are not infinite: an outpouring of caring over weeks, months, or years can cause something known as ‘compassion fatigue.’ Keep reading to learn more about this phenomenon, its widespread effects, and how to avoid giving way to this form of caregiver burnout.

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Topics: Caregiving

The ‘Do-it-Yourself Vaccine’: Handy Reminders for Infection Prevention

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Dec 10, 2015 5:01:43 PM

National Hand Washing Awareness Week

For National Hand Washing Awareness Week (Dec. 6 - 12), make clean hands a cornerstone of health — not only yours, but your loved ones’ as well.Disease prevention takes collaborative effort. If you avoid getting sick, you can help avoid getting others sick, and vice versa. As peak flu and cold season closes in, protect yourself and those around you by honoring National Hand Washing Awareness Week this December 7 - 12.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call hand washing a ‘do-it-yourself vaccine.’ Read on to learn more about this irreplaceable task, and resolve to make it a cornerstone of health — not only yours, but the health of those around you.

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Topics: Home Health Care, Caregiving

Spotlight on Family Caregivers This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Posted by Carolyn Harmer on Nov 17, 2015 5:00:21 PM

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

For National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month this November, learn more about the condition and why family caregivers are priceless patient assets.

Alzheimer ’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. This condition affects not only the millions of Americans who have it, but also family members and those closest to them. Although there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s, research is bringing new insights to light, and potential new treatments are always in development.

For National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month this November, we take a look at the facts of the disease, and also recognize the incredible contributions of family caregivers to their loved ones’ wellness and quality of life.

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Topics: Dementia, Caregiving