Caregivers often mistakenly believe that the majority of their effort, attention, focus, and love must be directed exclusively to the loved one in their care. While this is an admirable approach, consider the expression “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” Caregivers must place a priority on caring for and nurturing themselves in mind, body, and spirit before they can
It can be quite a struggle trying to find ways to pay for long-term home healthcare for someone that you love, especially if this wasn’t “in the plan” when you were organizing and building your finances for your later years. With the “sandwich generation” squeeze, this is becoming even more difficult for Canadian adults supporting both their children and their
Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease is physically and emotionally taxing for the caregiver. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most debilitating and heartbreaking diseases to see right up close and personal. The people living with Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the only one that have a tough time – caregivers responsible for people living with Alzheimer’s also face
Being a caregiver is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming and difficult. It is a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year commitment, and this can result in you needing just as much care as the person you are looking after. Here are some ways that you can take care of
Taking care of an elderly loved one is a noble cause. Being a caregiver is not an easy task, however. It can leave a person exhausted and stressed out in only a matter of weeks, and after that comes caregiver burnout. If a caregiver to an elderly loved one exhibits any of the following signs of burnout, it may be
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can put a great deal of stress on a family that might otherwise get along very well. The emotional impact of seeing a person you care for suffering the effects of such a devastating illness, coupled with confusion over how and who should provide care can create shockwaves through the
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is a 24/7 job. Dementia Caregivers need help and support. If someone in your life is caring for a parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s, here are some ways you can be there for them. Look for signs of caregiver stress Many people who have taken on a caregiver role believe they have
Caregiving is providing help to another person in need. This can be an ailing spouse, an aging parent or a disabled child. More and more people who are not health care professionals are taking on the role of caregiver. If you are a caregiver, you know that being there for your loved one who needs you is rewarding. But caregiving
When a loved one needs care and you are far away, there are still many things you can do to help with their care from a distance. Coordinate services – arranging for in-home care and household help Manage finances, medical bills and records Provide support to a primary caregiver To be effective as a long-distance caregiver Have a family meeting.
Alzheimer’s disease can make ordinary, day-to-day activities challenging. Here are some tips to make daily tasks easier for the patient, the caregivers and the family. Dressing Dementia can make getting dressed a very frustrating experience. Make it part of a routine. Help the person with Alzheimer’s to get dressed at the same time every morning. Don’t offer too many choices.