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Do You Really Know What Your Mom Wants?

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How often have you thought, “I’ll bet mom (or dad) would really like this?” So, you buy it for her. But whenever you visit, it’s nowhere to be seen. We love our parents and we want to help them get the best they (or we) can afford. That’s all well and good if we fully understand what they want. When it involves staying in her own home or moving to a community, it gets complicated.

How to be Prepared for a Worst-Case Scenario (Caregiver Dies First)

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Caregivers without a good plan B are playing Russian roulette with their loved one’s welfare. Obviously, plan A is for them to remain in good enough health to provide for the needs of their recipient until they are no longer needed. However, a significant number don’t make it. Here are some of the things we can do now to make sure our loved one won’t suffer if we suddenly become incapacitated or die.

What You Need to Do if Mom Won't Let Others Do Their Job

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“Every time I visit my mom (age 92, lives alone) I find dusty furniture, dirty floors and bathrooms that need cleaning. Mom likes her home care worker but says she spends a lot of time texting and talking on the phone. The home care worker likes my mom but says every time she starts to clean up, my mom tells her not to because she wants to do it herself. I’m not sure what the truth is but I don’t want Mom living in a messy house. What can I do?”

7 Mistakes Most Caregivers Make

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The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.

We are Partly Responsible for Our Parents' Foolish Spending

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Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.

Senior Socialization is Essential to Quality Caregiving

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According to the American Psychological Association, “… one of the most difficult problems family members face is achieving a balance between respecting an older adult's autonomy and intervening before self-neglect becomes dangerous.” Many seniors enjoy expanding their social circles and many prefer to shrink them. When they want to stay home all of the time, it can be a sign that something else is going on and it could be the early stages of self-neglect. Caregivers must be alert to this and take steps to ensure the well-being of their loved ones. Here's how.

 

How to Make the Holidays Happier for Everyone

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Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time. 

Inactivity: The Mistake That Costs Everyone

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Betty’s family thought she was lazy and just didn’t want to do the exercises, but that probably wasn’t the reason. Whatever the source of her resistance, no one could get through to Betty with enough information that would motivate her; even though it would have reduced her pain and even saved her life. Talking seldom works. Find out how to help someone recover from couch potato syndrome.

Dementia vs Kitchen: A Caregiver's Nightmare

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Is there any time of the year when your family enjoys the aromas coming from your kitchen more than at holiday time? The scents of favorite meals, warm bread, pastries and candy not only bring on anticipation but some of our fondest memories as well. Yet, for sons and daughters of people with dementia, it could also bring on heightened levels of anxiety over mom’s safety.

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