Resources and Tips for Family Caregivers

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Helpful Tips for Family Caregivers to Reduce Workload & Stress

Every caregiver should consider utilizing a personal emergency response system (PERS) in the caregiving plan. It is an especially helpful tool when you can’t be there in-person, round the clock. This solution can bring as much peace of mind to you and your family as it does to the person needing your care. Medical alert systems aren’t just for falls and medical emergencies; alarm buttons can be pressed for security concerns, fires, car accidents, or any time one feels endangered.

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The Importance of Building Trust with Your Loved One’s Doctors

Doctors can be some of the most important people in seniors’ lives . Caregivers and advocates take time and energy to not only make sure senior loved ones can get to their appointments, but that they feel heard, seen, and supported in that process. If you’re close to an older person, you might be called into an appointment to communicate with their doctors, and it’s importance to build trust with them.

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Mr. Sandman Bring Me a Dream: Elderly Caregiver’s Guide to Sleep

Caregiving can an extremely difficult job, and it can get even more difficult if you don’t get the sleep your body requires. Sleep is important to maintain the function of your brain and body so that you can take care of not only your needs, but the needs of your senior care receiver as well. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is a common problem among many caregivers in the United States. A study from JAMA Network found that, “Caregivers lost 2.42 to 3.50 hours of sleep each week due to difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep.” (1) When you are concerned about the well-being of your loved one, it can be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for a variety of reasons. Whether your mind is racing worrying that they may get up and fall, or they wake you because they need help, it can be draining to try to keep up with it all.

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Mental Health Tips For Seniors and Caregivers

Many of us are concerned about our physical well-being, as well as the physical well-being of our loved ones—as we should be. As we progress through our everyday lives, we get consumed by managing the bare essentials of our health and daily needs, and can sometimes fail to address concerns related to emotional and mental well-being. Mental health is often a taboo subject in many facets of society. However, maintaining mental wellness is as important as managing physical health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health, mental health problems affect about one-fourth of adults [in the United States] in any given year and nearly half of adults at some time during their lives. Some of the most common mental health concerns revolve around anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. They are treatable, and nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, oftentimes the more quickly these kinds of issues are addressed, the more effectively they can be treated.

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Can’t-Miss Tips for Managing Compound Caregiving

According to the AARP, “A whopping 24 percent of caregivers care for more than one adult person.”(1) Compound caregiving is defined as when a family or professional caregiver tends to the needs of more than one person at a time. It can be very tricky to find the right balance between caring for one’s own needs as well as the needs of multiple others. Our can’t-miss tips will help by providing time management techniques, assistive technologies, and stress management strategies.

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Top Ways to Maintain a Caregiver-Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a caregiver-work-life balance can be stressful for both caregivers and their families. Learning to identify and manage caregiver burnout can improve both your life and the life of your aging loved one. It is important to seek out workplace benefits and strategies to keep your mental and physical health in check.

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Help Your Parent Feel Loved with a Senior Safety Alert System

Senior safety alert systems present an opportunity to help an aging parent. Many children of aging parents participate in their loved one’s care by helping to schedule doctor’s visits, providing rides to appointments, and picking up prescriptions. Senior safety alert systems provide yet another opportunity for children to help their parents with a health-related task. In spending just a few hours helping your parent decide on a medical alert device, test it out, and set up a Circle of Care, you can help them feel safe, cared for, and less lonely.

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Do You Need a Home Alert System for Seniors?

Home alert systems can be a great comfort for seniors ageing in place. Many are easy to use, easy to set up, and provide much-needed security. In most cases, these systems work by contacting a central monitoring station when a sensor is triggered. Similar to a medical alert system, a home alert system for seniors will automatically call for help if the device senses an intruder.

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Long-Term Care Facilities vs Home Care: Which is Best for Your Parent?

At some point in the near or distant future, you will need to have an honest conversation about your parent’s care needs. Sometimes, this conversation may result in a medical alert system for in-home and on-the-go use. But when physical and social wellbeing degrades, considering alternative living options becomes crucial to senior health.

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How to Recognize Senior Loneliness Before It Becomes a Problem

Though we live in an age where we can easily communicate with friends and family, humans are lonelier now than ever before. A 2018 survey found that nearly half of U.S. adults reported feelings of loneliness “sometimes” or “always".

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