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Top 26 Resources for Family Caregivers

Families give 80% of the long-term care in this country to loved ones, and their need for information is growing. Unfortunately, family members do not receive training, and the care they give is learned by trial and error.

Often, caregivers make the mistake to think they should not burden others with their feelings because they are not the one who is ill. Talking about the illness of an aging parent and how you feel about it can help relieve stress.

If you’re giving care to a young child or parent, the first step is to educate oneself about the care a person needs. There are several facets of the care a recipient requires from you, but here are the top three:READ MORE

Healthy Aging Tips

Healthy Aging Practices

People can change their lives any time of the year but the springtime is one of the best seasons. It’s the most refreshing time after being cooped up all winter. And it offers hope and new beginnings.

But setting healthy goals demand effort and planning. We pray, wish, write down, join, swear, assess, let go, add, and calculate. Why then after so much energy, come the summer, we’re nowhere near the finish line?

For some people, making physical, emotional, and spiritual changes are easy and natural. While for others, it’s next to the impossible!READ MORE

Home Health Care

How Patients Use Home Health Care

Patients and families find value in receiving health care at home. The best times are during a chronic health episode, post-acute care, and after a medical treatment. The results will yield high patient improvements and lower health care and out-of-pocket expenses.READ MORE

Post Acute Care Providers

Who are Post-Acute Care Providers?

When the hospital discharges a loved one, the family caregiver might not be prepared. After all, the accident or fall happened suddenly, and there was no time to plan the post-acute care. Who had time to do that? The entire family rallied to keep the family member comfortable in the hospital.

But now the discharge and your loved one cannot go home. They will need rehab therapy.

So, now what? You scramble for a rehab facility that provides post-acute care for recovering patients.

The first question many family members ask, does my loved one qualify for Medicare? The discharge planner tells you, “She needs help but doesn’t qualify for skilled nursing care, the kind Medicare covers.”READ MORE

Social Worker responsibility in caregiving

Social Worker’s Role in Patient Care and Advocacy

Social workers play a big role in hospital frontline services for patients and family members. According to a 2006 survey of licensed social workers, hospitals are the most common primary employment setting for them (Whitaker, Weismiller, Clark & Wilson, 2006.)

The Roles and Functions of Social Workers in Health Care

Their primary role helps patients and families understand an illness, come to terms with the emotions of a diagnosis, and provide counseling on the decisions. They are essential participants in the hospital medical teams; collaborating with doctors, nurses, and related health professionals. Social workers help the medical team members to recognize the emotional aspects of a patient’s illness.READ MORE

Caregiver Meal Challenges

Mealtime Challenges for Caregivers

Family members know how difficult it is to ensure an older parent maintains a nutritious diet. After all, seniors face multiple challenges and nutrition and maintaining elderly health is at the top.

Since many older adults live with at least one chronic condition, eating and enjoying meals can be affected by medications. Their appetites and taste buds will diminish by the meds they consume. And if a person is recovering from a surgery, a patient may lose interest in eating altogether.

These problems can mean your parent may not flourish.

Living alone poses another significant challenge. Deteriorating mental or physical health limits the ability to engage in social activities. And if the person has no children or the children live far away from them, that increases the risk of social isolation.READ MORE

Legal Issues in Elder Care

Growing older will force people to make life care decisions that affect medical and end of life concerns . These decisions about health and medical care are highly sensitive, and they deserve the strongest protection under the law. Therefore, when it comes to a person’s health care, the law is very strict about who participates in the care related discussions.

These sensitive documents are meant to protect you from someone else making medical decisions on your behalf. The legal forms will give you peace of mind and the guidance to the friends and family members during a medical or financial emergency.READ MORE

caregiver advice

The Key Steps for New Caregivers

At the beginning stages of caregiving, it will be a struggle for you because you won’t know who to turn to for help. You’re new to the family caregiver scene. It’s confusing and sometimes frightening. And it may be the first time that your relative needs your help. This is a first time experience for the two of you and equally scary for both. Maybe there’s a sudden change in the relative’s health or over time, chronic illness has made them weak and dependent.

You must take action now and learn to reach out to people, services, and information that will be a guide for you to help care for a loved one. The earlier you act and find support, the sooner you’ll get a handle on the confusion and frustration that riddles the caregiving process.READ MORE

at home caregiver tips

Caregiving Roles and Responsibilities

Caregiving roles take on countless shapes and forms. They assist older adults, the ill, and the disabled friends and family members. They help every day in small and big tasks. But if the caregiving responsibilities become too demanding, over time they become exhausted and stressed.
Close to 45 million Americans provide 38 billion hours of unpaid, “informal” care each year for older family members and friends living with chronic conditions that inhibit them from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own.READ MORE

How to Manage Caregiving

 

Most of us have been or will be a family caregiver for an older, sick, or disabled family member or friend. Maybe you don’t use the term “caregiver,” nor do you complain about it’s demands. The care you give is from love of a particular person, and carers do not expect anything in return. It’s a role that most people step into willingly.

Caregivers come from all areas of life. They are friends, neighbors, wives, partners, and husbands. The act of giving care calls on the daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren to look after another family member. And the most surprising fact, the tasks performed are provided without pay or any other form of compensation.READ MORE

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