Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

Finding Life’s “Sweet Spots”

Most of the time when I speak to my friends, family or colleagues and ask them how they are doing, there is a standard and quick “Good, thanks.” But when we take a moment to really talk about life, I hear about the challenges of

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How to Make Living Areas Accessible

Many people with a variety of disabilities must adapt their surroundings in order to comfortably carry out activities of daily living. We have covered adaptations for the bedroom and bathroom, and now let’s consider some techniques to use in the rest of your house to

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How to keep skin healthy while in bed

Sleeping feet under protective blanket

We usually think of the bed as a safe place, but bed-related injuries to the skin are unfortunately common. These include bruises from bumping into bed posts and other furniture at night, and bed sores from the inability to change position. Fortunately, you don’t just have

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We Don’t Choose Eldercare. Eldercare Chooses Us.

When eldercare comes knocking on the door, many people run in the opposite direction; but not you. Whether you assumed the job, sought it, or inherited the responsibility out of obligation, even guilt, chances are you accepted—willingly or otherwise—your role as family caregiver. You don’t need

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Get Parents to Give Up the Car Keys – Part One

Failing to yield to cars or pedestrians who have the right-of-way Driving too slow Stopping for green lights and in the middle of an intersection Drifting into the wrong lane Experiencing near misses Weak neck muscles making head turning in both directions difficult Difficulty seeing and hearing Drowsiness while driving None of the

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The Right Real Estate Agent is a Godsend

Let’s say Mom and Dad have decided to move into a retirement community or move closer to you, and now they want you to handle the process of selling their home. Where do you start? Worse yet, what if you don’t live anywhere near your

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12 Areas to Consider When Choosing Seniors’ Housing

The following are a number of questions to be used as a working outline in maneuvering through these scenarios. Each requires input and shared conversation with a guide or mentor to monitor and direct the conversations and the powerful emotions they generate. In order to get

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Adaptive Caregiving: Part 2

Buttoning a blouse, pulling a sweater over my head, tying my shoes, and zipping up my jacket -- I go through these simple, everyday tasks of getting dressed in the morning without giving them much thought. All I need is about fifteen minutes to pull

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Palliative Home Visits are the Future

Palliative Home Visits

“What I fear the most – what really terrifies me – is being short of breath and not being able to swallow.” So said the husband of his dying wife. This is terrifying to me, too, so I listened closely to the response given by Palliative Care 

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Are You On The Hook For Mom’s Nursing-Home Bill?

On the hook for surprise nursinh home bills?

Attention! A judge ruled in May of 2012 that a Pennsylvania nursing home could collect an unpaid bill of $92,943 from the son of a patient who received care at their facility. Yikes!!! Everyone knows that parents have an obligation to support dependent children. But, did

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