Caregiver Tips

5 Stress-Induced Habits that are Harmful to Your Health

October 9, 2013

  Caregivers cope with lots of stress on a daily basis…from isolation, fear and worry, aggravation, lack of sleep, etc. etc. etc. And we often turn to unhealthy habits to help us get through some of the difficult times. These habits can have a significant impact on our own health and well-being, not to mention […]

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When a Loved One is Dying

October 4, 2013

When I read the following article posted on, it brought me back to last year when my Mom was in her final week.  When they transferred her from the hospital to the nursing home, she waited until everyone finally left the room after all the admission stuff was taken care and looked at me […]

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7 Tips to Avoiding Financial Elder Abuse

February 19, 2013

Financial elder abuse is becoming an increasing problem in our society. The frightening part is the sophistication of these scammers:

By preying on the emotions of our seniors, they are able to convince them to wire money to unknown accounts.

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Adult Children Caring for Parents and Avoiding Medical Errors

February 12, 2013

Recently, published the following article in their newsletter:

Children caring for parents often assist in keeping track of their parent’s health records. This can be a daunting task as many seniors see multiple physicians who may prescribe several medications for a variety of conditions. Keeping good medication and medical records can help prevent dangerous medical and medication errors.

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When the Time Comes

January 29, 2013

Last night I read a wonderful publication published by HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc. called “When the Time Comes” a Caregiver’s Guide. This sweet little booklet was written to help those of us who are not in the medical field, learn what to expect when a loved one is dying as well as things we can do to care for someone in the final weeks and days of life.

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A Life History Snapshot for Alzheimer’s Patients

January 23, 2013

If your parent suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, it can be useful to create a ‘Life History Snapshot’ for the family members and caregivers to use. It can help the Senior cope with memory loss or manage difficult behaviors. Things to include in each cycle of life are: CHILDHOOD: Nickname Date of Birth Place of […]

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A Checklist for Siblings Who Care for Aging Parents

January 20, 2013

Caring for aging parents can be managed well when siblings communicate and plan. Home Instead’s video summarizes the most important steps siblings can take to set up an organized plan of care for their folks. The steps are: Identify and list all of the Senior’s needs: medical, housing, activities of daily living, meals, doctor appointments […]

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Would my aging parent (AND I) benefit from an Adult Day Health Center?

January 16, 2013

Adult Day Health (ADH) Centers provide a wide range of day services for both disabled individuals and the elderly.  Some of the names that Adult Day Health Centers are known by include: Adult Day Care Center, Adult Day Services, Adult Day Residential and Care and Medical Adult Day Care Services.     The primary goals of adult […]

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35 Adaptations & Accommodations for Aging Parents

January 15, 2013

By Tonia Boterf Difficulty bathing – is likely due to fear of falling and usually takes many accommodations to overcome. Color of dishware/accessories/tabletop ease meal time difficulties – color of dinner plate should be in sharp contrast against table or placemat. For example: white plate on red mat. This creates less mess because the senior can see […]

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The Emotional Challenges of Caregiving

October 23, 2012

Let’s face it. Caregiving is hard. It can not only be physically draining but it is always emotionally draining. Such a huge mixture of emotions are involved—love, fear, guilt, anger, worry, frustration and more.

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