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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Caring for a Loved One with Cancer

July 17, 2013

Today’s blog is written by guest blogger, Cameron Von St James. It includes a very touching and hope-filled video of his wife, Heather Von St James, who was diagnosed with Mesothelomia. The article is a perfect example of someone who is ‘caught in the middle’…holding down a job, caring for a family, caring for a […]

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Home Care Agency or Independent Care?

June 7, 2013

With the generation of baby boomers retiring and aging we see many advancements in health care and heath care providers.  When adult children live miles away from their folks, the fear of not knowing who will be caring for your loved ones leads to lots of stress.  Some people choose to have a home health […]

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Home Instead Video Offers Tips for Siblings Caring for Aging Parents

January 31, 2013

This four minute video offers approaches, strategies, and resources that help siblings and families cope with the demands of caring for aging parents. By opening discussions early and keeping everyone involved and in the loop, families can avoid conflict and gain cooperation as they make tough decisions or make sacrifices to assure their parents’ are […]

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Sandwich Gen Adults Feel the Pressure of Adult Kids and Aging Parents

January 30, 2013

Is the Empty Nest Syndrome, the non-clinical condition that can lead to feelings of loneliness in middle-aged adults after their children have grown and flown, becoming a thing of the past? Today, many people are caring for both aging parents and adult children (who have trouble finding employment and escaping the family home). Researchers from […]

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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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FAQs that adult children have about aging parents

January 27, 2013

Judy Bartel, Director of Clinical Programs at the Hospice of the Western Reserve, answers member questions about caring for aging parents in this interactive session. This short video covers some frequently asked questions that adult children have when concerned about aging parents.

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Amy Grant’s Tips for Caring for Aging Parents

January 27, 2013

Recently, on the Katie Couric show, Amy Grant offers tips on how she and her siblings helped her parents as they aged, especially as her Dad’s dementia increased. As happens with so many families, Amy and her sisters are now looking at their own long term care planning so their own families will be prepared […]

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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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Your Mother-in-law needs a place to live…

January 17, 2013

 Have you lived through a scene like this one? Are you afraid you might someday? When we go about our daily lives assuming all is well, we  often feel like we’ve been hit with a Mack truck when a crisis occurs. You don’t want to be making decisions in a panic mode like the woman […]

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