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Taking Time Out from Elder Care: How to Not Feel Guilty

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Taking care of an elderly individual, whether it’s a family member or someone else, will usually take a lot out of you. Stopping by their house, making sure that they have everything they need, helping them into and out of the shower, and so on can be taxing to even the strongest, healthiest individual. When you need to take a break (or a time out) from elder care, especially when you’re caring for a loved one, how can you do this without feeling guilty about it?

Six Common Myths About Home Care Services

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Home care services are considered a godsend to many caregivers who have loved ones requiring help with day to day tasks in the home. However, there are still some who are concerned with the idea of a stranger taking care of their loved one or being in their home. There are several myths regarding home care services.

Elderly Care – How An Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Affects the Family

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It’s normal for some family members to have a hard time accepting the diagnosis their elderly parent has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. It may make family members feel anxious or depressed. They may also worry about financial or legal issues. The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s affects the entire family, not just the person who is considered to be the primary caregiver.

How Being Sick Can Impact Elderly Care

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As anyone could likely attest, it’s no fun being sick. Depending on the illness that you have, you might not have a lot of energy, you could be congested, and you might feel as though you’re making too many mistakes. When it comes to elderly care, being sick can have an impact on the level and quality of care that a person receives.

When visiting your parents make the time worthwhile...

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You check your calendar. Here it is, the day that you plan each month to visit Mom and Dad. Immediately a buzzer goes off in your stomach and you realize that you dread this monthly visit. But why? Simple. You have guilt because you do not visit enough, because you don’t stay long enough, and because you don’t want to face the fact that the visit is awkward and boring.

Home Care Services Can Help Aging Family Members Stay in Touch

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One of the many aspects that elderly individuals need to deal with as they age and their family begins to move away and spread out (although that would likely happen long before they reach a moment when they might need home care services), is staying in touch with their loved ones. Today, there are many simple and convenient ways to stay in touch with people, but not all of them are easy for elderly individuals to understand.

Preparing for the Future with Elderly Care- A Caregiver's Story

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When we were finally given word that the surgery went well and he would make a full recovery from his heart attack, the relief was almost palpable. I could hear my mother quietly weeping behind me as I spoke with the doctor who told me that things were going to be different for a while and that we should consider hiring an elderly care provider.

The Silent Plague- When a Family Caregiver is Suffering in Silence

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There were few things that really got to Monica. She had raised three children as a single mom while building a career as a financial consultant. She was able to handle board meetings being the only woman in the room and she would then get to her son’s soccer game in time to see him score the winning goal. She was one of those people who was constantly on the move and she enjoyed most challenges.

It's Been Rough in Many Cities Across the U.S.- Making Senior Care Safe During a Tough Winter Season

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This winter, for many portions of the United States, it has been tough, to say the least. With icy and snowy conditions reaching as far south as Florida, for the first time in decades, and brutally cold temperatures gripping much of the country, it’s important to remember to make sure that senior care is safe as well as helpful.

When You’re the Only One in the Family Who Steps Forward to be a Caregiver

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Through the years, you noticed a pattern in your family. Whenever things are going well and no one has any issues, it seems that you can get a hold of just about everyone. Yet whenever there is something wrong with anyone, the phone calls go to voicemail and no one ever seems to have time to return your call. That’s what happens when people sense work or more responsibility being brought upon their door. That may also be what happens when someone in your family requires a caregiver.
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