Many family caregivers realize that an aging loved one is no longer a safe driver. Seniors are usually adamant about retaining their driving privileges, but there are outside sources of help for taking a parent's keys.
Self-care is equally as important as the care you provide for your loved one. If you’re struggling to balance these two priorities, it is time to modify your care plan and explore your options for respite.
Familiarize yourself with the basic elder law documents that seniors and caregivers need. Create a cohesive legal, financial and medical plan that includes a will, advance directives, and powers of attorney (POA).
The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but memory loss, behavior change, and increased confusion are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.
Becoming a family caregiver can happen slowly or very suddenly, and it is often an overwhelming experience. Keeping a level head and following a few key pieces of expert advice can help you start strong and persevere.
A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.
Activities of daily living an important measure used to determine the level of care a senior requires. A functional assessment of their ability to independently perform ADLs will help determine next steps.
Federal, state and local governments offer many programs, services and benefits for seniors and their caregivers, but few people know these resources exist or how to access them. This is your go-to guide for getting assistance.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia cause a variety of mood and behavior changes. One little-known side effect arises around a certain time each day and can be distressing for patients and caregivers alike.
There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Be proactive about finding the root of poor hygiene and remember that compromise is key to the solution.
Programs and assistance vary widely by state and individual circumstances, but some financial help may be available for family caregivers who are looking to offset the costs of providing care for an elderly loved one.
What is a caregiver to do when a senior is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.
Issues between siblings often seem to come to a head when a parent begins requiring care. Use these pointers to improve your communication, minimize dysfunction and recognize when it’s time to set boundaries.
When moving an aging loved one to a nursing home, it is difficult to determine which belongings they should bring, which ones they must purge and what you are willing to keep. Use this guide to prepare for the transition.