Caregivers need to be skilled in all aspects of caring for a dependent, and often frail senior. Seniors may need help with cooking, bathing, grooming, and many other aspects of daily life. Because seniors may also have problems like dementia, caregivers need "people skills" to handle emotional and psychological issues. We show how.
Articles About Caregiver Skills
- Caregiver Olympics: Are You Game?
Caregivers certainly perform feats worthy of gold medals on a regular basis. Experienced caregivers created a few suggestions for events that should be included in the caregiving version of the Olympic games.
- Why Helping Other Caregivers May Make You Happier
Doing nice things for others is a good way to increase happiness. People can find ways to help caregivers at the same time making yourself happy. Here are 4 suggestions for ways that caregivers can find personal happiness through supporting one another.
- My Mantra: “It Could Be Worse”
I have been a caregiver off and on for over forty years, but when I read posts from others on AgingCare.com, I realize how lucky I have been.
- Why Caregivers Shouldn’t Judge Each Other
As caregivers, we need to offer each other support, not judgment. Each of our journeys is unique and we can learn a lot by sharing our insights.
- My Parents Put My Caregiving Skills to the Test This Week
My caregiving skills were challenged this past week when I had to help my father prepare for a colonoscopy and my mother ended up in the hospital.
- What Role-Playing Can Teach Dementia Caregivers
There are many ways to learn how to be a better dementia caregiver, but perhaps the most informative are in-person educational experiences that include role-playing exercises.
- The Special Calendar Every Caregiver Should Keep
Everyone has an emotional calendar that influences how they feel about and approach certain times of the year. Awareness of these connections can allow you to break negative emotional patterns and develop and promote positive ones.
- Faith, Caregiving and Doing It Differently the Second Time Around
When my wife was diagnosed with Stage III cancer I knew our lives would never be the same. I'd been a caregiver once before, but this time would be much different.
- Amy Grant Strengthens Faith, Confronts Fear as Family Caregiver
Amy Grant, the best-selling Christian music performer in history, shares how she and her family find solace in the face of struggle while witnessing the decline of two parents with dementia.
- How to Minimize Wandering In a Senior With Dementia
Wandering is complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this symptom of dementia. However, a three-step approach can help you analyze a loved one’s behavior and devise a personalized strategy for keeping them calm and safe.
- Trusting Your Instincts: Why It's Essential for Caregivers
What does it mean to “trust your instincts?” When is it appropriate to rely on intuition, and when is it not? Discover the benefits (and drawbacks) of going with your gut.
- Why Stress is Deadlier for Women
New research on how men and women respond differently to life’s stress-inducing events may enhance coping techniques and could even help save lives.
- This is What 16 Years of Caregiving Taught Me
I have been my mother's caregiver for the past 16 years. Along the way, I and have learned many things about dementia. I have jotted them down here to share with you.
- How Caregivers Can Practice “Listening With Intention”
Many people do not take the time to listen carefully to one another, and for this reason, hurt feelings and misunderstandings abound. Caregivers can avoid these challenges by listening at a deeper level and encouraging others to do the same.
- Parenting Your Parent: An Action Plan for Adult Children
When you first realize you may have to take care of your aging parent(s), the task can seem overwhelming. Here's an easy-to-follow action plan for adult children to follow.
- Strategies for Getting (and Staying) Organized While Caregiving
Elder care is a continual learning process, but a few simple organizational techniques can help caregivers relieve stress and use their time more efficiently.
- You Are Your Loved One's Voice
As dementia advances there will be challenges along the journey. It is your responsibility to contribute to a plan and follow up with the facility to ensure the plan is being carried out. You are your loved one's voice, don't be afraid to use it.
- The Hardest Thing I’ve Done
The caregiver's path is unpredictable, but we somehow seem to keep moving forward for the sake of our loved ones--even when things seem impossible.
- Mary and Patrick Dempsey Elevate Caregiving and Cancer Awareness
When the matriarch of the Dempsey clan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, her adult children sprang into action as caregivers and raisers of cancer awareness.
- A Caregiver Does Angelwork
Caregivers are people who offer the most special gift of all to other human beings in need. A caregiver is God's way of giving us angels here on Earth.
- Providing Healthful Post-Hospital Care for Seniors
Providing healthful post-hospital care for seniors can prevent unnecessary re-hospitalization. Discover 5 tips for effective post-hospital care.
- What it Really Means to 'Just Do Your Best'
People taking care of elderly loved ones are often told to "just do your best." What does this well-intended advice really mean to a burnt out caregiver?
- 5 Revelations about Life from Joan Lunden’s Breast Cancer Reveal
Joan Lunden, former co-host of "Good Morning America" and longtime women's wellness advocate recently admitted that she's in the midst of a fight for her life in a blog post titled: "I Have Breast Cancer."
- 10 Essential Steps to Take When an Elderly Loved One Needs Help
Visits with aging loved ones can set off alarm bells for younger family members. Here are 10 steps to take when an elderly loved one clearly needs some extra help.
- New Caregivers in Crisis: Getting Back Control of Your Life
New caregivers often encounter one crisis after another. Learn how to recognize when your life is in crisis and tips for empowering yourself
- 5 Tips for Keeping Your Brain Healthy While Caregiving
Two brain experts offer important information and tips for keeping your brain healthy while caregiving.
- Thrust into Caregiving: How to Adapt, Survive and Thrive
Caregiving can quickly take over your life, which inevitably leads to caregiver burnout. Here is one caregiver's personal account of how she entered a role for which she was unprepared, but learned to adapt and become the best caregiver she could be.
- Sharpen Your People Skills and Become a Better Caregiver
Developing good people skills helps caregivers communicate more effectively with medical professionals, care providers, siblings – and especially elderly parents who have their own ideas and opinions about their lives and care.
- Time Management Strategies for Caregivers
Caregivers must carefully manage their time in order to care for their loved ones and themselves. A veteran caregiver offers her tips for prioritizing tasks, keeping expectations realistic and rolling with the punches.
- Why Listening Is a Caregiver's Secret Weapon
The simplicity of listening is often overlooked. Here is how you can understand the underlying messages of what someone is saying by listening, and avoid criticism or arguments.
- Choosing a Doctor You and Your Parents Are Comfortable With
Choosing the doctors who will care for your elderly parents is a critical decision for caregivers that determines the level and quality of care their elderly seniors will receive.