Caregiver Respite Articles

  • A Caregiver’s Tips: Taking a Vacation When Your Loved One Has Dementia

    Caregiver's need respite, but as our departure date got closer, I became increasingly worried about spending the time away. Based on the success of our experience, I came up with five tips for dementia caregivers who are planning a holiday.

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  • Respite Care Helps Caregivers Take a Break

    Take a closer look at how in-home care or a short-term stay at a senior living facility can give you the peace of mind you need to recharge, avoid caregiver burnout and enjoy your time away.

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  • Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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  • Where to Find Respite: Resources for Caregivers

    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.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Compassion Fatigue: When Caregivers Go Beyond Burnout

    Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.

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  • Managing Feelings of Guilt When Hiring In-Home Care

    Difficult emotions like guilt often bubble up when facing the need to hire in-home care for a senior. Fortunately, there are steps family caregivers can take to restore balance in their lives and feel at peace with the decision to hire help.

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  • The Voices of the Sandwich Generation are Many and Varied

    If a child has a therapy appointment and gram has a doctor appointment, which is more important? This is just one of the countless impossible questions faced by sandwich generation caregivers.

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  • Adult Day Care Guards Against Caregiver Stress

    Adult day care is an often underused service by those taking care of elderly loved ones. For dementia caregivers, utilizing adult day care services may help significantly reduce caregiving stress.

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  • The Sneaky Side of Caregiver Burnout

    Caregiver burnout doesn't happen all at once—it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize the signs of increasing stress can help you act quickly to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed.

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  • What Nurses Wish Caregivers Knew

    More than any other medical professional, nurses spend the most time providing hands-on patient care. Here’s a list of six insights on elder care that nurses wish family caregivers knew.

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  • 5 Common Myths About Adult Day Care Centers

    Common criticisms of adult day care stem from misdirected comparisons to babysitting and institutional care. Most modern senior centers are working to dispel these myths by refining their services and encouraging seniors’ independence.

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  • No Strings Attached: Trying Out Assisted Living

    Fear of the unknown often causes seniors to hesitate when it comes to moving to long-term care. Fortunately, more senior living communities are offering temporary stays, which allow potential residents to test the waters with no long-term commitment.

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  • Father’s Day As a Caregiver: Remembering Dad Before Dementia

    Father's Day is a great time to remember who your Dad used to be before age-related changes set in. Sometimes you forget how vibrant and caring he was, but the truth is he’s still that person on the inside and he always will be.

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  • Does Medicare Pay for Hospice?

    Medicare may pay for hospice care, if a person has six months or less to live. Review these requirements that must be met to qualify for Medicare coverage for hospice care.

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  • Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships

    Caring for a loved one who is critical, abusive or impossible to please can be damaging to your health and well-being. Learn to set personal boundaries to provide care in a safe and sane manner.

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  • Top 3 Excuses From Siblings Who Don't Help With Caregiving

    It can be disheartening when you reach out to siblings for help and support, but they only offer up excuses. Take an objective look at their reasons for staying at arm’s length and learn how you can get everyone on the same page.

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  • The Sacrifices of Caregiving

    Becoming a caregiver causes a major life shift. Many caregivers not only struggle with tough care decisions, but they also grapple with how to handle resentment over being stuck in a situation that seems to leave them few choices.

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  • 11 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy While Caregiving

    The strain of caring for an aging parent can take a serious toll on caregivers’ relationships with their significant others. These tips can help keep your relationship strong and keep caregiving from overwhelming the both of you.

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  • Elders Who Abuse Their Family Caregivers

    Caregivers struggle to maintain their own physical and mental health while providing care for loved ones who mistreat them. Learning to set boundaries, seek out help, and respect your limits can help you cope with abusive behaviors.

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