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.

  • Finding Care for Your Loved One While You’re on Vacation

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Caregiving Top Tips: How to Start the New Year Off Right

    The AgingCare forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for staying active, relaxing and maintaining relationships in the new year.

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  • A Caregiver’s Get-Away: Surprisingly Relaxing

    I just returned from ten days in Florida visiting my family. My get-away was surprisingly relaxing.

  • This Caregiver Needs a Break

    I haven't been away from Charlie for more than two hours at a time since July of 2013, but this caregiver needs a break.

  • The Great Escape: Why Every Caregiver Needs One

    I ran away today. I suppose it was long overdue.

  • 5 Shirley Temple Songs to Lift Your Spirits

    Acclaimed actress, beverage namesake, diplomat; the late Shirley Temple Black wore many hats during her 85 years of life.

  • How to “Unplug” from Caregiving

    You deserve a break, but how can you avoid spending your respite time worrying about what’s happening at home? Ample planning will ensure your loved one’s needs are met and minimize your anxiety, allowing you to fully disconnect.