Posts tagged "daily care"

Recommended: “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick” on April 22

If you’re a caregiver, you may have heard of the “Best Friends” approach to Alzheimer’s care. It’s a creative approach to caring for a person with dementia that’s based on the assumption that above all, we should be a friend to a person who is ill. After all, don’t love, acceptance, and support go a... Read more »

Caregivers Should Aim for Middle Ground When Family Members Resist Care

Sherry sees all the signs that her mother needs more care if she wants to continue living independently. An unkempt house, missed bill payments, and mixed-up medications are just a few of the indicators pointing to a necessary and painful intervention. Whenever Sherry brings up the possibility of bringing in some help, her mother adamantly... Read more »

Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors: An A-B-C Approach

Maude came to a caregiver support group wringing her hands together. When the other caregivers asked what was wrong, she said that her husband, Chet, had dementia and had started becoming agitated in the late morning. Even though Maude made sure Chet ate a good breakfast and was clean and dressed, around 10:30 AM he... Read more »
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Caregivers Providing Complex Medical Care: A Growing Trend

We already know that family caregivers provide personal care such as helping their loved ones with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and going to the bathroom. We also know that family caregivers are often involved in household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, paying bills, doing laundry, and providing transportation. But did you know that 46% of... Read more »

New Adult Day Care Service in Gurnee Shows Creativity in Eldercare

Before I burst forth with excitement about the new adult day care service in Gurnee, I should offer a disclaimer: I attend the church I’m about to mention. It provides me with a caring, supportive environment to celebrate and strengthen my faith and to explore who I am truly meant to become. In this way,... Read more »

How Much Will Elder Care Cost? A Useful Tool for Caregivers

If you are a fan of “all-things-numbers,” this post is for you. If you tingle at the sight of a spreadsheet, you may want to view this in a private room. You see, the MetLife 2011 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs has been released, and it is chock-full of data about the cost of... Read more »
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NPR Captures Complex Issues of Caregiving in “Family Matters”

I’ve said before in this blog that caregivers are the real experts regarding caregiving – not me. Caregivers are the only ones who can describe what anthropologists call the “lived experience” of caring for a family member or similar loved one, and they’re the only ones who can really paint for us the many complex... Read more »

A Caregiver’s Guide to the Brain and Behavior

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.   – Lyall Watson Yes, pretty pithy for a Monday, but oh so true. In our daily lives, we often don’t connect people’s behavior to their brains. Behavior – and the emotional ramifications that accompany it – is an... Read more »