All Posts in Category: Caregiving Tips

A senior woman does the dishes in her kitchen, a small way to maintain independence in dementia patients.

Creating a Supportive Environment to Boost Independence in Dementia Patients

Routine small victories for somebody with dementia—like fixing what they want for dinner or tying their own shoes—can feel monumental. These experiences boost their confidence while strengthening their sense of identity amid the challenges they are facing. One essential facet of looking after an older loved one with dementia is to nurture these opportunities, preserving the dignity and joy of independent living. Below are a few tried-and-true strategies to help.

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A radio, flashlight, and batteries sit on a table. These are important things to have during summer power outages.

Summer Power Outages: A Safety Guide for Older Adults

Summertime is a prime time for power outages. For most of us, it’s a minor inconvenience; however for older loved ones, it may cause an actual safety concern. The simplest way to manage unplanned summer power outages is through advance preparing to guarantee older loved ones are equipped and prepared to ride out the storm, giving you the peace of mind you need.

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A caregiver discusses personalized care plans with a senior couple considering in-home care services.

Why Personalized Care Plans are Essential for Home Health Care

You’ve just started checking out home health care choices for an older loved one, and you’re becoming a bit overwhelmed. There are a lot of options to consider, and so many new and unfamiliar terms to learn. Take, for instance, personalized care plans. It may look like just another bit of jargon in a sea of confusing terms, but it’s actually perhaps one of the most important aspects of home care services. Here is why:

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Creative Ways to Support a Loved One With Dementia

Supporting a loved one with dementia is unlike all other responsibilities you’ll undertake. It requires you to dig deep down into your reserves of patience, flexibility, and perhaps most importantly, creativity. You should be prepared to pivot at a moment’s notice from one strategy to another to foster a fulfilling and enriching life for the person you love, all while managing the more challenging facets of the illness.

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A mother facing cancer and daughter smile together as they learn how to communicate about the mother’s disease.

Communicating With Empathy: How to Talk to a Loved One Facing Cancer

Striking up a conversation with a family member with cancer can leave you feeling awkward and unsure of what to say. Should you bring up their diagnosis right away, or avoid the C word altogether? Is it ok to try to make the person laugh? What if they start crying? Conversations become loaded with unspoken emotions, and finding the right words isn’t easy.

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A family meets to discuss how to better communicate about family caregiving.

Building Stronger Family Bonds Through Better Communication

Looking after a loved one in the home can strain family dynamics. Siblings may argue about care decisions, adult children may feel stressed, and aging parents may resist help. Effective communication is important to bridge the gap between differing opinions, ease the burden of caregiving responsibilities, and make certain everyone feels heard and valued.

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An older man who used to be afraid of falling now smiles confidently as he leans on his cane.

Afraid of Falling? Gain Confidence With These Tips!

As we grow older, it’s natural to become more apprehensive about the risk of falling. For many people, however, being afraid of falling can be paralyzing, leading to a decrease in physical activity, social engagement, and overall quality of life. It’s important to address this fear head-on and empower older adults to live confidently and fearlessly. Here are some valuable strategies to help those you love overcome the fear of falling:

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A woman who is one of many family caregivers stands behind her older mother.

We Hear You! Here’s What Family Caregivers Say They Need Most.

If you have ever felt invisible as a family caregiver, you’re not alone. Caring for someone you love takes center stage, and you may discover that your own needs are put on the back burner. A recent listening session, however, allowed family caregivers to speak openly and honestly about what they need—and the feedback may surprise you. Here are a few of the key insights and findings derived from these sessions.

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A family smiles as they surround an older man blowing out candles on a cake, one of the senior birthday party ideas they implemented to make him feel special.

Celebrate Someone You Love With These Creative Senior Birthday Party Ideas!

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the life of somebody you love, nothing beats a birthday party! The key to planning a successful birthday celebration for an older family member is crafting ideas that are unique to the individual. The best senior birthday party ideas begin with thinking through:

  • What size of an event should it be, according to their personal preferences?
  • What interests and hobbies are important to the person?
  • What brings meaning and purpose to their life?

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A woman implements techniques for better time management for family caregivers, smiling as she writes in her planner.

10 Ways to Improve Time Management for Family Caregivers

How much extra time do you have on your hands? If you are like many family caregivers, carving out enough time to meet each day’s basic requirements may be hard enough. The thought of having regular intervals of downtime might seem unattainable.

Caregiving is certainly a time-intensive commitment. But what if there were steps you could take to manage your time more effectively, allowing each day to run more smoothly and even providing you with time for yourself? It’s not quite as far-fetched as it might seem! These suggestions to improve time management for family caregivers are an excellent place to begin.

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An older man with insomnia lies in bed, staring off into the distance as he tries to establish healthy sleep patterns.

How to Establish Healthy Sleep Patterns for Older Adults

We have all been there: counting sheep, slowing down our breathing, listening to white noise, all in an attempt to force our brains to shut down to allow us the sleep we desperately need. As we grow older, it can be even more challenging to get enough sleep. Older adults can experience alterations in their sleep architecture, including more frequent awakenings, lighter sleep, and a shift towards earlier bedtimes. However, maintaining healthy sleep patterns is very important for cognitive function, physical vitality, and emotional health.

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