All Posts in Category: Family Caregivers

A woman uses tips for supporting senior independence while having a loving interaction with her senior mother.

Tips for Supporting Senior Independence With Thoughtful Care

What if your mom, who’s always had a green thumb, decides she wants to redesign the family garden? Though she might move a little slower than she used to, her enthusiasm for gardening hasn’t waned. This can be a great opportunity for you to step in—not to take charge, but to support her vision, perhaps by providing tools that make gardening easier for her to manage. Supporting senior independence and helping your parents pursue their interests is so important. Here’s how you can work together with your parents to help them continue to live life on their terms:

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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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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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A man reasons with his aging father, knowing what to do when parents refuse help at home.

How to Find Common Ground When Parents Refuse Help at Home

It’s a complicated situation many family caregivers run into: your aging parents, who once looked after you, now resist the aid they so urgently need. There is a delicate balance between respecting their freedom and ensuring their well-being and safety. If you find yourself in this position, you are not alone! We know the range of feelings that go along with acknowledging the need for help, and have a few tips to help when parents refuse help at home.

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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 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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