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Compassion Fatigue

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (68525)
How to Recognize and Prevent Compassion Fatigue There are many red flags that point to the onset of burnout and especially compassion fatigue, but caregivers must know what signs to look for and be able to detect them in their own behavior in order to act on them. Both the information and self-awareness are key to preventing long-lasting emotional issues and even stress-related physical illness. Being proactive is one of the best ways to combat compassion fatigue or at least prevent it from ge... Read Full Post »


Posted on February 22, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (5410)
Like most legal undertakings, setting up and enforcing power of attorney (POA) documents can be a confusing process. Yet, these essential tools can help aging adults and their families gain peace of mind regarding future care. Geriatric care manager, Buckley Fricker, JD, explains what powers and limitations POA documents can give. The Two Types of POA POA documents allow a person (the principal) to decide in advance whom they trust and want to act on their behalf if they bec... Read Full Post »


Posted on July 11, 2017 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (458)
When a person succumbs to any form of dementia, it is hard on family and friends. It is difficult to see the diminished capacity of a loved one and the unbearable frustration it brings. However, one of the worst things we have to cope with is the fact that this person has a flawed memory, and this flawed memory can cause them to tell others terrible things about us, simply because their brain isn't working correctly. No matter how far-fetched their stories and accusations may be, to them, what t... Read Full Post »

Vacation Season

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (10757)
Everyone needs a vacation now and then to break away from the daily grind and unwind. But as a caregiver, you may wonder how it is possible to get away when someone else relies on you for regular support and assistance. Many family caregivers put their loved ones needs before their own and feel guilty about the thought of taking some time to themselves. Respite is exactly what family caregivers need to recharge their lives and prevent burnout. Making the proper arrangements early on to ensure... Read Full Post »

5 Tips for Caregivers of Seniors with Mesothelioma

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (869)
Caring for a loved one with mesothelioma can be a richly-rewarding experience. But it also can be a daunting responsibility that overwhelms you. For most people, caregiving is not a planned role. It usually comes by chance, often because of a family members sudden misfortune. It may be taken as an act of love, yet it can become physically and emotionally draining. Everyone loses if you let that happen. It may sound selfish, but you have to take care of yourself, too. If you don't, it's har... Read Full Post »

Paying for Home Care

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (12654)
Private pay or self-pay for home care services is the most widely accepted form of payment due to no other available reimbursement sources. It simply means that services are contracted by an individual or family based on their preferences and paid for out of pocket. Most home care services that are needed to assist with activities of daily living are considered non-skilled care. Medicare and other private health insurances will not reimburse for non-skilled home care services leaving private pay... Read Full Post »

Modifying your doorways

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (17890)
An alternative to using or modifying existing steps to the main entrance is installing a wide, sturdy ramp with handrails and a toe board that can accommodate a standard or power wheelchair. A U-shaped ramp may allow installation of a larger ramp in a smaller area. Premade portable or threshold ramps are low-cost alternatives to permanent modifications and can be useful in cases where the threshold into the home is only a few inches high. A passenger or platform lift may be a good option for s... Read Full Post »

Look out for Scammers

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (7279)
Even though we are living the age of the data breach and other online scams, dishonest people will still use old fashioned techniques to steal from you. This is due to the simple fact that these methods still work. One of these old-school tactics is the door-to-door scam. In a door-to-door scam, the fraudster knocks on your door and typically offers a product or service, but their primary goal is to steal from you. They will typically do this by convincing you to pay cash up-front for a servi... Read Full Post »

Caregiver Burn out

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (10721)
6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout I just don't feel like talking to or seeing anyone today�??even my friends and family. If you discover that you consistently don't want to interact with people, especially close family and friends, it could be a sign that caring for your elderly loved one is becoming too draining. I used to really enjoy reading mystery novels, but for some reason, even a thrilling �??Whodunit' doesn't seem to hold my interest anymore. If your favorite hobbies and pastimes ar... Read Full Post »

These are some of the things you should never say to a caregiver

Posted on February 25, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (4646)
"Why are you having such a hard time being a caregiver?" Usually voiced by someone who has never been a caregiver for an elderly loved one, this question can be very difficult for a caregiver to hear. As Laverty points out, it effectively takes their role of providing care for a loved one, and diminishes it. "Gosh???we haven't seen you in such a long time. Why don't you get out more?" Though it probably comes from a place of love, Laverty points out that this can be an unproductive way to... Read Full Post »