Being a caregiver means putting aside large parts of your life in order to care for someone else. That can cause feelings of frustration and resentment, no matter how willing you are to do it.
Caring for the caregiver is a key component in long-term caregiving. Without help, you’re more likely to become exhausted and severely stressed. That often leads to serious health problems and limits your ability to care for others.
A stay in the hospital can be confusing, scary and painful. When your older adult is seriously ill, or after a medical emergency, they need extra support during their hospital stay.
Knowing how to visit someone in a nursing home or assisted living isn’t always easy. Some people make brief, stiff visits. Others just don’t visit because they want to avoid awkward moments.
When a loved one lives in a nursing home or assisted living, visiting regularly is an important way to stay connected and show how much you care. Spending time with you will brighten their day and knowing when you’ll visit next gives them something to look forward to.
A caregiver’s sacrifice often goes unappreciated. Feeling unappreciated when you do so much to care for your older adult is a common issue in caregiving. Not feeling valued increases resentment and stress, eventually leading to burnout.
Deciding between assisted living and in-home care is a tough choice.
When your parent or spouse needs assistance in their daily life, the first thing to do is understand the situation and create a realistic plan to help them live safely and comfortably.
If your aging parents need help to stay safe and healthy, you’re probably feeling unsure about what to do. Figuring out their needs, understanding the options and making decisions can feel overwhelming.
Unsafe senior driving is a serious issue. So, when you see warning signs that your parent or spouse is no longer safe behind the wheel, you have to get them to stop. But some older adults stubbornly refuse to give up the keys.
What do you do when your elderly parent is no longer a safe driver?
How to get an elderly person to stop driving is a top concern among caregivers. If you’ve discovered that your parent or someone close to you is no longer a safe driver, talking to them about giving up the car keys is one of the most difficult conversations to have. But it is one that’s extremely important.