For years we have been supplying quality caregivers to those who need in home senior care in the Phoenix area. And for years we are always trying to find ways to keep the seniors in our care stimulated and interested in activities of daily living.
For a caregiver, it is sometimes difficult to find what to do that is in the best interests of the senior that you are looking after. Especially if they are afflicted with some sort of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. However, if you can keep your loved one with dementia occupied, then you are half way to winning the battle.
Mental stimulation of seniors with Alzheimer’s can work wonders for your mental health as well as theirs. This may sound simplistic but playing with them will provide you with a welcome break from your usual caring routine and could provide laughter for you both.
So here are five things you might not have thought of and would want to try. Continue reading “How to Keep Your Aging Loved One Interested” »
Once a month we put on a free support group for family caregivers and it is a real blessing to show these folks that they are not alone and that there are solutions out there. Another benefit of doing this is meeting extraordinary people and on a recent Saturday we met Pamela Prine who is a family caregiver and also a financial adviser. Being a family caregiver is complex and deals with many issues and one of those is financial. She offered to write a guest post to help folks work through these issues. Her contact information is at the end and if you want more information please contact her direct.
A CAREGIVER’S FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Key questions for you & your family to consider.
by Pamela Prine
Being a family caregiver is a labor of love which eventually will come to involve money issues. Providing eldercare to a parent, grandparent or relative is one of the noblest things you can do. It is a great responsibility, and over time it may also lead you and your family to reflect on some financial responsibilities. Here are some tips to consider.
Will caregiving affect my own financial picture?
Try to estimate a budget, either before you begin or after a representative interval of caregiving. How much of the elder’s finances will be devoted to care costs compared with your finances? If Continue reading “7 Tips on a Caregiver’s Financial Responsibilities” »
I am sure this might not be meaningful to everyone, but to those of us who have an aging parent in the Phoenix or elsewhere living with them it can provide a great deal of comfort. Well… maybe not comfort, but it will put your mind at ease for short periods of time.
Here is the scenario. My 88 year old mother in law lives with us. She is in remarkable shape…for 88. She has her own room with a recliner chair and a large screen TV. She has been taking the same meds for over 50 years, has a pacemaker and sometimes annoying COPD. Her only exercise is down the hall to the bathroom and getting her coffee and breakfast in the morning. Other then that she sits most of the day watching TV, playing solitaire or crocheting. Her eyesight, hearing and balance are deteriorating but what do you expect for being 88.
However it is the balance issue that concerns me the most. I am home a lot because many of my marketing duties for our Continue reading “Front Door Security & Emergency Access” »
The holidays have now passed into a swirling mist of cinnamon, nutmeg and turkey coming out of the oven memories. There has been much love, laughter, maybe a bit too much wine but it has been nice to spend some time with the folks. But going to the hardware store with dad driving was a bit a wake up call.
If this is what is on your mind as we slide into the new year, it could be time to take stock of how your parents are getting around. Maybe it’s time to have “that talk” with them about giving up the car keys.
This short video will help you develop talking points and hopefully keep everyone’s emotions in check so that a reasonable outcome can be achieved. I would love to hear your story about how you handled this situation so please leave a comment below.
First you must realize that assessing their driving ability and then making a decision about what to do is hard for the senior to do on their own. With over 10,000 Americans a day turning 65, driving is seen as an issue that is concerning Continue reading “Some Tips on Talking With an Older Driver” »
Here is a short video by Michael Simpson as he talks about the five tips that will help you answer the question “How do you cope with aging parents?”
Above all you must have a plan, if you just jump into the muddy waters of aging you will end up in a fight with the very people you want to help, your parents. Be gentle, be friendly and go slow. Do not, if possible try to check off all these tips in a single visit with them. It will come off as too confrontational and as a power grab.
Please watch the video and leave me your comments.
Tip #1 – The Plan.
This must start with reassuring your parents that you are sensitive to their desires and their need to be a major part of the decision making process when it comes to their future. You must assure them that you are there for them and you can be depended upon to help them solve their problems.
Restate the importance of the leadership, guidance and family coaching that they have provided over the years and how you and your children have benefited from such great parenting. Remember, sucking up to Mom and Dad doesn’t hurt. Continue reading “Five Tips for Coping With Aging Parents” »
For a caregiver, it is difficult to summon up the energy to do what is in the best interests of the senior that you are looking after. Especially if they are afflicted with some sort of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. However, if you can keep your loved one with dementia occupied, then you are half way to winning the battle.
Mental stimulation of seniors with Alzheimer’s can work wonders for your mental health as well as theirs. This may sound simplistic but playing with them will provide you with a welcome break from your usual caring routine and could Continue reading “Tips For Keeping Your Aging Loved One Stimulated” »
It is no secret that caring for an elderly relative can be an extremely stressful process.
If you are looking after a relative, it is impossible to detach yourself from your family role and at the same time either provide or supervise effective care. As a result, you will have to deal with all of the emotions that go with caring for an elderly relative.
No matter how devoted you are to your loved one, you may decide that you need some extra help caring for him or her. There are plenty of options available and this can range from having another family member take over some duties or to enlist the aid of a Continue reading “Caring for an Elderly Relative?” »
How did you become a care giver?
Well like so many tasks that we tackle in life we put on our big person pants and get on with it. There are enormous amounts of joy and laughter involved in being a family care giver as well as being connected to your aging loved one like no one else in the family.
There are special times, shared stories and an opportunity to extract family history that will be passed on to future generations. But there are times of grief, self pity, frustration, resentment and even anger which can lead to Continue reading “The Care and Feeding of a Home Care Provider” »
It happens in Peoria, AZ, it happens in Glendale and Surprise Arizona too. In fact it happens all over the nation and at some point in time it happens to you. I don’t think it comes to us as an epiphany but in retrospect we see when it began and of course know where it is now. I am talking about the journey when seniors and parents make the transition into aging loved ones and might need home care or at least companion care.
When adults reach their senior years, they at first joke about it and brag that they got the senior discount at Denny’s but as the years Continue reading “Help Parents Transition to Becoming Elderly” »
Here is a short video by a member of the sandwich generation who is a daughter and the primary caregiver for her father who has Alzheimer’s Disease. Coping with dementia puts a strain on the entire family. She has some very good tips for others who are providing in home care for their loved ones with this disease. Being in the elder care industry we found this video very helpful and will pass the tips along to our caregivers.
Please watch and if you can add a comment below the video to help others. Continue reading “Family Caregiver with Alzheimer Tips” »