Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. Stressed caregivers may experience fatigue, anxiety and depression. Some ways to prevent burnout include joining a caregiver support group and using respite care services.   What is caregiver burnout? Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. It may be accompanied[…]

Soul Healing Tips to Help Prevent Caregiver Burnout

What would happen to a car that, day in and day out, simply never stopped running? Easy: it’d break down. This is what happens to caregivers when they don’t stop and take care of themselves.A certain amount of stress is normal, especially when providing consistent care. But when you’re plagued by constant exhaustion, disinterest in[…]

Help for Caregivers

General Help     National Family Caregiver Support Program https://www.acl.gov/programs/support-caregivers/national-family-caregiver-support-program  The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), established in 2000, provides grants to States and Territories, based on their share of the population aged 70 and over, to fund a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones[…]

Tips to Initiating Caregiving Discussions With Aging Parents

Initiating caregiving discussions with aging parents can be challenging. As an adult child, you may have attempted and failed. It’s time to try again with these proven tips. Initiating ongoing discussions about needed care and related concerns supports positive relationships. These discussions are beneficial and help avoid crises situations.   Your aging parent may be[…]

Which Home Remedies Actually Work?

Peppermint, honey, turmeric, ginger … which ones can help manage symptoms, and which are just old wives’ tales?   Take Care No matter what you’ve heard or how badly you want relief, talk with your doctor or pharmacist before trying any home remedy. This is even more important if you take prescription or over-the-counter medications,[…]

Communication and Dementia

Ways to Communicate if Mom or Dad Have Dementia  Your Approach Sets the Tone Do an environmental scan as you enter the room. What emotional vibes do you feel? Treat the person with respect and dignity Kindness, compassion, patience and reassurance are key Think about how you are presenting yourself. Try a calm, gentle, matter[…]

November is National Caregivers Month

Caregiving is something that often occurs within families without anyone realizing it is happening. Whether it is mowing Grandma’s lawn or cleaning out the gutters, or bringing Grandpa another cup of coffee, those are acts of caregiving.   Those things may not be on the same scale as helping someone bathe or get dressed, but[…]