If you are entering into a caregiver role, or simply want to start preparing for the possibility, the following seven-step action plan will help you get started, clarify the steps you need to take, and outline key points you need to explore. Many of these steps are outlined in more detail throughout this book, with additional tools to help you through this process.
Taking control of your parent’s personal matters has to be one of the most challenging areas for a family caregiver. It is crucial that you keep his or her important documents safe and organized. It is also important for you to understand what these documents mean. Rick Lauber, the author of The Successful Caregiver’s Guide and Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians, offers his tips on how to organize an aging parent’s documents.
Almost every one of us will provide some form of caregiving in our lives. Some people will be trained and employed in specific fields of caregiving, but most will be everyday people who volunteer their time to help friends, family members, and neighbors.
If you’re a caregiver for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, you know how overwhelming and confusing this disease is. On this World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) let’s spread awareness about how one can help a person manage their mood swings.
A person with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is prone to mood swings, which can be triggered by a variety of things. Continue reading
Self-evaluation is crucial to caregivers. While you will be presented with many new responsibilities and challenges, you must know what you can do and the extent of your own personal limits.
Caregiving is a tough job and for the growing number of families who are responsible for both their aging parents and dependent children, the responsibility can feel like climbing an endless mountain. The collective physical, financial and mental toll can be exhausting and even more so if you’re also attempting to juggle a career and personal time. Continue reading
According to statistics Canada, 63.7% of seniors reported they were injured in a fall in 2009. Clearly falling is an issue affecting a significant proportion of our senior population and is a sizeable concern for those of us with senior loved ones who have chosen to age in place at home. Continue reading