“Her living will take over now,” said the nurse practitioner the morning after my mother slipped into a coma. I was 51 weeks into 24-hours-a-day caregiving, which included constant decision-making about hospital, rehab and nursing facility admissions as well as readjustments of medication and treatment plans — without a break. Practically every day of caregiving
Over time, you have gathered and developed a set of tools you use to help you manage your daily caregiving responsibilities – from calendar and household management to healthcare management and the daily support needed by your loved ones. In recent years, technology has added additional complexity to your caregiving responsibilities with new tools and
The digital world is changing the rules of the caregiving game. Healthcare organizations, financial institutions, educational organizations and professional service providers have invested billions of dollars in data automation. They now expect clients, patients, and caregivers to engage with them in an electronic format whether it be for appointment setting, providing documentation, or seeking updates
Frequently falling, mismanaging your money, or staring into space? Find out if you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Dementia does more than rob people of their memories — research continues to show that this complicated condition is marked by a number of symptoms, especially at the onset. But they’re
Providing ongoing care for a loved one with chronic health conditions can be challenging. Despite the best intentions, caregivers are often called upon to perform uncomfortable tasks and make critical decisions for their loved ones on a daily basis. Assuming the role of caregiver can strain one’s own mental and physical well-being. It frequently takes
Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, everyone involved with the care of your loved one will be confronted with difficult decisions in response to overwhelming challenges. To help you through the process, here are insightful tips to three controversial decisions Alzheimer’s caregivers must face. Should the Person Stop Driving?
While being a caregiver for a loved one can be rewarding, there are times when caring for another can be trying and stressful. As a caregiver, you are important, so take the necessary time to care for your own well-being. Caregivers do have rights – lots of them. I have the right: To take care
One day when I was at a care facility visiting my loved one, one of the best aides in the whole place—Angel—dropped by. “I was just wondering if you need anything,” she said. What a wonderful facility, I thought. Then she sat down beside him on the sofa and put her arm around his shoulder.