Caring for a sick or dying loved one can certainly be rewarding, but it can also be stressful. Indeed, nearly half of all family caregivers say they are “somewhat stressed,” and more than a third are “highly stressed,” according to the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP “Caregiving in the United States 2015” report. If you’re one of them,
While there is much discussion of the impacts of bias in our world today, it is most often in the context of gender, race, or religion. As a society, we actively work to compensate for these cultural biases at the same time we overlook our personal biases that come from experience and expectation. Nineteenth century
Emergencies can happen wherever you are, and vacations are ruined by illness and injury more often than most people imagine. As you prepare for your next vacation or adventure, make sure you take with you (or have access to) the information you will need in case of a medical emergency: Medication List Allergies, Health Conditions,
“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
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.