Caregiver Services Torrance CA - Asking for Help When You’re at the End of Your Rope

It’s very rare that as a caregiver you won’t feel frustrated or irritated by not having the amount of help you expected to have. How you ask for help when you’re feeling this way matters a lot because it can make all the difference in getting you what you need. 

Rein in Your Feelings 

Your first step is going to be getting a handle on your feelings. You’re likely frustrated, upset, and maybe even angry that you don’t have more help. These feelings are valid, but they’re not going to be useful in solving your problem. Work through how you’re feeling so that you can get past the emotion and get to a solution. 

Home Health Care Long Beach CA - How Well Do Your Parents Follow Their Doctors' Instructions?

Aging comes with its ups and downs. One of the harder parts of aging are the changes to health. Even if your parent manages to dodge the common issues like high blood pressure, Alzheimer's, heart disease, and diabetes, arthritis affects millions of adults. It's also painful and can impact mobility. 

After a doctor's visit, your parents may be good for a few days and stop doing what they were told. They may not make any changes. How good are they at following their doctors' instructions? Take time to ask them and see if there are things you can do to help.

Home Care Services West Covina CA - Could Napping Be a Sign of Alzheimer’s?

Does your older family member tend to nod off during the day? If so, new research suggests that it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. There are 5.8 million people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a progressive disease that causes brain cells to die. As a result, the senior experiences a decline in thinking skills, memory, behavioral skills, and social skills that continue to worsen over time. Scientists continue to study the disease, hoping to learn things that could lead to a cure one day. This latest study offers insight that may help doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s sooner, allowing for earlier treatment. 

Home Care San Diego CA - Does Your Parent Have Gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis is one of the complications that can occur with diabetes. It causes the stomach to empty much more slowly than it should. The contractions that occur in the muscles of the stomach don’t contract as strongly or quickly as normal, which interferes with the digestive process. Gastroparesis can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like nausea. But, more importantly, it can make it harder for diabetics to control blood sugar levels or get the nutrition they need.  

Caregiver Menifee CA - Tips for Holding a Family Meeting

Being a caregiver for an older adult often involves cooperating with other family members, especially when the person being cared for is a parent and there are siblings involved. Coordinating family caregivers can sometimes require holding a family meeting. If you haven’t held a family meeting before, that might sound like no big deal to you. However, sometimes things can get out of control when it comes to discussing the needs of a parent. Not all family members may agree on what is needed. People who do not live near the older adult might not see just how much their health is declined. Others may be in denial about the situation. In addition, there can be issues concerning how much time each person is able to give toward caregiver responsibilities.

Elderly Care Temecula CA - Is Your Older Relative Sleepy or Is it Fatigue?

You may not think there’s much difference between your aging relative feeling sleepy or being fatigued, but there is a great deal of difference when it comes to their health. Fatigue can be a sign of some serious health conditions that need medical treatment. Understanding the difference can help you to know when your older family member just needs a nap or when it’s time to see a doctor.  

Homecare Palm Desert CA - Can Your Senior Maintain Her Mobility with Vision Loss?

Vision loss steals a lot from your aging family member. She may even start to worry that aside from no longer being able to drive, she won’t even be able to walk or to get around in her own home any longer. There are some steps that you can take as her caregiver to help her to learn what she needs to know in order to maintain her mobility and a great deal of her independence, even with vision loss. 

Homecare Menifee CA - Non-Verbal Ways You Can Practice Active Listening with Your Senior

Listening to others is something people often take for granted or think it only involves hearing what the other person is saying. This is not the case. Listening is a true action, requiring effort and focus. Active listening is about engaging with the other person and showing them you care about what they are saying. As a family caregiver, active listening can make a tremendous difference not just to your personal relationship with your senior, but also to the effectiveness of your care efforts for them.

Caregiver in Temecula CA: Dealing with Expensive Medical Bills

Amanda’s mom, Helen, had a recent hospital stay for a bout of pneumonia. Thankfully, Helen made a full recovery and was able to return to her home afterward. Amanda was Helen’s primary caregiver and took care of all manners of things, including helping Helen with her finances. Like many seniors, Helen was on a fixed budget and sometimes struggled to pay unexpected bills. Not only was the bill for Helen’s hospitalization unexpected, it was also quite large even after Medicare paid its share. Amanda had no idea how her mother would pay the bill or what to do about it.

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