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Alzheimer's Care

Coping with Alzheimer’s & Caring for an Aging Parent in the Bay Area

Dealing with burnout from caring for an aging parent Providing Alzheimer's care for an aging parent with this or another long-term disease can be incredibly discouraging. Caregivers deal with not only physical exhaustion (lifting, carrying, cooking, bathing, feeding, dressing etc), but also with mental exhaustion and burnout. If you're a child caring for your aging parent in the Bay Area, you probably frequently worry...

Common Misconceptions about Homecare in the Bay Area

Talking about home care with your loved one can sometimes be frustrating. You or your loved one might harbor a home care misconception about in the Bay Area that makes this option seem impossible. Not to mention your loved one may have fears about losing their independence. The could also be spending hours with someone that they aren't comfortable with. As a result of all of these factors, caregivers and seniors can feel stuck. Often family members realize that their loved one is unable to remain at home. Those heavy responsibilities of cleaning, cooking, yard care and personal care often become too much. Helping them to uncover the value of homecare while debunking the myths surrounding this service can be the first step in getting them...

long distance caregiving - in home care - San Mateo

Do’s and Dont’s of Being a Long Distance Caregiver

Meeting the needs of an aging parent or loved one is tough already, but when you're far away things can become even more of a challenge. Take heart in knowing that you're not alone. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are 2.3 million Americans living more than one hour away from the person for whom they are responsible. That means that there are lots of others who are facing the same challenges that you are. The hardest part is deciding which tasks you are capable of from a distance, and which tasks are better left to others.  Here are some do's and don'ts that will help you to determine your role and to feel less overwhelmed while giving your loved one the best care possible. DO Schedule Visits...

What we want family caregivers to know

  Millions of family caregivers offer their time, energy, heart and soul to loved ones who depend on them for daily needs. For all of the family caregivers out there, we want you to know that we see you, and that we appreciate you. What we want you to know  You are needed. It is so easy to just go along thinking that your loved one could be taken care of by just anyone, you start to feel like a machine that goes along doing these tasks again and again. But you are irreplaceable! You know your loved one like no one else, and your guidance is absolutely essential. Your work has value. Unpaid care in the United States is estimated to be worth nearly $400 billion. Your'e a part...

Caregiver Burnout and You

  Caring for a loved one who needs your support is something that everyone who does it struggles with to some extent. It's a challenging job to do that stretches you between the family obligations that you have taken on with partners, children and grandchildren, against the needs of an aging loved one who has often been your caregiver in the past. Here are some essential strategies to make your life as a caregiver work, warding of burnout before it comes on and also combating it once it becomes a reality. 1. SELF CARE - Take care of yourself. This is something that many have heard over and over again, but that's because it's absolutely true. You must pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, and learn to...

You Need a Break – How Caregivers Can Get One

Taking care of an aging loved one who needs your help is a big deal. There's a balancing act to be had, keeping the responsiblity that you have to maintain in all areas of your life while also getting everything done to maintain their lives. You need to take some time for yourself if you're going to be able to keep up with taking care of them. Reaching out for help is often the biggest challenge, but here are some ways for caregivers to get some help when they need it. Elder companions Basic respite care can come from elder companions - peers who can come in and do things like light housekeeping, shopping, errands and other simple activities. The big thing that they provide for your loved...

Could Stress Be Causing Illness in Your Loved One?

Though it can often seem like the retirement years should be ones of leisure and free from responsibility, the stress of life can still take a serious toll on the health of seniors. Yes, jobs and work are in the past, but there are still a wide variety of things that push individuals to their limits. A whole life of working, raising children, navigating relationships, retiring can seem like reaching the top of a mountain, the idea is that the struggle is finally over. The reality is that it's not.  There are still a wide variety of stresses on life. The top 5 stresses on life that are the most common links to illness are: Divorce Marital separation Institutionalization (leaving the home for another environment) Death of...

Alzheimer's In-home Care - San Francisco Bay Area (San Mateo)

Making the Transition to Professional Care Easier

It's often the case that family caregivers do the hefty lifting when it comes to getting things done. That's a serious challenge, particularly when trying to balance the incredible amount of things that are pulling on them. Family caregivers need to consider a wide variety of issues when it comes time to start taking over duties and responsibilities for a loved one who needs it. There are so many things to consider, including caregiver laws and the legal rights of all parties. Easing the transition from independence to dependence is made much easier if you know what's going on. It doesn't have to be a damaging process, especially for family caregivers who are well informed. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Legal Rights Most people...

Keeping Two Houses Clean is Easier with These Tips

Keeping one home clean and tidy isn't always easy with the busy schedules that so many of us keep, but when there are two houses to keep, the task can become overwhelming. Often the biggest issue is simple the issue of too little time. Another big roadblock is a lack of energy - you're exhausted before you even begin! Balancing your home and family with the needs of your loved one often means getting behind and feeling overwhelmed. Finding a solid routine and sticking with it is the key to preventing your feeling overwhelmed, and the added bonus is that a neat space is a proven way to improve everyone's mood! It might require a bit of experimentation in order to get the routine that best suits...

Family Caregivers – we appreciate you

  [caption id="attachment_1673" align="alignnone" width="300"] http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-family-woman-senior-man-happy-women-embracing-citizen-image35821050[/caption] Family caregivers are important. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed! You are so needed. It is so easy to just go along thinking that your loved one could be taken care of by just anyone, you start to feel like a machine that goes along doing these tasks again and again. But you are irreplaceable! You know your loved one like no one else, and your guidance is absolutely essential. Your work has value. Did you know that unpaid care in the United States is estimated to be worth nearly $400 billion? Your'e a part of that number! And you provide more care than anyone else - 90% of long term care in the US is given by family caregivers. In...