Are You a New Caregiver in Crisis?

Being a new caregiver doesn't necessarily put you into a crisis, but it can make you more vulnerable to situations that can contribute. If you recognize any of these signs in your own life right now, you might need to take some fast action on your own behalf. You Pretty Much Only See Your Elderly Loved One Caregiving can take up quite a bit of your time and energy, that's for sure. But … [Read more...]

What Should You Include in Your Own Self-care Plan as a Caregiver?

Your own self-care plan involves more than just yourself, interestingly enough. There's your immediate tasks for keeping yourself healthy and happy, but there's a little more to it than that because you're responsible for someone else's care now, too. Your Plan for Staying Healthy Your self-care plan definitely needs to include plans for your own physical, mental, and emotional health. … [Read more...]

Are You Accidentally Shutting Other Family Members out of Caregiving?

It might be difficult to believe, but you can actually be doing things that keep other family members from helping you more. Believing that they don't really want to help or assuming that they won't are just two of the mistakes you could be making. Really Look at Whether They've Tried to Help It's not uncommon for your perception of a situation to be slightly different from another … [Read more...]

Is Your Elder Loved One’s Sleep Environment Keeping Her Awake?

It's easy to believe that just crawling into bed should be enough to help your elder loved one get some much-needed shuteye. But it can be more complicated than that. Check the Noise Levels Even if your elder loved one is normally hard of hearing, some sounds can make a big difference when she's trying to get to sleep. Try listening in her room at several different points in the day and … [Read more...]

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