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Decisions, decisions… How to make caregiver decisions

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 15:20

Making caregiver decisions is a team effort – not least because often you’re making decisions that affect a loved one who may not be able to make his or her own decisions anymore. Moreover, even though you may be the primary caregiver, you should involve as many relatives in the decision-making progress as you can instead of going it alone. Family members who do not spend every day with the care receiver might be able to offer a fresh perspective – an outside looking in sort of thing. Not to mention that a brainstorming group sessions maximizes the chances of making the right decision.  

7 steps to choose a care facility for your loved one.

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 11:01

The basic steps for a caregiver to choose a care facility for a loved one for whom it is no longer safe/convenient/feasible to live at home are as follows:

How to recognize and cope with caregiver’s grief and loss

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 16:36

Caregiving may begin in many different ways, but the ending is always the same: the loss of the care receiver. And with that loss often comes grief, which can be experienced not only by the caregiver but also other family members and friends. The following information may help you deal with the grieving process in yourself and others.

How to tell when to get your aging parent to stop driving

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 15:46

An elderly individual may cling to the steering wheel of a car as if it is the last remnant of independence they have left – and oftentimes it actually is. No wonder, either; there are few more powerful symbols of freedom than driving down a lonely highway, top down, wind blowing in your face, radio blasting (preferably Golden Earring’s Radar Love). And while that remains exactly that – a symbol – for most o us, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the liberty of driving from one place to another at one’s ease is, like most privileges, taken for granted in youth and not easily yielded in old age. Unfortunately, many aging people are not so much Jason Statham-in-Crank as much as they are just plain cranks – Faster and Furiouser than the entire cast of that movie franchise, and at about their combined age. As a result, the caregiver – of the aging person’s child or grandchild – has the grievous task of asking their loved one to turn in their car keys. And, if given no choice, the caregiver has to play the bad guy and – like the rednecks at the end of Easy Rider – forcefully remove their driving privileges (well, not literally like in the film, of course, but you get the idea).

How to assess the type of assistance a loved one needs.

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 11:37

The following table may come in handy for a caregiver to determine just how much assistance an ailing/aging loved one requires.

How to choose the right physician for your loved one

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 09:32

There are certain things that a caregiver must ask from and about a doctor – as well as questions they should ask themselves – in order to determine which physician is the right fit for the loved one that they provide care for.

Do you know where your important caregiver’s documents are?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 14:27

As a caregiver, your hands are understandably full what with taking care of a sick and/or disabled loved one. As a result, you may not have the time or even the inclination to keep track of certain legal, financial, and healthcare-related documents that pertain to the person you provide care for. The fact remains, though, that such documents are important and you may need to be able to locate them at a moment’s notice. Below are examples of some of those important papers accompanied by two options as to whether you can easily reach them when required to do so (the options being ‘yes’ and ‘no’). If the answer in a given case is ‘no,’ be sure to make it a priority to locate, replace, create, or update that particular document.

Hospice; capisce o non capisce? If the latter, read on

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 15:26

As a caregiver you may have heard about hospice care. If you have, you may have wondered about the who, what, where, when, and why. If that’s case, below are the basic elements of which hospice care consists.

How do you know if a nursing home passes muster or not?

Submitted by Pablo Retana on 11:57

The following checklist can help you answer the above question in case you are a caregiver looking for a decent nursing home for a loved one.

Caregivers’ New Year resolutions for the year 2016

Submitted by Mariela Miranda on 11:33

Everybody’s New Year’s resolutions should include giving a caregiver a hand, but even if that were the case, people would still forget about it come Jan. 1st – as they do the rest of their resolutions. In light of that, and given that caregivers are selfless all year round, it is only fair that they get to make ‘selfish’ (for want of a better word) resolutions for 2016, and get to keep them too. But which would be some examples of such resolutions? To start, they are things that you, if you’re a caregiver, should be doing anyway to make sure you’re fit to care for yourself as well as you care for others.


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