Caregiving

When Siblings Disagree: Caregiving for an Aging Parent

Siblings surrounding aging parent

There are families where, when a mother or father’s health starts to fail, the sibling band together as a united front to plan for and provide the best possible care for their parents. That’s the ideal. For many other families, though, that rosy sense of camaraderie disappears very quickly when caregiving decisions are thrown into the equation.

Balancing Caregiving Responsibilities When You're in the Sandwich Generation

Generations of family as caregivers

Being an adult is hard work. You’re juggling a ton of responsibilities: a full-time job, managing your home, raising your kids, spending quality time with your spouse ... that’s hectic enough, but if you’re a middle-aged adult who is also taking care of your senior parents, that hecticness gets cranked up to 11. If this is your reality, rest assured that you’re not alone: you’re simply part of the Sandwich Generation.

Long-Distance Caregiving: Moving an Aging Parent Cross-Country

Senior talking on the phone and smiling

As an adult child of a senior parent, you may have noticed that Mom or Dad is having more and more difficulty as the years go by. You’re noticing that the house is looking less than pristine when you come to visit. Maybe they’re growing a little forgetful, or they’ve had a few health scares recently. If you live far away from your parents, you may be constantly in a state of worry as you try to take care of emergencies or even normal tasks from afar. 

Four Holiday Shopping Tips For Seniors With Limited Transportation

Four Holiday Shopping Tips For Seniors With Limited Transportation

The holiday season is in full swing, which means that it’s time for the not-so-holly-jolly holiday shopping season. While we all have these images in our heads of brightly wrapped packages, beautiful storefront windows and a magical feeling in the air, the truth is that buying gifts at this time of year can be stressful, annoying and – especially for seniors who have difficulty getting around for a variety of reasons – time consuming and even unsafe.

How to Show Appreciation to a Dementia Caregiver

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

How to Mentally Prepare to be a Caregiver for Your Aging Parent

Becoming a caregiver for a loved one is no easy feat. Whether you’ve expected to become a caregiver or have had the role thrust upon you, there are many details that need to be worked out in order to help make the journey run as smoothly as possible. Many of these you’ve probably already thought about and prepared for, such as the financial aspect, coordinating living situations, the comfort of your loved one and so on. But one aspect that people don’t always prepare for is the mental aspect of becoming a caregiver for your aging parent.

Coordinating Care for an Aging Parent With Your Siblings

5 Strategies for Caregivers to Minimize Sundowning Symptoms

Woman Caregiving Sundowning Senior

Are you serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss? If so, it’s likely you face a range of challenges on a daily basis. As their memory loss progresses, you may begin to notice symptoms and health issues that you didn’t before. If you notice the senior in your care is starting to become restless, irritable, agitated or confused late in the evening or as daylight fades, they may be experiencing sundowning.

Transitioning a Resistant Parent Into Memory Care

When a parent is diagnosed with memory loss, a lot of things can be uncertain. You may ask yourself how long they will remember you, what comes next, who will serve as their primary caregiver and what you’ll do as your loved one’s memory loss worsens. Many times, these questions don’t have definite answers. In fact, it may depend on a number of factors such as how far the memory loss has progressed, the person providing the care and the personal preferences of the individual with memory loss.

Adapting Holiday Traditions for Seniors with Memory Loss

Adapting Holiday Traditions

The holiday seasons are often full of excitement, nostalgia and good cheer. Family may come to visit or you may travel to see them. The home may be full of wonderful scents and holiday movies or festive music may be playing. It’s truly a wonderful time of year for those of all ages; however, for those with memory loss, the holidays can mean something else entirely.

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