According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, caregiver is defined as “a person who provides direct care.” But anyone who has ever taken on the responsibilities of a caregiver can affirm this role means so much more than that.
For many of us, our parents are the pinnacle of a healthy relationship. As children, they’re our first example of what it means to love and care for another person and provide a strong foundation for a family. But as our parents get older, there comes a time where you might have to face a challenging question: when Mom and Dad develop different care needs, what could this mean for their relationship?
Providing care for an older adult, especially if they are a parent or family member, can be a rewarding mission. However, it also requires a great deal of time and energy to ensure that the person you care for receives everything they need to thrive in life.
When a person is living with dementia, behaviors can change over time – or even from day to day. Whether you are providing care within your home or are looking to learn more about the signs to watch for, we have prepared this helpful list of behavior changes that could be due to dementia.
While some adults find themselves gradually moving into a caregiver role for their aging parents, for others, the shift to caregiver comes on much more suddenly. It can be difficult to know where to turn for answers when this happens.
While dementia affects everyone differently, there are certain approaches you can take that can help you find success in the caregiving journey and build trust with someone living with dementia.
When caring for someone you love, it can feel like everything rests on your shoulders. Driving to appointments and errands, helping with daily tasks and activities, managing their personal and financial responsibilities, and being a constant source of companionship and love – these duties can take their toll on even the most dedicated caregivers.
During the winter months, the cold and flu are at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Especially after coronavirus, people are more mindful than ever to wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and sanitize surfaces to prevent catching germs and bacteria that may cause the flu or a cold.
While some families are fortunate to live close to each other, we know others may be more spread out. Jobs, partners, and new opportunities can take us to new cities, states, or even countries.
When the lifestyle of a parent or loved one indicates that they may need additional support, many family members are quick to take on the responsibility themselves. For many, it’s a no-brainer that they should care for the person who cared for them for so many years. While this proposal is compassionate and admirable, many people don’t realize the costs and sacrifices of caregiving, including financial, mental, and physical.