Flu Risks and Prevention
September 30 2013
by Mary Davies
Most people can handle the effects of influenza (flu), but there are certain high-risk populations that might suffer complications: young children, elders, and anyone with health concerns that could worsen from the flu. Many consumers live in multigenerational homes, which can pose increased risks. On a few recent home visits, I've noticed that young children in the homes have started to catch colds now that they are back in school; they are exposed to other children, and they tend to bring those germs home. Caregivers in multigenerational homes now face the challenge of keeping both high-risk populations healthy and reducing the risk for infection, while also being mindful of their own health and well-being in the process....
Emergency Preparedness for People with Mobility Challenges
September 09 2013
by Christine Kristanich
In our work with people with disabilities, we are committed to a philosophy of "People-First" – putting the person as the center of our supports without focusing on his or her disability. However, there is one situation where someone's disability needs to be a primary consideration: Emergency Preparedness...
The Importance of Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
September 03 2013
by Tracy Carroll
When we think about caregiving, we often first focus on the essentials: making sure that the consumer is healthy, eating well, getting enough sleep, and taking medications properly. But as we know, a full life is made up of more than just these basics. Recreation and socialization add meaning and richness to everyone's life. Effective, quality caregiving means going beyond this list and finding fun opportunities for your loved one to engage in. For individuals with physical and developmental disabilities (as well as people with brain injuries), it is especially important to find safe, comfortable and fun activities in the community...
Aromatherapy as a Hospice Treatment
August 19 2013
by Andrea Cooperstein
Aromatherapy is often an overlooked treatment when caring for someone with a life-limiting illness, but it can be a powerful tool to bring peace and comfort to both the consumer and caregiver. In my experience, I have seen the emotional and physical benefits of integrating alternative therapies, like aromatherapy, with traditional medical treatments into the hospice care plan...
Caring Like Family
August 06 2013
by Diana Holmes
Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents' Day—I am struck by all the formal ways we recognize family throughout the year. For people who take on the full-time responsibility of caring for someone, every day becomes an opportunity to celebrate family—and an example of what it means to be a family and care like one, too....
Creative Approaches to Sundowning
August 04 2013
by Michelle Spadafora
Every evening at 4 p.m., a consumer goes into her room, rummages through her belongings, and starts packing her bags. She gets ready to travel by bus with her husband. But her husband passed away over 20 years ago, and she now lives with her daughter—a caregiver who was confused and a little frightened by her mom's behavior...
Double Jeopardy Families
July 29 2013
by Sue Gregg
Double Jeopardy is a term used to describe families that are comprised of elderly caregiver parents providing supports to their aging children with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD). What creates the "double jeopardy" besides the effects of aging and disability status of the parent and adult child?...
The Power of Your Intuition
July 23 2013
by Elizabeth Azevedo-Flowers
As professionals in the Human Service field, we are equipped with tools to promote good health, well-being and positive decision-making in the caregivers and consumers we serve. We know how to review notes and recognize patterns, and how to be keen observers and listeners...
Staying Healthy & Hydrated During the Summer
July 09 2013
by Linda Morreale-Steele
Staying healthy, hydrated and cool during the hot summer months can be especially important for elders and people with disabilities. Caregivers, too, should recognize if they are experiencing issues due to excessive sun exposure or lack of hydration......
Connecting With Your Spirituality During Tough Times
June 24 2013
by Erika Smith
Recently, I read an article by a woman who had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the mid-1980s. She was angry with God, and found herself asking, "Why me?" Why did she have to be inflicted with this disease? She decided to use this diagnosis as an opportunity to take control over an area of her life...