- The Value of Caregiver Mentorship
January 15 2014 by Mary Gill
When someone decides to become a full-time caregiver, there are many new challenges and emotional considerations, especially when the caregiver is providing support to a family member. There are changes to the family dynamic, which is combined with medical diagnoses and disease progression that are often foreign to the caregiver. Caregivers enter into a situation where they are now fulfilling a different role in their loved one's life, and the experience can feel daunting. Care teams offer support, advice, and training, but sometimes in addition to this team, caregivers could really benefit from a mentor.
- Recovery from Hip Replacement Surgery Begins At Home
January 09 2014 by Julian Hills
Hip replacement is a procedure that is typically performed on elders in their 60s or older. People often undergo the procedure when their hip problems significantly interfere with normal activities. This is usually due to severe pain caused by arthritic conditions. This deterioration can get so bad that it affects a person's mobility. It can be difficult for people to feel or be independent at home when an individual is struggling with mobility issues and unable to complete everyday routines. When a person has hip replacement surgery, the home becomes an important part of returning to normal life after the hospital stay. Caregivers and care teams play a major role in the consumer's recovery after the surgery.
- Caregiving Tips for Extreme Cold Weather
January 08 2014 by Linda Morreale-Steele
This winter, many parts of the country have experienced some of their coldest temperatures in nearly 20 years. Consumers, especially elders, face serious risk during this extreme cold weather. Without proper care, elders can experience significant health complications and sometimes even death due to frigid conditions. Safety is the main concern in times of extreme temperatures, so preparation and planning are important for caregivers, consumers and the care teams that support them.
- Top 3 New Year’s Commitments for Care Teams
January 08 2014 by Christine Kristanich
The New Year is a great time to reflect, acknowledging your accomplishments and observing the opportunities to improve in the year to come. As members of care teams who support caregivers, elders and individuals with disabilities, the beginning of a new year is a chance to find ways to improve care management and planning. It is also a time to consider new approaches to relationship building in order to achieve quality, person-centered care.
- Overcoming Caregiver Guilt, One Day at a Time
January 02 2014 by Flora Torres
My mother had a double stroke 8 years ago—she had one in her home, and then one in the emergency room after waiting many hours to be seen. The first stroke made her speech difficult; with the second, she lost her ability to speak completely. The night before, she told me she was having a bad headache. We had just had a great day of shopping. She asked me to spend the night at her house so I wouldn’t have to drive home. It wasn’t a long drive home, so I decided to leave. I still wonder what would have been different if I had stayed with her. I carry that with me.