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10.12.10

Posted by Mandi | 1 comments | view all Mandi posts

I'm the new senior care advocate, writer & social media manager.

Hi there. I’m Mandi, the new senior care advocate, writer & social media manager here at TheCaringSpace. I’ll be writing blogs, facilitating forums and actively networking in social media land. My job is to find out what’s important to you so that we can explore those issues together.

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03.10.10

Posted by David Kennedy | 1 comments | view all David Kennedy posts

It’s not an easy task to immediately take on the Human Resource role for your family while worrying about you loved one’s safety & independence.

Are you feeling frustrated or at a dead end in your pursuit of the perfect caregiver for your loved one? You’re truly not alone. Everyday thousands of families are confronted with new issues that arise out of having to find additional, outside help on short notice. It’s not an easy task to immediately take on the Human Resource role for your family while worrying about you loved one’s safety & independence.  read more >

11.23.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | 2 comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

It’s estimated that as many one in seven older adults suffer from late-life depression...

The holidays are just around the corner and while visions of sugar plums and turkey dinners may be dancing through our heads, many older adults are struggling to keep the stress and blues at bay. read more >

11.02.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | 2 comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

According to a recent survey by the AARP, approximately 44% of Americans are caring for elderly parents...

The best thing you can do when caring for parents is to prepare in advance so you understand your parent’s wishes and are well-educated about community resources that can help you provide your parents with the best possible care. However, many adult children just aren’t prepared, have no idea where to start looking for help and maybe aren’t even exactly sure what kind of help they need. If you fall into that latter category, don’t worry. Take a deep breath, exhale and read on.  read more >

11.02.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | No comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

Home is a haven, our shelter from the storminess of the outside world.

We all cherish our independence and like the old adage goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Want to stay put at home as long as humanly possible? Prevention is the key. Understanding how accidents happen to most people is the first step to making sure they don’t happen to you.  read more >

10.12.09

Posted by David Kennedy | 1 comments | view all David Kennedy posts

Accepting someone’s assistance doesn’t mean you are weak.

David's words of wisdom for caregivers who are currently taking care of their own family members in their home. Some of this insight can also be applied to caregivers working with other families as well. Hopefully you are able to get some encouragement and support by reading this.  read more >

09.18.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | 1 comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that care giving is the hardest job many of us will ever have.

I don’t need to tell you that taking care of a loved one is physically and mentally exhausting. It certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that care giving is the hardest job many of us will ever have. And while it’s important not to overlook the benefits of care giving – the selfless giving of oneself to care for someone you love - there may come a day when your loved one needs more help than you are able to give. That’s where long-term care comes in and there’s no better time than the present to start planning.  read more >

09.18.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | 2 comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

The primary goal of a professional caregiver is to provide the best possible care and the highest quality of life for the care recipient.

The primary goal of a professional caregiver is to provide the best possible care and the highest quality of life for the care recipient. Finding the right care seeker-caregiver match will put you well on your way to making this happen.  read more >

08.26.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | 8 comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

Respite care is a short rest or a temporary period of relief. It benefits the care recipient and provides support to the caregiver......

The emotional and physical demands of caring for someone 24/7 are far too overwhelming for one person to handle alone – at least they are if you want to maintain your health and sanity. It’s not uncommon for the stresses of care giving to take a serious toll on our physical and emotional well-being. Studies link high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression and other health ailments with care giving. Respite care could be your saving grace.  read more >

08.24.09

Posted by Sekai Ward | No comments | view all Sekai Ward posts

The responsibility of caring for Alzheimer's patients typically falls on female family members.

As many as 5.3 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's. That figure is expected to increase significantly as baby boomers reach the age of 65 and our country turns grey. The responsibility of caring for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's typically falls on female family members. read more >

08.20.09

Posted by David Kennedy | 1 comments | view all David Kennedy posts

When interviewing Caregivers, look for questions about the position and also for little statements of compassion

One of the many indicators of a quality caregiver is one’s ability to ask questions in order to get a better understanding of the situation. If you are doing a phone or in-person interview with a potential caregiver, think about how important is for this potential caregiver to get to the bottom of what your family’s situation is…they need to know exactly what is going on in your life so that they can formulate an approach to meeting your needs.  read more >

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