Archive for the ‘Help – Practical Caregiving Tips’ Category

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5 Ways to Really Listen Before Responding

Listening involves more than merely hearing. Those who care for others in any capacity, whether full time or part-time, professional or otherwise, will do well to learn how to listen. With so many diversions at our fingertips, we can have a difficult time focusing our attention toward a single person’s conversation. As we conscientiously put […]

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3 Tips: Coping After the Loss of a Parent

Family caregivers develop a special bond with aging parents. Mother’s death left a big hole in my heart; I miss her terribly. Family caregivers know how the bond grows stronger as you daily meet needs of a loved one. I miss hugging her neck every morning, tucking her in at night, brushing her hair, and […]

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How to Find Support – Why We Need It

Facing Health or Other Issues in Your Family? Caregiver or not, if you are living and breathing, you need or will need support at some time. For starters, is there anything in the following list that has affected your family or friends: Dementia, Alzheimers, Alcohol, Suicide, Death, Chronic Pain, ADHD, Aging Parents, Depression, Gambling, Narcotics, […]

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4 Vital Steps in Caring for Others

Each day provides opportunity for error regardless of your situation. Whether you are dealing with a short-term medical issue, a lengthy illness or care of the elderly, you may face seemingly endless moving the patient from home to the hospital, to an extended care facility and hopefully back home. Each move provides opportunity for error […]

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Individualized Music for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

For persons with dementia and its many forms, stress is a very real problem. Concerned family members and caregivers are at a loss to make life better. What is Individualized Music? Recent studies using music therapy–particularly individualized music–have proven that music can play a key role in making life easier. Individualized music is music that […]

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Using Music Therapy in Every Household

Help with fighting stress, loneliness, boredom. For caregivers, consider how terribly long a day must feel when you are confined at home; often alone for extended periods of time. Perhaps you sit in the same chair for hours. Suppose you can hear others talking though not necessarily to you. What will occupy your mind? Think […]

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February Tips for Busy Caregivers

Need help keeping up with friends?  Today I received a Valentine card from a sweet friend; a caregiver with far less time than I for what we often call the “extras”. Yet, somehow she knew I would need that touch of encouragement and hug. I have a long list of cards I wish to send; […]

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Portable Assist Cushion versus Lift Chair Option

Being Mother’s caregiver was more complicated as her health deteriorated and her needs constantly changed. I could not be lifting her in and out of a chair several times a day. When I learned a lift chair was not an option, I returned to medical equipment stores for a solution. I was amazed at the […]

Lift Chair Options for Family Caregivers

Physician’s order for a lift chair.   Mother’s physician wrote an order for a lift chair and we quickly headed for a local medical equipment store. It had been some time since Mother could get out of her chair by herself and the tugging and lifting her was not good for her or for us. I […]

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3 Simple, Doable Resolution Helps for Caregivers

Resolutions are not just about food and exercise. Whether caregiver or busy parent, you may feel you have passed the time of resolving to make changes. After all, been there-done that! And, you may realize there just is no extra time or energy to give to another project. And yet, a new year signifies new […]