Care ResourcesCategory: Caring for the Caregiver

Respite Allows Caregivers a Break

If you are caring for a senior loved one or a spouse with a chronic illness, you already know that caregiving is an all-encompassing, around the clock role. This is especially true when the older loved one you care for lives alone or has Alzheimer’s disease. You may find yourself constantly worrying and wondering if they are safe when you can’t be there.

Depression While Caring for Others: Nine Survival Tips for Caregivers

The constant physical and emotional demands caregiving creates often lead to caregivers feeling a little blue. Caring for another person isn’t easy. The stress and exhaustion can be overwhelming. If the Pennsylvania senior loved one you care for has Alzheimer’s disease, the odds for you developing depression are even greater. The disease takes a real toll on caregivers.
As an adult child or caregiver, how can you tell when the blues are becoming something more serious? What can you do to prevent ending up with a case of depression? Here is some advice to support our caregiving friends in south central Pennsylvania.

Finding Online Support for the Caregiver

We are heading into the time of year when caregivers often feel most isolated and alone. The winter doldrums can be tough for family members who care for a senior. Cold and snowy winter days make many caregivers hesitant to venture out and risk their aging loved one experiencing a fall or complications from a chronic health condition. Yet the stress of caregiving, coupled with cabin fever, can make for a long winter. That is where online caregiver support communities can help. They connect caregivers across the country with their peers online.

Six Ways to Support a Caregiver

Caregiving can be very difficult work. No matter how much you love the person you are providing care for, there are times when the demands of the role can feel overwhelming. If you are trying to find ways to support someone who is a caregiver for someone they love, we have a few suggestions.

Five Ways to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of a sick loved one is physically demanding as well as mentally and emotionally exhausting. Providing care for long stretches can leave caregivers feeling overworked and under-appreciated. Stress and fatigue–combined with determination to provide exceptional care for a loved one–can lead to caregiver burnout.

Five Healthy Caregiver Resolutions

The role of family caregiver can be a demanding one. The mental, physical and emotional toll it takes on a spouse or adult child can be significant. It isn’t uncommon for caregivers to experience an injury or develop a chronic health condition of their own as a result. To help you start the new year off on a healthier foot, we have pulled together a few suggestions.

Respite Care to Support the Weary Caregiver

As we head into the busy holiday season, family caregivers may be feeling overwhelmed. The difficult job of caregiving becomes even more so during this most hectic time of year. One option for help is called respite care. It is a service designed to give caregivers a break.
While most health care professionals encourage family caregivers to use respite services on a routine basis to maintain their own health, many of them fail to heed that advice. If you are a caregiver who has been reluctant to consider respite, the holidays might be the ideal time to give it a try.

Advice to Support a New Family Caregiver

Among the many things new family caregivers have in common is the need to find ways to cope with the physical and emotional toll caregiving creates. In this week’s update, we share five tips for helping new caregivers manage this often difficult transition.

Hospice Care to Support Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

If you are a caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, you know firsthand the debilitating impact caused by this disease.
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it leaves families struggling to find ways to manage both the physical and emotional tolls. As the number of people living with this disease climbs higher every day, it is important for family caregivers to know about hospice and when someone with Alzheimer’s might be eligible.