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Use the following articles and guides to help you make an informed decision. Please contact your Senior Care Consultant if you have questions.

Caregiving

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The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide 

In many advice columns and informational resources for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re likely to find recommendations that suggest unplugging the stove. There’s solid reasoning behind this advice: Some people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease may begin to cook but lose track of what they’re doing partway through the process. When the stove is forgotten, the results can be disastrous.

Home Care Comparisons and Questions to Ask Requires Adobe Reader

Questions you need to ask before hiring a caregiver.

Tips for Family Caregivers 

Simple suggestions and encouragement to help ease the strain of caregiving.

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide 

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Is It Time to Help Move Mom and Dad? 

As we get older our parent’s become more frail and aren’t safe at home alone. It’s a difficult time for them too. They must come to terms with the fact that they are no longer able to live independently at home and maintaining the home has become a huge undertaking.

Prevent Falls With These Easy Tips 

Falls happen but we can try to prevent them. These tips will help you modify your lifestyle to help you stay safe.

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia 

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behavior.

Things to Consider When Hiring an In-Home Caregiver Requires Adobe Reader

When we hire someone to come into our home to do work we often assume that we do not have to worry about what will happen to us or to them. It is one thing if it is a quick home repair but you may want to think twice if it is going to be a long standing relationship

Taking Care of Things When You Don't Live Close to Mom and Dad 

When your mom and dad don't live close to you it can be very hard to manage their care needs. The following are some suggestions to help keep you on track and assist you with all the tasks that need to be done.

Personal Care Agreement 

If you are an adult child and plan on taking care of your parents you may want to read this article about personal care agreements. The agreement will help you and your family understand what each person is expected to do.

Second Wind Dreams Requires Adobe Reader

Second Wind Dreams® (SWD) is a faith-based 501©(3) nonprofit corporation, formed in 1997 growing out of the work of Geriatric Specialist P.K. Beville. The mission of SWD is simple: through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities, SWD seeks to change the perception and experience of aging, empowering elders to age with dignity, hope and joy.

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day Offer Opportunities to Assess Senior Health 

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a good time to spend with other senior loved ones. In addition to sharing time as a family, it's also a good opportunity to evaluate how your loved one is doing at home.

Caregiving Tips by Cancer.Com 

The responsibilities of caregiving for a person may seem complex and overwhelming to you at first. Depending on the person's needs, you may provide emotional support; practical assistance, such as help with medical care, financial issues, or insurance issues.

Should My Parents Move? 

A checklist to help you determine if it is time to consider senior housing.

Planning the Move to a Senior Community 

How to plan for the move to a senior community before a crisis hits.

 
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