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What to Do When an Elderly Parent Needs Help at Home

Now that the chaotic holidays are behind us, time spent with your elderly loved ones confirmed what you had suspected: they are no longer able to consistently care for themselves alone. It’s painful to watch a parent struggle through the challenges of senior care when they live independently, and yet you know how much they prize the ability to do for themselves. It’s a tough position to be in, but you suspect Mom or Dad is ready for an assisted living community. What are your next steps?

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What a Parent’s End-of-Life Decisions Mean for Caregivers

For many caregivers, the idea that they will one day find themselves sitting at a parent’s bedside making a difficult decision about their day-to-day care and medical treatment is not an easy one. But as the number of Americans dealing with chronic conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s continues to grow, it is increasingly likely that an adult child will have to make difficult decisions on behalf of a parent. As chronic health conditions and declining mental and physical abilities become the norm for many older Americans, it is critical that caregivers are ready and able to make important health decisions for their elderly loved ones.

As difficult as it may be to discuss end of life decisions in advance, they number among the most vital decisions of a lifetime. However, those same end of life decisions may contribute to heart-rending choices that must be made by a caregiver. Should the worst happen, you want to know that the decisions you are making are in line with your parents’ wishes. Making sure that both mom and dad have the right paperwork in place can give you the peace of mind of knowing that you have made the right choices even under difficult circumstances.

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It’s Okay to Feel Conflicted about Caregiving

Role playing has been a favorite activity for generations of imaginative kids. Today, however, as a whole generation of Americans lives much longer, their middle-aged children find themselves facing new duties, cast in the role of caregiver where they must, essentially, parent their parents. Adding that new dimension to the familiar role of loving child can cause conflict. Family caregiving has spawned not only a new vocabulary, but a need for revised strategies to deal with a whole range of emotional stress, medical needs and physical considerations—both for seniors and for their caregivers.

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Recognize Signs of a Bad Eldercare Choice Before It's Too Late

When we realize our parents need help around the home, we set out to find a retirement home or an in home care provider that can offer the appropriate eldercare services and assistance they require at a reasonable cost. Sometimes, a service we hire with our best intentions turns out to be a poor match for mom and dad. Learn to recognize the signs of bad eldercare immediately so your parents will continue to thrive into their golden years.

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How to Calculate the Cost of Long-term Senior Care

The average life expectancy in the US has risen dramatically in the last century. According to the National Institute on Aging, the number of seniors in the 85+ age group is expected to increase by as much as 351 percent between 2010 and 2050. And with the increase in this particular age group will come a corresponding need for quality senior care.

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The Critical Guide to Finding Eldercare in Cincinnati

It can be a daunting task to find a good eldercare service if you’ve just recently become the primary caregiver for one or both of your elderly parents—especially if you live in a different city or state.

You probably have no idea where you should even start, who to ask, where to turn.

Though you may laugh, the search for a good eldercare provider isn’t all that different from finding the right college for your kids.

In a way, your parents will be initiated into a kind of community. At the very least, it will most definitely change the way they live their lives.

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Simple Rules for Offering Care to the Care-Resistant

There comes a time when most older adults need some form of assistance to get by safely, but eldercare is a topic that can create stress and strain between parents and their adult children. It's an age-old struggle: mom or dad does not want to give up any power, but changes in abilities are making independent living difficult, or even dangerous.

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20 Years of Research Show Why You Should Choose Memory Support

Over the past two decades, senior healthcare has begun to provide specialized memory support to seniors with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, or other dementia-type disorders. Oftentimes, a retirement community will staff a separate, highly trained unit specifically designed to provide memory care.

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Caregivers Find Critical Support from Assisted Living in Cincinnati

 

It can be difficult to know where to start first when you first step into the role of caregiver.

Those of you who are new to the role, may be feeling overwhelmed by the amount of responsibility that has landed on your shoulders.

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