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How to Take a Caregiving Break

How to take a caregiving break

How to take a caregiving breakThere’s no way I can take a break from caregiving!

If that’s what you’re thinking upon first glance at this post, KEEP READING. A break is possible — and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and resources on how to take a break from the hard work of providing care:

First, think of rest as a requirement, not a reward. Caregivers often feel …Read more ›

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The Secret to Better Care for Senior Living Residents

A national survey reveals the secret to better care for residents of senior living communities. Find out the answer in today's post.A national survey from CareerBuilder revealed that 59% of healthcare hiring organizations believe the “difficulty finding and hiring nurses and allied health workers hurts the quality of care that patients (residents) receive,” says senior housing blogger Steve Moran …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/4/13 Recap: Managing Resistance to Care & Help

Get discussion highlights from this week's live Twitter forum about managing resistance to care and help.This week, 33 chat participants shared their own personal and professional experiences with managing resistance to care and help, both from the caregiver’s point of view to that of the person needing care or help. From fear and shame, to stubbornness and pride, to generational attitudes and cultural differences, …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 8/21/13 Recap: All About Home Care

Get highlights from Wednesday's conversation about home care in this recap post.On Wednesday, 39 participants engaged in a dynamic conversation about home care, an elder option that is constantly evolving, flexible, diverse, and like assisted living, often misunderstood.

We were pleased to welcome several new attendees to our live #ElderCareChat forum this week, along with our regulars, many of whom have been active members since …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 7/17/13 Recap: All About Assisted Living

Get the highlights of this week's dynamic #ElderCareChat discussion on assisted living in this recap post. This Wednesday, a record 106 participants joined our live Twitter forum to discuss assisted living, a care category that is still fairly new to the industry and as a result is often surrounded by confusion, both among professionals and the general public. Part …Read more ›

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How to… Delegate Elder Care Tasks

The only thing harder than caregiving? Asking for help in it. Review this post for a how-to on delegating elder care tasks.Raise your hand if you like asking for help. (I’m guessing that if I could see all of our readers right now, there’d be few or no hands raised.) For whatever reason, be it cultural, societal, or just plain stubbornness, asking for help …Read more ›

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Staying Safe At Home or In Assisted Living

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many feel it’s just not safe to go anywhere anymore...which makes today’s 1pm ET Twitter forum a timely one. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, many are wrestling with the feeling that it’s just not safe to go anywhere anymore…which makes today’s Twitter forum a timely one. At 1pm ET, …Read more ›

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How to… Know When It’s Time to Start Seeking Home Care

Check out our timing tips and where-to-start resources for making a decision about home care. You’re concerned for a senior loved one who lives at home alone or with a spouse/partner (for whom you may also be concerned). Maybe you’re providing care for a few hours a day or a few hours a week. Maybe you’re checking in …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 2/6/13 Recap Post: Advocating for Quality Care

What being a champion for your senior loved one's care is all about: get the scoop in this recap of our latest #ElderCareChat.This Wednesday, 52 participants (with several new faces among the group) talked about the various settings in which family caregivers and their loved ones find themselves: at the doctor’s office, at home with a home health care provider, in the hospital, in …Read more ›

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Advocating for a Senior Loved One’s Care

Advocating for quality care often falls to the primary caregiver. But what does that really mean? And how does one advocate effectively? Find out here. When an aging parent or other senior loved one is in the hospital, at the doctor’s office, in assisted living, or receiving services at home, the responsibility of advocating for quality care often falls on the primary caregiver. But …Read more ›

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