April 2018 4 Common Conflicts When Caring for Elderly Parents
There are a lot of frustrations that come with caring for elderly parents. While many of these depend on you and your situation, some conflicts are common to most, if not all, people caring for a loved one who can no longer take care of themselves. Whether you’re the primary caregiver for your parents or you’re getting help from other family members, here are four common caregiving conflicts that occur for those caring for elderly parents.
February 2018 Taking Care of Parents
Approximately 40 million Americans are caregivers for a parent, grandparent, or loved one in need. These caregivers help with basic, everyday functions like dressing, bathing, feeding, and using the restroom. In addition to their role as a family caregiver, many are also parents and full-time workers. Here’s how Granny Nannies can help.
March 2018 5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout
All of the responsibilities that come with being a caregiver can start to weigh you down after a while. If you don’t have support - through in home care from a care specialist or from family - you’ve got to carry all that weight by yourself, which can lead to caregiver burnout. You should be aware that caregiver burnout isn’t just a word that people use to describe the simple fatigue (though this is a symptom) associated with caring for a loved one. In fact, the signs and symptoms of this state of physical and mental fatigue are similar to those of anxiety and depression, both serious conditions if not treated and maintained.
January 2018 Meal Planning for Aging Parents
As our parents get older, roles suddenly reverse. After all those years of them caring for us, we’re suddenly in charge of caring for them. And one of the most important aspects of their care is ensuring they eat properly. Follow these essential guidelines to keep your loved one as healthy as possible.
December 2017 Alzheimer Care during the Holidays
The holiday season can be stressful, doubly so when you are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important, however, to not let the stresses of Alzheimer care interfere with your holiday joy. While maintaining family traditions as they have always been for as long as possible can help bring the holidays alive, sometimes it is not feasible for someone with Alzheimer’s. To find your way within the new family dynamic as a caregiver, adjust your traditions and holiday festivities to fit the needs of your loved ones.
November 2017 Self-Care for Caregivers
We’ve all heard it before—if you’re not getting eight hours of sleep, then you’re not getting enough. Unfortunately, sometimes our bodies don’t cooperate. According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders, as much as 15 percent of Americans suffer from insomnia.
September 2017 Hurricane Irma Aftermath
The devastating story that unfolded over a 12-hour period on Wednesday at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is a tragedy that has impacted eight families. According to the Sun-Sentinel, in the days following Hurricane Irma, eight elderly patients died after nursing home administrators failed to properly notify authorities of a potential crisis—rising temperatures occurring over several days inside the nursing home after power to the air-conditioning system failed to return.
August 2017 Time Management Tips for Caregivers
When you’re a caregiver, every second counts. There are appointments to keep, meals to cook, medications to administer—all critical to the health of our loved one. But when there is so much to do and so little time to do it all, when we count and divide our seconds of the day as if they are meaningless, stress levels can get out of hand. I’m not saying that organization and planning lead to anxiety—quite the opposite
July 2017 Caring for an Aging Parent
It’s something that happens to all of us—we grow old. At times, it can be difficult to watch, especially when it’s your mother who is having difficulty getting around or your father who can’t take care of himself. As they stop being able to care for themselves, it’s only natural to want to keep them safe and healthy, but is a nursing home or care facility the best answer to this age-old problem?
February 2017 Loving Miami
Miami, a picturesque beachfront paradise located at the southeastern tip of Florida, has become one of the nations most popular vacation destinations over the past decade. In fact, an estimated 14 million tourists passed through the city in just the last year alone. But for those who live here year-round, there’s much more to the city than what meets the eye. A true melting pot, Miami offers an array of contemporary art, engaging history, and diverse culture for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’ve come to experience the white-sand beaches, the hip nightlight, or the dazzling Art Deco district, you’ll find that people are very warm and welcoming here.