SEVEN WAYS THAT FAMILY CAREGIVERS STRESS THEMSELVES OUT

Are You A Family Caregiver And Stressed?     Although being a caregiver can be rewarding, and the memories will last forever, it can also be one of the most taxing and draining times in your life. Even when carefully managed, caring for a loved one on your own is hard work. There are some things that are commonly seen in these situations, and whether you do them intentionally or sub-consciously, be aware. Take a few minutes and ask yourself if you are engaging in any of these actions: CONSTANT HOVERING is exhausting for everyone. You aren’t doing your loved ones any favors. Let them have some alone time. Even just a few minutes will be appreciated. Try to make the situation safe for them, and then walk away for a little while. Try not to stand and watch their every move, but if you pop your head in now and then, that is a step in the right direction. Make sure to use common sense when deciding what is appropriate for your loved one. Take your family member’s safety into concern at all times. PLAYING WHAT IF can put gray hair on your head in a hurry. An injury or illness is enough to deal with. Keep to the facts and don’t allow too many scenarios to play in your head. ALLOWING GUILT IN can take many forms. You may wish you had done something differently to prevent an injury. You may wish you had said something different when it still mattered. Guilt may stem from the past or from more recent issues. Please get some counsel to...

SEVEN WAYS TO KEEP YOUR ELDERLY LOVED ONES SAFE

Keeping Your Elderly Loved One Safe   Sometimes, admitting to ourselves that our parents are aging isn’t an easy thing. It is difficult to watch the strong people who raised us with love and care become the ones who need that same tender watchfulness. Whether we want to admit it or not, there are some things that we may need to keep tabs on for their very safety. Here are seven important areas that you should be attentive to: VERIFY THE SMOKE ALARMS are working, and that your parent can hear the alarm. If they are deaf or hard of hearing, an audible alarm isn’t going to help. And even if they heard it fine a year ago, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them if they hear it now. Aging means slowing in many cases, and our parents will need all the warning they can get to escape a fire. If hearing is an issue, look into a visual alarm or strobe to alert them in case of fire. MONITOR MEDICATIONS for accuracy. Whether you decide to spot-check or actually administer the meds daily, your parent may not be getting correct dosages due to forgetfulness. This can be a problem if the doses are missed, but it may also lead to overdosing. If you see your parent’s memory faltering, get involved in medications. CHECK THE FRIDGE for anything green or growing. Older parents may lose track of time, and they may not realize that the leftover steak was from three weeks ago, not last weekend. Accidental food poisoning is no joke when an elderly person becomes ill, as their...
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