Conquering the Behavior Battle: Strategies for Family Caregivers Dealing with Challenging Aging Parents

Caring for aging parents can be a rewarding experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. One of family caregivers' most common difficulties is managing challenging behaviors their aging loved ones exhibit. These behaviors include agitation, aggression, confusion, resistance to care, wandering, and more. However, family caregivers can effectively manage and reduce these challenging behaviors with patience, understanding, and the right strategies. Today we will explore practical strategies that can help family caregivers navigate these situations with...

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Healthy Aging: The Crucial Role of Medical Professionals in Your Loved One’s Care Team

This article is part three of our six-part series on building your loved ones' care team   As we continue our series on Building a care team for your aging loved one, this week, we will discuss the role of medical professionals on your team. Building a care team for an elderly loved one can be daunting, but it is essential for ensuring their health and well-being. As our loved ones age, their care needs often become more complex and...

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Maximizing Care for Your Elderly Loved One: The Value of Hiring a Professional Caregiver

This article is part two of our six-part series on building your loved ones' care team As we continue with our series on building a care team for your aging loved one, this week, we will focus on hiring a professional caregiver. You may choose to have a professional caregiver provide all of the necessary care for your loved one, or the Care Pro may supplement the care that family members cannot provide. As our loved one ages, it can...

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Aging Gracefully: Assisted Living or In-Home Care?

As our loved ones age, many of us face the difficult decision of how to ensure their ongoing care and well-being. For some, the choice may be between in-home care and assisted living. Both options have pros and cons, and finding the right fit for your family will depend on a range of factors, including your loved one's health, mobility, and personal preferences. In-home care involves hiring a caregiver to come into the home and provide support with daily activities,...

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Is Caring for a Loved One Wearing on You? Read Our Tips to Keep Your Spirits High

Providing daily care for a loved one can take a toll on you. You may find it challenging to maintain a positive attitude. But a positive attitude will help you cope with your situation's stress and set your day up for success. Helen Hunter’s article on the Caregiver.com website has the following suggestions to improve your mood: 1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress. 2. Think of Challenges to find opportunities to shine. 3. Look for the best in...

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Understanding Respite Care

As rewarding as providing care for an aging loved one can be, sometimes it is essential to take a step back and take care of yourself. When caring for a loved one, you often miss social activities, ignore your health care needs, and become isolated. Increased fatigue and frequent illnesses can signal that you are experiencing caregiver burnout. Perhaps it is time to consider Respite Care Services. What is Respite Care? Respite care provides short-term relief for unpaid family caregivers....

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Need Help After a Hospital or Rehab Stay? Try Hope at Home Transitions

At Hope Senior Home Care, we recognize that a transition home from the Hospital or rehabilitation center can be challenging and stressful for you and your loved ones. After 18 years in the Home care industry, we have seen firsthand the many challenges families face. This is why we created our Hope At Home Transition program. We understand that transitioning home after a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay is critical to recovery. With so many things being discussed as you head...

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What to Consider When Helping Aging Parents

Many older adults eventually need some help from others—only a few transition from being fully independent to deceased, with no period of needing assistance. When the elderly do start to need help, it often falls on family members to step in. Sometimes providing support can be pretty straightforward, but family members often have to take on quite a lot. Consider the following situations which might contribute to the need for assistance: A diagnosis of Dementia/Alzheimer’s Advanced Chronic illness Sudden disability...

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Traveling with Seniors? Read Our Summer Safety Travel Tips!

Summer is the best time to take a vacation. Traveling can be stressful for any of us but is especially difficult with the elderly. I want to share tips to make traveling easier with your elderly loved one. Car Travel. Seniors need to stretch often. Plan stops along the way. If possible, map out points of interest along your route so that your stops can be enjoyable. When packing your car, keep assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs accessible....

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Geriatric Medicine: Giving a Quality of Life for the Elderly by Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD

I'm thrilled to introduce you to this week's guest columnist - Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD. Dr. Panthangi is a family medicine physician with Ascension Michigan in St. Clair Shores, where she provides comprehensive care for her patients and also provides a chronic pain clinic for elderly patients. This week, Dr. Panthangi shares insights into geriatric medicine - with a particular focus on caring for the entire person. We think you'll benefit from her perspective and experience. Enjoy!  - Terri Geriatric Medicine: Giving...

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