Caregivers

Why Putting Off Respite Care Hurts Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

Why Putting Off Respite Care Hurts

Today, respite care offers busy and often overstressed family caregivers the opportunity to relax, decompress and re-energize while their loved ones receive professional care. Respite care also provides an ideal caregiving solution for loved ones when caregivers need to be away for business or vacation. 

The 7 Important Ways Respite Care Benefits Caregivers

Respite Care for Caregivers

The physical, emotional and economic consequences for family caregivers of loved ones with physical limitations or memory loss can be overwhelming – and in some cases even devastating. In fact, a recent Commonwealth Fund study reported that 60% of family caregivers age 19-64 surveyed reported “Fair or Poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33% of non-caregivers.

The Effects of Alzheimer’s on the Family: Why it’s Important to Understand and Prepare

The effects of Alzheimer's disease on families

Sam Streater, Director of Activities at Saunders House in Wynnewood, PA, says, “When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it has a ripple effect that can impact the entire family. In fact, gerontologists and psychologists often refer to the families of those with memory loss as the ‘invisible second patients.’

Tips for Deciding When the Time Is Right for Professional Memory Care Services

How to Know When It’s Time for Professional Memory Care Services

As a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, you probably have concerns about what the future holds. How fast will changes occur? What can I expect to happen next? How will I know what to do?

Because progressive memory loss affects individuals in different ways, it can be very difficult to predict the future with any degree of accuracy. As memory care experts remind us, the only thing you can be certain of is that the challenges facing your loved one – and you – will only increase with time.

Tips for Building Relationships with Staff to Assure the Best in Long-Term Care

Relationships Matter for Providing the Best Long-Term Care

Human nature being what it is, good relationships in life tend to make things go more smoothly and successfully. This principle seems to apply equally well whether we’re talking about families, careers or schools. Comprised of equal parts communication, trust, confidence and comfort levels, good relationships just seem to make life easier and better.

Connecting with Staff Members Can Promote Better Care

Good relationships are also important for providing the best long-term care for your loved one.

7 Benefits of Respite Care: Tips for Caregivers

7 Benefits of Respite Care: A Physical and Emotional Oasis for Caregivers

A recent Commonwealth Fund study reported that 60 percent of the family caregivers surveyed, ages 19-64, reported “fair or poor” health and one or more chronic conditions or disabilities, compared with only 33 percent of non-caregivers. This report comes as no surprise to family members who are the primary caregivers of loved ones who need help with everyday living. In fact, the physical, emotional and economic burdens on caregivers today can frequently become overwhelming without some form of personal support. 


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