Self-care

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5 self-care tips for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers on the brink of burnout

Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full-time commitment. Even if you’re not living with your loved one full time, you may worry constantly and be on edge every time the phone rings. You might feel guilty about time spent away or taking care of yourself, and you may feel... more

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Why most senior caregivers are household employees not independent contractors

The senior caregiver you've hired is most likely a household employee, not an independent contractor. Here's why: "The vast majority of in-home senior caregivers are classified as employees because they don't meet the independent contractor criteria; therefore, the employer must administer the payroll and tax process, withhold the taxes correctly and remit... more

Activities of daily living: What are they and how are they used?

Assessing when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one or client can be tough. Independence is a hard thing to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. The six activities of daily living (ADLs) and the eight instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can be... more

6 ways to navigate your role as a secondary caregiver

We recently found out that my mother-in-law has mild cognitive impairment. As she deals with memory issues related to the condition, my father-in-law, husband and sister-in-law have taken on her primary caregiving duties. We all live close by, and I want to be as involved and supportive as I can... more

What is respite care?

When you’re caring for your aging parent or another elderly loved one, you may think you can do it all on your own. But for most people, juggling caregiving responsibilities with one’s own needs can eventually lead to major stress and burnout. This is where respite care comes in. Respite... more

How senior caregivers can best care for themselves during coronavirus

As a professional senior caregiver, you’re used to adapting to and navigating difficult or even emergent situations. But throughout this global COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve undoubtedly felt as though you’re swimming in uncharted territory.  That’s understandable given that care workers and caregivers are often the most vulnerable in these moments... more

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Preventing senior caregiver burnout: What to watch for and how to cope

When you’re caring for a loved one who is aging or ill, people will often say things like “You’re so brave” or “I couldn’t do what you do.” But most of the time, you don’t feel especially brave or heroic. Although caregiving for a senior can be incredibly rewarding... more

What to include on a daily schedule for adult and senior caregivers

When an adult or senior caregiver comes to your loved one’s home, there are lots of new routines and instructions to learn and follow. You can help familiarize your caregiver with your loved one's schedule right from the start by providing them with a detailed list. A good daily schedule... more