Family caregivers

This is how much senior care costs in 2019

As Baby Boomers move into their golden years, their adult-aged children are feeling the financial and emotional strain of caring for them, according to the Care.com 2019 Cost of Senior Care survey. The first annual survey, compiled with insights from more than 7,500 family caregivers nationwide, showed how... more

Top 11 caregiver duties to know

Caregiver duties are wide-ranging. One moment a caregiver may be shopping for meals or cleaning the carpet and the next they could be discussing medication dosage with the pharmacist, or arranging transportation for a specialist appointment. The caregiver, whether a professional or a family member, is responsible for ensuring continuity... more

15 questions to ask during a senior caregiver interview

If you're hiring a senior caregiver on your own, start by screening applicants over the phone, then meet in person (consider a public meeting place, like a coffeeshop). If things feel like a good fit, introduce the potential provider to your parent in the setting where they would be working. ... more

Sundown syndrome: Why it happens, and how to cope

Time of day can have a powerful and seemingly strange effect over some people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Your loved one may be content and quiet in the morning, agitated and pacing by the early evening. Here’s what you need to know about the phenomenon known as sundown syndrome or... more

These Companies Make Remote Monitoring for Seniors Less Intrusive

A network of sensors and a smart insole are paving the way for improved remote monitoring technologies. Unfortunately, the public’s perception of remote monitoring devices has been shaped by an elderly person with a pendant around her neck, screaming “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” But times have... more

Comparing home health services: Home health care vs. home care

Caring for an aging parent or relative isn’t always easy physically or emotionally. But with the average U.S. life expectancy up to age 79 in 2013 — compared to 68 in 1950 — it’s increasingly becoming the new normal for families to be raising kids and taking care of... more

4 cultural differences to be mindful of when caring for seniors

Today, there are about 46 million Americans over the age of 65, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. By 2060, that number is estimated to more than double to nearly 100 million. While this population is undoubtedly large, it’s also more racially and ethnically diverse than previous generations, according... more

Caregiver Job Description: What to Write to Attract Strong Candidates

Powerful words can help to attract top candidates for your caregiver job. Here's how to make sure you set yourself up for success. Whether you’re hiring a home health aide to care for your elderly mother in her apartment or you’re looking to hire a caregiver to work for your... more