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Adult Day Care Centers and Respite Care: Coping with Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of an elderly loved one full time doesn't always leave you time to care for your own needs, especially if your parent or grandparent has dementia or some other life-altering health problem. You may eventually burn out from your caregiving duties and lose focus on life, or you may experience problems with your own health. Adult day care centers offer the respite care services you need now. Such centers are a safe place for your loved one to meet new people, experience new things, and receive the care they need while you take a much-needed break during the day. Read More 

Aging Parents: When It Is Time To Make The Move To An Assisted Living Facility

As your parents get older, you may begin to notice signs that they are no longer able to care for themselves. While this is not an easy topic to approach, it will be helpful for your future if you are able to talk candidly with your parents about their needs, wants and desires for their future. While having deficits can be a natural part of aging, knowing when it is no longer safe to live at home alone is essential. Read More 

Ways To Make Your Loved One’s Stay In Short Term Rehab A Little Better

Short-term rehabilitation facilities are places that people, usually seniors, go to recover after a surgery, illness or other hospital stay.  The goal of these facilities is to help the patient reach a state of independence so that they can go home and return to their normal life.  A stay can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.  While they are there, the patient receives any physical or occupational therapy services they need to become independent again. Read More 

Key Features The Alzheimer’s Assisted Living Facility Should Have

If you are responsible for making decisions for your elderly relative who has Alzheimer's, there is no doubt that every small choice has to be carefully assessed. This is especially true when you are looking for the right assisted living facility where they will stay. Even though there are features that are prevalent with most assisted living facilities, such as push-button intercoms for assistance and around-the-clock nursing staff, an assisted living facility that caters mainly to patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are a bit different. Read More 

A Few Signs It Is Time To Start Looking At Retirement Homes

When you are concerned about an elderly relative, deciding when a retirement home might be needed is emotionally stressful. The change of living arrangements can cause confusion and depression in a person who has been living in his or her home for a long time. You do not want to force the issue if the person is capable of taking care of him or herself. However, you also do not want to wait until your relative has a bad fall, forgets to take his or her medication, or ends up having to do expensive repairs to the house. Read More