How To Choose The Right Type of Caregiving
Are you thinking of becoming a caregiver or have a spouse that was recently diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's? It's essential to understand the different types of caregiving so you can make the "next best decision" as your loved one's illness progresses. There are different types of caregiving, and they vary based on the type of care provided and the person receiving care.
Where To Start with Dementia Caregiving
Was your loved one recently diagnosed with a form of dementia? People with dementia are typically diagnosed in stage four. People in stage four have clear, visible signs of cognitive impairment and exhibit personality changes. I'm sure you notice symptoms well before a diagnosis. While doctor intervention can increase resources, validation, and support, the new journey can overwhelm many family caregivers. Dementia caregiving can be challenging and emotionally demanding, and all your feelings and concerns are valid.
Going to the Hospital: Tips for Dementia Caregivers
A trip to the hospital can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and their caregivers. Being prepared for emergency and planned hospital visits can relieve some of that stress. This article suggests ways to help you prepare and tips for making your visit to the emergency room or hospital easier.
Why Family Caregivers Should Trust Their Instincts
Family caregivers know their loved one best. When you believe something is wrong, trust your instincts! If you suspect a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's is ill or acting unusual, contact their doctor and communicate with home health care nurses.
Caregiver Home Safety Checklist
Falls are the leading cause of death, injury, and hospital admissions among the elderly. The CDC reports that one out of every four Americans aged 65 and older falls annually. Of the 36 million falls that happen annually in this age group, more than 8 million result in a broken hip or head trauma.
10 Tips for Incontinence Caregiving
The key to managing incontinence is being prepared, empathetic, and adopting the "matter-of-fact" attitude used by nurses to reduce embarrassment.