Primary Caregivers

FCA’s annual Claremont Caregiver Respite Retreat: Thank you Richard Essey!

For over 10 years FCA has coordinated a special respite retreat for the agency’s caregiver clients. The retreat is generously sponsored by former caregiver, philanthropist, and chairman of TemPositions, Richard Essey.

Behavior Issues

Individuals with dementia or other conditions may exhibit confusing or challenging behaviors at times. Here are tips and guidance for handling common concerns to help caregivers better understand what their loved ones may be feeling or trying to communicate.

Bathing (for dementia)

  • People with dementia are often resistant to bathing. They will claim they just showered, or that they will do it later, or outright refuse to bathe. Unless someone is incontinent, daily bathing is not necessary. Pick your battles—once or twice a week may be sufficient. Coupling bathing with an activity is sometimes helpful, e.g. going to the doctor or out to lunch or having a bowl of ice cream.

Todo lo que un cuidador debe saber sobre el dinero (What Every Caregiver Needs to Know About Money)

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What Every Caregiver Needs to Know About Money

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Medios para una comunicación eficaz para proveedores de atención médica y cuidadores (Spanish)

Cuando un ser querido necesita atención médica, tradicionalmente recurrimos a profesionales para despejar dudas, obtener un diagnóstico certero y opciones de tratamiento. En el pasado, los médicos eran la autoridad indiscutible que llevaba la voz cantante en las discusiones con sus pacientes sobre atención médica. Pero las cosas han cambiado, y la relación con el médico también.

Pathways to Effective Communication for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers

Any time our loved ones need medical care, we traditionally rely on professionals to answer our questions, diagnose properly, and recommend treatments. In the past, doctors were unquestioned authorities who took the lead in discussions with their patients on medical care. But things have changed; the relationship has shifted.

Trastorno neurocognitivo asociado con el VIH (HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorder — HAND)

Desde el comienzo de la epidemia del SIDA, más de tres décadas atrás, doctores, cuidadores familiares y amigos, y los propios pacientes han observado que algunas personas afectadas por la enfermedad experimentaban un deterioro de la función cerebral y de la capacidad de movimiento así como también cambios en el comportamiento y el estado de ánimo. Este trastorno recibió el nombre de trastorno neurocognitivo asociado al VIH (HIV‑associated Neurocognitive Disorder - HAND, por sus siglas en inglés).

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FCA applauds Senate passage of the Older Americans Act

FCA applauds the Senate passage of the Older Americans Act that reaffirms the need for supporting older adults and their family caregivers. With the shifting demographics across the country and the growing need to support the 40 million unpaid caregivers that contribute an estimated 37 billion hours of care, the Older Americans Act contains vital services and support to those family members, neighbors, and friends who form the community network of care to enable older adults to remain in the community.

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