Caregiving with Advanced Illness

A once virile, passionate Italian was now void of all emotion

My name is Lisa. I’m a baby boomer and so was my childhood sweetheart. We met at 15, and dated until we were married in 1966, just turning 20 years old. We were born in August, and chose that month to marry as well. A lot of celebrating for two Leos.

Our life began rather simply. Living and working in San Francisco, but wanting to start a family, we decided to buy a home in the burbs.

Conservatorship and Guardianship

When someone is no longer able to handle his or her own financial or personal affairs, the court can appoint an individual or professional to act on behalf of the incapacitated person. When a minor child is involved, it is generally called a guardianship. When an adult needs someone, it is called a conservatorship. However, states define these terms differently, and you need to consult an attorney in your state to determine what the law are and how they impact your situation.

Making End-of-Life Decisions: What Are Your Important Papers?

As you face aging and the need to make plans for your future, you face having to make decisions about many aspects of your lives. These legal and health care decisions not only protect you from others making decisions for your care that you do not want, they also protect family and loved ones by giving them guidance in the care that you would like to receive. After completing all the legal paperwork, the next step is to sit down and talk to family about the decisions you have made and why.

 

Transferring a Person

Tips to Help Caregivers Move or Transfer a Loved One with Mobility Limitations

  • Learn proper body mechanics. Ask for a physical therapy referral from your physician to teach you how to use your body so you don’t get hurt.
     
  • Save your back. If you feel a strain, get help; don’t do it alone. This is for your safety and for the safety of the person you are trying to move. If you hurt your back, you aren’t going to be able to care for someone else.
     

Caregiver Self-Care: Caring for You

The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one.

Keep these simple steps and strategies in mind to ensure that you as a caregiver find time and resources to take care of yourself.

I Am in Dementia Prison with My Mom

My husband and I have been caring for my 92 year old mother for over five years. It has taken me almost that long to even  admit and verbalize that my mother has dementia. I always would just say that she was forgetful and then as time went on I added the word confused. In the last year she has also become anxious and panicky when we leave her home alone for a short period of time. Tonight, after I ran an errand for less than two hours, I returned to a frantic mother.

Family Caregiving and Transitional Care: A Critical Review (2012)

Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers

Introduction

As Americans live longer, greater attention is being paid to the concerns facing aging adults and caregivers. While many issues are the same for all older adults and those who care for them, some unique considerations arise for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people dealing with aging.

 

Aflicción y pérdida (Grief and Loss)

Introducción

Vida Asistida y Residencias de Apoyo (Assisted Living)

Entre el hogar y la residencia geriátrica

La vida asistida y otros tipos de residencias de apoyo se han concebido específicamente para aquellas personas que necesitan una ayuda adicional para la vida diaria, pero que no requieren la atención especializada permanente de las residencias geriátricas tradicionales.

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