Daily or In-Home Caregiver

Devastating

Mom was the matriarch of the family and basically raised all four of us children by herself, since my Dad worked nights. She ruled with an iron hand and domineered over every aspect of our lives.

My Dad noticed her repeating herself 8 years ago, shortly before he died. Within a couple of years, even though she was still living by herself, I noticed her memory deteriorating.

With Far Fewer Benefits I Could've Kept Him Home

Dave has Huntington's Disease, which doesn't require "skilled medical care." It does require over $600.00 monthly in medication, food via the feeding tube, and help to bathe or dress.

La Demencia con Cuerpos de Lewy (Dementia with Lewy Bodies)

Definición

La demencia con cuerpos de Lewy (DCL) es una enfermedad o síndrome degenerativo y progresivo del cerebro. Comparte algunos síntomas con otras varias enfermedades y a veces se superpone con éstas  sobre todo con dos enfermedades comunes entre los ancianos: el Alzheimer y el Parkinson.

Assistive Technology

Introduction

Sometimes called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment, assistive technology (AT) can help your loved one live more independently. It may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable.

Seeking That Elusive Good Night Sleep

Americans are more sleep-deprived than people in other countries. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety. The Foundation advises: “When we don’t get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to “pay back” if it becomes too big. The resulting sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road.”

Resources for Assistive Technology

For assistance finding and purchasing AT:


ABLEDATA

(800) 227-0216
www.abledata.com


Alliance for Technology Access

(415) 455-4575
www.ataccess.org


Center for Assistive Technology &

Environmental Access

(800) 726-9119
www.assistivetech.net

Problemas conductuales posteriores a traumatismo craneal (Coping With Behavior Problems After Head Injury)

Algunos problemas conductuales

Introducing In-Home Care When Your Loved One Says ‘No’

Desperate though caregivers may be for a temporary respite from their care responsibilites, many care recipients are resistant to strangers coming into their home to help. The help may be perceived as an invasion of privacy, a loss of independence, or a waste of money. Yet in-home assistance is often critical in offering caregivers a break and time to relax and rejuvenate.

There are ways to make this transition easier. Here are some tips for making your loved one feel more comfortable with in-home help:

Adult Day Care for Alzheimer's: The First Day

The quiet stillness of morning had always been a soothing part of the routine Pat shared with her husband Tom. It was a private time for her to have her coffee, read the newspaper, and check emails. Tom rose a little later, made his own breakfast, and began to work at his desk. But now, with the progression of Tom’s Alzheimer’s disease, Pat counts her personal time among the many things which have slipped away. 

A Caregiver’s Pledge

  1. I will understand that I can’t care for anyone else if I don’t also care for myself. I will keep an image in my mind of putting the oxygen mask on myself first.
     
  2. I will remember that the only person I can change is myself. I cannot change my loved one who is ill, nor my family members.
     
  3. I will find opportunities to laugh, daily. These might come in movies, jokes, television, or with friends who can see the humor in my situation and remind me to do the same.
     

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