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Month: July 2015

Caregiving Monday: Tips to Consider when Hiring Private Caregivers

Caregiving Monday: Tips to Consider when Hiring Private Caregivers

You can hire caregivers from an agency or on a freelance basis.  Different individuals have different preferences.  Personally, I prefer the freelance basis.  That way if I don’t feel an assignment is a good fit, I have the choice to say no thank you and walk away. Other people swear by hiring someone from an agency.  You have to decide what you prefer. I know some families that have both freelancers and an agency. There are pros and cons to…

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Caregiving Monday: Cherishing the Moments

Caregiving Monday: Cherishing the Moments

Caregiving can be very taxing and trying at times.   There are times when you just need to get away and have “me” time. There are numerous times when sacrifices have to be made and we as caregivers have to give up things we really want to do. When these moments come, I remind myself to cherish the moments I have with my loved one.  I remind myself that she is getting older and we will not have her forever. This…

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Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Violent Outbursts

Caregiving Monday: Dealing with Violent Outbursts

        I had one resident that was normally very sweet, but at times she had nightmares that caused violent outbursts. Calming her down during one of these episodes was never easy and took a lot of time.  Often it took time that others did not want to dedicate to her.  There have been numerous times when I spent a good hour or more working to calm her down. So how do you calm down an Alzheimer’s patient…

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Caregiving Monday: Grief in Alzheimer’s

Caregiving Monday: Grief in Alzheimer’s

Recently a dear friend of mine with Alzheimer’s mourned the loss of his wife.  He would often twists his wedding ring when thinking about her and asks questions.  There were times when he was quiet and other times when he had bursts of anger.  All of this is a natural part of the mourning process. Alzheimer’s does not stop our loved ones from grieving when they lose a loved one, whether it is a sibling, spouse, or child. So how…

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