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Month: August 2015

Caregiving Monday: 10 tips to dealing with sundowning

Caregiving Monday: 10 tips to dealing with sundowning

    If you have a loved one with dementia/Alzheimer’s you know that often sundowning is a common issue. Sundowning is in the later afternoon and early evening, when the sun begins to set, and the individual becomes more agitates and frustrated.  Often s/he wants to go home, yells, increased hallucinations, begins undressing, has increased confusion, etc.   So how do you deal with sundowning? Turn the lights down and calm the loved one. Often turning on soft music will…

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Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Care for the Caregiver

Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Care for the Caregiver

Caregiving can be very stressful on the caregiver. Caregivers need time to relax, unwind and have some “me” time.   Balancing self-care is important. What are some ways to do this? Exercise—exercise is good for the body and also helps the mind. Exercise also helps to relieve stress.   Take a walk, go to an exercise class, put in an exercise video, ride a bicycle, take a dance class, etc.  Find something you enjoy doing and can do on a regular basis….

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Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Use music to calm and minister

Caregiving Monday: 10 Ways to Use music to calm and minister

I’ve had some residents that would yell, become agitated, or have hallucinations. I’ve discovered I can use music to calm and minister to these residents. Using songs that are familiar helps the loved one feel comfortable because the song is familiar Singing hymns is often soothing Music that is calming or played softly often helps to deal with agitation. I’ve often found that piano music is great for calming the loved one, whether in person or through a CD. Nature…

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Caregiving Monday: 9 benefits of hospice

Caregiving Monday: 9 benefits of hospice

    Hospice is a great resource when the time comes.  They provide equipment, supplies and assistance at no charge.  If you think you need hospice, I’d advice that you speak with your doctor about the manner.   Hospice is usually called in with the decline of that patient from cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.  Your doctor or local hospice can give you more information. Just remember to be thankful for all that the workers do. Some of the assistance provided…

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Caregiving Monday: 9 Things to Remember When a loved one is dying

Caregiving Monday: 9 Things to Remember When a loved one is dying

Eventually our time as a caregiver will come to an end and our loved one will pass on.  This can be a very tiring and trying time.  This is also a bittersweet time.   The end of a painful journey is coming to an end but you are also saying a final goodbye to that loved one. This can be a long goodbye at times lasting from a few hours to a few weeks. So what should you do when your…

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