Posted March 7, 2015
Choosing a Caregiver
One of the most difficult decisions a family or POA (Power of Attorney) has to make is what caregiver service to use for their loved one or family member. An even more difficult task is finding an excellent caregiver that fits well with their loved one. As of 2004, they estimated 21% of households in the US are impacted by caregiving responsibilities so don’t worry – you are not alone on this topic. 83% of families use family caregivers, i.e. family members, friends, neighbors, etc. So the challenge comes when a family doesn’t have someone close who they…Read More
Posted March 5, 2015
Adult children faced with aging parents’ failing health issues and senior home care often create friction among themselves, sometimes reverting back to old oppressive moments of sibling rivalry, when making choices for Dad and Mom. Everyone cares about what happens but may not agree on the same decisions, which triggers misunderstandings and conflicts. Compromising about any home care, stroke care, or dementia care for the elderly can be challenging but attainable with communication, honesty and equally informing one another.
Many adult children accept the primary caregiver role by emotional ties, geographic location, age, or as they take on more and…Read More
Posted March 1, 2015
As a Care Manager, it is not uncommon to get calls from our caregivers stating that their client “turned angry” or “aggressive” in an instant. He or she threw a tantrum or they “lost it”. These tantrums can be vocal and or physical – they can involve shouting, becoming upset, throwing things, physically pushing you away, or even causing bodily harm to themselves.
These meltdown behaviors have a name: Catastrophic Reactions. These reactions are an emotional outburst of fear, stress, or other suddenly overwhelming emotions. It is not uncommon behavior for moderate-stage dementia.
How to Deal with Catastrophic Reactions
If it happens to…Read More