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Does It Ever Get Easier? Encouragement for New Caregivers

Published: 03/30/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

The first day, month, and year of anything new can be a discouraging time. A new job, new school, or bringing home a newborn -- these life events are exciting, terrifying, challenging, and rewarding all at once. Riding the proverbial learning curve can leave you frustrated on the worst days and exhilarated on the best.

New Caregivers 101

Published: 03/20/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

When you become a caregiver, you don’t get a package in the mail stating, “Congratulations on becoming a caregiver! Here is everything you need to know.”

That’s the bad news. The good news is that a wealth of resources are available, many of them easily accessible via the internet in blogs (like this one), websites and social media platforms.

Respite Care to the Rescue

Published: 03/13/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Respite care is a crucial resource that is sorely underutilized. The cost, accessibility and availability of these services may be obstacles, the reasons caregivers refuse the reprieve that they desperately need. But guilt, denial and exhaustion are perhaps equally significant hindrances.

Caregiving: Financial Issues & Options

Published: 04/11/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

“The average family caregiver for someone 50 years or older spends $5,531 per year on out of pocket caregiving expenses in 2007 which was more than 10% of the median income for a family caregiver that year.”

Where the Heart Is: How to pay for home modifications

Published: 04/07/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Though funds are dwindling for many senior-related programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have all spent ample time on the chopping block lately), there are still a number of federal, state, local and private organizations that offer financial support to seniors who want to stay where the heart is.

Alzheimer’s Care Options: Be Proactive, Plan Ahead

Published: 04/10/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Alzheimer’s

Getting an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis is nothing short of devastating. Harder still is when a decision must be made about care, either because the caregiver can no longer manage things on his/her own, or because the physical ramifications of the disease necessitate hospitalization or specialized care.

How to Choose Quality Caregivers for Your Loved One

Published: 03/25/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

If you’re a parent, you’ve gone through this before, choosing babysitters, day care centers, or where to send the kids for summer camp. There was a level of trust required on your part, but if you did enough research, asked questions, and checked references, you were able to make a more informed decision. Your reward for doing this due diligence was peace of mind about with whom and where your children spent unsupervised time away from you.

Now and then, you forget where you left your keys. Occasionally, you inadvertently place the milk in the pantry and the cereal in the fridge, and overlook that cup of coffee you reheated in the microwave.

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: 10 Essential Tips & Resources

Published: 04/03/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Alzheimer’s

Caregiving is an ever-changing experience: there are always new lessons, new challenges and new joys throughout the journey. Sometimes, it is that unpredictable nature of caregiving that makes it so difficult to bear, especially for people who like to have a plan. At other times, the flexibility is encouraging, because it means that you can still learn how to do things better and grow stronger through the process, even if you’ve been at the post for years.

Care Coordination: Keeping Everyone on the Same Page

Published: 03/15/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Keeping everyone on the same page, especially as the individual’s health status can change dramatically and often in a 24-hour period, requires a tremendous amount of coordination and clear communication.