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The Benefits of Home Care

Man-getting-out-of-bed1-300x300Home care has become increasingly popular as an assisted living option, as more elderly people need assistance. Because of the latest medical breakthroughs, millions of adults are now finding themselves taking care of older relatives and parents. When do you decide to utilize home care versus doing it on your own? Read More

Independent Caregiver Costs — Guest Post

I’d like to welcome Broward Senior Care to my blog today:

Hiring an Independent Caregiver Can be More Costly Than You Think

Daily routines can often be overwhelming for seniors and their families. Despite the best of intentions, it may be particularly difficult when friends and family are called upon to provide shopping assistance, transportation, cooking, housekeeping and other chores for their elderly loved ones. It can quickly become apparent that outside help is needed.

Out of desperation you may begin to ask yourself, “what about my neighbor, Julie. I think she did this before. Maybe she’d help out.” In hopes of saving a few dollars, you may hire Julie independently, without the assistance of a registered or licensed agency. Though this may cost less at first, it may prove more emotionally, physically and financially costly in the long-run. Read More

Alzheimer’s and Respite Care

Just as we require a day off weekly and several days of rest annually, primary caregivers should require respite.seniormanhappy

Caregivers, especially unpaid family members, often need an interval of relief more—but utilize it less. One factor is the emotions tied up in the act of caregiving. You may feel you are the only one who can truly provide adequate care—or that seeking respite shows either weakness or lack of care. You might also worry that you cannot afford assistance or that no one would help if you asked.
According to, “Those with strong support systems, creative respite arrangements, and regular time away not only fare better, they also find more satisfaction in their caretaking roles.” Read More

How To Communicate with a Stroke Survivor

seniorconcernA stroke can cause vision problems, paralysis to one side  of the body, and memory loss. Therefore, communication with a stroke victim is not always easy.  The following techniques can help you to communicate effectively with your loved one. Read More

Financial Elder Abuse: Recognition and Prevention

154435_199045503546847_441023954_n-300x168Unfortunately, seniors are often the target of financial exploitation, and even more unfortunately, it is often family members who are doing the exploiting. Just this morning, my office received a call from one of our caregivers expressing concern about one of our clients. In this case, extended family members may be stealing funds from the senior who is suffering from dementia. I cannot begin to explain how angry this makes me when I hear about seniors being abused by their own family! Of course, our office is reporting this to our local Area Agency on Aging, and an investigation will be conducted. But since this is something that I see happening over and over again, I just want to remind you what to look for if you feel your loved one is being exploited. Read More

Unhelpful Comments to Primary Caregivers

Here is a collection of “helpful” comments that caregivers hate to hear:

  • “Wow, you look worn out!””

Uh, this is what sleep deprivation plus worry plus fear look like, thanks. You’re gorgeous, too!

  • “Oh my mom/sister/brother/grandfather had that, and it was awful!”

Hard to say which inspires more gorey stories, caregiving or childbirth. Which is ironic, considering that they both have sweet sides. I don’t need to be scared; I need to be empowered. Read More

Helping Parents Plan for Long-term Care

Elder care can be a difficult topic to discuss with aging parents, but it is important for adult children to know and understand their parents’ needs and wishes when it comes to their long-term care. When talking to your parents about their long-term care plans, there are some important questions you need to ask. Read More

Costs of Long-term Care

Arguably, the most important aspect of planning for long-term care is understanding the costs of the care you will need. The MetLife 2010 Market Survey of Long-Term Care showed increased costs for nursing home, assisted living and adult day services, while home care costs were unchanged from 2009. Read More

Understanding and Planning for Long-term Care

According to the American Society on Aging, after age 65, a full 70% of Americans will need some form of long-term care. Many of the people who require long-term care don’t fully understand the risks and costs involved, and many assume that government programs will provide the care and assistance they need. Because of these common misconceptions, it is extremely important to understand and plan for your long-term care before it is needed. Read More