As a Family Caregiver taking care of a Loved One at home, you've probably had many well-meaning friends and family admonish you to Take Care of Yourself. This well-meaning advice may have drawn a number of different reactions. Your reactions may have ranged from anger (they don't know what they are talking about) all the way to laughing out loud.It goes without saying that … [Read more...] about Family Caregivers: Take Care of Yourself
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Why should you join a community? You are busy enough, as is! This just sounds like one more thing to do! We asked some questions for the last several weeks on our Help Me Help Momma Facebook page. One of the questions that we asked Family Caregivers was, “What is the hardest thing about caregiving?” Doing It All By Myself One of the hardest things mentioned most frequently … [Read more...] about Why Should I Join a Community?
What are some clues that Momma may need help? When a parent or spouse starts to decline, it’s hard to know what to do. You wonder whether Momma should continue to live at home or whether she would be better off somewhere else. (“Momma” is used generically in this article, whether Mom or Dad or spouse). The bottom line is that you, one of the adult children, just wonder (1) … [Read more...] about Clues That Momma May Need Help
By the very nature of the title, it is obvious that being the Lone Family Caregiver is a lonely job. It is even more lonely this time of year. The holidays, (Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and some others I probably have missed) are supposed to be joyful times with lots of fun, food, joyful family gatherings and cheer. Holidays Only Amplify the Emotions Instead, the Lone … [Read more...] about The Lone Family Caregiver
A Family Caregiver recently wrote: “Breaks and Time are easier said than done. Everyone one else is too busy with their OWN time. It’s just easier to not ask of anything. But I can say one thing - I’ll never have regrets. But not having time once in awhile takes its toll. I’ve been in the hospital and in ER a few times very sick.” This is a great blog post that covers several … [Read more...] about Family Caregivers Time