Journey Stop #2 is what we refer to as the Serious Time Stage. This is when the time commitment gets "Serious". At this stage, you are spending between 3 - 6 hours per day helping your Loved One with their daily activities. Brief Recap of Journey Stop #1 In our last blog post, we discussed Journey Stop #1. If you have been helping a declining parent for some time, you may be … [Read more...] about Journey Stop #2: The Serious Time Stage
Many of you have had the experience of having “the talk” with a teenage child. Now, as your parent continues to decline, you may have had “the talk” all over again. However, this time you had it with Mom or Dad. "The talk" can be regarding a number of life changing topics: Moving to a different state so they can be closer to you Giving up the car keys for good Moving … [Read more...] about “The Talk” with Declining Parents – Interview with Dwain Hebda
A reader recently asked about the duties of a Family Caregiver. The traditional meaning of the word “duty” implies obligation to someone. My thought, in that case, would be that a Family Caregiver would have no “duties”. Everything that most Family Caregivers do is done because of their deep love for the person for whom they are providing care. Most Family Caregivers are “in … [Read more...] about Duties of a Family Caregiver
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
Have you found yourself at the stage of life where you are spending more and more time helping an aging parent or declining spouse? If so, just know that you are not alone. According to statistics provided by AARP, close to 40 million Americans are in the same boat. The Family Caregiver Role For An Aging Parent Or Spouse Can Happen Gradually In many situations, our role … [Read more...] about Currently Helping An Aging Parent Or Spouse?