Have you had the discussion with Momma about her preferences? What exactly are Momma's Preferences? If and when she can’t stay at home by herself any longer, what does she want? Does she want family coming in to help or outside caregivers? Would Momma even prefer facility care or some other option? Most readers would guess that she would want to stay home by herself or would … [Read more...] about What Are Momma’s Preferences?
If you are the primary caregiver for a declining parent you may wonder sometimes, “Is there anyone else out there?” You may be shouldering ALL of the caregiver burden by yourself. On one hand, you realize that you could possibly get more help. At the same time, you love your parent and feel like you can do a better job of taking care of them than anyone else. Besides, they … [Read more...] about Is There Anyone Else Out There?
Last week we talked about the issue of Siblings and Momma’s Money. A close second to the issue of money is time. As a caregiver, you may feel like you don't have enough time in the day to get everything done. As a result, you are probably neglecting something just as important: time for yourself. Concerned With Time For Yourself Every week Family Caregivers send in … [Read more...] about Making Time For Yourself As A Caregiver
We do a weekly Facebook LiveCast where we discuss various Caregiver related topics and answer questions received from Family Caregivers. Hands down, the biggest topic we are asked about on a weekly basis has to do with Family Caregiver Stress. While neither of us are therapists, as Elder Law Attorneys, we have visited with hundreds of families over the years who are … [Read more...] about The 3 “P’s” To Reduce Family Caregiver Stress
A couple of times per week Cindy & I present Help Me Help Momma LiveCast (on Facebook) where we discuss questions about Family Caregiving. We take questions from real Family Caregivers. These folks have my absolute respect. They are in the trenches doing the hard work of taking care of parents or spouses every day. Many of these caregivers are near the beginning of their … [Read more...] about When Family Caregiving Gets Tough