Articles for Family Caregivers

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A Nurse's Guide for Taking Elderly Parents on Vacation

Are you going on a family vacation and planning to bring along one or both of your parents? Are you looking forward to enjoying some carefree quality time together as a family? Maybe it's a family reunion where multi-generations, including the grandchildren,


Sharing Family Caregiving Duties To Optimize Your Parent

Sharing Family Caregiving Duties To Optimize Your Parent's Care

Congratulations on your family caregiver position whether it be a volunteer undertaking or maybe a less enthusiastic acceptance. Caring for an elderly parent is a challenging task even for a professional caregiver. With that in mind, focus your efforts on


Advice for Families Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home

Advice for Families Taking Care of Aging Parents at Home

Getting and keeping the entire family involved in this caregiving commitment, no matter how difficult, should be your top priority. Learn from the experiences of real families to better prepare you for the caregiving challenges that lie ahead.


Can I Get Paid to Care for a Family Member?

Can I Get Paid to Care for a Family Member?

The short answer is "Maybe". Some states provide programs that pay family members to care for loved ones at home however they are usually somewhat limited. These programs vary widely from state to state and even within the same state. Although most states


3 Community Resources to Help Seniors Remain at Home

3 Community Resources to Help Seniors Remain at Home

Are there senior resources in your parent's community to help them remain at home? If so, you may be wondering what they are, how do you pay for them, and when can they start.  Senior resources vary a lot from one area to another and while some are locally


5 Potential Ways to Get Paid as a Family Caregiver

5 Potential Ways to Get Paid as a Family Caregiver

The predominate question I am often asked by family caregivers is "Can I get paid to care for a family member?" After further research I will share some additional information on this ever popular topic. Some states offer limited programs that pay family


My Elderly Parents Need Help with Transportation

My Elderly Parents Need Help with Transportation

Finding transportation can be challenging when Mom or Dad or both need help with driving to doctor appointments, shopping trips to the grocery, pharmacy and other local errands. It is often difficult for well-meaning but busy families with demanding schedules


Getting Mom or Dad Out of the Nursing Home

Getting Mom or Dad Out of the Nursing Home

Whether your parents have endured a short stay or an extended visit in a nursing home, it is not uncommon for them to vehemently protest staying any longer than necessary. You may hear comments such as: "I hate it here" "I'm desperately home-sick" "They treat


Respite Care Arms Family Caregivers with Strength and Resolve

Respite Care Arms Family Caregivers with Strength and Resolve

I was honored to care for my adorable and charming late husband of 32 years during his struggle with a terminal illness. As his nurse, I tended to his personal care and comfort requirements. As his confidant, my focus was on his emotional and spiritual needs.