Retirement - Top 5 Things To Know


What do you think of when you hear the word retirement? Financial freedom, not working, relaxing, traveling the world?  Retirement age has long been defined as those age 65 and older.   As the baby boomer generation head into their senior years, they are leading a demographic shift in Read more

Elder Abuse - Recognizing the Warning Signs


We began our Elder Abuse Awareness Series with Elder Abuse - Stopping It Begins With Awareness and defined the different types of abuse.  This post will provide information on recognizing the warning signs. Recognizing Warning Signs of Elder Abuse According to the California Department of Justice, elder abuse victims often Read more

Anti-Aging or Healthy Aging?


One of the most successful marketing terms of all times has to be “anti-aging”. Put an anti-aging label on most any product, and it flies off the shelves.  Is it possible to look your best without spending beau coup money on anti-aging products or going under the knife?  Read more

Elder Abuse - Stopping It Begins with Awareness


What is Elder Abuse? In observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2012, we will begin our awareness series with defining the different types of elder abuse.   According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), elder abuse is a term referring to any knowing, intentional, or negligent act Read more

Are You Experiencing Caregiver Burnout?

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Most of us have days when we feel tired, irritable, overwhelmed, or unappreciated; when the dozen balls we keep in the air go unnoticed, not to mention rewarded; when it’s all we can do just to drag ourselves out of bed.  Oftentimes we shrug it off and say it’s just stress.  But, if you find yourself feeling like this most of the time, you may be flirting with caregiver burnout.

What is caregiver burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.  Oftentimes, as a caregiver you’re so concerned and consumed with meeting the constant demands and needs of others that you may not even notice the onset of caregiver burnout.

Are you experiencing any of the following: 

  • Feeling increased stress and anxiety over even minor things
  • Despairingly blaming yourself for your inability to meet unrealistic demands
  • Feeling everything is out of control, and you don’t see a way out
  • Loss of energy and constant feeling of exhaustion, emotionally and physically
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, or on the verge of tears often
  • Overreacting to minor things and snapping much too quickly
  • Frequent indigestion, loss of appetite, more headaches and body aches
  • Significant weight gain or loss, or change in eating patterns
  • Loss of interest in your appearance and grooming
  • Change in sleep patterns or sleeplessness
  • Decreased productivity or lack of interest in work
  • Scattered thinking or inability to concentrate
  • Feeling increasingly cynical, resentful, angry, bitter,
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities and hobbies
  • Withdrawal from anything social, avoidance of friends and family
  • Feeling it takes too much energy to interact with others and do things
  • Inability to relax, feeling there is always something you must be doing
  • Engaging in nervous habits such as binging, chain smoking, drinking
  • Feeling you want to hurt yourself
  • Having increasing thoughts of death
  • Increasing use of medications for anxiety, depression, sleep
  • Feeling physically run down and getting sick much more often

 

The negative effects of caregiver burnout can spill over into every area of life, including your home and social life.  In order to prevent burnout, the first step is to recognize the signs and symptoms.  If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is time to seek the support you need.  It is okay to ask for help.


What is Home Care?

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What is Home Care?

The term home care describes two very different types of care:

  • Home Health Care is skilled nursing care and is provided by licensed medical professionals, for which you need a prescription.
  • Non-Medical Home Care, such as personal care, homemaker, or companionship services are provided by professional caregivers.

Home care that seniors require often revolves around the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs).

ADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance.  The six ADLs are:

  • bathing
  • dressing
  • transferring
  • using the toilet
  • eating
  • walking

IADLs are basic activities and functions performed on a daily basis that are usually done without assistance.  The six IADLs are:

  • light housework
  • preparing meals
  • taking medications
  • shopping for groceries or clothes
  • using the telephone
  • managing money