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Online Resources for More Information

Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving

Offers comprehensive caregiving information and advice, fact sheets, reports and studies, discussion groups and newsletters for caregivers, practitioners, policymakers and researchers. In addition, a state-by-state resource guide offers a searchable database of publicly-funded caregiver support programs.
Phone: 800-445-8106
Website: caregiver.org

Saying "Yes" to Offers of Help

How do you respond when someone asks, “Is there anything I can do?”  More likely than not, your response is, “Oh no, I’m okay.”  And when friends say “Let me know if I can help you,”  do you call them?
It is sometimes difficult to say we need help—so we don’t. Learning to say “yes” to such offers is really a gift you give to yourself as well as to the person who offers. It’s simple, really: People feel good when they do something nice for someone else. And when they help by providing respite and assistance in a caregiving situation, it’s even better.

A Caregiver's Pledge

  1. I will understand that I can’t care for anyone else if I also don’t care for myself. I will keep an image in my mind of putting the oxygen mask on myself first.
  2. I will remember that the only person I can change is myself. I cannot change my loved one who is ill, nor my family members.
  3. I will find opportunities to laugh, daily. These might come in movies, jokes, television, or with friends who can see the humor in my situation and remind me to do the same.

Introducing In-Home Care When Your Loved One Says "No"

Desperate though caregivers may be for a temporary respite from their care responsibilites, many care recipients are resistant to strangers coming into their home to help. The help may be perceived as an invasion of privacy, a loss of independence or a waste of money. Yet in-home assistance is often critical in offering caregivers a break and time to relax and rejuvenate.

There are ways to make this transition easier. Here are some tips for making your loved one feel more comfortable with in-home help:

Books to Help Children

When Children Grieve, John W. James, Russell Friedman and Dr. Leslie Landon Matthews
To watch a child grieve and not know what to do is a profoundly difficult experience for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Yet, there are guidelines for helping children develop a lifelong, healthy response to loss.

In When Children Grieve, the authors offer a cutting-edge volume to free children from the false idea of "not feeling bad" and to empower them with positive, effective methods of dealing with loss.

 

Talking with Your Parents About Disability

A caregiver called our office  recently to say his mother was being discharged from the hospital, was no longer able to live alone and needed to hire an attendant. Stressed out and confused, he didn’t know what to do. We asked him what his finances were, so we could give him an appropriate referral. He said he didn’t know—he had never talked with his mother about money.

Diagnosing Dementia

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

Be Wise...Immunize!

 

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Be Wise...Immunize! (English)

Background Checking for Hired Care: Resources that Help

Stories fill the news about aides who take advantage of, rather than care for, a parent, spouse or other family member in their home. Drained savings accounts, missing jewelry, and unexplained bruises are all too common experiences. One way to avoid becoming a victim is to conduct an attendant background check. Background checks include: a review of job performance and verification that the information provided to the family caregiver is accurate, and the attendant can do the job that the caregiver needs to be done.

Paid Family Leave: California

Caregivers who need time off work to care for loved ones are included in this program.)(

Q & A on California’s Paid Family Leave:

Q. What is Paid Family Leave?
A. Paid Family Leave is unemployment compensation disability insurance paid to workers who suffer a wage loss when they take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

Q. How long may a person receive Paid Family Leave insurance benefits?
A. Workers can receive up to six weeks of benefits that may be paid over a 12-month period.

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