How to Find Rest When You’re Caring Around the Clock

Caring for another human being is a big deal.

No matter what the age, relationship or needs, caregiving is an often stressful, at times rewarding, many times frustrating, almost always exhausting experience. But if the person you’re caring for ...

 
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How to…Take a Caregiving Break

There’s no way I can take a break from caregiving! If that’s what you’re thinking upon first glance at this post, KEEP READING. A break is possible -- and absolutely necessary. Check out our tips, ideas and ...

 
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How to Take a Break as a Senior Caregiver

Being a caregiver for a senior is a round-the-clock responsibility. Though there may be many rewards and joys in the journey, the reality is that the care of another human being is utterly exhausting. Taking a break and getting adequate ...

 
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A Good Night’s Sleep: Tips for Seniors

How many hours of sleep do seniors need? As much as a high school student, according to this Health Matters news story. The target: seven to nine hours a night for both populations is best.

The similarity in this sleep ...

 
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Making Christmas Comfortable for Caregivers & Seniors, Part 2

It can be a stressful time of year for the family who is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, caring for someone who is recovering from a stroke, caring for someone who is wrestling with depression, or caring for someone ...

 
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Caregivers Need Someone to Hold Their Hand

Today's guest post comes from Diana Denholm, PhD, LMHC, psychotherapist, and author of "The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook." (Read our exclusive interview with Dr. Denholm here.)

Remember being blindfolded and spun around the first time you played Pin the Tail ...

 
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Short-Term and Respite Care Options Benefit Caregivers

With August fast approaching, many of us may feel we’re in the so-called “dog days” of summer – those days when the heat, humidity, and hectic pace of summer life saps us of energy and derails our drive.

For those ...

 
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Senior Living Options: Respite Care Q & A

Q: What is respite care?

A: Respite care is an important, though underutilized, resource for caregivers. Defined by Merriam-Webster.com as “a period of temporary delay” or “an interval of rest or relief”, respite provides the opportunity for caregivers to ...

 
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Why Activity Directors Need Respite Care

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about activities in assisted living. The post took on a life of its own, with 44 comments and counting...

Clearly the topic of meaningful, age-appropriate activities for residents in assisted living communities (or any senior living community, for that matter) is one that provokes much discussion. New and seasoned activity professionals from across the country weighed in; they asked questions, sought advice, and ...

 
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Respite Care: A Caregiver’s Best Friend

Many assisted living facilities offer respite care, a valuable service for family caregivers. In fact, you can search for respite providers here on SeniorsforLiving.
Merriam-Webster describes respite as an interval of rest or relief. These intervals can vary in length, purpose and location. Sometimes, a family member needs major surgery and cannot care for his loved one during the three-week recovery period. Maybe a spouse who has been caring for ...

 
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