Emotional Wellbeing and Support
Connecting with Others: Techniques for Finding Support When Caregiving
As a caregiver, you may find yourself in charge of a host of responsibilities, along with the pressures and challenges that come along with them. It's common to feel overwhelmed, alone at times and drained – both physically and mentally. When it becomes too much handle on your own, it's important to seek help and support – whether it's from professionals, friends or family. Read more.
Managing Conflict and Family Dynamics While Caregiving
Unless you’re a fictional television family, every family has its set of challenges. And when you’re a caregiver, these challenges will likely intensify due to additional financial, physical and emotional demands. But, by working together as a family, you can avoid caregiver stress and burnout and ultimately provide better care to your loved one. Read more.
Managing Caregiver Guilt
Caring for someone can be consuming, physically exhausting and emotionally draining. There may be some days where you have negative feelings or resent your caregiver role, resulting in painful guilt. Am I spending enough time with my loved one? Am I spending enough time with my own family? How can I enjoy dinner out with my friends when my loved one needs me? Read more.
Maintaining Energy While Caregiving
There's no question that caring for others can be taxing on your mind and body. Constant demands may lead to exhaustion, a change in demeanor and also affect your overall health. Help keep yourself energized and healthy with these tips from Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice. Read more.
Older Adults: Stress...Unavoidable But Not Unmanageable
Stress is an unavoidable part of life. The quickening of your heartbeat and the heightening of your senses that you experience with normal stress is just your body preparing to respond. But when stress goes on for too long, it can be dangerous. Read more.
What Should I Say? Offering Support to Someone Who Is Grieving
After a loved one has passed away, individuals may experience a variety of emotions. As a friend or family member, you may be struggling trying to find the right words or actions to help support someone who is grieving.
Nutrition and Exercise
Providing Healthy Meals for Your Loved One
Proper nutrition is essential at every age and stage of life, but if you're already overwhelmed with your responsibilities as a caregiver, cooking delicious, nutritious meals for a loved one may seem daunting - especially if you also need to provide a meal for your own family. Read more.
Nutrition for Older Adults
Good nutrition is important at every stage of life. In fact, as you age, the risks for nutrition-related diseases such as heart disease and osteoporosis increase. Yet for millions of older Americans, maintaining healthful eating habits is a struggle. Read more.
Seniors: Do You Drink Enough Water?
Over the course of an average day, most people brush their teeth once or twice, visit the bathroom several times and eat a few meals without much thought. But studies show that many of us forget one important thing: to drink a few glasses of water. Read more.
Barnabas Health Home Health Urges Older Adults to Walk Their Way to Better Health
Studies have shown that walking has numerous health benefits and can reduce the risk of many diseases. An added bonus is that it requires no prescription and the risk of side effects is very low! Read more.
Make Safety a Priority
Home Safety Tips for Caregivers
Taking some precautions can prevent unnecessary home accidents. Read more.
Tips to Prevent Outdoor Falls in Bad Weather
Winter in New Jersey can be a harsh reality. Below average temperatures, snow, sleet and wet or icy roads and walkways can make getting around not only inconvenient, but dangerous as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three adults, age 65 and older, falls each year. Read more.
Important Conversations and Considerations
Talking to Your Doctor about Serious Illness
When you or a loved one are seriously ill it is natural to have many questions and worries about the future and potential treatment.
According to health care professionals from Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice there are several ways to maximize the amount of information you obtain during the often brief time you have with your doctor. Read more.
Family Member of Private Caregiver: What Should Be Considered
Caring for an ill, aging, or disabled person can be a rewarding experience. However, depending on the level of care required and other demands on the caregiver's time and energy, it can also become an overwhelming responsibility. When this occurs, it may be time to explore other home care options, such as hiring a private caregiver. Read more.
Starting the Conversation about End-of-Life Wishes
Perhaps one of the most difficult, but most important, conversations we need to have with our loved ones is the one about death and dying. Whether it concerns your own end-of-life wishes or a family member's or friend's, making preferences known is important at any age. While initiating the topic is the most difficult part of starting the conversation, once past the initial discomfort, most people are relieved to have the issues out in the open. Read more.
Discussing End-Of-Life Wishes with a Family Member
Many families are uncomfortable bringing up the topic of final wishes. In fact, most people don't ever put their requests down on paper. Even though many Americans say they are in favor of advance directives, only few actually write them. Although it is a difficult conversation to initiate, it is important for care givers to sit down with their loved one to discuss his or her wishes regarding end-of-life care and the measures they want taken in terms of life-sustaining treatment. Read more.
Talking with Children about Death and Dying
Although most adults acknowledge that death is an inevitable part of life, many share the belief that children should be protected from the realities of death, loss and grief. Despite the efforts of adults to avoid these subjects, children often have a greater awareness of and insight into death than we realize. Read more.
Do I Need a Living Will?
Thanks to medical innovations and new technologies, Americans are living longer and healthier lives. In most cases technology helps families stay together longer, but in some cases medical machines are used to keep an individual alive long after the mind and body have ceased to function naturally. Read more.
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Links to Other Helpful Resources
Home Care Association of New Jersey
National Association for Home Care
Commission on Accreditation for Home Care, Inc.
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Cancer Association
American Lung Association
American Parkinson Disease Association
National Stroke Association
Multiple Sclerosis Society
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