Posts Tagged ‘ caregiving ’

Understanding Dementia Care

Nov 13th, 2016 | By Guest Post | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The infographic in this article is offered to help caregivers better understand the experience of the person with Dementia. The more we understand the better we are equipped to offer compassionate and competent care for the person with Alzheimer’s or any Dementia-related illness.



Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2016 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregivers for family members and/or friends who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s find the availability of care-giving resources both helpful and encouraging. In particular, the explanation of stages of the disease and symptoms characteristic of each stage enable the caregiver to better plan for addressing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He/she can be somewhat prepared to help the person with Alzheimer’s mitigate some of the symptoms and make life more pleasant for everyone involved.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The first signs of a change in brain functioning (cognition) are generally mild and may go unnoticed. Banner Alzheimer’s Institute defines MCI as “…impairment in thinking skills that goes beyond normal age-related cognitive changes but does not meet criteria for dementia.”



Respite Care: Why it Suits Both Caregiver & Patient

May 24th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Respite care is critical for the ongoing health and well-being of caregivers. This infographic provides a wealth of information about respite care.



CAREGIVING FOR A MARRIAGE PARTNER

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The caregiving community is growing rapidly, and caregivers everywhere share their experience and heartaches and joys in an attempt to help make it better for others. The need for caregiving tips and information is as great as the need to share one’s experience with others. In the sharing, we frequently find validation for the emotional part of this journey.

Much has been said and written about caregiving for parents and family friends. The relationship that is sometimes left out is the marriage partner. Caregiving for one’s husband or wife has unusual considerations that are not present in other kinds of situations.



THE QUANDARY OF CAREGIVING

Dec 11th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The Internet guides for caregivers are so numerous it is difficult to both count them and sort them into helpful categories. A simple query, such as ‘caregiving issues’, produces over a million responses. And many of the articles offer very good advice for caregivers seeking help managing the sometimes overwhelming demands on their time.

Suggestions for caregivers ring similar tones… ask for help; accept offers of help; take time off to spend with friends; meditate; relaxation routines… All the advice is helpful, and much of it is focused on what to do for yourself as a caregiver. Individual response will be based on individual need and what ‘works’ for each.



#4 – LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 28th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Many Internet websites offer good information for caregivers about taking care of elderly loved ones. A search engine offers thousands of articles one can review for assistance. And they all have one theme in common: The caregiver needs to take care of her/himself if he/she wants to do a good job caring for the elderly loved one.

In our caregiving experience, we found a couple of ways to care for ourselves that worked well for us:
We took time off for outings just by ourselves. We had assistance from three family members who offered weekly time to stay with our elder mother, and we accepted that assistance. Some days we would go out for lunch alone; other days we would do errands and shopping. Whatever the activity,



#3 – LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 18th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Caregiving for elderly loved ones carries some inherent understandings of how day-to-day activity is managed. For the most part, decisions and choices that affect the life of the elder needs to remain in her/his hands. For the most part… so what are the exceptions?

Based on our six-month experience, these are some guidelines that make sense:

Decisions about simple things like what the elder is going to wear are left up to her/him… except… except when she wants to put on a long flowing skirt that now comes to the floor and would likely get entangled in her legs and cause her to fall. Mother was still mobile the first three or four months



#2 – LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 3rd, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Someone recently said to me, “I do not want to die with any regrets.” My life-long statement to self has been, “I want to be proud of what I do and say.” This was certainly true of the six months we spent caregiving. Did I live up to that totally? No. Did I get close? Yes. I learned that, because there is life after caregiving, I needed to conduct myself so I would not end up with regrets.

By far the most difficult situations we encountered caregiving for my mother-in-law centered around her safety. Momma never got her fair share of common sense and good judgment in life. Health care professionals, particularly in rehab after she broke her hip for the third time, consistently identified her lack of judgment as a major problem in her rehabilitation. So we came to her last days still trying to manage her safety in the face of her poor judgment.



#1 -LESSONS IN CAREGIVING

May 1st, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

One of the benefits of being a senior citizen these days is the joy of admitting we have a lot yet to learn. We don’t have to prove ourselves any longer. We can just be ourselves, open to learning whatever new behaviors and insights happen to come along our way.

Such is the case with our most recent caregiving experience. It was actually the first time we had taken on the responsibility of care for another human being. I had always insisted I wasn’t a nurse and didn’t want to be one. But when faced with the choice of caring for my 93 year old mother-in-law in our home, I didn’t hesitate. She had been a loving and caring person all her life; it was time for that love and care to be returned to her in her last days.



A SENIOR’S ELDERLY PARENT DIES

Apr 14th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Jerry has been writing the past couple of weeks about death and dying, loss of loved ones and the importance of family and friends when one is in grief. His mother, Hazel, died Thursday, April 11, 2013. She lived in our home these past six months, with Jerry and Sharon being the primary caregivers. Hospice accepted Hazel in to their tender and competent care in late October, 2012.

More than a year ago, Hazel requested that we take her into our home when we knew death was approaching. She wanted to be cared for by Hospice and us, and she wanted to die in our home. Our agreement was an easy one because we participated in caring for Sharon’s mother 30 years ago, and