Cultivating Caregiver Wellness Connecting with nature is good for family caregivers.

The health benefit of gardening is well documented throughout history. Benjamin Rush, a prominent Philadelphia physician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first to document the therapeutic benefits of working in the garden with individuals with a mental illness. By the 1950s, the practice of horticulture therapy expanded to treat war veterans and gained acceptance in benefiting a wide range of disabilities and diagnoses. Today, therapeutic gardening or horticulture therapy, benefits

11 Ways Caregivers Need to Take Care of Themselves

While it’s wonderful to be a caregiver—to give back to parents or a loved one by helping them as they age or manage an illness, caregiving also can be stressful and frustrating at times. In other words, being a caregiver is no picnic. It’s important to take care of yourself. Here are 11 ways self-care tips: Eat healthy foods: Many studies show that eating the right foods— leafy green vegetables, whole grains, berries, and lean

Hiring the Best Caregiver for Your Loved One

Aging in place becomes increasingly more important as your loved one ages and as their activities of daily living become more difficult. When this begins, home care is the best option. Finding a caregiver that fits your loved one’s needs can seem like a daunting task. To know exactly what to look for in a caregiver, start with these steps. Know What You Need Before starting the search, you need to know what type of

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

How To Persuade a Senior They Need Help

You’re doing what any good person would do, trying to keep tabs on a loved one who’s growing older. You’re afraid to broach the idea of getting involved in their affairs, because you don’t want to hurt their feelings–or worse, start a fight. Maybe you’ve even tried to offer your help, only to get rebuffed. Heidi Sklenar Telschow, a personal advisor to clients of Fairview’s Caregiver Assurance service, knows it’s a predicament. She hears it

Adult Children & Parents: Avoiding the Crisis of Role Reversal

When is it time to allow your adult children [or your POA designee] to step in and help you? While there is no simple answer, what I can tell you is this: If you will talk about this sensitive subject with your adult children prior to any need, your quality of life will be greatly increased for a very long time to come! This is a very important step to take when you are in