Caregiving Roles and Responsibilities

Family caregivers have concerns about managing multiple roles and responsibilities. These concerns include 1:1 care, emotional and social support, and care monitoring, coordination, and advocacy. Physical stress, worry, and emotional overwhelm are shared caregiver experiences. Information gaps exist in underestimating the type of information to manage disease progression and daily care needs. Other gaps include: identifying services, managing life changes, and navigating medical and legal responsibilities. Caregivers are uncertain where to turn to receive accurate,

What Are You Doing For Stress?

It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more. Some stress can be good stress: weddings, birthdays, new jobs. Things we think of as bad stress: family conflict, pressure at work, dealing with family addictions, and health concerns. So what do you do about it? Some people find they can take a walk, talk

What Are You Doing For Your Stress?

Oh we’ve all heard it, STRESS can kill. It can also create or contribute to health concerns everything from high blood pressure, digestive issues, migraines, skin irritations, depression, weight, sleep disorders, food and environmental allergies, and much more.  Some stress can be good stress: weddings, birthdays, new jobs.   Things we think of as bad stress: family conflict, pressure at work, dealing with family addictions, and health concerns. So what do you do about it?  Some

Overcoming Barriers to Respite

Caregivers can undergo a large amount of physical and emotional stress. The stress often includes feelings of being overwhelmed, abandonment, irritation and anger, and losing interest in outside activities. We believe small acts of self-care can bolster caregivers’ mental and physical states, making them not only healthier but also more helpful to their loved ones. Short, consistent breaks can help caregivers feel more empowered and in control of their lives. At Hope Grows, the word

Woe is Me: Caregiver Stress Is Often Self-Imposed

Spousal caregivers of persons with dementia experience greater cognitive decline than non-dementia caregivers. Studies exist citing the stress experienced by caregivers—many who are diagnosed with their own health related health concerns. Caregivers place their own health needs at a lower priority than the person for whom they care and fail to seek medical care. A care management assessment provides recommendations and options for the caregiver and care recipient that can save time, frustration, and expense.

Why Would You Want to Learn to Tap?

Traumas and events can create illness.  How can that be? When we become distressed we can constrict good blood flow, we may choose to lie in bed, not eat nutritionally and the end result is poor health mentally as well as physically. What can we do about it?  In the last edition I mentioned some general techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, as well as Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).  This remarkable technique has