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Caring for a Loved One During COVID-19

Being a caregiver is challenging; and taking care of a loved one during COVID-19 can be particularly stressful with social distancing and the uncertainty around when our lives can go back to normal. In addition to keeping your loved ones safe, It’s important to take care of yourself – both physically and mentally- so you can be there for those that need it the most. Below are several tips and resources to help with your caregiver responsibilities during this difficult time.

  1. Keep You and Your Loved Ones Safe – Older adults and people with chronic conditions such as lung or heart disease are at higher risk for having more serious complications from COVID-19. The CDC recommends that anyone over 60 should remain at home as much as possible, wash their hands frequently, and take everyday precautions to stay at least 6 feet away from others. If you are a caregiver for an older adult living alone, experts advise the following tips to preserve the safety and health:
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A woman sips her coffee while thinking of ways to support her spouse living with cancer.
6 Ways to Care for Someone with Mesothelioma Cancer

Contributed by Asbestos.com

A mesothelioma cancer diagnosis can leave families wondering how to best care for their loved one at home. Supportive cancer care for mesothelioma will involve special attention to lung health, as well as finding ways to ease mesothelioma cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

Consider the following tips to care for your loved one with mesothelioma cancer. Remember that simply being there for them is a lot to handle and taking care of yourself will help you be a better caregiver.

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Five Steps for Managing Family Caregiving Concerns

Contributed by Senior Planning Services

Many caregivers find that caring for an elderly loved one is not as easy as they had pictured. While willing to do whatever necessary, the full burden can be harder to handle than initially thought. As professionals in the field of Medicaid planning for seniors, Senior Planning Services would like to offer several tips that you should keep in mind if you’ve found yourself in this position. These tips will ensure that you’re able to keep caring for your loved one for without losing your own mind in the family caregiving process.

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How to Prepare for a Home Emergency with the Elderly

Contributed by Trisha Miller

When making the choice to give family members care from home it may be intimidating to know exactly what to do when disaster strikes. Preparation is key to assessing just how critical the situation may be and how to properly address it. Small tasks like planning escape routes with your family member or putting together a first aid kit can go a long way to being prepared for any emergency. However, understanding when a loved one needs a little bit more help could be the remedy for a serious home injury.

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Provide the Comfort of a Home Cooked Meal with Blue Apron

Blue Apron delivers perfectly portioned, farm-fresh ingredients so you can make home-cooked meals created by our culinary team based on what’s in season and locally available.

Lotsa Helping Hands members receive $20 OFF the first delivery!

A few months ago, my sister lost a little one to SIDS. Our family and community was rocked with the tragedy. When something like this happens, you do all you can to rally around each other, begin the process of healing, and help feed the family—because cooking meals, let alone coming up with a grocery list, is overwhelming in the midst of grief. But what I discovered is that for caregivers, too, creating good meals can also feel overwhelming.

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Getting Your Medication Without a Car

Contributed by PillPack. PillPack is a full service pharmacy that makes it easy to take the right medication at the right time.

Having to fill and refill prescriptions can be an arduous task. Whether you have one prescription, multiple refills, or are helping someone else with their monthly medications, getting to the pharmacy is one more errand on top of everything else you already have scheduled. Getting to the pharmacy can be especially difficult when dealing with lack of mobility, medical conditions, or limited access to transportation. We have a few suggestions for getting rid of this errand so you can make more time for the important things in life.

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Learn how to write a will and get your documents organized.
How to Write a Will in 5 Steps and Why You NEED One Now

Contributed by Everplans. Everplans (www.everplans.com) is a website that helps people create, store, and securely share all of their important information, documents, and wishes that their families might need if something were to happen. Everplans also provides thousands of useful articles, checklists, and local resources—whether you’re a new parent, retiree, or recently bereaved.


Most people know it’s important to have a will, but are too nervous to get the process started because they don’t know how to write a will. Writing a will may seem like a daunting task, but by following a few simple steps it can be easily accomplished—and can leave you with a feeling of great accomplishment.

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5 Home Improvement Tips for Caregivers

Contributed by Madison Engle

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be time consuming and stressful, but it is important not to let their assets fall to the wayside. This is especially important if they own an older home, as it may have been neglected while your loved one’s health deteriorated or other life events became a higher priority. Try to take as much pride in their hard-earned assets as you would take in your own. Follow these five home improvement tips to make sure your loved one’s home is safe and comfortable for them and one less source of stress for you.

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A hand reaching out, like a family caregiver reaching for help.
The Assistance Desperately Needed for the Family Caregiver

For 80% of people who have chronic or long-term health problems, family caregivers aren’t just a convenience but an incredible gift. Aging individuals are able to remain in their own homes, return home earlier following hospitalization, and save money as opposed to using a home care agency service or a long term care facility. There’s just one problem: while the family caregiver is taking care of the physical, mental, and emotional needs of the disabled or chronically ill individual, she is failing to take her own needs into consideration. 

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