Caregiving

How to Save Time in The Kitchen

A woman preps her meal with a friend in order to learn how to save time in the kitchen.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

When you are juggling the many responsibilities of being a caregiver, mealtimes can be absolutely overwhelming. With three meals a day, not including snacks and drinks and other kitchen incidentals, it can seem like all your time and energy is spent there – cooking, cleaning up, and starting it all again. If you feel like you are spending all your time in the kitchen, just to stay on top of meal preparation, here are a few tips for how to save time and get back to everything else you love – or maybe even put your feet up for a bit.


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Scam Season: Teaching Kids and Seniors Internet Safety

A grandfather and grandson practice internet safety while surfing the web on their tablets.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Just 20 years ago, “internet safety” wasn’t part of your vocabulary. Today, during the dawn of the digital age, everyone accesses the internet for a variety of reasons. If you’re young, you learn from it. If you’re older, you connect with it. If you’re in the middle, you work through it. If you’re human, you use it for all three reasons often all in one day. So while the internet affords great benefits for seniors, adults, and children, it’s also a double-edged sword— sometimes with a very sharp edge. As a caregiver, how do you teach internet safety to kids and seniors?

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Do Not Disturb: How to Take a Meal to A Sick Friend

While this person peels a sweet potato, they are planning a way to take a meal to a sick friend.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

When your friend is sick, a home-cooked meal may be just what the doctor ordered. If you are planning to take a meal to a friend who is under the weather, plan your delivery to ensure you bring comfort, rather than added stress. Put together a menu of diverse, healthy meals, with heart-healthy fats and lean proteins to facilitate healing. Plan ahead, with strategic delivery, to make sure your friend has the foods he needs at the right time.


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How to Teach Children about Grandparents with Dementia

As a grandmother sits with her grandchildren, it's important to help children learn about dementia before it's too late.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Caring for your aging parent can be full of challenges and meaningful moments. If you add raising children into the mix, certain situations can get even more difficult to handle. If you are struggling with how to teach children about dementia, or why Grandma is confused, you are not alone. Over five million people currently live with Alzheimer’s disease and this number only increases when adding in the older adults with other types of dementia. Teaching your kids, or other children in your family, about dementia can be challenging. However, it can also be a positive shifting point in their relationship with their grandparent. Knowledge is power, right? So empower your kids by learning how to teach children about the dementia process. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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5 Ways to Save Your Sanity While Caregiving

As two women talk over coffee, spending time with friends is one of the recommended ways to save your sanity while caregiving.

Contributed by Christine Binney

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one is a rewarding experience, but it can also lend itself to high levels of stress and anxiety. Sometimes, the pressures of caregiving can leave you feeling overworked and overwhelmed. You may have moments where you wonder how you can effectively care for someone else when your own well-being is at risk. Luckily, there are some tried-and-true ways to save your sanity while caregiving. By following these tips, you’ll be able to remain a devoted caregiver who can keep cool and calm under pressure.

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Leveraging the Power of Technology to Help with Caregiver Duties

A woman uses her computer to help with her caregiving duties.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Your caregiver duties never seem to end. Even when you “finish” one task, you feel like there is always something more you can do, or at least better understand. When faced with this predicament a few years ago, the only options were to work as usual then try to learn at the local library once your shift was over. Now, with pocket-sized conveniences and other contraptions, it’s not surprising that many caregivers are now taking advantage of modern technology as a way to drastically improve their caregiving knowledge and abilities.

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Everything You Need to Know About Online Support Groups

A woman turns to support groups online for comfort during a tough time.

Contributed by Christine Binney

If you are struggling with a difficult situation, the encouragement of your family and friends may not always be enough to help get you through. There will be times that you need more help than even they can provide, and that assistance can come in the form of a support group. Support groups provide a safe place where members can share ideas, explore feelings, provide advice, and lend emotional support to each other. Members create a strong bond because they can relate to each other’s unique experiences in a way that others may not be able to.

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Prepare Your Loved One for Hospital Discharge in Three Steps

A woman sits is her wheelchair while her caregiver prepares her for hospital discharge.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Here’s the good news: your loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital. No more uncomfortable beds or uncertainty. Here’s the bad news: your loved one is ready to be discharged from the hospital. Before you can head back to the comforts of home, you have plenty to do before that hospital discharge. Being prepared can make or break your homecoming, so we are here to help by giving you the three steps that you need to have taken care of before you jump in the car with your loved one. Trust us – these are some of the best ways to reduce stress and get you both home safe and sound.

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7 Things to Remember When Planning a Funeral

A son comforts his mother while planning a funeral.

Contributed by Christine Binney

Planning a funeral is never easy. Trying to plan a ceremony that respects the wishes of your loved one and all the family members involved is complicated, and doing it under such stressful circumstances makes it that much harder. It can be hard to manage emotions while taking care of all the details that go into organizing a funeral. With some proper planning and a few tips, the funeral process can be made easier for everyone involved. Simply remember these seven things and you’ll be able to honor your loved one’s memory in the perfect way.

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6 Sympathy Gift Ideas Better than Flowers

Although the pictured bouquet of flowers is pretty, it's not one of our recommended creative sympathy gift ideas.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

When a friend or family member loses someone close, sympathy is a natural and immediate response. Tradition has often called for a bouquet of flowers in memory and in good cheer. They bring a sense of brightness, life, and joy in an otherwise dark or sorrowful time. However many bouquets can turn a living room into a garden. Those with allergies or those uninterested in cleaning up dozens of blooms may prefer an alternative while those sending sympathies may want something more creative to convey their feelings. Here are a few sympathy gift ideas that can show someone that you are there to comfort them in this time of need.

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