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5 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable

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Everyone can handle an occasional rough spot. Most people can even manage reasonably well when a crisis comes along – so long as it doesn’t linger. But sometimes, we get hit with one piece of bad news after another that just won’t let up. When you're a caregiver, you need to get out of a funk fast. Here are my favorite ways.

Reality Hit Hard When I Got the Flu

I Was Almost Unable to Do My Caregiving Work

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Several days ago, I woke up with a sore throat. Within a few hours, my entire body ached, I had difficulty maintaining balance and I couldn’t focus. I dreaded the thought of not having enough energy to take care of my loved one. I learned a lot in the next couple of days.

Do You Really Know What Your Mom Wants?

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How often have you thought, “I’ll bet mom (or dad) would really like this?” So, you buy it for her. But whenever you visit, it’s nowhere to be seen. We love our parents and we want to help them get the best they (or we) can afford. That’s all well and good if we fully understand what they want. When it involves staying in her own home or moving to a community, it gets complicated.

How to be Prepared for a Worst-Case Scenario (Caregiver Dies First)

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Caregivers without a good plan B are playing Russian roulette with their loved one’s welfare. Obviously, plan A is for them to remain in good enough health to provide for the needs of their recipient until they are no longer needed. However, a significant number don’t make it. Here are some of the things we can do now to make sure our loved one won’t suffer if we suddenly become incapacitated or die.

Don't Miss Opportunities by Ignoring Home Care

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Anyone who provides care more than just occasionally will, at some point, experience a moment of realization about the future and begin to consider the value of hiring a home care aide or a professional caregiver. At first, most caregivers ignore such thoughts, but the desire only gets stronger instead of going away and soon enough we start to wonder what it would take to get someone periodically to free us up for other things. I waited far too long to investigate the benefits and non-monetary costs and I paid a hefty price. Don't make the same mistake.

What You Need to Do if Mom Won't Let Others Do Their Job

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“Every time I visit my mom (age 92, lives alone) I find dusty furniture, dirty floors and bathrooms that need cleaning. Mom likes her home care worker but says she spends a lot of time texting and talking on the phone. The home care worker likes my mom but says every time she starts to clean up, my mom tells her not to because she wants to do it herself. I’m not sure what the truth is but I don’t want Mom living in a messy house. What can I do?”

7 Mistakes Most Caregivers Make

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The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.

We are Partly Responsible for Our Parents' Foolish Spending

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Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.


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