* Roles & Responsibilities

November 17, 2017

11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one — both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you […]
November 16, 2017

The Art of Multitasking and Still Remaining Focused

Caregiving itself is an art. Many today are part of the Sandwich Generation who find themselves caring for both young children and teenagers as well as aging parents. Caregivers need to be professional multi-taskers to address […]
November 3, 2017

Confessions of a Recovering Caregiver

Since my three-year stint as my father’s caregiver I wrestle with socially unacceptable urges to comfort, feed, and water just about anybody. I do not have to know you personally to offer you a cough drop […]
October 31, 2017

Dining with Dignity Even When it Seems Impossible

The phone is ringing off the hook while you, the caregiver, have your hands full: tying the bib around Dad’s neck; stirring the pot on the stove; wiping the tears from your toddler’s cheeks while trying […]
October 27, 2017

Dad’s House

Our first reaction was “He can’t live alone.” How could he manage without her? She was his companion in the house they bought the year after they married nearly sixty years ago. A typical homemaker from […]
October 25, 2017

The Art of Compassionate Communication for Elder Caregivers

“No one can ever be fully prepared for the challenges of caregiving. The tasks and responsibilities involved can be demanding, even more so when caregivers themselves are frail, have been thrust into their role unexpectedly or […]
October 20, 2017

Finding Adult Day Care Options

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel adult day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation. The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program, the greater […]
October 19, 2017

Confessions of a Sometimes Caregiver

My mother, an 86-year-old widow, lives alone in a small town in the farming country of central Kansas. Born and raised in the town, she returned there with my father after his retirement, leaving the big […]
October 17, 2017

In Sickness and in Health, But Why Does Sickness Have to be so Gut-Wrenching?

A family caregiver broke. It happens. And it happened in my community. A husband who cares for his wife and son tried to kill his wife with a hammer. It is heartbreaking. You cannot predict what the breaking […]
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