Caregiver Issues

Caregivers take on an invaluable and stressful job, find articles about the issues related to caregivers here.

Back to school, back to reality


As children go back to school, your full time role of caring for your loved one returns. Having the children home for the summer was such a big help with assisting with caring for your dear family member or friend. You find yourself appreciating even just a 10 minute run to the bank or store but now the demands of care, sleepless nights, stress, anxiety, and lack of balance are about to begin again as your help is goes back to school.

Most articles about caregiver burn out tell you to ask for help from others but what if there is no one else or if there are other family members, maybe they are to consumed with their own life to help out…. Believe it or not, your health is at risk too. If you allow your health to decline who will be there to care for your loved one?

Consider alternatives such as adult daycare, respite care, and a possible transition into assisted living for your loved one. Let me guess, you don’t think you can do that to your loved one? It’s such an emotional decision and what will people think or say? Your emotional feelings are similar to when you sent your own children off to school; relief, sadness, and concern. You are not alone and most people have the same emotions as you’re feeling right this very minute. Making the choice to move your loved one into assisted living even if just for respite care is a huge decision but know that you have options.

Take a few days to care for you too! Sutton Homes, like many other assisted living facilities offers respite care. Our homes are in upscale residential neighborhoods. Living in a home with familiar surroundings gives our residents a sense of peace and security that they might not have in other facilities. Your loved one can transition from “home to home” with ease. Click here to see a list of locations and virtual tours. We’re here to help you! Don’t wait for the next break from school for help. Contact us for your personal back to school break.



Scents Can Spark Memories


I recently gave a tour to a kind gentleman who was looking for an alternate assisted living facility for his mother. He told me that his mom has been living in her current ALF for the last 6 months and often gets lost within the building. He also mentioned that she forgets to eat and he is now forced to pay a monthly convenience fee so a caregiver can remind her when it is time to eat with the other residents in the large dining area.

Needless to say he was impressed with Sutton Homes’ all-inclusive rate with no extra charges for levels of care. Then he asked our caregiver, “Will you remind my mother when it is time for her to eat?” Our caregiver replied, “I probably won’t have to. The residents always smell our home cooked meals and participate with meal preparation.”

It never occurred to me that one does not smell cooked meals within a large facility thus, forgetting to eat. As stated on, “Although someone with severe-stage dementia may seem beyond all interaction, you may be able to reach in and connect through smell.” This makes perfect sense… I know when I smell a home cooked meal or baked cookies I am in a happier mood.

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Tax tip! You may be eligible to claim your parent as a dependent

It’s tax season again! If you contribute towards your parent’s assisted living, you may be eligible to claim him or her as a dependent. Here is a great tip from USAA Magazine regarding overlooked credits and write-offs for caregivers,  “Those supporting an aging parent may be able to claim the parent as a dependent even if the parent lives in his or her own home or in an assisted living facility. You must provide more than 50% of your parent’s support costs. If your parent is your dependent and you’re not married, you may also qualify for head of household filing status.”



Recognizing the Important Job of Family Caregivers

Sutton Homes Memory Care Celebrates National Family Caregiver Month. We recognize all the important care that family provides. Should caregivers need a break to attend to personal needs or take a vacation, Sutton Homes provides overnight respite care for their loved ones. Call to reserve a spot at

Read the article Care Comes Home on for more information about the importance and value of Family Caregivers.

The article begins:

Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctor offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90 million family caregivers are front and center in providing care every day …

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Honor a Caregiver for National Caregiver Month

Sutton Homes Memory Care would like to join others in honoring families during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month.

Visit to honor them by sharing your personal tribute message today.

Avoid 5 Common Mistakes When Hiring a Caregiver

Caring for a loved one at home can be the right option for some families but having the right support is important. Here are some tips that might help make the search easier.

This recently published article in US News & World Report Money Section, is entitled 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Caregiver for Your Parent.

The article gives 5 common mistakes people make when hiring a caregiver, why they make them and how to avoid them.

It begins:

You can’t do it all, and when you realize that, you either hire someone else for the task or spread the work around. Or you just let it go.

But if part of doing it all is taking care of an aging parent, you can’t let it go, and spreading the work among family and friends may be impractical or impossible. Depending on the type of care your parent needs, you may not be able to do much, even if you have the time. So if you’re considering hiring an in-home caregiver for your mother, father or a relative, here are five common mistakes you should avoid.

1. Putting it off

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This woman became a caregiver for a dear friend

An article in the Huffington Post tells the story of how Marie Marley became a caregiver to a dear friend and how she learned that “love matters above all else”.

Read the full article: What I Learned About Love as a Caregiver to an Alzheimer’s Patient.

Helpful Article about Activities for People with Dementia

The article Activities For People With Dementia, by Jennifer Buckley, recently published on contains a helpful, short list of easy and enjoyable ways to spend quality time with, and carry on conversation with people with dementia.

Some of these helpful suggestions include: reminiscing conversation using audio or visual aids to stimulate memory, singing and dancing and shared activities that stimulate the senses.

The article begins:

It is universally recognized that elderly people with dementia lose their short term memory first and their long term memory last. For example, they often remember people and events from their earlier years, but have difficulty remembering what they ate for breakfast the day before.

A while back, a family member asked me “what do you do with someone who can no longer carry on a normal conversation?” The short answer is “Relax and have fun.” The long answer would require writing a whole book. A short summary of some activities include the following…

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Tips for distance caregiving of elderly parents

daughter-aging-motherCaring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging and overwhelming. Certainly many families manage the care effectively and creatively despite being miles away. When the care becomes too draining or your loved one’s safety is at risk, assisted living care is a great option. Sutton Homes Memory Care provides personalized safe assisted living care in a secure environment for anyone dealing with memory loss. Residents live in a real home in a real neighborhood. Call us today for a tour! 407-740-8815.

The Washington Post has some very helpful and useful tips for distance caregivers.

Caring for elderly parents from afar? Some tips

Just a generation ago, aging family members typically had at least one relative living nearby. These days, many are being cared for by baby boomer children who live far away.

Balancing careers and kids of their own, these grown children may find it difficult to move closer to parents who have begun to need daily help.

Caregiving has become “an unexpected second career” for many people in their 50s and 60s, says Tamar Shovali, who studies gerontology and teaches at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“And distance caregiving is really difficult,” she says.

Article originally published in The Washington Post.

Inspiring and Sweet Article About Wife’s Devotion to a Husband With Dementia

How this wife unlocked her husband’s dementia is the title of a lovely article, by Jody Gastfriend on Written in the words of Henry Oppenheim’s child the article tells of his unique personality and the wife who found inspiring and creative ways to remain connected to her beloved husband during his mental decline.

The article begins:

A year ago last March, my father, Henry Oppenheim, passed away after a long battle with dementia. My siblings and I used to joke that my dad had nine lives. There were so many close calls: a urinary tract infection that ravaged his body and a cardiac arrest that weakened an already damaged heart, to name two.

But somehow, despite the assaults he suffered to both body and mind, my father had a strong will to live.

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