Articles About Stress Reduction for Caregivers

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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Spotlight on health benefits of pets in senior living

May is National Pet Month, Pets Benefit Seniors

May is National Pet Month, Pets bring many benefits to seniors

Animals can enhance the quality of life of our seniors. Sutton Homes Memory Care is pet friendly! Several of our homes have pets that live there full time. We also encourage families to bring their pets to visit our residents. Many of them do that on a regular basis.

The following article, found on http://www.aplaceformom.com highlights some of the specific health and wellness benefits that pets can bring to our loved ones.

May is National Pet Month, so it’s a great time to look at the number of benefits pets have on their owners, especially for seniors. As known benefits increase, senior communities are becoming more pet friendly, letting residents enjoy the benefits of an animal companion through pet therapy provided by a certified therapy animal and handler.

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Counsel for Caregivers Seminar Series – Spring Schedule

Counsel for Caregivers

Balancing work, family and other aspects of life with caregiving responsibilities can be demanding.  Counsel for Caregivers seminars are designed to lend you a helping hand of healing.  Each month a different organization will present information and resources to help caregivers ease their workload and de-stress. Each seminar is presented at an Orange County Public Library branch and refreshments are provided.

View the full spring schedule of Counsel for Caregivers.

More information can be found at: Senior Resources Alliance and the Orange County, FL website under “Events and Programming”.

Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction

good nutrition This informative article by Cheryl Ellis, from Caregiver.com, provides essential information on how to counteract stress with good nutrition.

The article begins:

Stress depletes the body of energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings of agitation or depression, and development of poor eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need intervention. Some stress can help us rise to the occasion and get things done, but too much stress drains the body. One way to break the stress cycle is by changing the diet to one that can actually help reduce stress.

The body under stress will experience a reduction in vital nutrients, such as B vitamins, which are nervous system helpers. Depending on magnesium to help with muscles and calcium for bones, the overstressed system may benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. Before starting a vitamin regimen, consult with your primary doctor about any special needs you may have. The doctor may be able to refer you to a nutritionist who can target specific requirements and make useful dietary changes.

When stressed, all individuals may go for “comfort food,” which can include coffee, even if it’s decaffeinated…

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48 Mental Breaks for Caregivers

Caregiving takes a lot of time. Even if you had spare time to daydream in the first place, it’s probably gone now. However you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. A list from Today’s Caregiver at caregiver.com offers suggestions to unwind – to make you think back to a simpler time in your past, and possibly one in your future. Use them sparingly (one at a time), or be a glutton (overdose on all of them at the same time). The goal here is to make you feel better. If you really want to make yourself feel better, use this as a “to do” list. Please pass the list on to others who may need it.

*Falling in love
*Laughing so hard your face hurts
*A hot shower
*No lines at the Super Wal-Mart
*A special glance
*Getting mail-other than bills or junk mail
*Taking a drive on a pretty road
*Hearing your favorite song on the radio
*Lying in bed listening to the rain outside
*Hot towels out of the dryer
*Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price
*Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla!)
*A long distance phone call
*A bubble bath
*Giggling
*A good conversation
*The beach
*Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter
*Laughing at yourself
*Midnight phone calls that last for hours
*Running through sprinklers
*Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
*Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful
*Laughing at an inside joke
*Friends
*Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you
*Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep
*Your first kiss
*Making new friends or spending time with old ones
*Playing with a new puppy
*Having someone play with your hair
*Sweet dreams
*Hot chocolate
*Road trips with friends
*Swinging on swings
*Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while eating cookies
and drinking eggnog
*Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along
without feeling stupid
*Going to a really good concert
*Winning a really competitive game
*Making chocolate chip cookies
*Spending time with close friends
*Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from those friends…
*Holding hands with someone you care about
*Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change
*Riding the best roller coasters over and over
*Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much
desired present from you
*Watching the sunrise
*Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day….

Alzheimer’s Support Group

There will be a free Alzheimer’s support group  the 4th Thursday of every month from 6-7:30pm at the  JCC Southwest location. The group is for anyone who is directly caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia  or is interested in the disease.  The meetings are facilitated by professional social workers and licensed therapists.  The Alzheimers support group is done in conjunction withe the Alzheimer’s association.

Alzheimer;’s Support Group

4th Thursday of Every Month

6:00p-7:30p

Jack and Lee Rosen Jewish Community Center (JCC)

11184 S. Apopka Vineland Road

Orlando, Florida

All meetings are free and open to the public

Holidays Cause Elevated Stress on Alzheimer’s Caregivers

While most people have elevated stress levels during the holiday season, the toll can be especially heightened for family member caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. In Florida, nearly 1 million people are caregivers to Alzheimer’s patients. As the illness progresses and the victim loses brain function, close family members become strangers and eventually unpaid caregivers.
According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel titled “Holiday stress amplified for Alzheimer’s caregivers” Caregivers provide $13.8 billion in uncompensated care in Florida. Nationally, I in 10 Alzheimer’s caregivers are forced to stop working.  Most report high stress levels that often lead to health issues. The additional pressures of the holiday’s can exacerbate those issues.
The number of Alzheimer’s patients in Florida is expected to rise to 590,000 by 2025. The costs in human resource and money will be enormous. The state has put a task force together to address the cost issues; however it will not deal with the human toll on family care giving.
Sutton Homes are assisted living facilities specializing in memory care. We have 8 Central Florida homes to keep our residents close to their loved ones and provide an atmosphere like home. Our staff to resident ratio is very low to give each resident personal attention.

Parent Care: When Family Conflict Arises

An article appeared on 7/3/2012 on a Place for Mom that caught our eye. The article”Family Feud: When Siblings Clash about a Parents Care” written by Jeff Anderson what we have seen as a common occurrence for families dealing with the care of an elderly parent or parents especially with dementia. Conflict is something that is hard to avoid in many circumstances.

Anderson briefly looks into common causes and has some suggested remedies. He cites the following causes of sibling conflict:

  • Injustice– This is when one sibling shoulders the disproportionate burden of the responsibility for the parent.
  • Inheritance-This is about money and how it is spent on the care of the parent.
  • The Perfect Storm– When the two combustible elements listed above combine the atmosphere can become toxic and can hurt the parents and can permanently divide families.

He recommends the following solutions:
A family meeting-This should be an event where everybody has equal input and all issues are dealt with in an open and frank way. If the conflict has gone beyond this being realistic you need seek outside intervention.
Outside voice– Includes mediation councilors or family advisers

Take the high road– Do what is ultimately best for your parent. It’s not about you or your sibling. It’s about having your parent live as well as possible.

 

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