Suzanne Holguin, RN, BSN, is assessment nurse and caregiver support group facilitator at the Friendship Centers of Emmet County. Send ...
July 15, 2013
How many of you have found yourself having an elderly or ill family member, parent, grandparent or in-law move in with you and your family so that you can assist in their recovery or because they cannot handle living alone anymore?
June 17, 2013
Communication is very important in caregiving. You need to be an active listener and observer of the one you care for and then convey information to the team of health providers who assist you in managing care.
May 20, 2013
When do you decide as a caregiver you need a support group? This is an individual decision.
April 16, 2013
Skin breakdown in the elderly is a concern at home as well as in the hospital.
March 18, 2013
When the person you care for, we will refer to as care person, falls, what you do?
February 18, 2013
UTIs, urinary tract infections, are common elderly health concerns. When you are caring for someone who has a UTI or a history of UTIs, you need to be informed.
January 21, 2013
If you are facing another year of caregiving what would be your New Year's wish?
December 17, 2012
Often we see the changes in our loved ones during the holidays. It is when relatives come home to visit and you get to see firsthand how things may have changed. You may have had a suspicion of possible memory loss or early signs of dementia.
November 19, 2012
How do you feel when your parents are not managing well to care for themselves? You feel stressed because you care. You feel the responsibility and obligation to assist them or get the resources available to assist them.
October 15, 2012
There are many challenges in caregiving dealing with activities of daily living. One that is frequently seen is difficulty swallowing.
September 17, 2012
Long-distance caregiving is no small feat to manage. The National Institute of Health estimates seven million Americans are long-distance caregivers. Long- distance caregivers are those persons defined as providing care for a parent or loved one who lives more than hour or more away.
August 20, 2012
How do you handle the situation of the one you care for, accusing you of stealing or doing something you haven't done? As a caregiver or even being a good neighbor you might encounter this situation. I frequently hear this concern. Most of us would counter being accused to set the record straight what is true besides pointing out the accuser has it wrong. However you must realize if you are aware of this person having dementia which means there are times he or she can be coherent, then, disoriented, suspicious, paranoid or delusional. You may find repetition of this accusation as well as it monopolizing the conversation of minutes, hours or days. The accuser may become agitated whenever you try to explain your innocence even. Here are tips to help you if and when this situation happens.
July 16, 2012
Do you often feel alone in the world being a caregiver? Like your world isn't existent? Do you feel sad and depressed? Do you have no energy and always feel tired? You are not alone. You are feeling depression.
June 18, 2012
Summer is approaching and as a caregiver vacation time isn't always an option. You would need someone to take your place as the caregiver for a part of a day or be available in an emergency or 24/7.