4 Tips for Sharing Caregiver Responsibilities with Your Siblings

Posted by The Goodman Group on Apr 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

The Belmont family was shocked when Margaret, head of the family, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s while still in her 60s. Her son, David, and daughters, Peggy and Wanda, weren’t sure what their next steps should be. So, they met with a senior advocate and worked out a plan for helping Margaret through all stages of her process.

The Belmonts were fortunate. They had time to plan and they made the wise decision to seek advice from professionals. Not every family has those advantages, so here are some tips on planning and sharing caregiver responsibilities for your loved ones.

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Senior Caregivers: Creating a Care Plan for Your Loved Ones

Posted by The Goodman Group on Mar 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

In today’s world, you can’t be too prepared. We buy insurance for our homes, our cars, our businesses, and much more. As any insurance risk adjuster would tell you, preparation is key. For the same reasons that we buy insurance, it’s also a good idea for senior caregivers to piece together a care plan for our aging loved ones.

From anything like establishing an emergency contact number in case of an accident, to the steps taken if you notice a subtle change in their behavior, your loved one may need help overcoming challenges or reaching goals. This article walks you through the process of creating an effective care plan for someone you love.

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How to Cope with Caregiver Guilt When Moving Your Loved Ones into Senior Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 10, 2018 8:56:56 AM

When Garry Wright moved his beloved wife of more than 30 years into Villa at Terracina Grand, a memory care community in Naples, Florida, he never imagined how challenging it would be. "We were as close as any two people could be," he says. "I think anybody that puts a loved one in a memory care community, regardless of how nice it is, feels guilty."

Garry's not the only one. Caregiver guilt is one of the most common and natural emotions you can experience when moving a loved one into a senior living community like memory care, assisted living, or even independent living in some cases. "There's no school for this," he says. "Nobody knows how to do this. You just do what you feel is right for you and your loved one."

Although you might not be able to avoid feeling guilty, there are ways to cope with these emotions when they arise.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

4 Signs that Your Parents May Need the Support of a Senior Living Community

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 17, 2017 11:07:38 AM

The holidays are a wonderful time for gathering with the family and celebrating the season. When visiting with your aging loved ones, you may notice some of the early indicators that they are ready for the additional support found in a senior living community. Recognizing these signs sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid making hasty living decisions due to unexpected emergencies.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Making Decisions on Your Own When Your Spouse is No Longer Able

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 14, 2017 4:19:06 PM

Henry and Ruth were married almost 60 years when Ruth entered memory care. Suddenly, all the decisions they used to make as a couple, large and small, fell to Henry to make on his own. Fortunately, Henry and Ruth had always been planners and both had wills along with financial and medical powers of attorney.

When Ruth suddenly became unable to make informed decisions on her own, her medical power of attorney allowed Henry to make important decisions on her behalf. Just because Henry had the means to make those decisions, doesn’t mean it was easy. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead, just in case.

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Topics: Aging in Place, Caregiving

5 Ways to Help Protect Your Loved Ones Against Senior Fraud

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 9, 2017 9:13:47 AM

Being aware of and protecting ourselves against fraud is a fact of life. Sadly, older adults are targeted more often. It’s assumed, not always accurately, by many scam artists that older adults are more vulnerable. They rely on gullibility, loneliness, and a lack of tech savvy to target older adults. However, you can help your loved ones become aware of common scam tactics and how to protect against them. Here’s how.

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Topics: Aging in Place, Caregiving

Aging in Place Technology: Stay at Home Longer

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 24, 2017 9:11:17 AM

Maintaining a sense of independence is significant for aging seniors. They want to drive themselves to doctor's appointments, church, the bank or grocery store. They often want to stay in the comfort of their own home, but challenges such as falling and forgetting to take medication can make that more difficult. So, what are some ways to help mom and dad stay home longer while ensuring their safety?

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Topics: Aging in Place, Caregiving

Therapy Pets for Dementia Residents (Batteries Included)

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 20, 2017 1:35:25 PM

Animal and pet therapy has long been recognized as calming and soothing for seniors — especially those in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Many senior living communities sponsor animal therapy programs, where residents can interact with animals periodically. While those programs are wonderful, they depend on the availability of the animals — which can be limiting. That’s where Companion Pets come in.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Using Meditation and Wellscapes to Improve the Wellbeing of Our Caregivers

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 19, 2017 12:14:05 PM

It’s no surprise that caregivers need care, too. That’s especially true for professional caregivers, as Katie Westberg, National Director of Life Enrichment for The Goodman Group points out. “In senior living and health care, there’s a high percentage of stress and burnout in the workplace," she says. "That can lead to higher turnover, and we don't want to see that. We want to take care of our team members.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Spiritual Wellbeing, Caregiving

A Tool for Caregivers: What is Respite Care?

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 29, 2017 12:59:02 PM

“How are you doing?” It’s rare that a caregiver is asked that simple question. People usually focus on the one receiving care, not the one giving it.

If a friend’s mom is in the hospital, people want to know how she’s doing. If a relative is in memory care, the family wants to know the latest news. Yet the caregiver’s well-being is equally as important. It often falls on the caregivers themselves to prevent their own burnout.  That’s where respite care can help.

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