Chat UPDATE

We are updating our chat servers. Our new servers will allow for webinars, PowerPoint presentations, live video chat, voice chat, the ability of users to create their own rooms, cross room messaging and  more.  We are very pleased with the new services that will be available to our site users when this update is complete. We have a variety of speakers and presenters scheduled for the first week of our chat site grand reopening. We apologise for the down time but after much consideration we believe that in the long-term this up date will better serve our viewers. Thank you for your patience.

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Hiring a Caregiver

Elderly hands

Image by Rosie O'Beirne via Flickr

If you are thinking of hiring a caregiver for your loved one but are not sure where to start,I would highly recommend reading this step by step guide.The purpose of this guide is to navigate  you through the hiring process and give helpful hints about screening and interviewing prospective employees,which questions you should ask and what verification is needed.

You will also find checklists,sample forms, and payment options as well as resources and information that may reduce your chances of a loved one falling victim of abuse by a caregiver.

Please take the time to read through this helpful guide and help your loved ones recieve the quality care they deserve.

 

http://www.socoaaa.org/pdf/hiring_an_in_home_caregiver.pdf

 

 

Resources

We have added a resource directory to our blog. We will be updating and adding more as time goes on. If there is an addition or information you would like us to include please feel free to make suggestions and we will do our best to accomodate your requests. We have also added a direct link to our Caregiver Support Chat. That link is available by clicking thr Caregiver Support Chat tab at the top of our page. We are updating our blog and adding lots of new info as well as articles. Thanks as always for your continued intrest and support!

Adaptive Clothing

Adaptive pants designed for dressing a wheelch...

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I have found that the use of Adaptive Clothing can reduce the stress involved in the daily routine of dressing those we care for. If you are struggling to dress your loved one becaues of mobility impairment, modesty or combative behavior then this type of clothing is optimal for your situation. Its design and ease of use can greatly diminish the stress created by the sometimes not so simple act of dressing.  There are several types of Adaptive clothing available. One type is designed for the caregiver to dress the patient and the other type is designed for the mobility impaired to dress themselves. I have included a video to help demonstrate the use of this type of clothing to help better understand its potiental as well as a link in the side bar to a supplier of quality adaptive clothing.

 

 

Caregiver Support Chat

We will be meeting in chat again on on Friday evening at 7:00 pm MST. Thanks to everyone who attended Tuesday. We are looking forward to meeting new people so come and join us!!

Caregiver Support Chat

Our chat is up and running 24/7. However since we are a new site we are inviting people

 to attend our Chat on Tuesday evening at 6 pm. Thats 5/17/11 @ 6 PM. Copy and

paste this link to go direct to the chat page:

http://www.allabouteldercare.com/#!__care-giver-support-chat

We hope to see you there!!

Help for caregivers

Helping Grandmother Walk

Image by Rosie O'Beirne via Flickr

Caring for an aging parent in the home can be a rewarding expierence,both for you and your  loved one.While the benefits are many,the caregiver can easily become overwhelmed.

It is vital that the caregiver have a good support system of family and friends,as emotional and physical help will be needed.

There are recources available to caregivers that will lessen the stress involved in balancing work,home,family and caregiving.

Respite care allows the caregiver time to do errands or have much needed time away for themselves.Utilizing family and friends is one option while paid help is also available.

http://www.helpguide.org/elder/respite_care.htm

Adult day care is a specialized facility that provides a safe structured environment for your loved one.Many of the facilities operate 8-12 hours a day and provide meals,activities,outings and general supervision.There are many facilities that also provide counseling for the caregiver,should it be needed.

http://seniorhealth.about.com/od/eldercare/a/day_care.htm

You may also contact a social worker that can help identify and coordinate needed services.

Below I have included several links to online resources designed for caregivers that may be helpful.

Family Caregiver Alliance-  http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp

Family Caregiving 101-     http://www.familycaregiving101.org/

Strength for Caring-   http://www.strengthforcaring.com/

Caring Connections-  http://www.caringinfo.org/