Six Simple Rules Living As A Home Caregiver

Family members can suffer great emotional and physical hardship due to the care of a loved one that is disabled or suffering from a disease. Fortunately, there are many things that a home caregiver can do to ensure the best care for their loved ones and also attend to their own needs. While care giving can be extremely rewarding, it can quickly take a toll on the well being of the caregiver. Here are six simple rules that can make life a bit easier.

Rule One: Take Care of Yourself Home Caregiver

Caretakers should attend to their own health and wellness by eating well, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of sleep. Tired, fatigued, or sick caretakers won’t be able to make good decisions or handle frustrating times.

Rule Two: Connect with Other Caregivers

Quite frequently caregivers feel alone. Connecting with others in the same situation will allow caretakers to share wisdom and strength, and will make them feel less isolated and lonely. Whether this is online or attending group meeting, this connection can be very helpful.

Rule Three: Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power! Knowing as much as possible about the condition of the one you are caring for and how it will affect their emotions, physical being, and behavior will help the caretaker prepare for the demand he or she will face.

Rule Four: Get Help.

Caregivers should enlist the help of other family members, if possible, so that they take breaks and enjoy regular down time. If regular family members or close friends are not able to fill in, respite care is another option.

Rule Five: Be an Advocate

The caregiver should speak out on the behalf of the one they care for and should also ask any necessary questions. The caretaker should also be prepared to help navigate legal and financial issues, as well as help make decisions regarding rehabilitative or nursing care.

Rule Six: Use Humor Daily

Now, I know it may not be often you hear the words humor in the same sentence with speaking with a disabled or ill diseased person, but it truly can make a difference. When you feel frustration coming on, due to some situation that has occurred, take a deep breath and make a humorous comment to ease the tension. Realize that your loved one can not help or understand what they may be doing so why not make the best of the situation.

Wanted to share this video with you by Leeza Gibbons that cared for her mom with Dementia. I can related very much to this and believe most of you will also. Caring.com is a great resource to help in many different areas. I know firsthand the dark, lonely, and stressful emotions that can be triggered by caring for a frail or sick loved one. Caring for my mom with Dementia is the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

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How To Ensure Your Retirement Dreams Don’t Become A Nightmare?

Wouldn’t it be nice to figure out How To Ensure Your Retirement Dreams Don’t Become A Nightmare? Here’s why it’s not too late. Let me ask you a very important question: How long are you going to live from today? 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? No one knows for certain how long we have left… but the question for you, is how do you want to spend your remaining years?Retirement Dreams

We all spend our lives dreaming of retirement. You may be looking forward to traveling, moving to smaller home with less maintenance so you can golf everyday and do the things you love to do. Those big dreams we all have for retirement are so grand. Will your life be filled doing the things you’ve always wanted to do—or will you live hand-to-mouth for the rest of your days?

Unfortunately, for many, those grand Retirement Dreams turn into nightmares due to lack of planning and the curve balls life throws your way. In the case of my parents, their retirement dreams did not turn out the way they planned. Both my parents were forced to retire from a family business due to failing health issues. After 62 years of marriage, my father passed away suddenly, leaving mom alone with dementia and a weak body and spirit. Those retirement dreams were shattered and retirement funds slowly goes towards medical care. So it has come to the responsibility of myself and siblings to care for mom.

I truly believe, as well as many others, that online entrepreneurship will help people just like you and me, create a better life for yourself whether you’re in retirement, or it’s quickly approaching. The good news… I have discovered an amazing system that allows me to work from home, care for mom and fulfill my passion of helping others. Sharing this incredible system with you can help to control your destiny, your retirement dreams, and your financial future.

It is a fact of life, that most people under estimate how much it would cost to live the life of your retirement dreams and fall short financially.

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  • Get a personal coach who will take you by the hand and show you exactly what to do, step-by-step.

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Keeping Your Loved One Engaged

Keeping your loved one engaged can be challenging. Across the country, about 40 million Americans are doing an overwhelming, stressful and exhausting unpaid job every day. They cook meals, drive to appointments, manage medication, perform complex medical tasks and more. They help parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home — where they want to be. They are family caregivers.

This is my life now, along with my brother caring for mom at home with dementia. After losing my father in early 2016, mom sunk into a deep depression on top of the dementia she seemed to be slipping away. We noticed she had no focus on any of the things she always liked to do. As time went on a number of challenges began to surface. Here are a few of them and ways we handled them,

In an effort to deal with the challenge of engaging mom in some activity rather than just melting away. I started playing card games, board games and watching TV game shows that kept her mind active and thinking. She seems to cheer up a bit and was soon talking to the TV answering the game show questions. She especially liked, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Jeopardy and several others. This seemed to really keep her engaged and the mind churning.

The next issue that we faced was a constant fight to get her to eat and drink. She would eat small amount a good balanced dinner, but would not eat anything throughout the day. I started baking oatmeal cookies, bran and banana muffins and she seemed to really like those. So finally with a piece of fruit, we got her eating small amounts throughout the day.

Taking her medications was the next battle. I would place her seven day pill box on the table each morning with some water and her coffee, and she would push the pill box away. At one point, she hid the pill box and then, of course when we questioned her she denied it and finally admitted it but couldn’t remember where she hid the box.

If you’re a family caregiver, you’re not alone.helping hands

There are a lot of resources available to help with care-giving and financial needs. At this point with my mom, she does not want strangers coming to the house and she opposes coming to a community center for engagement. She is adamant about staying in her own home and does not accept the severity of her condition. In time, it is our hope she will open up to the idea, but for now we are not pressing her.

Taking care of mom is my top priority so I have been able to build a home based business that allows me to work anytime, anywhere I want. Choosing my own hours helps to ensure mom gets to every doctor appointment, which often takes most of the day. If you find interest in building a home business, I can help you get started. Let’s get connected!

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10 Ways to Deal With Home Caregiver Stress

Studies show that an estimated 21% of households in the United States are impacted by caregiving responsibilities, according to AARP.  Caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability. Helping to care for elderly parents, a disabled child or veteran in the home, often will cause home caregiver stress and an emotional toll. One study found that as many as one in three caregivers rate their stress level as high.caregiving stress

There are a number of reasons home caregiver stress is affecting so many households. The desires of the family or patient to stay in their own home, the expense of caregiving facilities and the concern of the quality of care are among a few things that the number of home caregivers if growing.

I personally have found myself in this situation, caring for my mother who has dementia. My brother and I share the responsibilities of her care from home after my father unexpectedly passed away early 2016. It has been a struggle to balance our lives and care. She does not want to be removed from her home and does not want strangers coming in to assist with caregiving. We are working hard to comply with her wishes but she does continue to decline. The dementia and severe depression of the loss of my dad after 62 years married is taking a toll. And in turn, causing home caregiver stress on myself and brother.

But when you’re caring for others, it’s critical that you first take care of yourself. By not doing so, you put yourself at risk of exhaustion, health problems and even total burnout.

These 10 tips will help keep your caregiver stress in check:

1.Put your physical needs first

Maintain a nutritious diet and get enough good quality sleep. Half of home caregivers who said their health had gotten worse due to caregiving also said the decline in their health has affected their ability to provide care.

2. Connect with friends

Isolation increases stress. Getting together regularly with friends can keep negative emotions at bay.

3. Ask for help

Make a list of things you have to do and seek help from friends and neighbors in your area. Even faraway relatives and friends can manage certain tasks.

4. Call on community resources

Consider asking a geriatric care manager to coordinate all aspects of your loved one’s care. Volunteers or staff from faith-based organizations or civic groups might visit, cook or help you with driving.

5. Take a break

You deserve it. Plus, your ailing family member might benefit from someone else’s company.

6. Deal with your feelings

Bottling up your emotions takes a toll on your psyche — and even on your physical well-being. Share feelings of frustration with friends and family.  Seek support from co-workers who are in a similar situation.

7. Find time to relax

Doing something you enjoy, such as reading, walking or listening to music, can recharge your batteries. Even do some meditation to soothe yourself.

8. Get organized

Simple tools like calendars and to-do lists can help you. Even consider an erasable board with the day of the week and current date with daily priorities.

9.Just say no

Accept the fact that you simply can’t do everything! Resist the urge to take on more activities, projects or financial obligations than you can handle.

10. Stay positive

Do your best to avoid negativity. This can be extremely difficult when the loved one is in physical or emotional pain. Reading motivational books or listening to sound tracks can help a lot.

Along with the physical and emotional stress of home caregiving often the financial stress can play a major role. It may even prevent the caregiver from leaving the home to work due to the necessary care of their loved one. Consider a work from home business where you can work any time, any hours you want. This is very possible to be successful and relieve your financial burdens. I have been working with a program that has resolved this situation and I would love to share it with you. This may not be a fit for you and I understand, no problem. Take a look and see if this can help ease your stress level. Click Here Now!

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5 Tips Caring for Elderly Parents By Working From Home

5 Tips Caring for Elderly Parents By Working From Home

1.  If possible, Set aside time and a distraction free place exclusively for work.  I Work From Home Care-Giving

2. Create a daily work routine and try to stick to it, which may be difficult when dealing with a person affected with dementia.

3. Network as much as possible Online to still be connected, informed and attract others to your business opportunity.

4. Be sure to set aside time daily for personal growth and development. Care-giving can be very overwhelming; take time to replenish, restore and recreate your mindset.

5. Stay focused on building your business and securing your future. It’s not selfish to strive for your personal goals, so don’t let yourself be held back.

These 5 Tips For Caring for Elderly Parents Working From Home is just a start to consider, and most definitely is a great alternative for families dealing with this situation.

My Personal Story

Today I will share my personal story of how I am able to work from home care-giving for my mom that has dementia. Mom was diagnosed with dementia about 4 years ago, although the family began seeing signs and changes in her as far back as 2009. She gradually progressed as traumatic situations occurred. Since we lost my father in March 2016, the progression has accelerated very quickly. She is no longer able to be left living alone and removing her from the home she and my dad shared for 62 years of marriage is just not an option. So I work at home online and have been able to schedule at least 4 hours a day on a home business that generates residual income and helps me maintain my home and cover expenses. Between myself and my brother we rotate a few weeks on and a few weeks off and are committed to keeping mom at home where all the family memories are.

Facts Regarding the Ageing Elderly

Care-giving for loved ones has become quite the norm for many families all over the world. Working from Home is very possible and you can do it too! Many families are challenged with raising their children while care-giving their elderly parents.

Working From Home – You Can Too!

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Care-giving for loved ones has become quite the norm for many families all over the world. Working from Home is very possible and you can do it too!

It may surprise you, but statistics show the devastating effect Dementia has on the U.S. population today. Researchers estimate that at least 1 in 3 seniors will die with Dementia. It is also thought that more than 9 million Americans live with some form of Dementia today. Alzheimer’s Dementia alone is considered the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the Dementia Society of America.

Today I will share my personal story of how I am able to work from home care-giving my mom that has dementia. Mom was diagnosed with dementia about 4 years ago, although the family began seeing signs and changes in her as far back as 2009. She gradually progressed as traumatic situations occurred. Since we lost my father in March 2016, the progression has accelerated very quickly. She is no longer able to be left living alone and removing her from the home she and my dad shared for 62 years of marriage is just not an option. So I work at home online and have been able to schedule at least 4 hours a day on a home business that generates residual income and helps me maintain my home and cover expenses. Between myself and my brother we rotate a few weeks on and a few weeks off and are committed to keeping mom at home where all the family memories are.

But there are challenges that come with working from home while care-giving. It’s imperative that a caregiver be able to set aside time that is free from distraction—a difficult thing to do for those taking care of a loved one with dementia, or someone who needs help on an almost constant basis.

5 Tips For Working From Home

1.  If possible, Set aside time and a distraction free place exclusively for work.

2. Create a daily work routine and try to stick to it, which may be difficult when dealing with a person affected with dementia.

3. Network as much as possible Online to still be connected, informed and attract others to your business opportunity.

4. Be sure to set aside time daily for personal growth and development. Care-giving can be very overwhelming; take time to replenish, restore and recreate your mindset.

5. Stay focused on building your business and securing your future. It’s not selfish to strive for your personal goals, so don’t let yourself be held back.

Consider getting started on your own work at home business. I can help you get started with coaching and mentoring and the steps to get you well on your way. 

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How to Keep a Positive Mojo

Wow, keeping a positive Mojo can be tough in today’s world.                                                                                                   Mojo

With all life’s stresses, things that are totally out of your control, kids, family and the J.O.B. can make it difficult to keep a Positive Mojo. It is well known that a large majority of the U.S. working population say they are unhappy and unsatisfied with their jobs. So mojo is really related to feeling happy and satisfied in all areas of your life. Imagine leaving a sparkling smile with everyone you encounter each day.  My point is, regardless of situations that you encounter in life’s path each day, it is imperative to project a positive mindset and attitude to succeed in your business and your personal life.

I would like to share a story that inspired me to write this blog. I have been caring for my mom that has dementia and is in denial that anything is wrong with her. Unfortunately we lost my father earlier this year and after 62 years of marriage,  mom has slipped into a deep depression, understandable. I found myself in a house of constant turmoil, it is a fight to get her to take her medications, eat, bath and be somewhat active. She has become mean, in her words and even physical, and will say awful things to family members. All she wants to do is sleep all day and live in a dark dreary house and refuses help from anyone. Added in with all of this, we are discovering serious problems of unpaid bills and so much more.

I have been reading and watching videos on Mindset and positive thinking to improve my business skills to share with my clients. So imagine being broke down and pulled into two different directions at the same time. I was really struggling until I started listening to audios and videos from the great Ray Higdon on mindset and positive thinking. I realized this could help with my current situation, and began using only positive comments and tactics with my mom. So I got my Positive Mojo back.

The importance of all of this is simply stay positive no matter what life throws your way. If you react positively in your words, actions and posture others will notice and possibly take a look at themselves. When you hear “No, I’m not interested” or “Sounds like a scam” simply react by saying something positive. Here are 3 positive comments that work very effectively:

  • No problem, I understand this may not be for everyone. So do you have a plan for your retirement?
  • I absolutely understand time may be an issue, how long do you plan to continue working those long hours?
  • So you are saying you can’t afford it, if money was not an issue do you think this may change your life?

Remember, the difference between CAN and CANNOT is only three letters. Three letters that determine your life’s direction.

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