Becoming the person who cares for a spouse or parent can happen suddenly or over a period of time. Regardless, as a caregiver, you are an integral part of your loved one’s life.   This role is not an easy one. You have had to adjust your life to meet the needs of another. There are rewards for caring for a loved one: you might feel fulfilled and reassured that your loved one is being well cared for. There are challenges associated with the role as well. Feeling unprepared, stressed or alone is normal. While all caregiving situations are unique,…
Managing medication is often a part of the daily routine. Ensuring that your loved one properly takes medications proves to be essential to keeping your loved one healthier. Mismanaged medications can lead to serious consequences. To avoid any potential consequences, the following advice is offered:   • Take all medication bottles to all appointments with physicians. Include over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies as these can interact with some prescriptions.   • Create a medication schedule. A written list can always help to provide organization.   • Consider purchasing a medication organizer. There are the traditional pill boxes with segments for…
Caring for a loved one often proves to be demanding. However, if you begin to experience moodiness, sadness, anxiety, low levels of energy, loss of appetite, change in sleeping patterns, or if you are socially isolated, you may be experiencing Caregiver Stress.   To manage stress, the following is advised:   • Reach out for help - speak to your doctor, family, and friends, and seek out caregiver support groups (Medicare Part B may cover counseling costs).• Seek out information - learning about your loved one’s condition and about caregiving will empower you.• Get plenty of sleep - rest will…

Financial Planning Chart (see PDF below) for Older Adults Compare figures for Medicaid, Medicare and Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2008 and 2009.

Because of the high cost of nursing home care—an average of almost $4,000 per month in Texas at this writing—most people who go into nursing homes for extended times will sooner or later need help form the Medicaid Program to pay the nursing home. For more infomation on paying for nursing home costs, please see the PDF below.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disease in which brain cells are destroyed.   This form of dementia begins gradually with symptoms of memory loss, problems with thinking and difficulty communicating. As the disease progresses, individuals will lose the ability to perform daily tasks, communicate and recognize family. The individual will lose awareness of who they are.   An individual living with Alzheimer’s will need assistance with daily living as the disease progresses. Providing care for an individual with Alzheimer’s will be difficult work. However, educating yourself and finding sources that can provide respite and support will be beneficial to…
When you notice that your loved one is exhibiting signs of forgetfulness and disorientation, dementia becomes a concern.   The causes of dementia are varied:   - Brain tumors - Medication interactions
Assisted Living Facilities   There are three kinds of assisted living facilities — Type A, B and C. Which type of facility you would reside in depends on how much assistance you would need in the event of an emergency. When you visit the facility, the staff should let you know if you meet the qualifications for their level of care.    • Type A may only accept residents who are able to evacuate the premises unassisted, are able to follow directions under emergency conditions, and do not require routine attendance during nighttime sleeping hours.   • Type B may…
Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.   The checklist asks about hazards found in each room of your home. For each hazard, the checklist tells you how to fix the problem. At the end of the checklist, you’ll find other tips for preventing falls.   FLOORS: Look at the floor in each room.   Q: When you walk through a room, do you have to walk around furniture?   Ask someone to move the furniture so your path…

Resource Workshops

  • Being the Best Caregiver
    As more and more of us become caregivers for our family and friends, we often find ourselves embarking on new and challenging roles and experiences.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is or will…

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      Family Eldercare is committed to enhancing the lives of senior adults and their families and caregivers by providing the…

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