23 May, 2017

Helping Family Caregivers Find The Resources They Deserve

2020-05-22T19:36:42-07:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Caregivers, Elder Care, Resources, Veterans|

After spending the holidays with your aging parent, you and your siblings realized your dad is no longer able to live independently. Conversations were had and decisions were made. Suddenly, you find yourself as the temporary caregiver. Your own children have been out of the house for years and now you have the role of taking care of your father - something you're willing to do but for which you feeling entirely unprepared. Fortunately, you are not alone. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services states that there are more than 800,000 Washington citizens who take care of an ...


9 November, 2015

5 Self-Care Tips For Family Caregivers

2020-05-22T19:40:54-07:00November 9th, 2015|Categories: Caregivers, Elder Care, Health & Wellness|

When you are taking care of a loved one, whether it's an aging parent or an incapacitated adult sibling, you are among a rapidly growing group of Americans. According to a study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP in 2015, 34.2 million Americans provided care to an adult over the age of 50 in the previous 12 months. It's referred to as an "informal" caregiver, essentially meaning you do it without being paid. The first thing you need to do is recognize your role. You're a caregiver. Just because you're caring for a family member doesn't negate the ...


10 November, 2014

Family Conflict? Consider These Strategies

2021-09-24T14:41:14-07:00November 10th, 2014|Categories: Caregivers, Elder Mediation, Family Disputes|

One of the hardest parts of having an aging parent is watching the tables turn. Once, they were responsible for taking care of you and your siblings. Now, it is your turn to take care of them. This shift in responsibility can cause stress in even the closest families. Maybe your parent needs more help caring for themselves, but is reluctant to accept it. Or perhaps one sibling feels like they are shouldering a disproportionate amount of the burden, and others aren't pulling their weight. Regardless of the source of conflict, dealing with it is always better than letting ...


25 March, 2014

Talking To Your Parent About Long-Term Care

2020-05-22T19:52:04-07:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Caregivers, Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

There will come a time in many people's lives where they have to step in and provide care for an ailing or aging parent. This is almost always a difficult transition, but it can be even more stressful if you don't understand what your parent wants, or if they are resistant to your help. Talking about these issues before they arise can help make the situation much easier. Here are some topics to consider. What medical care does your parent want? Were something catastrophic to happen, what care would they want? Would your parent want all possible life-saving measures, or ...