What kind of healthcare treatment would you and your senior loved ones want to be given at the end of your life — or would you want any at all? End of life care is something about which most adults in the US have heard and maybe even considered — thanks in part to television … Read moreEnd of Life Decisions: Has Your Senior Loved One Made Them? Have You?
Have you or your senior loved one done an advance care plan? You may have urged your senior loved one to execute legal documents that spell out their wishes at the end of life. You may have also completed documents such as a DNR (do not resuscitate) order to dictate how you wish to receive … Read moreCare Plans – Ensuring Caregiving Addresses Wants and Needs
Most families enjoy special moments during the holidays, whether they travel great distances to meet or just come across town. It is a time of year when caregivers take a break from our hectic schedules to sit down with the ones they love and reminisce about the good times they have shared. As seniors get older, these time become even … Read moreSeniors and Families Talking Turkey About the Future During the Holidays
As family caregivers, we know the medical checkups our senior loved ones have are important to their health and wellness. Because our seniors’ abilities to sit and wait are not endless, nor is our time, we need to make the most out of the time we spend with the health care professional. What do we … Read morePrepare for the Next Health Checkup – Family Caregiver Quick Tip
Many family caregivers of seniors will, at some point, have to answer the question “does your loved one have a DNR?“ Too often that question will come at a stressful time, during a medical emergency. “What does that mean?” you may ask. You won’t have to ask that, though, after you read this article. DNR (Do Not … Read moreDNR Codes and Levels of Care – Understand Before They’re Needed
Most of us tend to put off things we don’t really want to do, even if we know they really need to be done. Procrastination is human, but in this case risky. We need to encourage our senior loved ones to execute their healthcare decisions, known as advance directives or DNR, and then make them known … Read moreDo Not Resuscitate (DNR) – Do We Avoid Acting Because Term is Scary?
Once again we’re preparing for families to come together over the holiday season. We long to see how our seniors are doing, especially those who are far away from us and living independently. Are they ok? Have they been eating well? Is the house in good repair? Are they paying all the bills on time? Have … Read moreHoliday Family Gatherings: A Time for Enjoyment & Meaningful Discussions
Thinking about what will happen as the end of our life draws near is not a thought many people want to have. But they should. Considering the importance of making decisions about how we want things to occur is the topic of the recent National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is a time for all of … Read moreAdvance Directives for Senior Loved Ones – Have Decisions Been Made?
We are so focused on caring for our senior loved ones that we don’t always contemplate our own needs, desires and future. Our day to day caregiving duties can take a toll on our spirit, health, relationships and finances. Because it is taking a toll on us, whether we recognize it or not, now is … Read moreWho Will Be There to Care? Worries of Family Caregivers as They Age