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What Is a Caregiver?

Posted by Michael Watson on January 1, 2019

"Caregiver" refers to anyone who provides care for another person. There are different types of caregivers that provide specific care, like family caregivers and respite caregivers. Caregivers can help relieve burdens and support individuals in need. They may help for a long time or just a short time, but their care is always important. Let's take a closer look at what a caregiver's role is. 

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Unique Challenges Faced By Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers

Posted by Alyssa Ball on December 18, 2018

As seniors age, they may require more care than ever before. Whether it is assistance with personal care or simple companionship, seniors may need extra help to stay healthy, happy, and strong. But for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, even the simplest things can become difficult or impossible. These unique conditions require unique and specialized care that allows the senior to remain safe and happy. But caring for a senior with dementia or Alzheimer's comes with its own unique challenges and requirements. 

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Tips to Care for Your Grandparent

Posted by Ruby Cemental on June 19, 2018

Adults are living longer, which means grandchildren become prime caregiving candidates. While caregiving has advantages for grandchildren, such s boosting confidence and building empathy, it's also a struggle for young adults who are delaying their own lives to provide care. Grandchildren caregivers often postpone their education, careers, romantic relationships, and even parenthood. It isn't an easy role for a grandchild to assume. Here are some coping strategies:

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Changing Care: Daily Needs Change Often for Seniors, Here's How to Keep Up

Posted by June Duncan on June 7, 2018

If you’re taking care of an aging loved one, either in person or from afar, it can be difficult to know exactly what his or her needs are on any given day. Here, we’ll look at a few common daily activities and offer information on ways to determine if help is needed.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet

Posted by Michelle Cemental on December 1, 2017

Family caregivers often provide care to their elderly loved ones. Caring for a loved one is a tremendous responsibility, especially if you're doing it on your own.

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The Rise of Male Caregivers: Expanding Home Roles

Posted by Ruby Cemental on August 8, 2017

Gender roles continue to dilute as more men assume household responsibilities and provide care for parents or spouses. In 2012, Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project published a report stating 45% of men are caring for ailing family members. Learn more about the rising role of male caregivers. 

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Conversations to Have With Your Senior Before Going on Vacation

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 23, 2017

When there is a senior who is an important part of your life, there is often an important decision to be made as to whether the senior will be staying home or going along on vacation. When the decision is made to go without your senior, there are conversations that you will need to have with them to ensure that there are no hurt feelings. These conversations can also help your senior know what to expect while you are gone. Here are some suggested topics. 

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What is The Difference Between a Nurse And a Caregiver?

Posted by Ruby Cemental on February 14, 2017

If your loved one is aging and you're starting to plan for their eventual needs, don't be overwhelmed. Choosing the best care for your senior parents can be a challenge. Keep one important question in mind: does your loved one need the kind of care provided by a nurse, or by a caregiver? Most people never think about the differences between a nurse and a caregiver, but it's a difference that can be instrumental in getting your loved one the proper care.

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Caregivers Can Enrich Family Bonds

Posted by Ruby Cemental on January 31, 2017

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be stressful for the entire extended family. Unfortunately, in some cases family arguments occur because family members differ in opinion about how best to care for their loved one. Everyone has the best intentions but it can be difficult to overcome family disagreements about which approach is best. The result can be lasting damage to relationships. Instead, it is possible for family bonds to be enriched and for loved ones to get the care they need via a professional caregiver. Here's how caregivers can enrich family bonds. 

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An Interview with a Great Caregiver: Blesilda Smith

Posted by Michelle Cemental on November 16, 2016

This week Caring Senior Service honors Blesilda Smith, a caregiver in our Caring Senior Service of Scottsdale office. In this interview, Blesilda explains what inspired her to become a caregiver and what has motivated her to deliver care to seniors over the last 16 years.

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