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Stressing Stress

Greetings one and all! I hope you are doing well and loving life. Once again, I invite you to take a deep breath, pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, and relax. RELAX. Easier said than done, right? If you are currently a caregiver, there is no lack of stress in your life. Caring... Read more

Change—An Abiding Aspect of Caregiving

Greetings one and all! I hope you are doing well and loving life. Once again, I invite you to take a deep breath, pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, and relax. The topic du jour—change! Since we are knee-deep in the spring season, change is an appropriate subject for discussion. Look around. Everything... Read more

Caregiving: Who Am I?

Greetings one and all! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the initial sights and sounds of spring. No doubt, you have a long list of Spring chores to tackle at some point. But this morning, I invite you to take a deep breath, pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, and relax.... Read more

Senior Care for the Holidays: 5 Signs Family Caregivers May Need Help

Next week is Thanksgiving, the official kick-off to the busy, holiday season. “Busy,” is often the first word used to describe the holiday season. A time that should be restful and full of family, is in reality a stressful flurry of activities and to-do lists. For the family caregiver, the busyness of the holidays is... Read more

Support for the Family Caregiver

Perhaps the number one thing a family caregiver needs is support. Caring for a senior loved one is a unique privilege but it also brings its own challenges. Very quickly a family caregiver can find themselves worn out and overwhelmed with very little support. We want to become part of the solution, providing the much... Read more

Giving Thanks for Family Caregivers

Across Facebook and other social media accounts, many of my “friends” are dedicating the month of November to giving thanks. Each day they post something they are thankful for. These posts range from the customary “I’m thankful for my friends and family” to being thankful for soft pillows, chocolate, and sweat pants. I’ll be honest,... Read more

November is Family Caregivers Month

One of the definitions of “family” provided by Merriam-Webster is “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.” This accurately describes the Preferred Care at Home family, united by a single purpose: to provide quality care at affordable prices while safe guarding the independence and dignity of the seniors in our... Read more

Self-Care for In-Home Caregivers: 16 Ideas to Improve Your Health

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As an in-home family caregiver, your physical health and well-being should be your top priority as you care for your loved one. Last week, I kicked off this series on self-care... Read more

12 Signs of Stress Overload in the Family Caregiver

It’s Friday. I glance over at my to-do list, and I’m disappointed by my accomplishments this week. I add three more tasks that slipped through the cracks and set a reminder on my phone. I want to add “grocery shopping” to my list, but finding the time seems impossible, so I leave it off. Life... Read more

6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

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The average family caregiver spends 20 hours per week caring for a loved one, while 13% of family caregivers provide care 40 hours or more per week.* The responsibility to provide long hours of care is typically added to an already full workload. As a family caregiver, you may feel the pressure that comes from... Read more

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