September is World Alzheimer's Month - 2017-09-11
SEPTEMBER IS WORLD ALZHEIMER’S MONTH September is World Alzheimer’s Month with World Alzheimer’s Day taking place on 21 September. 2017 will mark the fifth World Alzheimer’s Month, which aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma and misinformation that surrounds this illness. Currently, it’s believed that ... more

GROWING OLD WITH DIGNITY When my children tell me I should no longer drive, I will believe them and quit, because I know they love me. 2. When it becomes apparent that I need extra help, I will accept it from outsiders because my children cannot do everything. They have other obligations beyond my daily care. 3. It is up to me to make my l... more

Christmas is Here: Our Best is Good Enough - 2016-12-24
By Carol Bradley Bursack The decisions caregivers of elderly loved ones must make during the Christmas holidays are fraught with opportunities to make mistakes in judgment. Chief among them is how much to include a loved one who has dementia in the festivities. Will the Christmas tree bring Mom happy memories of past Christmas pleasures or wi... more

Home-based care eliminates exposure to deadly Superbugs found in hospital - 2016-04-06
Superbugs in hospital approach crisis levels A range of largely uncontrolled superbugs are making hospitalisation a risky business. That’s not what you would reasonably expect from a place of healing, but it is undeniably true. Superbugs like CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococ... more

Stress and the Caregiver - 2016-01-10
How to beat the stress of caring for a loved one Q: I feel like I am cracking under the pressure of caring for my elderly mother. I’ve given up my life and feel resentful. I need help. A: Taking care of an elderly parent is almost like being super human, but at times your cloak will crack and when it does, it is more than OK to ask ... more

The Caregivers Code of Conduct - 2015-12-03
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How to Interact with Persons Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia - 2015-10-19
One of the biggest challenges facing the family of persons living with Alzheimer's and dementia is learning how to effectively communicate with their loved one. Because it is such a devastating and stressful illness for the family to cope with, despair often leads to frustration. It is at these times that whatever level communication is possibl... more

Preparing yourself for caregiving - 2015-09-16
There are very few people who plan for the time that they will need caregiving. At some time in our lives we will be responsible for caring for our parents or ageing relatives and friends. From our experience most families are very poorly prepared for this role. Similarly, we have yet to encounter someone who has given consideration to the possi... more

Caregiving for the late stage of Alzheimer's - 2015-09-15
Caregiving for the late stage of Alzheimer's Having cared for your loved one through the early and middles stages of Alzheimer’s, you now find yourself having to provide more intensive care, as his or her condition worsens quite significantly. You will notice, for instance, that the ability to communicate can appear disappear altogethe... more

Caregiving for Middle Stage Alzheimer's - 2015-09-09
Usually the longest stage of Alzheimer’s, the middle stage is far more challenging than the early stage. During the early stage, the focus is on basic caregiving, such as establishing routines, creating a safe and familiar environment, encouraging social activities and providing companionship. Most of this can be handled by the partner or rel... more

Caregiving for Early Stage Alzheimer's - 2015-09-09
In medical terms there are actually five stages of Alzheimer’s but for purposes of caregiving we break them down into early, middle and late stage. This article deals with early stage. Although a person may not always appear to have dementia, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s he or she may be experiencing fairly moderate deteriorati... more

Don't Feel Guilty About Using Professional Caregivers - 2015-08-15
One would automatically assume that bringing in professional help to take care of your loved ones is by default an act of kindness and love. Yet some people see it as abdicating their responsibility and feel guilty that they can’t provide the day-to-day care that they need. After all they brought you up and nurtured you. If you fall into t... more

How To Introduce Your Parents To Caregiving - 2015-08-13
When the time comes to get caregiving help for your parents you need to be sensitive to the points of resistance that they may have. Denial, fear and the unwillingness to lose their independence rank high in the elderly’s opposition to assisted living. Firstly, how do you know when it is time to bring in a caregiver? These are some of the ... more

How Caregivers Can Help the Visually Impaired - 2015-03-11
How Caregivers Can Help the Visually Impaired Losing one’s eyesight is a traumatic experience that robs the afflicted of many of their daily pleasures, such as reading, sightseeing, television viewing and seeing children and grandchildren. Even those who are partially sighted through conditions like macro degeneration, feel a great sense o... more

The Growing Demand for Home-Based Care - 2015-02-01
Why the demand for home-based care and nursing is a growing option in South Africa The demand for home-based caregiving and nursing in South Africa is growing at a rapid rate. What is driving this phenomenon? Simply stated, the fact that people are able to be at home during times of illness or post hospitalisation aids in recovery or palliative ... more

Coping With Anxiety for the Family Caregiver - 2014-10-29
COPING WITH ANXIETY & STRESS FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER When taking on the responsibility of caregiving it is not uncommon for children and spouses to suffer from varying degrees of anxiety and stress. It’s not necessarily that they resent caring for their loved one, but the cumulative effect of juggling work and family duties does take ... more

The Debt We Owe the Elderly - 2014-08-29
The Debt We Owe the Elderly “The human race is characterized by a long childhood and by a long old age. Throughout history this has enabled older persons to educate the younger and pass on values to them; this role has ensured man’s survival and progress. The presence of the elderly in the family home, the neighbourhood and in all fo... more

The 7 stages of Alzheimer's - 2014-08-05
Identifying the 7 stages of Alzheimer’s Stage 1- Absence of Impairment Person is fully functional without any impairment, judgment, communication or daily activity. Stage 2- Minimal Impairment Person experiences some memory lapses that are undetectable by friends or family. Medical Exam would not reveal any problems. Stage 3- N... more

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's - 2014-08-05
Ten Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s 1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over; relying on memory aids (e.g. remin... more

Post Hospital Care for the Elderly - 2014-06-15
Post Hospital Care for the Elderly How to avoid complications that may lead to readmission Post-hospital syndrome is a widespread phenomenon that can result in as many as one in five patients suffering from illnesses that are not directly linked to the acute illness that got them into hospital in the first place. As hospital stays are gene... more

Caregivers Code of Conduct - 2014-06-01
Caregivers Code of Conduct Caregivers RSA and Caregivers West Rand expect all its Caregivers and Nurses to apply the following Code of Conduct with dedication, diligence and without exception. We pledge to you, our valued client that we will: Keep you safe and comfortable Provide you with compassionate care Behave in an ethical and ... more

How to support a terminally ill loved one - 2014-05-16
/Cmd+V/Cmd+VHow to support a terminally ill loved one When terminal illness affects a loved one, it isn't always easy to know how to react. Find out how to offer support and deal with grief. Knowing how to offer comfort and support to a loved one who has a terminal illness can be challenging. What can you say or do? How can you help your ... more

How to Prevent Falls - 2014-04-20
How to Prevent Falls The Caregivers role in avoiding unnecessary injuries With the help of a trained Caregiver, falls can be prevented and serious injury can be avoided. There is no reason that your loved cannot be safe when getting in and out of bed and enjoy a sense of freedom that greatly improves their quality of life. In general wh... more

The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief - 2014-04-20
The 5 Stages of Loss & Grief The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness or to the death of a valued being, human or animal. There are five stages of normal grief that were first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler... more

How Families Can Cope with Amputation - 2014-03-27
How Families Can Cope with Amputation Few medical conditions are more traumatic for both the family and the patient than amputation. Caregivers and the family need to adopt a specific approach to physically assisting the amputee, as well as raising their spirits. Take Heed of Your Doctor It is important to get as much information from y... more

How to Implement Professional Caregiving - 2014-03-23
Ensuring Peace of Mind When Using a Caregiver Once you have made the decision to bring in a professional Caregiver, it’s important to adhere to some basic guidelines that will make the caring for your loved one as trouble-free and rewarding as possible.   Take care of yourself Chances are that before you have engag... more

How to Take Care of Elderly Parents in your Home - 2014-03-15
/Cmd+V How to Take Care of Elderly Parents in your Home Taking care of your elderly parents, relatives or friends in your home can be very rewarding and a great comfort for your loved one. It does, however, come with special responsibilities that ensure they are safe and not feeling that they are burden. Here are some ideas for maintaining... more

How to Hire Home Caregivers - 2014-03-15
The majority of senior citizens would much rather stay in their own homes or with their family. The advantages of home-based caregiving in most cases are manifold and beyond dispute. Once your doctor has given the green light, it is time to start looking for a reputable and reliable Caregiving Service. It is critical that you have complete peace... more

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