|December 6, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Happiness, Health, Stress, Uncategorized, Wellness|
EasierLiving, the home healthcare supplies company who makes caregiving simplified, is proud to be a part of Caregiving.com’s Progressive Holiday Blog Party starting the week of December 8th. Stay tuned for upcoming insightful blog posts to support caregivers during the holiday season!
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|November 26, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
|November 14, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
Caregiving is a 24-hour a day job. Everything from managing prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and the day-to-day needs of a loved one can take a toll on a caregiver. In addition, many caregivers have full time jobs of their own. Due to the demands and pressure of caregiving, it’s important that caregivers know the best way to manage their stress.
On our mission to provide you the best home healthcare supplies and a simplified caregiving community, we’ve compiled some tips to reduce stress for caregivers.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a proven method for stress relief and also benefits your personal health. There are many forms of exercise that are specifically for stress management, like yoga or tai-chi.
- Meditate: Allowing yourself a moment of “silence”, during activities like meditation will allow to you relax and regroup. Meditation can be as short as just a few moments, or can last as long as you see fit.
- Ask for help: According to a study from Caregivingstress.com, 72% of caregivers perform their daily duties without any outside help. Caregivers need to know that they are not alone. It is perfectly ok to ask for assistance. Whether you reach out to another family member or friends, or seek support and advice from others in a similar position, asking for help will help relieve stress! You may be surprised how many people are willing and able to help. Even a simple task, like having someone pick up your home healthcare supplies, will decrease your stress.
- Take a break: Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Like any job, you need a break from caregiving. Find someone else to fill-in for you, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. It will certainly decrease your stress level.
- Don’t forget about yourself! Eat well, keep up with all of your own medical appointments and indulge in something for yourself every once in a while. You can’t give your best to the one you’re caring for unless you’re at your best!
|June 11, 2013||Posted by Maddie under Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving, Happiness|
Just because a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease does not mean that they have to give up the activities they once enjoyed. It is common for a person with Alzheimer’s to try and separate themselves from activities they once engaged in. As a caregiver, it’s important that your loved one stay engaged in social interactions/activities to improve their quality of life. Large group activities may become stressful or overwhelming, so it may be more beneficial to interact with a small group so that your loved one is more comfortable. There are some key things for caregivers to pay attention to and keep in mind that will benefit their loved one and make things a bit easier on the caregiver. An article by alz.org gives caregivers some tips and adjustments for choosing activities for your loved one.
- Keep skills and abilities in mind-Skills such as playing an instrument may be something that this person once thoroughly enjoyed. You should bring that back and encourage them to play for you or for others.
- Pay attention to what seems to make them happy- Note what makes this person laugh, and what agitates them. Try to stay away from the things that agitate them, and focus on the things that make them happy.
- Completing activities without direction- If the person has little things that they like to do during the day, like set the table or sweep the floor, then you should make this a part of their daily routine. Giving them small duties around the house will make them feel a sense of independence and value.
- Be aware of physical problems- If the person with Alzheimer’s gets easily fatigued or has trouble with simple movements, then activities such as long walks would be something you would want to stay away from.
- Look for favorites- Someone who always enjoyed eating ice cream and watching T.V may still find these things enjoyable and entertaining.
- Pay attention to the time of day- Certain activities may be more successful at certain times of the day, like before they become tired. Keep record of mood changes throughout the days to help you figure out what times are good for doing certain activities.
- Adjust activities to disease stage- As they progress into further stages of the disease, it’s important to make certain adjustments. Repetitive duties and tasks are helpful to keep the person’s mind moving, but keep in mind that over time they are bound to become less engaged in activities.
By keeping these tips in mind, you will not only help make your loved ones life easier and more enjoyable, but as a caregiver you will make the relationship more engaging and fun for the two of you!
|April 25, 2013||Posted by Maddie under Caregiving, Happiness|
Home grown in Boston, MA, EasierLiving and it’s employees found the recent events at the Boston Marathon close to home and to the heart. In a search for my own healing and understanding of the event, I visited the growing memorial on Bolyston St the Saturday following the tragedy and the capture of Suspect #2. While the mood of the visitors was subdued and reflective, the moment of healing was brightened by the presence of 5 or 6 patient, loving K-9′s.
Beautiful dogs ranging in age from 2 to 10 were scattered among the crowd, bringing back hope and smiles to the people trying to find answers and peace. More specifically, these pups were part of the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program. While the dogs are not trained to be therapy animals, the Canine Good Citizen program includes dogs who are trained to be calm, respectful and loving. Representing there part in the national support Boston received after the April 15th bombings, the dogs sat respectfully being pet, massaged, belly-rubbed and kissed by the people visiting the memorial site.
In the past we have written of the benefits pets can make on the well being of people with mental or physically illness and disability. Often, though pets are beneficial, they are impractical due to living spaces, health conditions or cognitive ability. Therapy dogs (or cats or birds or any other kind of loved animal) can be a great option! If you notice your loved one is struggling to stay happy or depression is taking over their day – try a little pet therapy!! While places in the community may have visiting options, you can also borrow a friends pet or bring a loved one to a pet store or adoption agency. However the therapy pet is found, the affects are undeniable in your loved one!
|November 27, 2012||Posted by Rachel under Happiness|
Have you ever wondered why some people make it to their late 90s feeling great while others live much shorter lives? A new study finds that the secret to living more than 100-years-old may be a certain type ofpersonality: outgoing, optimistic, easy-going and engaged. Researchers with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied the personality traits of 243 adults with an average age of 97.6 years and found that they were likely to exhibit these traits. They found that these people clearly had positive attitudes towards life, and most considered laughter an important part of life and had a large social network.
|June 8, 2012||Posted by Elizabeth under Happiness|
There’s something new for caree’s that might lift their spirits – perhaps quite literally! For so long, if your loved one was confined to the house, they would have a more difficult time engaging in their faith outside of personal prayer. That can be a very difficult reality for those who were once used to practicing their faith weekly, if not daily, outside of the home. But leave it to technology to bring the place of worship to the caree! Now, with help from the internet, you and your loved one can practice your faith virtually through a variety of online spiritual and religious groups and offerings. It might just be the answer to your prayers!
|February 29, 2012||Posted by Elizabeth under Aging, Happiness, Health, Wellness|
Aging is inevitable, but how it affects you is up to you. Many senior citizens fall victim to life’s ticking clock, accepting their creaking bones, failing memory and lack of energy as a life sentence. Instead, aging should be embraced as a reason and an opportunity to make a change that could improve the quality of life and the health behind it.
There are ways to slow mental and physical decline, something that so many seniors have accepted as a part of life. Here are 5 tips from occupational therapist Florence Clark that can truly give meaning and good health to your golden years.
Stay Active: As we age, we have the tendency to slow down, or let go of the things we once loved. But why do that? Maybe you’re finally retired and you finally have the time to do the things make you happy! Studies have shown that social and productive activities are fundamental to staying healthy. You don’t have to go over the top, but continue the activities that keep you feeling healthy and young. Walk the dog every day, visit with friends, read a book or join a church group. By keeping you body and mind active, you ensure a better quality of life.
It’s Never Too Late: If you are using the excuse that it’s too late for you to start living better, than the jig is up! It is never too late to begin something positive in your life. Learn something new, start a physical activity like dancing, and keep the fire alive! Staying on top of your health will keep you feeling better both mentally and physically.
Know What You Need: The answer is never the same for everyone. If you are ready to make a lifestyle change for the betterment of your health and psyche, make sure it’s a change that fits you! Understand the limitations of your physical health, know what brings you peace and happiness, and shoot for those goals. Setting goals are encouraged, but make them attainable.
Calculate in Chronic Conditions: There are many ways that you can take ahold of your life and improve it, but there are also some aspects of life that you cannot control. Chronic illnesses affects over 70 percent of seniors. With that reality revealed, that does not mean you can’t achieve a better healthier life, it just might take a bit more planning. Adaptation is key, and don’t hesitate in talking to your doctor about your condition in conjunction with the new things you want to incorporate into your life.
A Longer Life Could Mean a Better One: Research has shown that people who live active lives physically, mentally, and spiritually tend to live longer, healthier lives. In addition, their risk of depression, reduced mental function and bodily pain are reported to be lower. Take the time to evaluate what you need more of in your life, and make it a point to get there!
|February 1, 2012||Posted by Elizabeth under Caregiving, Happiness, Health|
You are at the top of the list for one of the most stressed groups of people, your physical health could be at risk because of it and you need to do something about it! Who are you? You’re a caregiver, and according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America report, the likelihood that you are burnt out is pretty high.
Here are some facts and figures from that annual report that might light that fire within you to start caring for yourself, too!
- More than half (55 percent) of caregivers report that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging or chronically ill family member requires.
- Caregivers are more likely than those in the general population to report they are doing a poor/fair job at several healthy behaviors, including managing stress (45 percent vs. 39 percent) and getting enough sleep (42 percent vs. 32 percent).
- Caregivers are more likely than the general public to say their stress has increased in the past 5 years (59 percent vs. 44 percent).
- Caregivers are more likely to say that their health is fair or poor (34 percent vs. 20 percent) and are also significantly more likely to cite personal health concerns as a significant source of stress (66 percent vs. 53 percent).
- Caregiving may take a toll on the quality of relationships. Caregivers age 50 and older are less likely than those in the same age bracket in the general population to report they are very satisfied with relationships with their spouse or significant other (50 percent vs. 69 percent), relationships with friends (48 percent vs. 64 percent). (As shown in the American Psychological Association’s annual StressReport).
It makes perfect sense why these statistics are the way that they are. As a caregiver, you lead a very busy life on top of your already very busy life. You may not clock out at the end of the day. Even if your shift of caring for a loved one is over, your emotions still may be invested.
But, in order for you to care fully for your loved one, you have to make an effort to care for yourself! Find ways to relieve stress that are healthy for you, and take time to yourself to do the things you love.
|January 25, 2012||Posted by Elizabeth under Disabilities, Happiness|
Of course, every instance is different, but don’t walk on eggshells trying to think of what to say. If you shift your focus from that person’s disabilities to their abilities, then you may just find it a little bit easier to relax.
Every individual is different, disability or not. It helps sometimes to put yourself in that person’s shoes for a moment, and if you can visualize how you would like to be treated it will help you know how to act in that situation.
Some things are common sense. No one wants to be stared at no matter his or her condition. Try not to pry into their personal life with questions directly about their disability until that person opens up to you. And little things like not getting in the way of a person with a wheel chair or cane by allowing them to go ahead of you will make it easier for both of you.
But not all “disability etiquette” is common sense for someone who has not been exposed to that kind of scenario. That is okay. As long as you are open minded and patient, you will fit seamlessly into any situation.
When meeting or speaking with someone with a disability who has an aid or companion, be sure to direct your attention to the person with whom you are speaking. Do not just talk to the interpreter to aid, even if they will be the one to help guide the person with the disability through the conversation.
Just like you would for anyone else, don’t be afraid to lend a hand if you think it’s warranted. Offer to hold a door open or to help carry something if you think it will help. But, if you are with someone with a visual impairment, do not just assume they want you to grab their arm to guide them. Make your presence known and then offer your arm. When walking, describe the environment in terms of obstacles and things to work around. And if you encounter a person with a guide dog, do not pet or distract the dog, especially while they are walking.
If you’re talking to someone with a hearing aid or device, don’t just assume they want you to raise your voice. If they cannot hear you, they will tell you.
Just take it all in stride. You never know a person’s situation, or sometimes even their disability. If you use the same patience and kindness that you would hope to be shared with you, everything else should fall into place.