Leisure and Recreational Activities That Older People Will Love

Older people sometimes find themselves having little or nothing to do but care for themselves, wheth...

Are Your Parents Keeping Secrets?

Your elderly parent is still living in her own home and caring for herself. You’re happy that she ...

What to Do if Your Older Client is Bored

They say “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” How true do you think that is? Could boredom ...

Combating the Physical Demands of Caregiving

Caregiving is such a rewarding job, but it takes a special kind of devotion and stamina to be able t...

Rule Your Day: Great ADL Tips for Caregivers

Caregiving will not be complete without assisting the patient in performing activities of daily livi...

Skin Care Basics for Caregivers

One of the caregiver’s most important responsibilities is keeping the patient’s skin intact and heal...

It’s Never “Just Lighting” in the Care of Alzheimer’s Patients

Most people usually take a room's lighting for granted. They switch lights on and off for comfort, l...

Preserving a Patient’s Dignity: The Greatest Gift

Never take a person’s dignity. It is worth everything to them and nothing to you. Frank Barron...

Beating the Holiday Blues - some Tips to make the Holidays Brighter

As a caregiver, you have the opportunity to help your clients make their way through the holiday sea...

Help Patients Become Independent Through the Use of Assistive Devices

The need for caregiving, especially in older people, is increasing. And a problem that comes with th...

Caring for a Patient with Hearing Loss

Working as a caregiver you will care for patients with different conditions, among which may be hear...

How to Handle Conflicts Between the Patient and Their Family

Caregivers face a lot of stress every day. One of the most daunting of all challenges is being caugh...

When Life as a Caregiver Feels Like Having No Life at All

“How’s life as a caregiver?” a friend asks Frieda, a mother of three who is also taking care of her ...

Winter is Coming: Help Your Elderly Clients and Loved Ones Stay Warm

“Winter is coming.” This phrase has been popularized by the TV series Game of Thrones, and it warns ...

Working While Pregnant: The Dos and Don’ts for Expectant Caregivers

Caregivers are some of the most resilient and hardworking employees there are in the healthcare indu...

Reading a Patient’s Facial Expressions and Gestures

Crime investigation movies or TV series are always a hit. If you are a fan of this genre, you most p...

Odor Control: 12 Practical Tips and Why It’s Important

Did you know that the human nose can detect about a trillion different kinds of smells? And that our...

Caregivers Have Rights, Too

Every caregiver knows this: Sometimes you have to be the bad guy. Depending on the day, you’re the o...

Cheat Sheet for Caregivers Who Help with IADLs

ADLs, or activities of daily living, are necessary procedures for self-care, such as bathing, dressi...

How to Be One Step Ahead at Preventing Falls

One in every four older Americans fall each year. Because of falls, one older adult dies every 19 mi...

Being a Good Patient Advocate for Your Loved One Can Save Their Life

Mary is a 65-year old diabetic patient. She has visible wounds on her feet that are healing very slo...

The ABCs of Bed Adjustment Every Caregiver Should Know

Safety is a priority. We cannot overemphasize this in healthcare. Caregivers and other healthcare w...

What to do When Your Patient Keeps Saying No

Being in healthcare means dealing with all kinds of patients. Some patients make a caregiver's work ...

Pregnancy and Caregiving: How to Survive the Tricky Combination

For a woman to create, grow, and give birth to another life is rather remarkable. The journey is ful...

Helping Elderly Patients on the Difficult Road to Recovery After Hip Surgery

Hip injuries and diseases are very common in older people. Fractures in the hip happen to about nine...

Caregiver: A Cancer Patient's Lifeline

Did you know that the word cancer came from the Greek word meaning “crab”? Cancerous tumors have swo...

Bracing Yourself When Your Patient Turns Violent

Have you ever enjoyed an action-packed movie where a patient becomes violent and attacks healthcare ...

Why All the Talk About Aging? – Part 1

Aging is becoming a hot topic in healthcare today. The reason? The US population is getting older by...

Keeping Yourself Well During Cold and Flu Season

Staying healthy during the cold and flu season is important for several reasons. You want to avoid b...

9 Useful Tips for Caregiver Travel Companions

What comes to mind when you think of travel and destinations? Sunshine, fresh air. Perhaps new foods...

Maximizing Independence at Home for Clients with Early Stage Dementia

How important to you is your Independence? How important is it to be able to do what you want, when ...

When Dementia Patients “Misbehave”

Every caregiver who helps a patient with dementia dreads the episodes of unexpected defiance and ang...

Mental Health and the Caregiver: What to Do to Help Yourself

Mental health is the state of our wellbeing in terms of how we think, feel, and socialize with other...

A Caregiver’s Guide to Recognizing Wandering and Sundowning in a Dementia Patient

Caregivers may find themselves caring for a patient with dementia or Alzheimer's disease in the leng...

What to Do if Your Older Client is Bored

They say “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” How true do you think that is? Could boredom ...

Winter is Coming: Help Your Elderly Clients and Loved Ones Stay Warm

“Winter is coming.” This phrase has been popularized by the TV series Game of Thrones, and it warns ...

Breathing Fire: Dealing with Anger as a Caregiver

During your caregiving career, have you ever wished you could turn off your emotional reactions to e...

Family Life and Caregiving: Achieving Balance

Ella has been working as a caregiver for almost eight years. She started when her eldest child was b...

Seven Effective Ways to Deal with Your Patient’s Pain

Pain is a hallmark symptom of many diseases and is the most common reason why patients seek medical ...

Throw Away Your Excuses: Meditation is Good for You

While caregiving has its rewards and special moments, it can also be a source of stress and anxiety....

Knowing When an Older Client Needs to Give Up Their Car Keys

One of the most difficult things to give up is our independence. For the elderly who have been drivi...

A Scientifically Proven Relaxation Technique to Promote Sleep in Patients

All too often, especially for older patients, insomnia is a formidable enemy that leaves them feelin...

Knowing When an Older Client Needs to Give Up Their Car Keys

One of the most difficult things to give up is our independence. For the elderly who have been drivi...

The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Patients with Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia

Caregivers get to work with a lot of patients with varying needs, and the challenge is to meet their...

Telltale Signs that Patients Are Skipping their Medications

At present, there is a health problem so big, yet that remains unnoticed to many—nonadherence to pre...

Best Practices in Caring for Patients with Incontinence

Incontinence is the lack of voluntary control of urination or defecation. Some 25 million adult Amer...

Always Say No to Bed Sores!

Bed sores, sometimes called pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers, are a kind of skin breakdown caused...

Late-Stage Caregiving: Caring for Patients with Pain

When patients are in the late stage or terminal phase of a disease, they experience many difficultie...

Medication Management from Prescription to Refill

If you are a caregiver wishing to make your life easier by doing just one thing for a start, try med...

Common “Scents”...Tips for Dealing with Odors

One of the biggest challenges for any caregiver is learning how to deal with unpleasant odors. No m...

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Caregiving

Whether you are a caregiver caring for a loved one, or someone working in a home health or facility,...

Rule Your Day: Great ADL Tips for Caregivers

Caregiving will not be complete without assisting the patient in performing activities of daily livi...

Managing Daily Tasks: The Secret to Successful Caregiving

Whether you are a caregiver tending to the needs of your loved one at home, or a personal aide worki...

Medication Management, from Prescription to Refill

If you are a caregiver wishing to make your life easier by doing just one thing for a start, try med...

Find a Hobby and Love Yourself While Caregiving

Is caregiving making you tired, burned out, and cranky? Don’t allow yourself to reach this point. Ho...

Meditation as a Stress Reliever for Caregivers—Does It Really Work?

Stress and burnout are unpleasant to deal with as caregivers, but it’s common knowledge that they co...

Heroes Without Superpowers – Proper Body Mechanics Save the Day

Caregivers do a lot in a day. By “a lot,” we mean muscle work from the beginning of the shift to the...

Staying Organized: The Key to Preventing Burnout

Caregivers have a lot on their hands, especially if they have many patients assigned to them. A simp...

Keeping Patients Involved and Interested in Their Own Care

Do you have patients who do not participate in their own care? How do you manage? Do you find it dif...

Dealing with the Patient's Sleep Deprivation

Lack of sleep makes everything worse. When patients don’t get enough rest or adequate sleep cycles, ...

Seeing Nothing: Caring for the Visually Impaired

To most people, waking up each morning means seeing everything around you again; your family, the vi...

Social Isolation is a Silent Patient Killer: Don’t Ignore It!

What is social isolation and why is it a big problem for patients?...

How and Where to Look for Support as a Caregiver

Caregiving is a tough job. And although you wish you were superhuman for your patients, there are li...

How to Find Motivation When You’re Struggling

Being a caregiver is a rewarding job, but ask anyone who’s been there and they'll probably tell you ...

Listening: The Key to Getting Through to a Patient

Communication is quite the buzzword in healthcare. It’s said that faulty communication is the reason...

Stroke and the Caregiver's Role

Stroke, what is it and how does it affect the United States? How can the caregiver recognize the sig...

The Needs of Post-Stroke Patients

Each year, more than 795,000 people in the US experience a stroke. After stroke, patients often have...

How to Make a Positive Impact on a Patient with Diabetes

In 2015, 30.3 million people in the US had diabetes—9.4% of the total population. In people aged 65 ...

What to Do When Cancer and Infection Team Up

Cancer, also called malignancy or malignant tumor, is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancerous tumors ...

Tips on Caring for Patients Undergoing Regular Dialysis

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 661,000...

The Dangers of Social Isolation in Patients and How a Caregiver Can Help

Did you know that social isolation and loneliness are considered serious health risks in the older p...

Managing Daily Tasks: The Secret to Successful Caregiving

Whether you are a caregiver tending to the needs of your loved one at home, or personal aide working...

Late-Stage Caregiving: Care for the Skin and Body in General

When patients are in a terminal stage of illness, they experience a lot of physical and emotional pa...

Managing Daily Tasks: The Secret to Successful Caregiving

Whether you are a caregiver tending to the needs of your loved one at home, or personal aide working...

Attention, Caregivers! It Really is Ok to Ask for Help

Caregiving is no ordinary task. Every caregiver who’s been on the job even just a short time would p...

Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis: How Caregivers Can Prepare

After Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common progressive neurological diso...

Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Being a caregiver is stressful enough. Then come the holidays…how can you manage to get everything d...

Helpful Tips for Winning Over Your Teenage Patient

Adolescence - When you’re too young for half the things you want to do and too old to do the other h...

Stimulating Activities for Patients with Dementia

The physical and cognitive changes brought about by dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, can make ...

Goal Setting with Patients is Highly Beneficial

It's important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them. – Yuichiro Miura...

Communicating with Dementia Clients: Keep It Simple

Communicating with loved ones or clients who have dementia may seem challenging, but a few simple gu...

Quick Safety Checks You Should Practice as a Caregiver

Safety is always a priority. This is a basic principle of human survival, even more so in the health...

Helping Patients Cope with Chronic Pain Can Do Wonders

Pain is both a friend and enemy. It warns us that something is wrong with the body that warrants imm...

How to Be One Step Ahead at Preventing Falls

One in every four older Americans fall each year. Because of falls, one older adult dies every 19 mi...

How to Maintain Healthy Relationships with Patients’ Families

Families move their loved ones to care facilities and homes for one reason: peace of mind knowing th...

Boosting a Patient's Self-Esteem to Help Them Heal

Being sick, weak, or disabled evokes many different thoughts and emotions from patients. It's truly ...

Why All the Talk About Aging? – Part 2

The talk about aging is becoming more relevant than ever, as we expect a significant number of baby ...

Telltale Signs that Patients Are Skipping their Medications

At present, there is a health problem so big, yet that remains unnoticed to many—nonadherence to pre...

Seven Genius Ways to Be a Team Player

Is teamwork in healthcare overrated? We often hear about the importance of teamwork during shift hud...

Staying Focused When Your Client Gets Confused

Confusion can be a manifestation of many disorders and medical conditions, yet caregivers overlook i...

A Family Caregiver’s Guide to Transitioning Their Loved One from Home to a Facility

Being a family caregiver is a work of extreme dedication and sacrifice, and deciding to pass on your...

Alzheimer's: A Glimpse into the Communication Challenges and Some Practical Ways to Connect

No amount of words can describe the feeling of living with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease. Ther...

The Unwritten and Unlikely Roles of Caregivers

A caregiver is a lot of things to a patient and the patient’s family. A big part of their duties is ...

How to Prevent Skin Problems Related to Incontinence

Skin problems that arise from incontinence are a big problem. For caregivers, this is a cause for co...

Seeing Nothing: Caring for the Visually Impaired

To most people, waking up each morning means seeing everything around you again; your family, the vi...

Running Errands for Older Patients During This Pandemic

Older people are especially at risk of contracting Covid-19 because they usually have underlying med...

Exercise Promotes Good Health

The world around us travels at a very fast pace. People are eating more fast food, we send emails a...