Sad senior woman and caregiver drinking tea in the nursing house

It might hit you slowly. Maybe the family is gathering for the holidays and you notice that your mom can’t remember the ingredients for her famous casserole she has made forever. Or maybe you realize there’s no way your dad can drag the artificial Christmas tree down from the attic anymore; he just seems a…

Dining with Dementia

Our occupational therapist with Galberth Health would like to share a few tips to help improve the dining experience for residents with dementia and their caregivers. 1. Minimize distractions. Adjust noise levels and visual disturbances so that there is less competing stimuli during mealtime. 2. Simplify the setting. Remove “busy” linen and/or tableware that will…

Self_Care Caregiver

Exhaustion. Digestive distress. Headache. Depression. Sleeplessness. If you’re a medical caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, you may have seen these symptoms. But we’re not talking about your patient’s symptoms; these symptoms just might be your own. While caring for your loved one is important, remember that you also need to take care of…

Talk to your parents about assisted living

You never know what will prompt the conversation. Maybe it’s a fall, but not serious enough to require hospitalization. Maybe you discover they’re not taking their medication. Maybe they’re not eating well, or they’re not able to clean or keep the house like the used to. It can be almost anything – just something that…

Medicare for Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one can be challenging. It takes a great deal of time, effort, and emotional labor. On top of that, you suddenly have to navigate the world of insurance, with its paperwork, hoops, and unintuitive structures. Understanding Medicare can be an important part of being a caretaker. The good news is…

Learn how to prepare for emergencies and disasters by understanding the hazards that can affect Chesterfield County residents, what your emergency kit should include in addition to the commonly known supplies, the importance of having a plan, how to communicate with others, and how to stay connected to information relevant to the incident. Jessica Robison…

alzheimer's

Tips for the caregiver of an Alzheimer’s Patient Provided by The Alzheimer’s Association Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can be overwhelming and is often described as “The 36 Hour Day.”  The caregiver must cope with declining abilities and difficult behaviors.  Basic activities of daily living often become hard…