Holiday Caregiver StressMeter – San Diego, CA


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Caregiver StressMeter

To help you determine what level of stress you may be experiencing in your role as a caregiver, a group of leading eldercare and caregiver stress experts have developed this brief survey.  Your answers are completely confidential and there are no right or wrong answers. Once completed, an assessment of your responses will give you the resources to help you make your personal caregiving experience more rewarding and maintain your own health and spirits.
I currently spend the following number of hours per WEEK caring for an aging parent/relative: click here to take the stress test,

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This assessment tool has been developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of companionship and home care services for aging adults. This is not a diagnostic tool, and is for informational purposes only.

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Avoid Holiday Caregiver Stress – San Diego, CA


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Take Time for Yourself to Avoid Holiday Caregiver Stress

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Adult children need to find ways to take a break from the rigors of caring for their senior loved ones and their own children before the burden becomes too overwhelming. One possibility is respite help from a Home Instead CAREGiverSM.

Q. As a working mother of three children and caregiver to two senior parents, the holidays are among the most stressful times of the year for me. I’m a good manager, so I always get everything done, but I end up frazzled and unhappy by the time it’s all over. What are some things I can do to better manage my stress during this busy time?

Holidays are hectic no matter what, but adding caregiving responsibilities to the mix makes that equation more difficult to balance. More than half (55 percent) of the family caregivers who call upon help from their local Home Instead Senior Care® office appear to have average or significant levels of stress, according to a national survey. We imagine that percentage skyrockets for some by the end of the year. So here’s what you can do:

  • Exercise is vital: If you don’t have time for regular workouts, figure out ways to add movement and exercise into your routine. Walk to the mailbox to send your cards, park opposite the mall entrance or use the stairs instead of the elevator to shop. Ideally, carve out at least 20 minutes three times a week for an activity that you enjoy.
  • Remember to organize: When you get ready to do your holiday shopping, don’t just drive to the mall and go from business to business during your gift search. Sit down, make a shopping list and map your strategy so you don’t have to spend the whole day fighting the crowds.
  • Enlist help: Perhaps a neighbor, friend or relative is heading out to shop and would be willing to pick up a few items for you because you don’t have the time.
  • Look to online purchases: If you’re confident with Internet, most major retail companies are willing to accommodate your orders. Many offer free shipping during the holidays.
  • Proper diet is a must: It’s tempting to eat too much junk and sugar during the holidays. Try to maintain a regular healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.
  • Do something special for yourself: While it may sound frivolous, make time during the season just for you. Get a massage, lunch out with a friend or go to an afternoon matinee movie while the kids are in school.
  • Don’t neglect spiritual needs: Many places of worship are incorporating Saturday night and Sunday night services in addition to multiple morning services, so check out what’s available. Most places of worship have men and women who can make home visits for ministering to you or your senior loved ones or offering communion. Don’t be afraid to call and ask.
  • Ask for help if you need it: Did you know that, according to a Home Instead Senior Care network survey, 72 percent of adults who are providing care for an aging loved one do so without any outside help? To allow time for yourself, ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your kids from school so you can go to lunch or see that movie. Or consider hiring a CAREGiverSM from the local Home Instead Senior Care office. CAREGivers are screened, trained, bonded and insured and often provide respite care to busy family caregivers.

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Holidays to the Hospital – 10 Ways to Bring


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10 Ways to Bring the Holidays to the Hospital

As the familiar Perry Como song goes, “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” With decorations carefully placed throughout the house, delicious smells wafting from the kitchen, and, most importantly, friends and family gathered together, the home is full of joyous traditions and memories around the holidays.

But the holidays take on a vastly different feel for an elderly loved one confined to a hospital room. In contrast to the festive sights, sounds, smells, tastes, moments and memories of home, the sterility and isolation of the hospital can breed sadness and depression.

Help your hospital-bound loved one feel the joy and meaning of the season by adapting a few favorite holiday traditions. Consult the following list of activities for inspiration.

  1. Let the kids unwrap a few gifts by Grandma’s bedside so she can see the joy on their faces.
  2. Decorate the room with holiday wreathes, garlands, strings of lights and battery-powered or plug-in candles. (Check with hospital staff before doing so.)
  3. Bring a photo album or scrapbook full of pictures from holidays past and reminisce with your loved one.
  4. Get the whole family together for a holiday sing-along in your loved one’s room.
  5. Listen to a recording of a religious service together.
  6. Play your loved one’s favorite holiday music.
  7. Create a sachet of fragrant dried balsam pine needles so your loved one can enjoy the Christmas tree smell.
  8. Bring your loved one’s favorite holiday treat to enjoy together (diet permitting).
  9. Watch a favorite holiday movie together, or, better yet, watch home videos of holidays passed.
  10. Bring a few special ornaments for your loved one to hold and discuss the memories associated with each. Even if Dad can’t be home to help decorate the tree, seeing and touching the ornaments can bring back wonderful memories.

(Tip: Check with your loved one’s nurses or doctors to know what is medically permissible in terms of activity level and diet. Also, make sure you know the best times to visit and for how long.)

Whatever activities you choose from this list or creatively come up with on your own to bring the holidays to the hospital, remember that what your loved one will appreciate most is the quality time spent together.

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Holding a Family Meeting – When to Get Outside Help (6)

The holidays are a prime time for family members to get together to discuss care possibilities for an aging loved one. Follow these guidelines and considerations:

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When Do You Need Outside Help? Where Can You Get It?

Although family meetings can be powerful and effective ways to connect and work with senior1family members, they cannot magically solve all the problems of caring for an ill family member. When families have trouble working together or coming to agreements or when the family is divided on a big issue, it often helps to invite a neutral outside facilitator to attend. Sometimes a crisis precipitates the need for a meeting—perhaps someone is in the hospital and major life and death decisions need to be made. Time can be of the essence. Whatever work you have done together earlier will help you at these times of extreme stress.

Social workers from local caregiver organizations (such as Caregiver Resource Centers in California), as well as ministers, private case managers, social workers in home health or hospice, physicians, discharge planners in hospitals and nursing homes can help facilitate a family meeting or refer you to someone who can. Psychotherapists in private practice are trained in family counseling. If you find yourself in a difficult position, you might also want to see a psychotherapist privately. Don’t forget the support you can find with friends, colleagues and support groups. Sharing experiences with other caregivers can help ease the feelings and frustrations often involved in being a caregiver.

Recommended Reading

Share the Care, Cappy Capossela, Sheila Warnock, Simon and Schuster, 1995.

I’ll Take Care of You, Joseph Ilardo, Carole Rothman, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 1999.

Taking Care of Aging Family Members, Wendy Lustbader, Nancy Hooyman, The Free Press, 1994.

The Caregiver Helpbook, Vicki Schmall, Marilyn Cleland, Marilynn Sturdevant, Legacy Health System, 2000.

How to Care for Aging Parents, Virginia Morris, Workman Publishing, 1996.

Resources

Family Caregiver Alliance
785 Market Street, Suite 750
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 434-3388
(800) 445-8106
Web Site: www.caregiver.org
E-mail: info@caregiver.org

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research and advocacy.

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Family Meeting – Win/Win Situations – Christmas Caregiving in San Diego CA (5)


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Holding a Family Meeting -Win/Win Situations (5)

The holidays are a prime time for family members to get together to discuss care possibilities for an aging loved one. Follow these guidelines and considerations:

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Win/Win Situations

Consensus: Not all the issues inherent in caregiving and decision-making can be solved;alzheimer family sometimes it is important to accept approximations of a good solution. Try to work toward consensus building. Change happens slowly, but when families meet regularly, the seeds that are planted can grow into more productive solutions. Often things do not change until there is a crisis, but the work that has been done during the family meeting will make decision-making easier when the crisis does come. Agreements can be made on a time-limited basis to see if the agreed-upon action will work. Future meetings can be used to evaluate these trials and revise them as necessary.

Respecting each person’s individuality and situation helps to create an atmosphere of acceptance and allows for creative solutions to problems. For example, Carol finds it difficult to be around sick people, so when her brother got lung cancer, she knew she couldn’t take care of him. However, she was more than willing to make the pastas of their native Italy and take them to him to comfort him during his illness. Jesse lives a thousand miles away, but can get time off from work to be with her mother while her brother and his family take a vacation. When Ed’s mother had surgery, Ed arranged to take care of his father with Alzheimer’s, while his sister worked full time and helped with the expenses. Gina takes her parents to medical appointments while her sister makes sure they get their medicines properly every night.

Compromise: In order for these solutions to work, people have to learn to compromise. By being open to alternatives, you might get part—although maybe not all—of what you want or need. We often hold out for only one solution to a problem, we don’t consider other possibilities that could assist us. Asking for help is one of the hardest things to do. Learning to graciously receive help offered can also be a struggle, not only for the person who is sick, but also for the person who is the primary caregiver. Being appreciative is the best reward you can give someone who is trying to help you, even if the type of help he/she is offering isn’t exactly what you wanted. When you make someone feel good about helping, he/she will want to help again. “Thank you” will take you a long way in working together. In creating the caregiving team, think about how each person should be acknowledged.

Put it in writing: A written agreement capturing the decisions and agreements made at the end of the meeting can be a helpful reminder for family members. Distributing a calendar with different days marked with responsibilities and commitments can also help each person honor the agreements made.

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Holding a Family Meeting – Potential Challenges (4)

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Potential Challengessmell of coffee

Families come with history: a history of how each person relates to the others, a history of what role each person has played and currently plays within the family, a history of how each person feels toward the person who is sick, and a history of how each person deals with illness and adversity. And in each family there are rules about what can and cannot be said, what emotions are okay and not okay to express. These factors can make family meetings difficult. This is why a third party facilitator can be helpful.

Family members play roles based on position in the family, relationship to the person who is ill, special talents, etc. The person who is the caregiver may be different from the one who handles the money, who may be different from the person who is the information gatherer, who is different from the one who is the decision maker or the one who has some medical background. One person might play several roles. Also, often someone is the “blamer,” and someone else the “blamed.” One person may try to make peace, and another may try to sabotage the process. There will be secrets, old family rivalries, guilt, unequal burdens, differing investments, values and interests. Some will worry about past promises and about someone else not pulling his/her own weight. Everyone will need attention, power, love, control, and appreciation. It can help to acknowledge that there is probably no fair distribution of work and trying to make it even will fail.

A narrow focus for each meeting can help alleviate some of the pitfalls. Still, you will have to deal with some of the difficult issues when they get in the way of cooperation. Remember that you can’t resolve long-standing family issues with one such meeting. The task is not to “fix” the family, but rather to have everyone on the same team, as much as possible, in caring for someone who is ill.

If alcohol will detract from the main focus of the meeting or will lead to conflict, it is better not to offer it. However, each family has different ways of communicating, and in some families a drink may make everyone more comfortable and more able to talk. In any case, over-consumption should be avoided.

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Holding a Family Meeting – The Meeting (3)

The holidays are a prime time for family members to get together to discuss care possibilities for an aging loved one. Follow these guidelines and considerations:

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As with all high-level negotiations, deciding where to hold the meeting is as potentially controversial as the meeting itself. Whether you hold it in an office, a restaurant or someone’s home, keep in mind that you want a setting that the majority of the participants will find comfortable and convenient and that presents as few distractions as possible (e.g. noise, small children who need attention, etc.).

A successful family meeting gives everyone a chance to be heard. All feelings are appropriate and need to be expressed and acknowledged. People will be more willing to talk about their feelings regarding the situation if they feel safe. For example, the brother who is never present may reveal that he is unable to stand seeing someone sick, and the sister who is doing all the work may not realize how she pushes others away when they offer to help. Another sibling may be having marital problems which he or she has not yet shared with the family, and yet another sibling might be worried about losing a job. Each person needs to balance his/her own fears, concern, love and desire to help with available time, strengths, weaknesses and hopes.

Until the depth and breadth of the issues concerning the ill family member are explored, it is important to not try to solve the problems. Recording the problems in a list as they are shared, however, will be useful during the problem-solving portion of the meeting.

It is important for each family member to learn to use “I” messages, as well to say “I need…” rather than “You should…” Even when disagreeing, try to find the part of what is said that you can agree with. The goal of the meeting is to work as a team in caring for the person who is ill, even if there is conflict among family members in other areas.

At the conclusion of the meeting, make sure everyone has a clear understanding of the issues and considerations discussed. When the solutions to issues have been established, make sure that each person understands what he/she has agreed to do.

The most important thing for family members to remember is that the meeting is not a one-time event. Family meetings need to take place regularly. It is helpful to schedule them at a given time, perhaps at the same time each month. However, if this is not possible, they at least need to take place when the caregiving situation or other situations in family members lives change. Holding regular meetings puts less pressure on family members to get everything resolved in just one meeting, and allows more time for processing of information and decision-making. When a family member is unable to attend a meeting, keep in touch with them by phone, mail or email.

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Family Meeting-How Should We Begin? – Caregiving in San Diego CA (2)


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Holding a Family Meeting (2)

The holidays are a prime time for family members to get together to discuss care possibilities for an aging loved one. Follow these guidelines and considerations:

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How Should We Begin?

Communication is the key to working successfully with a group of people. If it’s difficult for some family members to travel to the location of the meeting, technology can help: a conference call or the use of a speaker phone can make it easier for them to participate. A videotape or an audiotape of the meeting can also be sent out to all family members who are unable to attend. With the use of email, even those who are not nearby can also be kept up to date on how things are going.

Prior to a meeting, you’ll find it helpful to prepare an agenda. Someone in the family will generally introduce the idea of a meeting and arrange the date and location. That person can also create an agenda for the meeting and send it out to all the family members ahead of time. Family members can then share their ideas and suggest other items to include.

An agenda might include topics such as:

  • The latest report from the physician
  • Sharing of feelings about the illness/caregiving
    • Fears:
      • About death and dying
      • About being overwhelmed
      • About what will happen to family members after the death
    • Sadness, confusion, anger, guilt, shame
    • What does the person who is ill want and need?
  • Daily caregiving needs:
    • Should the sick person move in with us?
    • Does she/he need to be in an assisted living facility or nursing home?
    • How much time does each family member have to visit?
    • Other ways each person can help? What other help might be available?
  • Financial concerns in caregiving:
    • How much will it cost?
    • How much work can family members afford to miss?
    • What financial help might be available from outside?
  • Who will make decisions (e.g., financial, medical, hiring a caregiver, etc.) and how will they be made?
  • What support role does each person want to play?
  • What sort of support does the primary caregiver need?
    • Need for respite (a break from caregiving)
    • Help with meals, shopping, cleaning, laundry, etc.
    • Emotional support by telephone or email
    • Help with chores—i.e., taking the care recipient to doctor’s appointments
  • How will the caregiving and support needs change as the illness progresses?
  • Problem Solving
    • List of tasks that need doing
  • Summary of meeting and schedule for next meeting
    • Written summary of what each person has agreed to
    • Email or telephone tree for regular updates

It will probably be difficult to cover all these issues in one meeting, so additional meetings will be helpful. Each ensuing meeting should have a clear time table and a definite beginning and ending time. Be sure to stick to the time table; if meetings get to be too long, fatigue sets in, minds will wander, and people may resist coming to future meetings.

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Holding a Family Meeting with Seniors – Caregiving in San Diego CA (1)


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Holding a Family Meeting (1)

The holidays are a prime time for family members to get together to discuss care possibilities for an aging loved one. Follow these guidelines and considerations:

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When taking care of an elderly parent or another relative, family members often need to work cooperatively. The more people participating in care, the less alone a caregiver feels in his/her role. Books and articles about caregiving often mention the family meeting as a way to facilitate this process. But how does one go about having such a meeting?

Who Should Attend?

Each family is different. In some families, only a husband/wife and their children are considered “family.” In other families, aunts, uncles, cousins, current and ex-in laws and close friends may be included in the definition of family. When planning a family meeting, it is important to include everyone who is or will be part of the caregiving team, and this may include a family friend, neighbor or paid caregiver.

It is also sometimes helpful to engage the help of an outside facilitator, such as a social worker or minister to help the family communicate about difficult subjects during the meeting. (This is discussed in more detail below.)

A decision must also be made about whether or not to include the ill family member in the meeting. Family members usually do not want to be excluded from family events and their preferences for care must be considered. However, if someone has dementia or another condition where he/she might misunderstand the purpose of the meeting, it might be appropriate to hold at least the first meeting without him/her present. Also, other family members may need to share with each other thoughts or feelings that would be painful for the ill person to hear. Consider holding one meeting to focus on those matters, and holding a second meeting with the ill person present.

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San Diego, CA 92123 USA

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Stages of Senior Care, the book – Caregiving from Homeinstead San Diego


Christmas Caregiving for the Elderly  – Senior welfare in home care, san diego, california -

STAGES of SENIOR CARE

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Best Decisions

See Paul and Linda Hogan in the Stages of Senior Care Video

Paul and Lori Hogan, co-authors of Stages of Senior Care, discuss why this book is necessary. They describe care options, their costs and when to use each. Stages is an information-rich resource to help adult children make informed care decisions for their senior parents.

Paul explains the recent rapid expansion in senior care options, which has created both great opportunity and confusion for families. But Stages will guide readers through every “stage” of the care process so that they can be confident in their decisions and assured that their senior loved one is getting the right care.

Lori introduces the concepts presented in Stages, including what to expect — from practical, emotional and financial perspectives — when caring for an aging loved one. More than just information, though, the true stories in Stages will touch your heart. And its step-by-step instructions will give you increased confidence for your care journey.

Lori has also written a second book called Strength for the Moment to affirm and encourage caregivers on their caregiving journey. Strength for the Moment combines true caregiving stories with prayer, Bible Scriptures, caregiver quotes and a touch of humor to uplift readers’ spirits and bring peace, hope and comfort to any caregiving situation. Visit StrengthfortheMoment.com to read excerpts or share your own story.

Stages of Senior Care

© Copyright 2012, Paul and Lori Hogan, Stages of Senior Care, All Rights Reserved.

Holiday Elf Certificate
Customize this gift certificate to give the seniors in your life what they really want – meaningful time spent with you. Personalize your gift offering with one of the provided activity suggestions or come up with one of your own.
Download Holiday Elf Certificate (PDF 602k)

NEED a CAREGiverSM

Compassionate CAREGivers are ready to help seniors live independently at home.

Inquire about service today!

Become a CAREGiverSM

Seeking employment? Have what it takes to help seniors lead rewarding lives?

Inquire about being a CAREGiver

Jessica Perez

Office Manager

Home Instead Senior Care

Secure Care Inc.9665 Granite Ridge Dr. Ste. 205

San Diego, CA 92123 USA

P: 858.277.3722

F: 858.277.6737

homeinsteadsd@aol.com

www.homeinstead.com/158

Each Home Instead Senior Care Franchise

is independently owned and operated.

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