I don’t know about you, but the weeks are just flying by and I feel like there are never enough hours in the day. I’ll be traveling with my family in a week so I’m trying to get our travel essentials handled and keep up with caregiving content while I’m away. Self-care is definitely falling by the wayside so I’m hoping to take some time to relax this weekend. I hope you do the same!
Here’s the roundup of my 5 favorite caregiving stories for the week. Enjoy!
5 Easy Things To Avoid A Heart Attack: Caregivers live with constant stress and not enough self-care. This article highlights what you need to do to avoid a heart attack. You probably already know them, but you probably aren’t doing them, so here is your reminder.
The Fastest Track to Less Stress: Clearly, self-care is on my mind this week, since I know that I have been slacking. This article reports a recent study that shows that you don’t need to meditate as much as we all originally thought. Great news for busy caregivers!
5 Trends to Watch in Digital Health for People Over 50: This article focuses on advancements in technology and medicine – everything from online caregiving matching to tele-medicine. I myself would embrace tele-medicine for things like sinus infections or regular medical issues that are easily diagnosed. Imagine how much money seniors can save on those silly appointments where they have to go to the doctor just to get a prescription refill because it is a controlled medication!
5 Simple Ways to Keep an Eye on Your Hired Caregiver Help: This is a great article on ensuring your caregiver is providing proper care. Unfortunately, I had a client who was poorly cared for, but because her family was vigilant, it was caught early. If you can’t drop in unexpectedly, enlist a neighbor or friend or even a paid service that can. We caught the poor care because we visited our client regularly and noticed small bruises and that she wasn’t clean. She wasn’t able to speak for herself, so we did.
Fitness to Drive Screening Tool: If you are concerned about your parent’s ability to drive, have them take this screening. You can check out my senior driving post for ways to begin broaching the subject.
Of course, if you missed my posts this week, here they are: