Tag: caregiving

Living with Dementia: A Husband’s Story

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When Kevin Jameson founded the Dementia Society of America he was on a journey of profound change with his wife, Ginny. For several years, Ginny had been living with dementia. As husband and caregiver, Kevin had become well-educated on the disease. Based on his experience with Ginny, he saw a need to create an organization… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Hiring a Professional Caregiver

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We’ve explored important topics in our Caregiving & Relationships series over the last few weeks: The value of training for family caregivers Learning to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Coping with guilt as a caregiver As we’ve seen in these posts, caring for a loved one is life changing on so many levels…. Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’re exploring: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Learning to know when it’s time to hire a professional caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

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As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. All you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In a caregiving environment,… Read more »

How Assisted Living Addresses the Challenges of the Disabled

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Lakecia Harper, Healthcare Administrator at Blakeford at Green Hills, recently spoke with OurParents.com about how Assisted Living communities are able to meet the needs of the disabled. In an Assisted Living environment, older adults get the support they need with the activities of daily living (ADLs). As a result, they can spend their days enjoying… Read more »

The Heart of Caregiving

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On the first Sunday of March, family, friends, and team members gathered at Blakeford to hear the reading of names and the ringing of a bell to honor and remember each of those residents who had passed in 2015. Ceremonies like these can be an important part of the healing process when one faces a loss. This… Read more »

Music & Memory: An Interview with Dan Cohen

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When the team at Blakeford at Green Hills was introduced to the non-profit program Music & Memory, we wanted to be a part of their mission – to bring personalized music into the lives of our residents, helping improve their quality of life. After our certification in the Spring of 2015, a small group of Blakeford team members… Read more »

7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help

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While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house. Opening the fridge, they were shocked to find layers of mold, hardened food and multiple jars of the same… Read more »