4 Tips: Tapping into the upside of change when caring for seniors
In Patty’s family, the summer of 2022 will forever be known as the one when Nonno’s TV stopped working. It may sound trivial. But in reality, this technical glitch was anything but. “We’ve been in the process of moving my parents into an apartment that’s literally next door to us,”…
Family values at the heart of home care for seniors
Home care is a family affair for Carolina Orosa and her husband, Jay. It’s a journey they began years before founding Home Care Assistance Vancouver in 2010. As a young couple, Carolina and Jay weathered the storm of losing their fathers just months apart. That experience was fundamental to their…
Three ways to cultivate better caregiving in Vancouver
When Nancy and John decided it was time to sell their bungalow this spring, everyone in the family had the same question: what about mom and dad? Well into their 80s, Nancy’s parents had been happily cohabitating with her and her husband for the better part of a decade….
Ways for Family Caregivers to Obtain Emotional Support
Family caregivers often experience challenging emotions that include feelings of guilt, anger, and embarrassment. Too often, caregivers think there’s no one else around who can understand how they feel. You might also worry people will judge you if you say you’re frustrated or resentful as you carry out your duties….
Top Habits of Healthy & Happy Caregivers
As a caregiver, you work tirelessly to provide quality care for your loved one. While this can be very rewarding, it can also be demanding and exhausting. It is important to ensure you are taking care of yourself to maintain your own good health and a positive outlook. At Home Care Assistance, we’ve found all healthy and happy caregivers, from hourly caregivers to those providing post-stroke care, share a few common habits. Eating Well To effectively take care of someone else, you need to make sure you are first taking care of yourself. Eating a healthy diet will provide you with the nutrition and energy you need to meet the demanding responsibilities of being a caregiver. Exercising Not only will…
The Caregiver’s Essential Post-Hospital Checklist
Seniors who receive professional in-home care after they are discharged from the hospital have faster recovery times and are less likely to require readmission. During the transition home, caregivers can ensure their loved one’s best chances for a strong recovery and reduce their stress by establishing a comprehensive plan for post-hospital care. The following checklist is designed to provide caregivers and their loved ones with all the information needed to navigate through the discharge process and ensure that all after-care needs are met. Symptoms Requiring Follow-Up During recovery from an illness or injury, it is important to watch for signs that a senior’s condition is worsening. Common symptoms should be listed on the discharge papers and may include signs of…
Why Families Fight about Senior Care
Every family has its share of conflicts, and sibling rivalry can continue on indefinitely into older adulthood. When issues arise about caring for parents as they age, strong personalities tend to take over and old, unresolved problems can become exacerbated. Disagreements about who should care for the parents and how it should be done are the most common dilemmas that create conflict. At Home Care Assistance Vancouver, we understand the challenges that families and siblings face when providing care for aging parents. Along with offering families support and reliable in-home care in Vancouver, we wanted to share a bit of insight as to why families fight about senior care. Knowing some of the common topics of disagreement may help you…