Caregiver 101

Caregiver 101

  • be a caregiver

    Do you have what it takes to be a caregiver?

    The time has come when a family member needs assistance and you’re struggling to understand what will be needed of you as you move into the role of full- or part-time caregiver. Read more

  • New Caregiver

    The ABCs of Caregiving

    If you’re facing the new role of caregiver, here are some tips to help you succeed. Read more


  • Things I Have Learned

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    Some Things I Have Learned

    I have learned to learn about the illness. In my case, I have learned about 11 illnesses only to find that any one of them may crop up and have symptoms at any time and last for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or even months. Read more


  • I'm Fine Thanks

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    I'm Fine, Thanks

    That is the life of a caregiver. You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for. You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you. Read more


  • Finding Home Care

    When Caregiving is Not Enough - Finding Good Homecare

    Anyone who has ever looked for home-based care for a loved one comprehends what a daunting experience it can be. Read more

  • Mobility Challeges

    Safety Begins at Home

    If you're among America's 54 million caregivers, knowing how to evacuate a loved one or how a loved one can take shelter during an emergency may not be as easy as just stepping out a door, or crawling out a window... Read more

  • Living With Your Home Health Care Aide

    Living With Your Home Health Care Aide

    You’ve made the decision to let an aide come into your home to assist. That was hard enough. Now you’re getting apprehensive about what to expect when the aide arrives for work. Read more


  • mental coffee break

    Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers

    Caregiving takes a lot of time, however you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. Read more

  • Emotional Fatigue

    Emotional Fatigue

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, says there are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those Read more

  • Bathtub Grab Bar

    Aging in Place: A Real Choice

    Consumers who plan to age in place should take proactive steps to modify their homes while they are still financially and physically able. Read more

  • Positive Aspects of Caregiving

    Positive Aspects of Caregiving

    Caring for a person with a debilitating illness is often challenging. It becomes all the more difficult when the person is in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease Read more

  • First Aid Kit

    The Caregiver’s First-Aid Kit

    A“Caregiver First-Aid Kit” is a reminder of the special significance caregivers have in their role caring for a loved one. Read more

  • first time caregiver

    What the First-time Caregiver Needs to Know

    Everyone ages, and there comes a time when older or ailing loved ones need help. Oftentimes friends or family members rise to the occasion to assist them. If you’re one of those first-time family caregivers, you are not alone. Read more

  • Caring for the Caregiver

    Caring for the Caregiver

    Being a caregiver is a stressful and demanding job. There is usually very little, if any opportunity to prepare for a new caregiving situation. Read more


  • bubble bath Respite

    The Reverse Gift List

    It’s called the “Reverse Gift List” game. It’s easy and fun for the entire family. Here’s how it’s played. The only things you will need are a pencil, paper and a little faith. Read more

  • Organizing a Medical History

    Tips for Organizing a Medical History

    A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Read more


  • Guilt and Finding Balance

    Caregiver Guilt and Finding Balance

    How do you find the balance? Is there a balance? Am I doing the right thing? Should I be doing more? These are important questions for a caregiver. Read more

  • Caregiver Relaxing

    The Four R’s Of Coping



  • Caring At Work


    Caring At Work

    Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50% of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job? Read more

  • 6 things to remember

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    6 Things to Remember as You Start to Care for Your Parents

    Whether you are an adult child or a parent trying to communicate with your kids, here are six suggestions for overcoming some of the obstacles and frustrations we commonly experience during this time. Read more


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