Monthly Archives: November 2016

How to Make Your Caregiving Life Easier

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Every November we salute the dedication of caregivers with National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Take Care to Give Care,” reminding us of the daily commitment of each caregiver. Choice Health Management offers these tips to ensure you can give the best care possible.

  1. Take Time for Yourself
    Caregivers need care too. Maintaining a balance in your life is essential to effective care for your loved one, as well as your own mental well-being. Make time to relax using practices such as mediation and journaling. Exercise and proper nutrition can also give you an added boost to your energy. Remember, caregiving isn’t a one-person operation. Sometimes you can use help too! Having a strong support team that helps care for your loved one can provide you with the much needed break you deserve.
  2. Recognize Stress
    Trying to do too much can be damaging to both you and your loved one. Stress is not only emotionally harming but it can also cause sleep-deprivation and forgetfulness. Recognize your warning signs early and don’t wait until you become overwhelmed. By developing a new hobby such as gardening or yoga, you can take action to help regain your sense of control and calm.
  3. Enjoy your time together.
    Caring for your loved ones is a dedicated commitment. Too often, the wear of day-to-day life can rob the enjoyment of the experience. Take time to re-connect with simple activities. If they had a game they enjoyed in the past such as jacks or marbles, start a weekly tournament for fun. Relax in the evenings by watching an old movie. Doing so not only allows you time to catch your breath, but gives you the chance to appreciate each other’s company.

Choice Health Management recognizes the demand on caregivers every day. If you need additional assistance for your loved ones, contact our team to learn more about the ways we can help.

3 Tips for Helping Aging Parents Over Thanksgiving

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With the arrival of the holidays comes the chance to reconnect with the loved ones in your life. However, this time of year can also be a potential source of stress for your aging relatives. Choice Health Management Services offers these tips to help you and your family make the most of this holiday season.

Keep your eyes open! Stepping into your loved one’s home can provide vital clues about their current well-being. Check to see if the refrigerator is stocked with food. Empty cupboards could be a potential sign of problems. Is their medication in order? If expired pill bottles are mixed with the new ones, it may be a sign that they need additional help identifying their proper intake. The most important way to learn is to listen so ask your parents about their hobbies and other daily activities to better understand their day-to-day lives.

Limit outside stress! Although the holidays bring a sense of excitement, don’t let your loved ones become overwhelmed. Avoid the large crowds at the mall. By sticking to a regular routine you can have a huge impact on the mental and physical health of your loved one.

Create solutions! Once you have identified the signs, it is time to make adjustments for your loved ones. It can be as simple as helping them organize their medication, or getting to know their friends and neighbors. By doing so, you can be confident that they have a support system, and you have a secondary contact even after you leave for home.

Above all, remember that you are not alone. Choice Health Management Services provides professional assistance including independent and assisted living. Please contact our team to learn more about the services we provide today.