Dear Readers: Last week, I shared my own caregiving experiences with you. This week, I learned that my 83 year-old grandfather has only a few months to live. On Thursday, November 29, 2007, the hospital doctors communicated that they discovered a large tumor in my grandfather’s small intestine; hence, the reason why he could no […]

Dear Readers: I am writing to you from my new home in the Courier Post. For those of you who have read my “Coping with Care” column on a weekly basis, welcome back. For those of you who are caregivers, my column will resonate with your daily experiences. I am a caregiver, too, and like […]

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time. You walk through the malls and start to hear the festive holiday music. You’re watching television and you see numerous commercials with families gathering around the dining room table for the holiday meal. But you’re situation is different. You’re a caregiver for your spouse, mom, dad, […]

We’ve all heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” But as caregivers, we deserve some time off from our care giving responsibilities to take care of ourselves. Joanne Solometo, a local caregiver, reminded me how hard it is to pull away. She was the primary caregiver for her 96 year-old aunt, in addition to […]

You are strolling with your mom or dad, and you notice that he/she winces from the pain in his/lower back. Therefore, as the caregiver, you reach for the nearest bottle of aspirin or some other pain medication to help alleviate your loved one’s aching bones. But, have you ever-considered chiropractic care as an additional way […]

In the past, I’ve written about what to look for when trying to choose the best short-term rehabilitation facility for your loved one. You’ve chosen the facility, and now the ambulance will be arriving in a few minutes to transport your mom and dad from the hospital to the short-term rehab facility. What happens when […]

Your loved one is getting discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation facility, and you’re concerned because he/she hasn’t fully recovered from his/her fall or surgical procedure. What happens now? Short-term home care services are usually provided after a hospital stay, rehabilitation stay, or some type of surgical procedure. A nurse would assess your family member […]

You find yourself in the waiting room at a local hospital. Your loved one’s physician just communicated some devastating news about your loved one’s prognosis. You are the only caregiver and only family member on site to receive the news. How do you communicate the bad news to your mom or dad, who is the […]

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.4 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. TBIs occur during everyday activities, including falls, motor vehicle crashes, assaults, and sports injuries, including concussions, and are often preventable. The CDC also reports that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. […]

If you’re a pet owner, you know what it feels like to walk through your front door and see your four-legged friend or two-legged friend waiting for you, whether it’s a cat, dog, or other pet. Your stress seems to melt away. They love you unconditionally, and they don’t care if you haven’t had the […]

You’ve heard a lot about physical therapy. But, what is occupational therapy? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, occupational therapists (OT’s) help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. For instance, if your loved one is recovering from a fall or hospital stay, an occupational therapist can […]

What is it about September? The summer was hectic, as things always are, but when the school season starts, you’re running in a million different directions. You’re up at the crack of dawn preparing breakfast, getting the kids ready for school, driving them to soccer matches, and trying to balance your own work responsibilities. In […]