Parenting Your Aging Parents

It is commonplace for an adult child to come to our elder care office feeling exasperated due to the perceived stubbornness of his/her parent.  The adult child is attempting to help the parent receive needed care at home or attempting to convince the parent to transition to an assisted living community.  The parent feels he/she is fine on their own, demands the home health aid to leave the home, and/or refuses to go to an assisted living community.  What can the adult child do under these circumstances? Kaiser Health [...]

By |2020-05-14T11:09:43-04:00January 13th, 2020|Aging, Blog, Caregiver|

New AARP Report Emphasizes Urgency in Supporting Caregivers

As Washington continues to be embroiled in the impeachment hearings and the Democratic Presidential election goes on, according to a new report from AARP, about 12% of Pennsylvania and New Jersey adults are caregivers. Pennsylvanians provided $18.2 billion in care compared with $12.9 billion for caregivers in New Jersey. Nationally, the nation’s 41 million family caregivers provided $470 billion worth of unpaid care to their loved ones. The report, released last Thursday, is based on an analysis of four surveys of family caregivers between 2015 and 2018.  AARP called [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:51:09-05:00November 18th, 2019|Blog, Caregiver|

4 Respite Ideas for Caregivers of the Elderly

Caring for an elderly parent or family member is a noble task, but it's also an exhausting one. Not only do caregivers have a job, family, or life of their own to dedicate time to, but they simply need a break once in a while. The job of a caregiver is both physically and emotionally taxing, and if no breaks are taken, the job can be even more of a challenge. Like any other type of job, breaks are important. It's why the average job allows for evenings, weekends, [...]

By |2020-02-21T10:59:17-05:00January 1st, 2019|Blog, Caregiver|

Interview Questions for Hiring a Caregiver for Seniors

As your Mom or Dad gets older and starts facing certain health-related issues, you'll want to ensure that they receive the best care possible. Even if you have the drive and the availability to care for your parents yourself, you may quickly realize that caring for ailing parents can be extremely challenging and stressful. That's precisely why there are caregivers available specifically to care for seniors, no matter what ailment they are dealing with and no matter how severe their symptoms are. That said, it can be difficult to [...]

By |2020-07-08T15:22:21-04:00July 15th, 2018|Blog, Caregiver|

A Recap of a Wonderful Day of Learning – New Jersey Elder Care Symposium

On April 12, 2018 over 230 long-term care professionals gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ for a full day of learning and networking at the inaugural Rothkoff Law Group Eldercare Symposium entitled, “Eldercare: What Will the Future Bring?” The day starting with an esteemed panel of experts on the landscape of elder care today and tomorrow, a discussion facilitated by Jerry Rothkoff. The panel consisting of Lowell Ayre, President, Aging & Disability Policy and Leadership Consulting, LLC, Wendy Campbell, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, Delaware Valley [...]

By |2018-05-01T08:29:50-04:00April 30th, 2018|Around the Office, Blog, Caregiver, eNewsletter|

Miguel Burgos 2018 NJ Caregiver Award Winner

April 12, 2018 (Mt. Laurel, NJ) - At the New Jersey Elder Care Symposium, Rothkoff Law Group announced the 2018 New Jersey Caregiver Award winner. Caregiver professionals throughout Southern New Jersey had the opportunity to nominate an outstanding caregiver in their community who offers exceptional service to an elderly person. The selection process was difficult with many heartfelt nominations of worthy caregivers. During the luncheon at the NJ Symposium the 3 finalist along with their co-workers were recognized for their outstanding commitment to their work. Meet the 2018 Finalists Miguel [...]

By |2018-04-27T15:53:38-04:00April 25th, 2018|Around the Office, Blog, Caregiver|

Resources For Caring For An Aging Parent

We regularly assist a child in caring for an aging parent.  Our elder care law office helps the family navigate the long-term care process by providing access to home and community services including VA benefits, Medicaid benefits, and advocacy to get the best care for your loved one. The current  issue of Consumer Reports Magazine gives some excellent advice to caregiver children attempting to assist a parent needing assistance.  You can report the related Consumer Reports articles at the below link. Consumer Reports

By |2017-10-30T16:56:17-04:00October 29th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

The Importance of Caregiver Support

A recent study emphasizes the importance of caregivers obtaining support.  According to a recent study by UC Berkeley, patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They also measured the mental health of the family members who took care of them.  Their findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, indicate that patients tended by caregivers with [...]

By |2017-08-21T09:45:27-04:00July 8th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

Advice for Caregivers & Dementia Patients

As a social worker, I am often asked how I stay calm and patient, when interacting with a dementia client, who presents with tear-fullness and confusion, or asks repetitive questions. Here are three tips: 1) I take a deep breath and speak with the dementia patient, slowly and calmly.  Our patients, whether they are diagnosed with dementia or not, can read our body language and sense our emotions. Therefore, for a patient diagnosed with dementia (who is already presenting as agitated and tearful), I check my emotions at the [...]

By |2017-05-22T14:28:39-04:00June 9th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

Winter Blues? Tips to Prevent Caregiver Burnout

  When you are a caregiver, you are always on. It is not a 9-5 job. But, in order to prevent burnout, you have to be cognizant of scheduling some time away for yourself. Here is a checklist on how to tackle setting aside time for yourself 1. Look ahead. Is there a weekend that you would like to target in order to watch a movie, visit a museum, or have lunch with friends? 2. Plan Block this time on you calendar and commit to it. 3. Reach out [...]

By |2017-05-16T12:27:21-04:00March 17th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

Do I Need a Caregiver Support Group?

  As a wife, mother, caregiver daughter, full-time employee of the Rothkoff Law Group, member of the PTA at my six-year old son’s school, and  “official driver” to all of my son’s extra-curricular activities, there are many times that I feel overwhelmed and alone in my efforts to balance all my commitments and roles. Especially, when it comes to caring for my parents. Like you, I ask myself, “Could I do more?” Or, “When is it okay to say, ‘no,’ so I could focus on my own sanity?” That [...]

By |2017-01-03T15:03:26-05:00January 27th, 2017|Blog, Caregiver|

Caregivers Going Above and Beyond During the Holidays

For most of us, the holiday season is filled with joy. We get to spend time with loved ones, enjoy delicious holiday foods and share meaningful gifts with one another. At the same time, the holiday season can also be the cause of much-added stress and this can be especially true for the elderly and disabled.  Oftentimes, the elderly and disabled can experience increased feelings of loneliness, helplessness, and general sadness during this time of year.  As a caregiver, however, there are many things you can do so that [...]

By |2020-05-27T19:58:00-04:00November 11th, 2016|Caregiver|

Caregiver Stress and Burnout Tip

As the Geriatric Care Coordinator here at Rothkoff Law Group, I speak with our clients’ caregivers frequently about the importance of recognizing and addressing caregiver stress and burnout. The high demands of caregiving make doing so essential for both the caregiver and their loved one. The WebMD website offers a quick and easy to read slideshow on “Caregiver’s Guide to Healthy Decisions”. This slideshow lists fourteen ways to avoid caregiver burnout.  In my experience I have found these 3 tips work best to stay on task on lessen the risk of [...]

By |2016-10-20T09:06:40-04:00October 14th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|

How to work with your siblings to benefit your parents?

I’ve received a lot of e-mails from area New Jersey and Pennsylvania caregivers asking about how to best care for mom and dad within the context of a large family. Oftentimes, when it’s time to make a major decision about your loved ones care, your brothers and sisters are either flying in or driving in from out of town to meet you. But instead of experiencing a joyful reunion with your siblings, you find that the stress of your elderly loved one’s current health condition becomes overwhelming. Mom or [...]

By |2016-09-22T13:31:34-04:00September 17th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|

Who Will Care For Us As We Age? New Research Raises Big Questions

New research from PHI, the nation’s authority on the direct-care workforce, sheds light on this critical segment of the U.S. workforce. Released in conjunction with Labor Day, which commemorates the contributions of the American worker, this new data illuminates the realities of direct-care workers.  The research shows that industry reports continually show high turnover rates among direct-care workers, often within a year, leaving for jobs with higher pay and better benefits.  You can read more about the research at the below link. Huffington Post

By |2016-09-11T16:27:10-04:00September 11th, 2016|Blog, Caregiver|
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