Reaching Out to Others Experiencing Loss

Dealing with loss, due to whatever circumstance, is difficult. It can be particularly difficult, however, to know how to interact with others who are experiencing a loss. Responses to this type of situation can range from avoidance to becoming overly-involved. The best response is somewhere in the middle.

Legal Documents Every Family Caregiver Needs

Work/Life Connections
June 21, 2012

As a family caregiver, you are responsible for taking care of your elderly loved one. This includes providing assistance with activities of daily living like eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and other household chores. Family caregivers should be sure to have in place legal documents important to the lifelong care of the elder. Having access to important legal documents will help make caregiving easier for family caregivers. The most common legal documents that every caregiver should have are:

Checklist for New Family Caregivers


 If you are new to family caregiving, you are probably facing some important life changes. You may feel overwhelmed, scared, or frustrated. You may also feel at a loss for what to do. These feelings are completely normal. The checklist below can help you learn more about your new responsibilities, the services and support options that may be available to you, and how to plan for the future.

The Balancing Act: Combining Family and Work Effectively

Balancing work and home responsibilities is a challenge for most people. The good news is that there are strategies to reclaim control. Achieving a balance between work and home life takes effort, so you have to be willing to work toward it.
 
 Seven Practical Tips for Balancing Work and Family

Vanderbilt Home Care Services

Vanderbilt Home Care Services offers a variety of skilled and non-skilled services to meet the needs of the clients and their families at home or in the hospital. We provide private duty services that include nursing, home health aides, companion care and inpatient sitter services 24 hours a day.
 
 For more information visit the Vanderbilt Home Health Care Services website or call 615-936-0336.

Adoption

Adoption is one of the most unselfish acts a birth parent can make for a child when the birth parents, for whatever reasons, are unable to raise the child themselves. It is never an easy decision. It is never without pain. Putting a child’s welfare ahead of one’s own feelings is a true act of love. Adoption means placing a child legally and permanently with a family who will raise the child as their own. In some cases the birth parent(s) select the adoptive parents whom, depending upon their mutual, wishes they may or may not actually meet.

Children with AD/HD

Parents are often distressed to receive a note from school saying that their child “won’t listen to the teacher,” “won’t sit still in class,” or “causes trouble in the classroom.” It certainly can make a parent feel guilty and responsible and feel that “I’m not being a good parent.” Although some children can, but won’t pay attention, others can’t and don’t. The latter group of children may be suffering from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).