Support for Parents and Caregivers of Seniors
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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
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:
Instructions for employees and their supervisors on how to file FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) paperwork. Filing for FMLA allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave for serious health conditions.
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.
Caring for Aging Parents
As parents age, it is important for the whole family to discuss financial issues, health needs, and other important lifestyle decisions. While these can be difficult conversations to have, it is important to pro-actively make plans before a crisis necessitates action..
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).
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.
Types of Abusive Relationships
Abuse in relationships is any behavior or pattern of behavior used to coerce, dominate or isolate the other partner. It is the use of any form of power that is imposed by one partner over the other to maintain control within the relationship. Abuse includes, but is not limited to: