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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Caregiver Resilience: What It Is and Why It Matters for Family Caregivers

Elderly Home CareA young couple’s baby has Tay–Sachs disease that has no treatment or cure, and a life-expectancy of four years.  A veteran’s wife struggles to cope with her wounded warrior’s traumatic brain injury and PTSD.  A middle-aged woman tries to balance the needs of her aging parents with those of her growing family and her workplace.  An elderly couple does what they can for each other; his Parkinson’s and her pancreatic cancer are both advancing.

People of all ages care for loved ones and wonder how they will manage.  Fear, uncertainty, grief and exhaustion can be overwhelming.  How about you?  Are you sad, stressed or stretched by the demands of caregiving?  If so, building resilience can help. 

What is resilience and why is it important for family caregivers?

Resilience is your ability to withstand, recover, and sometimes grow... Click to Read More

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Bedsores: Care, Prevention, and Treatment

Talking Elderly WomanFor anyone involved with the long-term care of an older or infirm loved one, understanding how to treat and prevent bedsores can be paramount to their health and comfort. Although initially innocuous, with a lack of proper care, bedsores can become a painful, life-threatening condition for anyone who spends prolonged amounts of time at rest. Thankfully, all it takes is a little knowledge about the condition to make treatment manageable and to prevent your loved one from enduring any unnecessary suffering. 

Bedsores Explained

Bedsores are skin ulcers that occur due to immobility, most commonly among the elderly and bedridden. According to the University of Washington’s School of Rehabilitation Medicine, bedsores, sometimes known as “pressure sores,” usually develop on areas of the body where there is little padding, especially over bone, commonly including the lower back,... Click to Read More

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Cancer and Grief in Geriatric Adults

Man sitting at gravesiteThe death of a loved one from cancer can be a very painful experience and it can be especially difficult for older adults. As a person ages, it is more likely they will have to deal with loss and may be confronted with several losses during a short time span. Such losses can call attention to their own impending mortality, and, in turn, it can be a perfect storm for overwhelming grief. 

One of the most common experiences that cause an older adult to feel grief is as a result of watching a loved one die from cancer. As with cancer or other long-term illnesses, for the loved ones of the person afflicted, perhaps the hardest part is watching someone they love decline in health, even suffer, and living with the knowledge of the inevitable in the case... Click to Read More

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sandwich Generation: Juggling Aging Parents and Finances

sandwich generationAs members of the Sandwich Generation know all too well, being in the middle can not only put a squeeze on your time, it can impact your finances, as well. If you are caring for your aging parents and your children all at the same time, you are part of a growing group of middle-aged adults known as “The Sandwich Generation.” These dueling demands can also come with added financial responsibilities, as well. 

According to a 2013 Pew Foundation survey, 15% of middle-aged adults are supporting their parents and children at the same time. Caring for not only your own children, but your aging parents who may have special needs can certainly put a sizeable dent in planning for your financial future. With that in mind, it’s important to make a sound plan for your future and your family’s... Click to Read More

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Respite Care: The Key to Caregiver Survival?

caregiver sleep tipsImagine running a help wanted ad for a caregiver with these requirements: “Caregiver wanted. Must work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 52 weeks a year. No pay. No breaks. No vacation. No benefits. Apply in person. Bring a packed suitcase and plan to stay indefinitely.”

How many people do you think would show up? Not many, right?

We all know it would be impossible to hire someone to work 24 hours a day with no time off, regardless of how much money you offered. So, why, as family caregivers, do we think that we’re shirking our responsibility and acting selfishly when we take a little time for ourselves?

Here’s the bottom line:  If you want to avoid caregiver burnout and... Click to Read More

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Oklahoma Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship

scholarship winnerLast year, Griswold Home Care announced the creation of our scholarship contest to award exceptional individuals a $1,000 scholarship to help them further their education.  We asked participants to offer their personal insights into the greatest rewards and challenges of providing care, as well as to share how their higher education goals would help them to impact the lives of others. 

Griswold Home Care is pleased to announce Hayden Sparks as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Hayden is an exceptional and inspirational young man who is a recent graduate from Broken Arrow, OK. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall. Hayden intends to pursue a career path as a pediatric oncologist -- an area of expertise that hits close to home for him.

Hayden is currently battling T-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and credits the... Click to Read More

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Summer Senior Skin Safety Tips

Summer Senior - Sun ProtectionRegardless of the time of year, it is important to take care of your skin. This is especially true for seniors. However, the summer months bring with them the added risk of damage from sun exposure and skin cancer concerns, but with a few safety tips, elderly skin care can be a snap.

Unfortunately, as you age, your skin ages right along with you. An older person’s skin typically becomes thinner and loses some of the fat that once made it smooth and full. Due to this, the bones and veins become more obvious. It also means that damage, such as cuts or scratches can take longer to completely heal.

The same can be said about bruises. Older adults tend to bruise easier than younger people. However, there are still ways to keep skin healthy with a... Click to Read More

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Dallas

The Dallas / Fort Worth area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. with a thriving population of senior adults. According to the 2010 Census results, adults over the age of 65 comprise almost one-fifth of the area’s population. As a result, many Dallas and Fort Worth-based families may be considering in home care for senior members of their family.

For nearly three decades, Griswold Home Care has been a leading referral source of quality, in home elder care professionals throughout Dallas, TX and its surrounding areas. Our guiding belief is that aging in-place allows older adults to be happily surrounded by the comforts of home and family in a familiar setting. If you’re considering in-home elder care in Dallas, Fort Worth, or the surrounding suburban areas in the Northeastern part of Texas, we hope you’ll consider speaking with a Griswold Home Care office near you.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Washington D.C.

In and around the nation’s capital exists a growing need for trustworthy elder home care. For families of older adults in Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas, Griswold Home Care can refer in-home caregivers to tend to a variety of elder care needs. From Washington, D.C. proper to the Capital’s suburban enclaves in Maryland and Virginia, Griswold Home Care understands the importance of aging in place for many seniors.

As a hotbed of history, tourism, culture, and policy, Washington, D.C. is bustling with activity. Many families in the surrounding areas outside the nation’s capital commute to work within the city. Families who are a part of “The Sandwich Generation” -- juggling a career along with the care of their own children and a parent living at home -- can look to Griswold Home Care to refer a trustworthy in home care companion to tend to older loved ones in... Click to Read More

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Raleigh

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., Raleigh, NC has a sizeable community of senior citizens. Griswold Home Care recognizes that many of these older adults and their families may be considering in home care. In-home care can be a wonderful way to allow older loved ones to age in place, surrounded by the comforts of home and family.

A hub of history, civil rights, arts and culture, Raleigh is a large, metropolitan city comprised of smaller sections -- each with their own unique flavor. Owing to Raleigh’s size, Griswold Home Care has several offices throughout the city to allow families to meet with franchise owners and gain a greater understanding of the non-medical elder care options available to them closest to their own corner of the Raleigh triangle.

Griswold Home Care refers in-home caregivers to tend to a variety of your older loved one’s needs. From... Click to Read More