Why Is It Important to Have a Living Will?

In 2005, the attention of the nation became fixed on a 41-year-old woman named Terri Schaivo. Schaivo’s husband had struggled for nearly decade to get her taken off of a feeding tube after she had spent the previous 15 years in a vegetative state, but her parents disagreed with that decision. The seven-year legal battle that ensued was heart wrenching for everyone involved. Although the Schaivo case was highly publicized, it’s far from a unique situation. Without a living will, you and your family may be vulnerable to... Click to Read More

Caregiver Ethics: How to Choose a Reputable In-Home Caregiver

Thanks to the advances in modern medicine, the average 65-year-old American's life expectancy has increased by approximately 20 years. However, as life expectancy continues to increase, so does the need for competent in-home care. Over 40 million senior citizens have a chronic condition that affects their day to day lives, including 12 million who cannot live independently without an in-home caregiver. To make matters more complicated, many families are unable to provide sufficient care for their loved ones. That’s why an increasing number of Americans are turning to... Click to Read More

Tips for Coping with Macular Degeneration

A diagnosis of macular degeneration can be scary, but it doesn't have to mean the end of the life you currently lead. With a few tips and the right outlook, coping with this disease can become easier.When an older adult has macular degeneration, this typically means there is a loss of vision in the central area of the eye. This can affect the person's ability to drive and see faces as well as cause difficulty in writing or reading a watch.At first, it is understandable that one would see... Click to Read More

When Should You Consider Power of Attorney?

Most people understand the importance of a will for looking after your affairs when you’re unable to do so, but few understand the equally important power of attorney. A will may be the best way to help you sort out your personal affairs after you’ve passed away, but a power of attorney can help to ensure your affairs remain in order should you become unable to manage them while you’re still living. It can give you the peace of mind that in an emergency, someone you trust will... Click to Read More

The 4 Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy: What You Can Expect

A well known fact is that diabetes is a dangerous and potentially life threatening disease. What some may not realize is that one of the conditions associated with diabetes is a type of vision loss called diabetic retinopathy. This complication is treatable and its best outcomes are usually obtained due to an early diagnosis by your or your loved one's physician or optometrist. The best route to protecting your vision lies with knowing what to expect and how to treat diabetic retinopathy.What is Diabetic RetinopathyDiabetic retinopathy is caused... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Spiritual Strategies

Caring for a loved one is often a long, difficult journey, fraught with uncertainty, loss, frustration and fear. In my own experience, I couldn’t bear to see how dementia had stolen my Mother’s mind and memory. Feeling totally out of control, I was depleted of energy, yet filled with grief and fury and a million questions.  Why is this happening to my mother…and to my family?  Isn’t there something we can do?  What did we do to deserve this?  What is the purpose of this semi-human existence and... Click to Read More

Recognizing the Early Symptoms of Glaucoma

One of the most difficult and worrisome issues for an older adult can be losing one's eye sight. With the loss of sight, especially at an older age, comes less independence, as well as a sense of isolation. That's why it is important to understand the early warning signs of glaucoma. By doing so, you can expect better outcomes and keep vision loss to a minimum. There are several types of glaucoma, but all of them belong to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve. Once... Click to Read More

University of Florida Student Wins Griswold Home Care Scholarship

Griswold Home Care is honored to announce the winner of our bi-annual scholarship contest. Twice each year, Griswold Home Care extends a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding student who is pursuing a career in the caregiving field. To qualify, participants were encouraged to tell us about the personal challenges and rewards they encountered in caring for others. Scholarship participants also discussed how achieving a higher education would allow them to create a greater, more positive impact in their community.  We are pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to... Click to Read More

Make Peace with Change: One New Year’s Resolution Every Family Caregiver Should Make for 2015

As a family caregiver, you’ve no doubt been advised that your new year’s resolutions should be to eat healthy, maintain a regular exercise program and get plenty of rest.  Those are all excellent resolutions, but when everything around you seems to be falling apart and you are continually upset by the unexpected and unwelcome changes that come with being the family caregiver for someone who is aging, chronically ill or disabled, it doesn’t take long for your resolutions about self-care to fall by the wayside.  The problem with... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Social Strategies for Family Caregivers

As we enter the holiday season, we’re reminded of how family and friends brighten our lives.  Their love and presence amplifies our joy during happy times.  Their support eases our burden when life is difficult.When I think of support I think of my sister, Wendy.  Neither of us would have survived Mom’s long decline through dementia without our bond.  Wendy cared for Mom in Chicago, doing all the difficult work.  Living in Philadelphia, the most I could do was consistently offer support to Wendy.  I encouraged her, listened... Click to Read More
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