What Is the True Cost of Being a Family Caregiver?

There are 40.4 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unpaid care they provide is estimated to be worth $470 billion per year in a report by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Many caregivers are hesitant to move a loved one to a residential care facility — whether due to feelings of guilt, concern about the quality of care, or the expenses associated with long-term care — and they mistakenly believe that caring for their loved one at home is more affordable than professional senior care.

However, providing in-home care is fraught with financial risks and personal sacrifices, too.

Here’s a look at four costs of caregiving that should be considered before committing to becoming the full-time caregiver for an older loved one.

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Topics: Caregiving

Celebrating Dementia Care Professionals Month

It takes a patient and kind-hearted person to be a caregiver for someone with dementia. People with dementia often require a higher level of care. But when you talk to the team at The Arbors, there is a common theme of: “I was meant to do this job.” They couldn’t imagine themselves doing anything else. And that’s why caregivers of those with dementia are celebrated this month in Dementia Care Professionals Month.

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Topics: Caregiving

Assisted Living Vs. In-Home Care │Which is The Best for Your Senior Loved One?

Watching your parent age and no longer being able to care for themselves isn’t easy. You never imagined that you’d be their caregiver. From helping them bathe every day, make their meals or checking on them every night after you get off work. You always pictured them as your “mom” or “dad” who cared for you — but now you’re taking care of them. And it can take a toll on you, both emotionally and physically.

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Topics: assisted living, Caregiving, Senior Health

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes

Managing diabetes isn’t just a daily, weekly or monthly task – it’s a life time diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes. And the rates of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Adults who are age 65 and older make up 25% of the population with diabetes. Is your senior loved one a part of the 25%? If they are, you can help them manage their diabetes and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Topics: Caregiving, Health

Making Mother's Day Memorable

There are many ways to celebrate your “mom” on Mother’s Day to make her feel extra special. But, what if she lives in an assisted living community? No problem. Whether you have a spa day or plan a potluck – you can still spend the day pampering her. Here are a few ways to make your mom feel appreciated on Mother’s Day in an assisted living. 

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Topics: assisted living, Senior Health, Caregiving

Marriage and Caregiving: Caring for a Spouse

When you married your spouse, you took a vow to be there for each other “for better or worse.”

Over the years you’ve learned how to adapt to any number of changes – raising children, an empty nest, illnesses, deaths and more. Now it’s caregiving. It can be heartbreaking, hard and scary.

The following tips will help you care for your spouse and not at the expense of your marriage.

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Topics: Future Planning, Caregiving

Role Reversal: How to Navigate Becoming a Family Caregiver for an Aging Parent

When a parent becomes dependent on you to assist them with everyday tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, or running errands — life can change drastically for both you and your parent.

After a lifetime of your parent being the caregiver, this role-reversal can create tension in your relationship.

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Topics: Caregiving, Future Planning

3 Challenging Conversations to Have with an Aging Parent

Have you noticed that things are piling up around the home? Is your mother losing weight? Or your father forgetting to take his medications? Your parents will start to need more help as they age, and talking to them about these sensitive topics can be challenging. However, if you have these difficult conversations before a crisis hits, they will be easier and more productive. Here’s a look at three of the most challenging conversations to have with an aging parent — and how to start them.

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Topics: assisted living, Future Planning, Caregiving, Senior Health

Family Caregiving Challenges for the Sandwich Generation

Almost half (47%) of 40 and 50-year-old adults have a parent age 65 or older who they care for while also raising a young child or supporting a grown child. Also known as the "sandwich generation," these family caregivers are pulled in many different directions, making it difficult to balance everyday life. They may be faced with daily questions such as:

  • Can I afford to pay for my loved one's medication while supporting my son in college?
  • Do I have enough time to make it to my daughter's soccer game after bringing my parent to their physical therapy session?
  • How do I find time to take care of myself?

It can feel impossible to manage everything. There are a variety of challenges sandwich generation family caregivers face each day.

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Topics: Caregiving, Future Planning, Health

Depression and Aging: How to Help a Parent

Have you noticed that your mom is having difficulty falling asleep and is losing interest in socializing with friends? Is your dad hardly smiling and seems more irritable around your kids now? These are signs that your aging loved one might be struggling with depression.

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Topics: Mental health, Caregiving

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