On the surface, they sound like the same word.
Caregiver and caretaker.
And to some people, the terms caregiver vs. caretaker are interchangeable, although you can argue that a caretaker is someone who looks after things – the guy in charge of a building when no one’s there – while a caregiver is someone who looks after people. Continue reading "Caregiver vs. Caretaker: Which is Correct for Elder Care?"
Two words no one wants to hear. They’re also two words most of us don’t want to say.
It’s hard firing someone. But sometimes it’s necessary, especially when the person in question is the caregiver you’ve hired to look after your elderly parent. Continue reading "Is It Time to Fire Your Elderly Parent’s Caregiver?"
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been writing about how to find a caregiver for an elderly parent: how to tell whether it’s time, what to look for in a caregiver, how to conduct a job interview when you’re hiring a caregiver for your parent.
But there’s one thing we haven’t addressed yet, and it’s pretty important: the cost of a caregiver. Continue reading "How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?"
For most of us, a job interview means answering questions instead of asking them. It’s just the way the world works. There are more workers than bosses.
But now you’re in a situation where you’re the one doing the hiring. The position: a caregiver to look after an elderly family member. Continue reading "Interview Questions to Ask a Caregiver for the Elderly"
In our last blog post, we discussed some ways you could determine whether it was time to hire a caregiver for an elderly parent who has decided to age in place.
This week, we’re going to take the next step: how to hire a caregiver for the elderly. Continue reading "How to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent"
When you went home to your mom’s house for the holidays this year, you noticed something was off.
Maybe she seemed more forgetful than usual. Or maybe you found expired food in the refrigerator or a stack of unpaid bills on the counter. Continue reading "Is it Time to Hire a Caregiver for Your Elderly Parent?"
It might seem like ringing in the New Year is a young man’s game.
Alcohol, crowds, staying up past midnight: none of them may be attractive – or feasible – for the senior citizens in your life.
Yet the New Year is a cause for everyone to celebrate, not just people who want to party like it’s 1999 when 2019 arrives.
Here a few New Year’s Eve ideas for seniors that can help your elderly parents living with you feel like part of the festivities this December 31. Continue reading "5 New Year’s Eve Ideas for Seniors"
When it comes to holiday shopping, little kids make it easy. They are more than willing to tell us – and keep telling us – what they want.
Then as people get older, they become harder to shop for: think about all the times a parent or grandparent has told you “Oh, you don’t have to get me anything.” Continue reading "Best Christmas Gifts for Seniors"
Earlier this month, we wrote about independent living. This is a type of housing which allows senior citizens to have access to dining, medical care and various activities, but still live independently.
This week, we’ll focus on senior assisted living, which offers more support for older people who might have trouble with daily tasks. Continue reading "What is Senior Assisted Living?"
You’ve gotten past retirement age, and the house where you’ve spent the past 20 or 30 years suddenly seems like too much work.
You’re far too young and too healthy to think about moving to a nursing home, but you’re still looking for a change. That’s where senior independent living comes into play. Continue reading "What is Senior Independent Living?"