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"
Nursing home. Assisted living. Retirement community. Personal care home.
For a lot of people, these sort of terms mean the same thing. They all describe a place where senior citizens go when they can no longer live on their own.
And in Pennsylvania, there was a long time where assisted living and personal care homes were virtually interchangeable. Continue reading "What is a Personal Care Home in Pennsylvania?"
Where would your elderly parents prefer to live? In 2011, the AARP polled its members about the concept of aging in place. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone they surveyed over the age of 75 said they wanted to live their final years at home.
But while there are more seniors today who want nothing more than to age in place, it’s also true that many of those same seniors can’t take care of themselves in their homes without help. Continue reading "Caring for Elderly Parents in Your Home vs. Aging in Place"
There are a few million multi-generational households in America, according to the AARP. The combination of rising housing costs, a stagnant economy and an aging population have led to more and more homes where parents, children and grandparents live under one roof.
Having an aging parent move in with you comes with rewards. You can share costs, forge closer bonds and have someone to help with some level of child care.
At the same time, a multi-generation household can cause stresses for both you and your parents. You want them to feel like part of the family while also preserving your core family’s unity. And if they’re staying with you for health reasons, you may end up caring for them while also trying to raise children.
Continue reading "Caring for an Elderly Parent in Your Home"