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Tips for Caregivers Navigating the Holidays While Caring for Mom or Dad

For years, we have helped families navigate what is often a joyful but chaotic time for caregivers – the holidays. This year, we’ve pulled together some practical advice from experts in the fields of senior health, psychology, and advice for tackling the logistics of caregiving. Here are our tips: First and foremost, gauge the safety […]

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Reducing Family Stress

When asked where you would like to live in your 80s and 90s, what would you say? Most likely your answer would be “at home.” There is an idyllic image of staying in a home where memories have been made, but as people live longer, health complications may interfere with these plans. As we age, […]

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What’s the Greatest Challenge in Caring for an Aging Loved One?

At Commonwealth Senior Living, improving the lives of seniors and their families is central to everything we do. We’ve found the best way to further support these individuals is simply by asking. So we asked families what the greatest challenge in caring for an aging loved one has been for their family and here’s what […]

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Getting Everyone to the Table: Discussions About Senior Living

In the past, we’ve discussed clutter clues that might indicate that a senior loved one is struggling to maintain the demands of a single family home. So: what next? If you noticed any of these safety warning signs over the holiday season, how do you approach your loved one about your concerns? How might you […]

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Family Caregiver Week: Honoring Caregivers at Home

As a team of caregivers, we know caring for an aging family member can be difficult and stressful. On this special Family Caregiver Week, we want to take time to celebrate these individuals and share their stories. This year, we asked a few of our residents’ loved ones, and previous caregivers, what it means to […]

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Cracking the Caregiving Code

You are standing in unfamiliar territory. The rush of emotions scatters your thoughts. Unanswered questions whirl around in your mind. The next decision could be one step in the wrong direction. Where will it lead? As a caregiver, you feel every emotion possible. At times, multiple at once. You are bombarded by decisions and opinions […]

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Preparing a Loved One for a Move to Senior Living

Adjusting to life in a senior living community involves big changes. Your loved one may have mixed feelings about the move or be reluctant to make such a big change like leaving behind a home with many memories or sometimes the feeling of a loss of freedom. Although the transition can be difficult, the way […]

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Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

When your loved one begins to need additional support, you may not always live next door. 15% of caregivers in the U.S. are long-distance caregivers at an average of 450 miles away. That’s around 10 million Americans of the almost 66 million who have served as caregivers for a loved one. If you are one […]

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Coping Techniques for Caregivers

April 2022 There’s no getting around it. Caring for an aging family member can be difficult and stressful. Their care, health, safety and happiness of your loved one all rests on your shoulders, and sometimes that responsibility can be overwhelming. The last year, in particular, has been incredibly stressful with a dramatic impact on everyone’s […]

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Caregivers Should Focus on Attainable Goals

By Paula Harder, Vice President of Resident Programs Caring for loved ones diagnosed with memory loss can be extremely challenging. Oftentimes, we become stressed by the situation and don’t know where to turn for help or guidance. What caregivers must remember is that their health is ultimately as important as those they are looking after. […]

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