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Physical Safety in Caregiving: A Necessary Consideration

Providing elderly care for your family member or loved one can be very challenging on several levels. Mentally, it's taxing. Financially, it can be a strain. Logistically, it can also be very difficult. But what about the physical strain and toll on the caregiver?

The physical aspects of caring for a loved one in a home environment can be demanding, but often are not given a lot of thought or planning. Yet for nurses, who we as caregivers often take the place of in home care, manual lifting and repositioning of patients accounted for their highest risk for injury. A  study from the US Department of Labor found that healthcare workers suffer higher rates of injuries than both the construction and manufacturing industries. If this is still a major issue in the professional healthcare environment-where there are standards, protocols, and equipment to address these challenges, how can we possibly address it at home, where none of that is in place?

Properly Budgeting Your Time to Become Mom or Dad's Caregiver

For some people, becoming a caregiver is a conscious choice. Mom or Dad has an accident or suffers a medical condition like a heart attack or illness, and someone in the family must step up to take care of them. However, for some, it's a situation that slowly evolves. One week Mom needs help moving some boxes, the next she needs a ride to an appointment. The following month, she still needs help to get to the doctor, but the grocery shopping has also become too much, so you are doing that too. Before you have even considered it, you realize that your responsibilities have evolved to the point where taking care of Mom borders a full-time occupation. However, when you enter the world of caregiving, one thing is almost certain: It's a much greater time commitment than you could have possibly realized.

Whether you are considering the possibility of being a full-time caregiver to your loved one, or you are just noticing that he or she needs a little more help, the time to consider the impact of your caring responsibility is now.

 Walk to End Alzheimer's Wrap Up

The Visiting Angels of Pikesville Team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's wanted to say THANK YOU again to all of you who donated in support of our efforts on behalf of the Alzheimer's Association. This year we are proud to say that through your generosity our team raised $1,782.00
!! If you meant to donate and just didn't get around to it, you still can! To be directed to our fundraising page, simply click on the picture of our Team Captain, Marcy Silver, (pictured with some of her family at the Walk). 
Although it was partly cloudy, the Walk along the Canton waterfront was beautiful, the flower ceremony inspiring, and the hope expressed for a cure in our lifetime was all we needed to motivate us  to participate in the Walk in 2020! 

There's still time to register for the Alzheimer's Association's    15th Annual Pythias A. and Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss on November 2 at  New Psalmist Baptist Church (6020 Marian Dr, Baltimore, MD 21215-3325).  This free program is open to the entire community and there will be presentations about memory loss, supportive services for caregivers, the promise of research and how to get involved to help conquer this disease.

Registration required. Call 800.272.3900 or click "Register here" below to register. 


 Paranoia in the Elderly: Will it Warrant Additional Care?
Anxiety. Fear. Distrust, and always feeling threatened. These are the common symptoms associated with paranoia, and if your loved one is exhibiting them, it could be signs of something more serious. That's not always the case, but changes in behavior should always be taken seriously, especially paranoia. After understanding paranoia, and your loved one's behavior, you can better equip yourself to handle care for someone who may be losing trust in the ones providing it.