The Power of Vision Boards

By Roz Jones

As we age and our loved ones continue to age, it’s important to keep our minds active and engaged. One way to do this is by creating vision boards with our aging loved ones. Vision boards are a great way to encourage creativity, conversation, and connection. Plus, they’re a lot of fun to make!

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is a collage of images, words, and phrases that represent your dreams and goals. The process of creating a vision board helps you to clarify what you want in life and gives you a roadmap to achieve it.

Why Vision Boards are Important for the Elderly

As we age, it’s easy to become disconnected from our dreams and goals. Creating a vision board can help your aging loved ones reconnect with their passions and remind them of what’s important to them. The act of physically putting together a board also helps to keep their minds active and engaged. And finally, working on a vision board together can be a great way to start conversations and build connections.

How to Create a Vision Board

The first step is to gather supplies. You’ll need a large piece of poster board or foam core, scissors, glue or tape, magazines, and any other materials you want to use (markers, crayons, etc). Once you have your supplies gathered, sit down with your loved one and begin going through the magazines, cutting out images and words that represent their dreams and goals. Encourage them to be creative and have fun with it! Once they have a good selection of images and words, help them arrange them on the poster board or foam core. Once they’re happy with the arrangement, glue or tape everything down. Hang their finished vision board in a place where they’ll see it every day as a reminder of their dreams and goals. 

Creating vision boards with your aging loved ones is a great way to encourage creativity, conversation, and connection. Plus, it’s a lot of fun! Follow the steps above to get started. Who knows—you might just discover some dreams and goals that you share!


Are You a Caregiver Stressing About Finding Time For Yourself this Holiday Season? Check Out My Latest Podcast to Learn Tips You Can Use to Find Time For Yourself!

Many caregivers are perpetually tired from the emotional and physical demands that result from caring for their loved one. Just the thought of your normal routine plus decorating the house, attending special events, shopping for gifts, and preparing special food for the holidays can be overwhelming.
But what if you had more control over the events, expectations, and relationships that often make holiday times so stressful? This could make a huge difference in the way you and your loved one experience the season. 

In this episode, I share tips on how you can find time for yourself during the holidays while still catering to your loved ones.

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The Benefits of Goal Setting

By Roz Jones

Let’s Get started with Goal Setting

You know the drill. You’ve been meaning to accomplish a task for weeks, maybe even months, but for some reason or other you just…haven’t. It’s not that you don’t want to achieve your goal, it’s that something always seems to get in the way. As a Caregiver, you know life happens, and before you know it another day has gone by without any progress being made.

Caregivers are especially susceptible to this type of scenario playing out. With so much on our plates at any given time, it can be difficult to find the focus necessary to complete a project from start to finish. That’s where goal setting comes in! By taking the time to sit down with your client and create a goal-oriented plan, you can increase the likelihood of success while also providing much-needed structure and support.

The Benefits of Goal Setting

There are numerous benefits to engaging in goal setting with your clients. Perhaps most importantly, goal setting can provide a much-needed sense of direction during what can often be an overwhelming and chaotic time. When everyone is pulling in different directions, it can be difficult to know where to focus your energy. By honing in on specific goals, you can help your clients stay focused on what’s important and avoid getting bogged down by unnecessary distractions.

In addition, goal setting can help build trust between you and your client. When you work together to create a plan and set achievable milestones, it shows that you are invested in their success. This can be an invaluable component of the caregiving relationship, particularly as your clients begin to rely on you more and more for support.

Finally, goal setting is simply a good way to promote healthy habits! When we have specific goals that we’re working towards, we’re more likely to stick with healthy behaviors like eating well or exercising regularly. This is true for both caregivers and those receiving care; by coming up with goals that everyone can commit to, you’re promoting wellness on all fronts.

If you’re looking for a way to add structure and purpose to your caregiving relationship, goal setting is a great place to start! Working together to identify specific goals gives everyone involved a sense of direction and promotes healthy habits throughout the process. Plus, accomplishing goals together can help build trust and strengthen the bond between caregiver and client alike. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!


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Take Back Your Joy This Holiday Season After Losing Your Loved One

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a time to come together and celebrate with friends and family. For many of us, this time of year is a reminder of what we are thankful for and how much we have to be grateful for. But for those of us who are grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a difficult and painful time.

If this is your first holiday season without your loved one, you may be feeling a range of emotions including sadness, anger, anxiety, and loneliness. It is totally normal to feel this way and there are things that you can do to help make the holiday season a little bit easier.

Prepare Yourself Mentally and Emotionally
One of the best things that you can do to prepare for the holiday season is to take some time to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself. This may mean talking to your friends or family about your expectations for the holidays, setting aside some time to reflect on your happy memories with your loved one, or even taking some time for yourself to relax and recharge.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the holiday season, it is okay to take a step back and take some time for yourself. Do not feel like you have to force yourself into the holiday spirit if you are not ready. It is perfectly normal to need some time to grieve before being able to fully enjoy the holidays again.

Create New Traditions
Another great way to cope with the holidays after the loss of a loved one is to create new traditions. This could mean starting a new holiday tradition with your immediate family or close friends, volunteering your time at a local charity or soup kitchen, or even just taking some time for yourself to do something that you enjoy. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that it is something that will help you remember your loved one in a positive light.

Seek out Support
Finally, do not be afraid to seek out support from those around you. Talk to your friends and family about how you are feeling, join a grief support group, or see a therapist if you are struggling emotionally. Remember, you are not alone in this and there are people who want to help you through this difficult time.

The first holiday season without your loved one can be tough but there are ways that you can make it easier on yourself. Prepare mentally and emotionally for the holidays, create new traditions, and seek out support from those around you. Just remember that it is okay if you need some extra time this holiday season as you grieve the loss of your loved one.


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How to Avoid Procrastination & Prepare for the Holidays

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do and not enough time to do them. Add in the pressure of holiday parties, gift shopping, and preparing special meals, and it’s no wonder so many caregivers end up feeling overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to reduce stress during the holidays is to avoid procrastination. That means getting started on your projects as soon as possible and setting realistic deadlines. It also means being organized and prioritizing your tasks. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to avoid procrastination and make the most of your holiday season.

Get started early

One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to get started on your projects as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to start decorating your house in October or start your holiday shopping in August (unless you want to, of course). But it does mean that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to start your preparations.

The sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to get things done and the less stressed you’ll be. And if you find that you’re getting overwhelmed, take a break! There’s no rule that says you have to do everything at once. Little by little, each task will get done and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the holidays.

Set realistic deadlines

If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do during the holidays. But trying to do everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Instead, set realistic deadlines for yourself and break down your tasks into manageable chunks. For example, if you’re hosting a holiday party, set a deadline for when all the preparations need to be done. Then create a checklist of everything that needs to be done (e.g., send out invitations, buy food and drinks, decorate the house) and cross each item off as you complete it.

By setting deadlines and breaking down your tasks into smaller parts, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed and will be more likely to stay on track. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your holiday To-Do list!

Prioritize your tasks

With so many things on your plate during the holidays, it’s important to prioritize your tasks so that you don’t get bogged down by low-priority items. Start by making a list of everything that needs to be done (e.g., decorate the house, buy gifts) and then rank each task in order of importance. Once you’ve done that, focus on completing the most important tasks first and save the lower-priority items for later. This will help ensure that you don’t get sidetracked by less important tasks and will help reduce stress during this busy time of year. 

The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they can also be very stressful. If you’re struggling with procrastination or feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, take heart! You’re not alone. By following these tips—getting started early, setting realistic deadlines, Prioritizing your tasks—you can avoid procrastination and make this holiday season joyful instead of stressful!


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5 Ways Caregivers Can Jingle Their Bells This Holiday Season!

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and coming together. But it can also be a time of stress and exhaustion, especially for caregivers. If you’re feeling the holiday blues, here are some ways to care for yourself so you can fully enjoy the season.

1. Get enough sleep. 

When you’re short on rest, everything feels harder. So make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you can’t get a full night’s sleep, try taking a nap during the day or going to bed earlier than usual.

2. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. 

Eating nutritious meals and drinking plenty of fluids will help you have the energy you need to get through the day. Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods that will only make you feel worse.

3. Exercise regularly. 

Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects. Taking a brisk walk around the block or doing some jumping jacks in your living room can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

4. Take breaks when you need them. 

Caring for someone can be all-consuming, but it’s important to take breaks when you need them. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath, or watching your favorite TV show, take time for yourself every day to recharge.

5. Reach out to your support system. 

Whether it’s family, friends, or a support group, Lean on your loved ones when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Talking about what’s going on can help you feel better and may give you some much-needed perspective.

This holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself! By getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising, taking breaks, and reaching out to your support system, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the holidays and create lasting memories with your loved ones.


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The 5 Types of Procrastinators & How You Can Overcome!

By Roz Jones

There are mainly 5 common types of procrastinators. Determine which one you relate to the most & how you can overcome it.

  • The Perfectionist.
    Don’t let your obsession with details take up all your time. Instead, be clear about the purpose of the tasks and assign a time limit to work on each one. This pushes you to stay focused and finish within the desired time. 

    The perfectionist pays too much attention to making every perfect. They are afraid to start; afraid they won’t get every detail right. They can get stuck during the process of a task because they are too scared to continue.
  1. The Dreamer.
    The dreamer enjoys making plans more than taking action. They are often highly creative but find it difficult to finish the work.

    Stop yourself from being carried away by your endless creative ideas by getting your feet on the ground with specific goals based on the SMART system. Set the goal, break it into small tasks you can take action on and then follow through. When you have ideas pop into your head, jot them down to revisit later.
  1. The Avoider.
    The avoider is a worrier. They are too scared to attempt tasks they think they can’t handle. Instead, they would rather put off doing the work than be judged by others when they make mistakes.

    Focus on the worst task first. Spend your morning hours working on what is the most challenging to you. This gives you a feeling of having achieved something and helps build momentum for the rest of the day. Avoid checking emails first thing every day. And break your tasks into smaller sub-tasks.
  1. The Crisis-Maker. 
    The crisis-maker is someone who deliberately puts work off until the last minute. To them, deadlines (or crises) are exciting and they believe they work best when they are under pressure of a deadline.

    Realize that you are not doing your best work by waiting until the last minute. Instead, work on the project a little at a time. Try using the Pomodoro technique where you focus on working in short, focused bursts then give yourself a short break before starting again.
  1. The Busy Procrastinator.
    The busy procrastinator has trouble prioritizing tasks. They are the fussy ones who have too many tasks or refuse to work on what they think as unworthy of their skills. They don’t know how to pick the task that is the highest priority and best for them, so they simply put off making any decision.

    Set your priorities in the right order. Important tasks take priority over urgent ones. Urgent doesn’t always mean it’s important. Important tasks are the ones that will add value to your expected outcome.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. Did you find out the type of procrastinator you are? I hope you use these tips to continue kicking your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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3 Tips On Coping with Holiday Stress

By Roz Jones

The holiday season is a joyful time for many, but it can also be a very stressful time. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

The holidays are a joyful time for many, but they can also be very stressful. For caregivers, the added stress of caring for a loved one can make the holidays feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for caregivers to help cope with holiday stress.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to reduce stress is to plan ahead. When you know what to expect, you can better prepare yourself and your loved one for the holiday season. Make a list of all the things you need to do and start checking items off as you go. Planning ahead will help you stay organized and on top of things during the busy holiday season.

Take Time for Yourself

It’s important to take some time for yourself during the holidays. Caring for a loved one can be demanding and exhausting. Take some time each day to do something that you enjoy, even if it’s just reading or taking a break from all the holiday preparations. You’ll feel better and be able to better care for your loved one when you take some time out for yourself.

Talk to Other Caregivers

You’re not alone in this! Talk to other caregivers and see how they’re coping with holiday stress. You may find that you have more in common than you realized and that talking to others who understand what you’re going through can be very helpful. There are also online forums and support groups that can be a great resource during this time of year. 

The holidays can be a stressful time, but it’s important to take care of yourself so that you can continue providing care for your loved one. Planning ahead, taking some time for yourself, and talking to other caregivers can help reduce stress and make the holiday season more enjoyable for both you and your loved one.


Did You Miss Last Week’s Podcast Episode on A Powerful Story of Love and Caregiving? If you did be sure to listen to it below!

Arthur and Angela’s story is a unique one and in this episode, they share it all with us.

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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

5 Tips for Breaking Procrastination Habits

By Roz Jones

As you might guess, breaking your procrastination habit is going to be as difficult as creating a productive one. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Become aware of when you are procrastinating. 
    • Figure out when and why you are putting something off. Increase your awareness of what you’re doing instead of the task that needs doing. 
  • Write down when and why you are doing it and how it makes you feel. 
    • This helps you establish a baseline and then you can analyze and recognize why you are doing it.
  • Switch it out.
    • Once you know why and when you’re following the procrastination routine, find a temporary or permanent replacement habit for it. For example, if you’re putting off a big project because you don’t have time for it, break it up into smaller tasks you can work on daily. 
  • Choose a new approach that works for you. 
    • Some people can quit a behavior all at once while others need to quit, gradually. Put into place accountability and rewards systems when you take action instead of procrastinating. 
  • Replace the bad behavior with positive behavior until it becomes a habit.
    • This can be as simple as using apps to help you be more productive and make it easier to get organized, so you know what you need to be doing.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. I hope these tips will help you to kick your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 2

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Last week we shared 5 tips to get you started with managing your holiday stresses. This week we will be covering 5 additional tips, to assist you with managing your holiday stress this holiday season.

Stick to a routine: 

Maintaining a regular routine will help reduce stress and provide some sense of normalcy during what can be a hectic time of year. 

Make time for exercise: 

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress—try to fit in at least 30 minutes each day, even if it means getting up a little earlier or walking around the block while your loved one takes a nap. 

Eat healthy: 

When you’re busy, it’s easy to let healthy eating habits go by the wayside—but nutritious food will help you stay energized and focused throughout the day. Make sure to eat regular meals and snacks and avoid sugary foods that will give you a quick burst of energy followed by an inevitable crash. 

Seek support: 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, seek out support from other caregivers or join a support group—sometimes it helps just knowing that you’re not alone in this journey. 

Ask for help: 

Don’t hesitate to ask family and friends for help—whether it’s watching your loved one so you can run some errands or simply lending an ear when you need someone to talk to, there’s no shame in asking for assistance when caring for an aging parent or loved one during the holidays (or any other time of year). 

Caregiving is a daunting task and it can be especially difficult during the holiday season. Remember you are not alone! I hope these 10 tips will help you through this challenging time.


A Powerful Story of Love and Caregiving

Arthur and Angela’s story is a unique one and in this episode, they share it all with us.

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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

The Link Between Health, Stress & Procrastination

By Roz Jones

As you’ve probably experienced, procrastination can have a huge impact on your success in life. It can also have a big impact on your physical and mental health.

Procrastination is linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. When you put off tasks, it leads to stress over having to get things done at the last minute. This can lead to anxiety, fear, and feelings of depression.

This stress can then lead to physical symptoms that can be deadly such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Too much and continual stress is bad for your health as it can lead to insomnia, chronic headaches, stiff muscles, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive, upset stomach, and obesity.

Procrastination leads to irritability, sadness, restlessness, and excitability, as well as a lack of focus or feeling, overwhelmed and anxious.

Our moods, resulting from procrastinating, can lead us to overeat, exercise less often, have social withdrawal, have angry outbursts, and have drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse.

We might end up postponing health checkups that would catch problems early or not taking care of ourselves in a healthy way.

All of these can be prevented by reducing or putting a halt to procrastinating. We’ll look at ways to do this later.


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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

5 Tips for Caregivers to Help Manage Holiday Stress – Part 1

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But for caregivers, the holiday season can be a time of increased stress. If you’re providing care for an aging parent or loved one, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the thought of adding holiday parties and shopping to your already full plate. 

Take a deep breath—you’re not alone. According to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care®, 64 percent of caregivers say they experience increased stress during the holidays. To help you stay sane during the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of 10 tips for caregivers to help manage holiday stress. Here are 5 tips, to get you started on managing your holiday stress

1. Start early: 

One way to reduce stress is to start your holiday preparations early. This will give you more time to take care of tasks and enjoy the season.

2. Delegate: 

Don’t try to do everything yourself—delegate tasks to other family members and friends. This will help lighten your load and allow you to focus on what’s most important.

3. Simplify: 

Don’t feel like you have to go all out this year. Keep things simple and focus on enjoying quality time with your loved ones.

4. Set realistic expectations: 

The holidays don’t have to be perfect—set realistic expectations and make plans that you can realistically execute without feeling overwhelmed. 

5. Take breaks:

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting—make sure to take breaks when you need them and don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. 

The holidays can be difficult for caregivers who are already feeling stressed from their day-to-day responsibilities. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, take some deep breaths and remember that you’re not alone—64 percent of caregivers report increased stress during the holiday season according to Home Instead Senior Care®’s annual study. And use our tips above as a reminder that there are things you can do to proactively manage your stress levels during this festive time of year!


Are you planning to care for your aging loved one or client and don’t have a spouse or children to assist you with day-to-day tasks? Check out my latest podcast to learn about the steps you can take to get the support you need when the time comes!

Some of us chose not to have children, while for others it just didn’t happen. Our work or pets take their place. But, unfortunately, our jobs or cats cannot help us out in case of an emergency or if we become ill.

So how do we plan for elder care when we don’t have a spouse or children? In this episode, I share the steps one can take to get the support one need when the time comes.

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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

The Basics of Part D Medicare

By Roz Jones

You’re a caregiver. You understand the complex world of insurance and health care. But when it comes to Part D Medicare, you may feel like you’re in over your head. Part D Medicare is a prescription drug plan offered by private insurance companies that are approved by Medicare. It is available to people who have Medicare Part A and/or B, which covers hospital and medical insurance, respectively. 

What is Part D?

Part D is a prescription drug coverage plan that is available to Medicare beneficiaries. This plan helps to cover the costs of prescription drugs that are not covered under Original Medicare. Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies and each plan has its own list of covered drugs, called a formulary. 

How Part D Works

Part D plans vary, so it’s important to do your research to find the one that best meets your aging loved one’s needs. Some plans have low monthly premiums but high deductibles, while others have higher premiums but low deductibles. There is also a wide range in the types and costs of drugs covered by each plan. All plans must offer at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. 

Once you enroll your aging loved one in a Part D plan, they will usually pay a monthly premium. They may also have to pay an annual deductible before their coverage begins. After that, they will typically pay coinsurance or copayment for each prescription filled. Some plans charge a late enrollment penalty if you do not sign up for Part D when you first become eligible. 

Part D Medicare can be confusing, but as a caregiver, it’s important to have a basic understanding of how it works. By doing your research and comparing plans, you can find the one that best suits your aging loved one’s needs. And remember, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local Medicare office for more information.


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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Caregivers Trust Your Instincts!

By Roz Jones

Being a caregiver is one of the most rewarding, but also challenging, jobs out there. You are constantly juggling many different tasks and responsibilities, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed.  It is important to remember that you are the expert on your patients and their care and that you should always trust your instincts!

As a caregiver, you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. Not only do you have to provide physical care for your patients, but you also have to provide emotional support. It can be easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day grind and forget why you became a caregiver in the first place. Remembering why you became a caregiver can help you refocus and approach your job with fresh eyes. 

It is also important to build a support network of family and friends who can offer emotional support when needed. Being a caregiver can be emotionally draining, and it is important to have people in your life who understand what you are going through. These people can offer words of wisdom or just a listening ear when needed. 

Finally, always trust your instincts! You are the expert on your patients and their care. If something doesn’t feel right, or if you have a gut feeling about something, always listen to it. You know your patients better than anyone else, and chances are if something feels off then it probably is. 

Being a caregiver is a challenging but rewarding job. Always remember why you became a caregiver in the first place, build a supportive network of family and friends, and always trust your instincts!


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Part B Medicare: An Overview

By Roz Jones

As a caregiver, you may be responsible for managing your loved one’s health care. If your loved one is enrolled in Medicare, you may be wondering what Part B covers and how it works. Here’s a quick overview of Part B Medicare.

What is Part B Medicare & What Does it cover?

Part B is sometimes called “Medigap” coverage because it helps cover some of the costs not covered by Part A. This can include things like outpatient care, preventive services, and durable medical equipment. 

Who is eligible for Part B Medicare?

In order to be eligible for Part B Medicare, your loved one must be 65 years of age or older and a United States citizen or legal permanent resident. Your loved one may also be eligible if you are under 65 years old and have a disability.

What Doesn’t Medicare Cover?

There are some services that Part B does not cover. It is important to note that Part B Medicare does not cover hospitalization costs of nursing home care. These include long-term care, dental care, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Additionally, Part B has a deductible that must be met before coverage begins. Once the deductible is met, Part B pays for 80% of covered services. Your loved one is responsible for the other 20%. 

How much does Part B Medicare cost?

Part B also has an out-of-pocket maximum. This is the most your loved one will have to pay for covered services in a year. Once the out-of-pocket maximum is met, Part B pays for 100% of covered services for the rest of the year. 

As a caregiver, it is important to be aware of the different types of coverage that are available through Medicare. In this blog post, we’ve given you an overview of what Part B Medicare is and what it covers. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you navigate the world of healthcare with your loved ones.

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Are you a Caregiver who is struggling with being confident in the decisions you have to make for your aging clients or loved ones? Check out the latest episode of The Caregiver Cafe Podcast to learn why you should trust your gut!

As a caregiver, should you trust your gut when making decisions that affect your loved one?
Research has shown that when people base decisions on their instincts, they often come up with the correct answers to problems.

In this episode, I share why you should trust your gut when responsible for the health and well-being of a loved one.

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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Medicare, Medicaid, and Hospice Care: What Services Are Covered?

By Roz Jones

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, it’s important to know what kind of care is available to them and how it will be covered. Hospice care is a type of skilled care that focuses on providing comfort and support to patients who are facing a terminal illness. While hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and at home, most hospice care is provided in the home.

Medicare and Medicaid are two government-sponsored programs that can help cover the cost of hospice care. In general, Medicare will cover hospice care for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, while Medicaid will cover hospice care for patients with a life expectancy of two months or less.

What Services Are Covered Under Medicare?
Medicare will cover all services related to the terminal illness and its management, including:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment (like hospital beds)
  • Prescriptions
  • Home health aides
  • Social work services
  • Dietician services
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)

What Services Are Covered Under Medicaid?

In addition to the services covered under Medicare, Medicaid will also cover:

  • RN Case Management Services (which may include physician services, social work services, homemaker services, and physical therapy)
  • Respite Care (to give caregivers a much-needed break)

When it comes time to make decisions about end-of-life care, it’s important to know what options are available and how they will be covered. Hospice care is a type of skilled care that focuses on providing comfort and support to patients who are facing a terminal illness. Medicare and Medicaid are two government-sponsored programs that can help cover the cost of hospice care. In general, Medicare will cover hospice care for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, while Medicaid will cover hospice care for patients with a life expectancy of two months or less. Knowing what services are covered under each program can help you make the best decision for your loved one’s care.

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Get Part A Medicare and Be Prepared…

By Roz Jones

What is Part A Medicare?

Medicare Part A is the most important part of your aging loved one’s Medicare coverage. It pays for inpatient hospital care, certain types of nursing facility care, home health care and hospice care. If your aging loved one is eligible for Social Security benefits or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits and has paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years, they are probably eligible to get Part A without having to pay a premium.

How does my aging loved one pay for Part A Medicare?
Part A Medicare pays for itself through monthly premiums that are deducted from your aging loved one’s Social Security benefits. If your aging loved one is not receiving Social Security benefits, they can still enroll in Part A Medicare, but they will have to pay a monthly premium.

Eligibility
Your aging loved one is eligible for Part A Medicare if they are 65 years of age or older. If your loved one is under 65 years of age and has been receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration for at least 24 months.

If your loved one is not eligible for Part A Medicare, they can still enroll in Part B Medicare. Part A Medicare has no annual deductible and no coinsurance amount; however, there is a lifetime maximum benefit limit of $4000.

Part A Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program that covers hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, hospice care, and home health care. If your aging loved one is 65 years of age or older, or if they are under 65 years of age and have been receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration for at least 24 months, they may be eligible for Part A Medicare. Most people who are eligible for Part A Medicare do not have to pay a monthly premium; however, there is a lifetime maximum benefit limit of $4000.

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Are you looking into admitting your loved one into an assisted living facility? Check out my latest podcast where I share 5 things you should be aware of when finding a facility!

It can be overwhelming to face the fact that your elderly loved one can no longer live independently. Finding a facility that can provide the assistance and care that your loved one deserves can be challenging, and there is a lot at stake.
Elder abuse and neglect are very real concerns in nursing homes and residential care facilities. It is of the utmost importance to do your due diligence prior to admitting your loved one into care. 

In this episode, I share 5 things you should be aware of as you look into admitting your loved one to a living assistant facility. 

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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

How to Parent Your Parent – When Roles Are Reversed

By Roz Jones

Caring for an aging parent can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenging one. If you find yourself in the role of caregiver, you may feel like you’re parenting your patent. While this arrangement may not be ideal, there are ways to make the best of it. With a little patience and understanding, you can develop a good relationship with your parent and provide them with the care they need. 

Role Reversal Can Be Difficult

It’s not easy to see your parent as someone who needs your help. After all, they’ve been taking care of you for most of your life. But as they age, it’s likely that their health will decline and they’ll need assistance with activities of daily living. This role reversal can be difficult to adjust to, but it’s important to remember that your parent is still the same person they’ve always been. They just need a little extra help now. 

Try to Have Patience

It’s normal to feel frustrated when caring for an aging parent. After all, they may not be able to do things the way they used to and there may be resistance to your help. It’s important to try to have patience and understand that your parent is going through a lot of changes. They may be dealing with declining health, retirement, and other life transitions. All of these changes can be stressful, so try to be understanding. 

Communication Is Key

Good communication is essential when caring for an aging parent. You’ll need to talk about their care needs, budget concerns, and other important topics. These conversations can be difficult, but it’s important to approach them in a respectful way. Try to avoid speaking in absolutes or using ultimatums. Instead, focus on finding a solution that works for both of you. 

Caring for an aging parent can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that your parent is still the same person they’ve always been. They just need a little extra help now. Try to have patience and communicate in a respectful way, and you’ll be able to develop a good relationship with your parent and provide them with the care they need.


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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

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Determining if Your Loved One Qualifies for Medicare

By Roz Jones

Many seniors qualify for Original Medicare (Parts A and B), which is a government health insurance program. Eligibility for Original Medicare is based on several factors, including age, citizenship, residency, and work history. Here’s a breakdown of each factor to help you determine whether your loved one qualifies. 

Age

The eligibility age for Medicare is 65. If your loved one is 64 or younger, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Citizenship & Residency

To be eligible for Medicare, your loved one must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident who has lived in the United States continuously for at least five years. If they do not meet these criteria, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Work History 

Medicare is primarily funded through payroll taxes. As such, most people who qualify for Original Medicare have worked at least 10 years in the United States and have paid into the system through payroll taxes. However, there are some exceptions. For example, people with certain disabilities or those who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) may also qualify for Original Medicare regardless of their work history. 

If you’re not sure whether your aging loved one qualifies for Original Medicare, use this guide as a starting point. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including age, citizenship/residency status, and work history. Keep in mind that there are some exceptions to these rules—for example, people with disabilities or those with ESRD may still be eligible even if they don’t meet all the criteria listed above. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact the Social Security Administration directly to find out for sure whether your loved one qualifies for this important health insurance program.

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Do you know your love language? Check out my latest podcast to learn more about how you can express love to your aging clients or loved ones in the role of a Caregiver.

The 5 love languages as shared by Gary Chapman have been transformational in the lives of many individuals who are looking to build relationships with their loved ones and these are also applicable in caregiving.

In this episode, I share how love can be expressed in caregiving. The caregiver role is one that is full of so many emotions and yet the central expression is love.

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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Help! I have no children but I need a Caregiver!

By Roz Jones

You may not have children, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a caregiver. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older, hiring a caregiver can be a great solution. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to do your homework and make sure they’re the right fit. Here are four questions to ask.

Do they have experience? 

This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s one that’s worth asking. You want to make sure that the person you’re hiring has experience in the type of caregiving you’re looking for. If you’re looking for someone to help with basic tasks around the house, for example, you don’t necessarily need someone with medical training. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a more serious health issue, you’ll want to make sure the caregiver has the necessary skills and experience. 

Are they licensed and insured? 

Again, this is an important question to ask—particularly if you’re considering hiring an in-home health care provider. You’ll want to verify that they are licensed and insured in case something happens while they’re on the job. 

What are their availability and hours? 

Caregiving is a demanding job, so it’s important to make sure that the person you hire is able to commit the time and energy required. Discuss their availability and hours upfront so there are no surprises down the road. 

What are their rates? 

This is another question that’s important to address upfront. Caregiving can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure that the rates are within your budget before moving forward. 

Conclusion: 

Hiring a caregiver can be a great solution if you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older—but it’s important to do your homework first. Make sure you ask potential caregivers about their experience, licensing and insurance information, availability, and rates before making your decision. Once you’ve checked all of those boxes, then you can move forward with confidence knowing you’ve found the right fit for your needs.


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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Reviewing Your Aging Loved One’s Medicare Benefits

By Roz Jones

Medicare open enrollment is approaching fast with the enrollment period beginning on October 15th. As your loved one’s age, it’s important to review their Medicare benefits annually to make sure they’re still getting the best coverage possible. Here are some tips for Caregivers to consider when reviewing your aging loved one’s medicare benefits:

Understand the Benefits

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). Medicare helps pay for doctor’s services, hospital care, home health visits, and other medical services. In addition to also covering some prescription drugs.

Your aging loved one may be eligible for Medicare if they:

  • Are 65 or older;
  • Have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for 2 years;
  • Are blind or disabled; or
  • Have End-Stage Renal Disease.

Check Your Loved One’s Enrollment

If your aging loved one is already enrolled in Medicare, you should be able to verify from the Social Security Administration. The first thing you should do is check their enrollment information to make sure it’s up-to-date. Ask them if they have their own Social Security card or other documents that show their Medicare enrollment like a statement of benefits or an annual notice about their coverage. If not, ask them to request an update online or by calling 1-(800) 772-1213.

Look at the plan options offered by Medicare during open enrollment and compare them with what your loved one currently has selected. Ensure they are getting the right level of benefits based on their age and health status. This will help you understand how changes might affect him or her financially (and how costly those changes may be). If he/she plans on switching plans this year anyway, now would also be a good time for him/her to pick out new glasses or contacts before they get older and harder to find in stores!

Check that they are getting the right amount of coverage at each stage of life so that there aren’t any gaps in coverage due to deductibles or co-pays in retirement years when medical costs are higher than before retirement age.

Review and Update Your Loved One’s Information

Also if there have been any changes, be sure to review and update your loved one’s information. Make sure their address, phone number, and other contact information are all up to date.

If you find that your loved one’s Medicare coverage needs have changed since the last time they filed claims and paid premiums on their own (or if they’ve never filed before), it’s important to review the benefits carefully so that there are no gaps in coverage. You can learn more about Medicare benefits, enrollment, and updates by visiting medicare.gov or calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

I hope this assists you with understanding Medicare benefits and the enrollment process, but I know it can be confusing and overwhelming at times. If you have any questions or concerns about your aging loved one’s coverage, please don’t hesitate to visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

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Is your faith deteriorating while working in the role of a caregiver? Check out my latest podcast to listen to part 2 and find out how Dr. Herbert suggests Caregivers can restore their faith!

In this episode, we continue our conversation about caregivers in a health crisis with Dr. Herbert and we discuss our love for God, Why God, and Who is gonna help me, God.

Much of our love for God can lead us to take up caregiving roles, it may affect our physical well-being and this will have us questioning God on where He is.

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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Providing Care for a Family Member in Jail

By Roz Jones

As a caregiver, you may find yourself in the position of providing care for a family member who is incarcerated. This can be a difficult and challenging experience, but there are steps you can take to make it easier on both you and your loved one. Here are some tips on how to provide care for a family member in jail.

  1. It can be difficult to maintain contact with a family member who is incarcerated. You may feel like you’re always playing catch-up, trying to figure out what’s going on in their life. The best way to stay connected is to set up regular communication, whether that’s through phone calls, letters, or visits.
  2. If you’re able to visit your loved one in jail, take advantage of that time by really listening to them and chatting about things other than their current situation. It’s important for them to know that you still see them as the same person, despite their current circumstance. And if you can’t visit, make sure to keep the lines of communication open so they know they can reach out to you whenever they need to.
  3. When it comes to providing care for a family member in jail, one of the most important things you can do is make sure they have access to health care. In many cases, inmates are not given the same level of medical care as they would be if they were not incarcerated. This can lead to serious health problems down the road. 
  4. If your loved one has a chronic condition, make sure they are receiving the medication and treatment they need. If they need surgery or other medical procedures, advocate for them to get the care they need. In some cases, it may be possible for you to bring them outside medication or supplies if the jail does not provide them. 
  5. It’s also important to make sure your loved one is getting enough exercise and healthy food. Inmates are often confined to small spaces with little opportunity for physical activity. And while the food served in jails is typically nutritious, it’s often not very appetizing. If possible, send your loved one care packages with healthy snacks and other treats that will help them stay fueled throughout the day. 

If you have a family member in jail, know that you are not alone. Millions of Americans have a loved one in jail, and there are things you can do to help them through this tough time. Providing care for a family member in jail can be challenging, but it’s important to do what you can to support them through this difficult time. It’s also important to remember that your loved one needs your support now more than ever. By staying in communication and advocating for their health and well-being, you can help make their experience just a little bit easier.


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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Resources for the Only Child Caregiver

By Roz Jones

Being an only child caregiver, can feel very isolating. You may feel like you’re way in over your head and you have no one to turn to for help or support. But there are many resources available to only child caregivers. Here are a few of the best:

The National Caregivers Library

The National Caregivers Library is a great starting point. They have information on everything from how to deal with difficult behaviors to managing your own stress levels. You can also find support groups in your area or join an online community of caregivers. These groups can be a valuable source of support and information.

Caregiver Action Network

The Caregiver Action Network is a national Family Caregiver Support Program. They offer educational materials, peer support, and referrals to local programs. They also have an online forum where caregivers can connect with each other.

National Alliance for Caregiving 

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit organization that offers support and resources for caregivers. They offer educational webinars, a caregiving library, and an online community.

Talk To Your Family and Friends

You should also talk to your family and friends about your new role. They may be able to offer help and support that you didn’t even know you needed. And don’t forget to take care of yourself. This is a difficult time, and it’s important to make sure that you’re taking care of your own needs as well as your aging loved one’s

Being a caregiver is never easy, but it’s especially challenging when you’re doing it alone. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you through this tough time. Take advantage of them, and lean on your support system—you’ll get through this!


Is your faith deteriorating while working as a Caregiver? Check out my latest podcast to learn ways you can restore your faith!

The caregiving experience is not a light-hearted one, caregivers need care too and sometimes may lose their way.

However, your faith in God is always a reminder that He will come through for you in times of need.  So what happens when the faith is deteriorating and a caregiver is in need?

Dr. Herbert highlights this in Part 1 of this episode.

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Caregiving As An Only child

By Roz Jones

As an only child, you may have thought that you would never find yourself in the role of caregiver. But as your parents age, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that you may need to step in and provide care. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself in the role of caregiver for an aging parent.

Be Prepared for Higher Expenses

As your parents age, they may need help with day-to-day tasks like cooking, cleaning, and bathing. They may also need assistance with medications and transportation. If you live in a different city than your parents, you may need to travel back and forth frequently to provide care. All of these factors can add up to higher expenses. So it’s important to be prepared financially if you find yourself in the role of caregiver. You may need to make some sacrifices in other areas of your life in order to accommodate the increased expenses. But it’s important to remember that your parents have sacrificed a lot for you over the years, and this is just one way you can show your love and appreciation for them.

Make Time for Yourself

Caregiving can be a full-time job, and it’s important to take some time for yourself amid all the chaos. Make sure to schedule some “me” time into your week so that you can de-stress and recharge. Whether it’s going for a walk, reading your favorite book, or taking a yoga class, taking some time for yourself will help you be a better caregiver in the long run. You might also want to consider joining a support group for caregivers so that you can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. 

Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario 

No one likes to think about worst-case scenarios, but it’s important to be prepared nonetheless. If your parents don’t have a will or power of attorney in place, now is the time to help them get those documents in order. That way, if something happens and they’re unable to make decisions for themselves, you’ll be prepared. It’s also important to have a conversation with your parents about their wishes regarding end-of-life care so that you know what they want and don’t want in case they’re ever unable to communicate those wishes themselves. 

Providing care for an aging parent can be difficult, both emotionally and financially. But by being prepared and taking some time for yourself, you can make the transition smoother for both you and your loved ones.


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Caring for Parents From Afar: 4 Tips for Caregivers Living Abroad

By Roz Jones

It can be hard enough to keep up with our own lives, let alone worry about our elderly parents living far away. But as our parents age, it’s important to check in on them and make sure they are safe, healthy, and happy. There are a few things you can do to make sure they are getting the care they need, even if you can’t be there in person. If you live in another country or far away from your parents, here are a few tips for caring for them from a distance.

Keep in Regular Contact

Set up regular check-ins. Whether you call, video chat, or text, make sure to touch base with your parents on a regular basis. This can mean calling, texting, video chatting, or even just sending a weekly email. This will not only allow you to check in on their well-being, but also give them a chance to share any news or worries they may have. You can also use these check-ins as an opportunity to teach them how to use new technologies, like video calling, if they are not already familiar with them. Staying in touch will not only let them know that you are thinking of them, but it will also give you a chance to check in on their well-being and see if they need any help.

Hire Professional Help

If your parents need more care than you are able to provide from afar, you may want to hire professional help. This could be a home health aide to come by a few times a week, or even someone to live with them full-time if they are unable to care for themselves. Just make sure to do your research and find someone who you trust and who will treat your parents with respect. 

Put Together An Emergency Plan

In the event of an emergency, it’s important to have a plan in place so that you can quickly and easily get in touch with your aging loved ones. Make sure your parents know how to reach you in case of an emergency and put together a list of local contacts who can assist them if needed. It’s also a good idea to sign your parents up for an emergency alert system so that they can receive updates and instructions from authorities in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency situation.

Power of Attorney 

Another important thing to do is to designate someone as your parents’ power of attorney. This person will be able to make legal and financial decisions on their behalf if they are unable to do so themselves. You should discuss this with your parents and whoever else you are considering before making any decisions. 

Caring for your parents from afar can be difficult, but it is possible. The most important thing is to keep in regular contact with them and check in on their well-being. If they need more care than you are able to provide, you may want to hire professional help or designate someone as their power of attorney. By taking these steps, you can rest assured knowing that your parents are getting the care they need even when you’re not there in person.


Are you transitioning into the Caregiver role? Check out my podcast to learn how you can prepare yourself for this position.

In this episode, we speak to Chris Giles who is preparing to care for his mother, and how he is working towards it. 

Preparing for the role of the primary caregiver is not a finger snap and Chris shares what led him to make this decision.

Are you transitioning to the caregiver role like Chris? This is the episode for you.

Press play on it.

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What Will I Need for Post-Hospitalization Care for my Aging Loved One?

By Roz Jones

When a loved one is hospitalized, there are many things to worry about. But once they come home, there are also a lot of details to take care of. Here is a list of what you will need to prepare for post-hospitalization care. Each person’s needs may vary, so be sure to talk to your loved one’s doctor and nurse about what specific instructions they have. With careful planning, you can make the transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible.

As a Caregiver, you will need to stay with your loved one at all times for the first 24 hours after they come home. It may be beneficial to arrange for another family member or caregiver to assist with taking care of your loved one. After that, you will need to ensure that there is someone available to help with meals, personal care, and any home modifications that may be needed.  

  1. Home modifications – Depending on your loved one’s condition, you may need to make some changes to your home. For example, if they are bedridden, you will need to make sure there is plenty of space for them to move around in and that all the furniture is arranged in a way that makes it easy for them to get in and out of bed. If your aging loved one will be wheel chair bound, install a wheelchair ramp and widen doorways. If you have stairs you want to make sure you install rails on both sides of the stairways, in addition to adding grab bars in the bathrooms. This is to ensure youor loved one has easy access inside and outside of the home. Be sure to lower any shelves and organize necessities to ensure your loved one is able to independently reach items whe needed. 
  2. Personal care assistance – Now that your loved one has been released from the hospital they may need your help with bathing, dressing, using the toilet and grooming. You will need to make sure that someone is available to help them with these tasks. Make sure to create a schedule and stick to it so your loved one is properly cared for at all times.
  3. Meal preparation and nutrition – You will need to make sure that your loved one is getting enough nutrients by planning well-balanced meals. If they are on a special diet, you will need to make sure that all their food needs are met. In addition, you should make sure your loved one is eating healthy foods that are easy to digest. Prepare yourself to cook or order in meals to meet your aging loved ones dieting needs.
  4. Medication management – Be sure to keep track of all the medication that your loved one is taking, as well as when and how to take it. You will also need to coordinate refills with the nearest pharmacy.
  5. Transport services – If your loved one is not able to drive themselves, you will need to arrange for transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, etc. This may include assistance with getting in and out of the car, or using public transit. 
  6. Companionship and socialization – Spending time with friends and family can help your loved one recover more quickly. But if you live far away or are unable to visit often, you may want to consider hiring a professional caregiver to provide regular conversation and activities to keep your loved one mentally stimulated.

Post-hospitalization care can be a lot smoother for both you and your loved one if you take the time to plan ahead. Make sure to have all of the necessary supplies on hand, arrange for transportation, and line up any needed home health services. If possible, try to enlist the help of a friend or family member who can assist with post-hospital care. With a little bit of preparation, you can make returning home after a hospital stay an easier process for everyone involved.


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How to Prepare for Your Aging Loved One to be Discharged from the Hospital

By Roz Jones

Caregivers play an important role in hospital discharge planning. After your loved one has been hospitalized, the time will come when they are ready to be discharged and go home. This can be both an exciting and stressful time, as you prepare to take on the role of caregiver. If you are a caregiver for an aging loved one who is being discharged from the hospital, there are several things you can do to ensure a smooth transition.

It is important to be involved in the discharge planning process. Be sure to understand all of the discharge instructions from the hospital. Talk to your loved one’s doctor and nurses about what to expect when going home. Make sure you understand any instructions or medications that need to be given. This includes medication schedules, diet restrictions, and any recommended activity levels.

It is also important to have a plan in place for follow-up care, including appointments with specialists and home health care services. Plan for any special needs your loved one may have when they return home. This may include arranging for transportation, setting up medical equipment, or making changes to the home to accommodate disabilities. Make sure your home is safe and comfortable for your loved one, with plenty of rest areas and easy access to necessities.

Be prepared to take on additional responsibilities when your loved one comes home. This may include providing medications, assisting with meals or bathing, and helping with physical therapy exercises.

Assemble a list of resources that can help you care for your loved one. This may include contact information for their doctor, support groups for caregivers, or local home health agencies.

Caregivers play a critical role in hospital discharge planning and ensuring a safe transition home for their aging loved ones. Planning ahead can make all the difference in making this process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to discuss them with your loved one’s doctor or nurse.


Are you a Caregiver for a loved one who is incarcerated? Are you trying to find ways to cope? Did you catch last week’s podcast? Check out part 2 of my podcast to learn about the impact of incarceration where you will learn tips on how to deal with the children involved and ensure their mental health is in check!

In this episode, we continue last week’s conversation about having loved ones who are locked up and how it affects their family.

As the caregiver for children whose family members are incarcerated, it can be hard to navigate a relationship with them and this can have a toll on the caregiver and child.

So how do you deal with the children and ensure their mental health is in check? Listen to this episode.

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How Caregivers Can Make The Most of National Grandparent’s Day

By Roz Jones

September 11th is National Grandparent’s Day, a time to celebrate the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. While the day is mostly about showing your appreciation for the older generation, it can also be a great opportunity for Caregivers to spend time with and gain some advice and wisdom from their elders. Here are five tips on how to make the most of this special day.

  1. Thank your grandparents for all they’ve done for you: Believe it or not, grandparents are indispensable. Whether they are looking after young children in the family or cooking a meal for Sunday dinner, grandparents seem to always show up when needed. Express your gratitude for them by simply saying “thank you”.
  2. Spend time with them, whether that means going out to eat or visiting them at home: Include your grandparents in your plans for the day on September 11th. Whether you are looking to go out to eat for the day or looking to cook dinner for the evening, extend an invitation, you may just make their day!
  3. Show them how much you appreciate them with a small gift or thoughtful gesture: Sometimes simply saying thank you isn’t adequate enough. Check out this article to find out 10 ways you can show gratitude when “Thank You” is inadequate.
  4. Tell stories about your childhood and the things you loved doing together: Reminiscing on the good times is always a great time to spend time with your loved one and can end up putting a smile on their face. Take a stroll down memory lane to make your grandparent laugh or smile.
  5. If your grandparents live far away, Facetime or Skype with them so they can be a part of the day: If your grandparents live far away, don’t worry, with the age of technology there is always a way to include your grandparents on their special day.

Whether you’re spending time with your grandparents today or not, make sure to take the time to appreciate them. They’ve likely had a lot of life experiences that they can share with you if you’re willing to listen. And who knows? You may learn something new that changes the course of your life.


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Tips for Caregivers of Divorced Parents

If you are a Caregiver taking care of aging divorced parents, you know the challenges of trying to make everyone happy. With competing demands from both parents, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to meet everyone’s needs. However, there are some things Caregivers can do to make the situation a little easier. Here are some tips to help make things a little bit easier. 

  • Set boundaries with both parents: Caregivers should explain what they are able and willing to do. You should also make it clear that you cannot do everything. It may be beneficial to ask a family member or sibling to assist with taking care of day-to-day tasks so you are not expected to do everything.

  • Split up the work: As a Caregiver, you know how essential it is to spend time with your aging client, make sure you are dividing your time amongst your parents equally ensuring each parent receives some individual attention. If there is a day you are not able to get to your other parent, request for assistance from the family member or sibling designated to help for the day. This way no one feels overwhelmed.

  • Make a Schedule and Stick To It: If there are multiple people providing support to your aging divorced parents be sure to make a schedule and stick to it. Make sure that everyone is on the same page when creating the schedule to ensure your parents are cared for at all times.

  • Communicate: If there are multiple family members or siblings assisting with caring for your aging parents, be sure to communicate with them about caregiving responsibilities so everyone remains on the same page for care. It may be beneficial to start a group chat.

  • Rest and Relax: While taking care of your aging divorced parents, caregivers should also include personal time to take care of themselves. Make sure to schedule some time for rest and relaxation. By taking these steps, Caregivers can help reduce personal stress and create a more manageable situation.

Taking care of aging divorced parents can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Hopefully, by using some of the tips provided, it’ll be possible to make things a little bit easier. I hope these tips have been helpful and wish you all the best as you continue to care for your loved ones. 


Are you a Caregiver for a loved one who is incarcerated? Are you trying to find ways to cope? Check out my podcast to learn tips on how Caregivers can manage all of this!

The caregiver’s job is a difficult one with many new realities and hardships such as incarceration.

Often they need to perform as both mother and father to a child with a parent in prison, teaching skills and caring for them in ways the absent parent would have done as well as showing up for the loved one in prison.

So how can they cope with all of this? I share a couple of tips to help in this episode.

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3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Self-Care Ideas for Caregivers During the School Year

By Roz Jones

As the back-to-school year ramps up, so does the pace for caregivers. While it can be exciting to have children in school, it can also be challenging. There are new activities and schedules to juggle, and it can be tough to find time for yourself. The back-to-school season is a time when Caregivers need to focus on self-care in order to stay healthy and energized by taking care of yourself. This is essential if you want to be able to take care of others. Here are a few self-care ideas that can help you during this back-to-school season.

1. Get enough sleep: When you’re busy taking care of others, it’s easy to skimp on sleep but getting enough rest is crucial for Caregivers, who need to be alert and focused. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

2. Eat healthy: It can be tempting to grab fast food when you’re short on time, but fueling your body with nutritious meals will help you stay energized throughout the day. Make sure to eat breakfast and pack healthy snacks and lunches for yourself.

3. Exercise: Exercise isn’t just good for your physical health – it can also help reduce stress and improve your mood. Even if you can’t squeeze in a lengthy workout, Taking a brisk walk or doing some simple stretches will do wonders for your wellbeing.

4. Take breaks: Caring for others is hard work, so make sure to give yourself regular breaks throughout the day. Take a few minutes to relax and rejuvenate, whether it’s reading a book, taking a bath or simply sitting outside in the fresh air. Putting aside some time for yourself will help you recharge and be better prepared to handle whatever comes your way.

It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is essential if you want to stay healthy and energized throughout the school year. This means setting aside time each day for yourself, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes. Whether you use this time to read a book, take a walk around the block, or meditate, make sure you find something that helps you relax and rejuvenate so you can enjoy a stress-free school year.


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1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Making the Most of Your Family Time Before the School Year Begins

By Roz Jones

Back-to-school season is swiftly approaching! It’s time to start thinking about how to make the most of your family time before the school year begins. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied and happy, but it often takes a little bit of planning to make sure everything runs smoothly. Here are some tips for Caregivers to make the most of their family time before the school year begins:

  • If you have young children, take advantage of the warm weather and get outside for some active play. Visit a nearby park or playground, go for a bike ride, or just let them run around in the backyard. Playing together is always a blast when done as a family.

  • Older kids and teens may be more interested in indoor activities, such as playing video games or watching movies. Relax by playing a board game with your older children or watching a movie together. It’s still important to encourage them to get up and move around every once in a while. Suggest going for a walk around the neighborhood or playing a game of catch in the backyard.

  • For aging loved ones and clients, quality time together can be even more important. Try to schedule outings or activities that everyone in the family can enjoy, such as picnics, trips to the zoo, or visiting a local museum. Many museums offer discounted rates for families during certain hours of the day/weekend. [Check out my blog ‘How to Get Active With Your Aging Client Or Loved One‘ to learn about more activities you can do with your aging client(s) or loved one(s) this month!]

  • Don’t forget to take some time for yourself and plan ahead as much as possible. As Caregivers our schedules can be pretty hectic, so be sure to enlist the help of other family members or friends when needed, and take breaks when you can. Remember that taking care of yourself is essential to being able to provide care for others.

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin, but with a little bit of planning, you can make sure that everyone in the family enjoys some quality time together before the busyness of back-to-school season begins. Although we can’t slow down time, there are still plenty of things we can do to make the most of our family time, so enjoy it while you can.


Are you a Caregiver struggling to manage productivity? Check out my podcast to learn the different ways Caregivers can increase their productivity this summer!

Summer is known as the period for the majority of people to relax and take off the load from what they have been doing.

However, as a caregiver, it is important that you stay active as you may be the primary/secondary caregiver to your loved ones.

So how do you do that? Find out in this episode where I share tips and tricks for you to increase your productivity this summer.

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1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

5 Ways to Make Back to School Cleaning Easier for Caregivers

By Roz Jones

As much as we all hate to admit it, summer is slowly coming to an end and that means one thing – back to school time! For many caregivers, this also means another round of cleaning the house, from top to bottom, in order to make sure it’s ready for the new school year. In addition, the added worry of keeping your family safe from illnesses and diseases can be a daunting task. Here are five tips to help make back-to-school cleaning easier for caregivers:

  • Set up a designated “clean zone” in your home where everyone can leave their shoes and jackets when they come inside. This will help to prevent dirt and germs from being tracked throughout the house.

  • Make sure everyone in the home is regularly washing their hands with soap and water. Hand-washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Clean high-touch areas like door handles, light switches, and countertops on a regular basis. Use disinfectant wipes or spray to help keep these surfaces virus-free.

  • If someone in your household gets sick, make sure they’re staying in a separate room from other family members and using their own bathroom if possible. Regularly clean any surfaces that they have used, such as bedding and towels.

  • Keep your home ventilated by opening windows or using fans to circulate air. This will help to prevent the buildup of airborne viruses indoors.

Although it may seem like an impossible task, cleaning your house from top to bottom in preparation for the back-to-school season is definitely doable. And don’t forget – a clean environment is one of the best ways to keep your family safe from illnesses and diseases. I hope you found these tips helpful.


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5 Tips For Caregivers To Survive The Back-To-School Season

By Roz Jones

The back-to-school season is always a busy time, but this year it may be especially challenging for caregivers of aging clients or loved ones. In addition to the usual concerns about helping children with school work and extracurricular activities, there is also the added worry of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as monkeypox. For aging individuals, the risk of complications is higher, and it is important to take extra precautions. Here are some tips for caregivers of aging loved ones as they navigate the back-to-school season:

  • If there are school-age children in the home, create a schedule for when your aging loved one will have contact with them. This will help to minimize their exposure to potential sources of infection.

  • Be sure to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in your home frequently. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and tables.

  • Talk to your aging client or loved one about any concerns and explain why it is important for them to stay home if possible and away from infected individuals. If they are resistant, try to find creative ways to keep them engaged and connected to friends and family.

  • If your aging client or loved one must go out in public, help them to stay safe by wearing a mask, washing their hands often, and avoiding crowded places.

  • Be sure to keep up with the latest information about COVID-19 and other illnesses, so that you can answer any questions or address any concerns your aging client or loved one may have.

With careful planning and a bit of extra effort, you can help make the back-to-school season a success for everyone in your care. Be sure to stay safe and healthy! 


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How to get active with your aging client or loved one this month

By Roz Jones

As caregivers, we are always looking for fun activities to do with our aging clients or loved ones. This month, we’ve put together a list of some fun activities that you can enjoy with your loved one! Whether you’re looking for something to keep them active and engaged, or just want to spend some quality time together, these activities are sure to please. So get out there and have some fun!

  • Visit the different farmer’s markets in your community: August is a great time for you and your aging client or loved one to visit your local farmer’s market and support local farmers! Take your client or loved one out to enjoy some quality time by picking fresh produce to make a healthy meal this month!

  • Make a list of good lunch ideas the children might like at school: With school swiftly approaching, many parents are preparing for their children to go back to school. If this is the case for you, be sure to have your aging client or loved one help write down different lunch ideas the children might enjoy! 

  • Make homemade ice cream: Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day? Check out this link to learn how you can make homemade ice cream in 5 minutes!

  • Go to lunch for National Senior Citizens Day on August 21st! Show your aging client or loved one some love and appreciation by taking them to their favorite restaurant on August 21, 2022. 

  • Go for a bicycle ride around the neighborhood: The summer months are a perfect time to go bike riding in your neighborhood. Take your aging client or loved one out for some exercise and fun. I’m sure they will love it!

Aging doesn’t have to mean slowing down. In fact, with a little creativity and plenty of love, it can be a time for fun and exploration. So go ahead and try out one of these activities – we guarantee you won’t regret it! And if you do, well, there’s always homemade ice cream waiting for you.

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Are you a Caregiver wondering if telehealth is a good option for your aging client or loved one? Check out my podcast to learn about the pros and cons of telehealth!

Telehealth is the provision of healthcare remotely by means of telecommunications technology and with the pandemic, we have seen a rise in telehealth.

In this episode, I share:
The pros and cons of telehealth 
How it is applicable in the realm of senior care.

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5 Ways to Live a Simpler Life

By Roz Jones

Many people dream of living a simpler life. Few achieve it once they become caregivers. The idea of leaving behind possessions and finding nirvana is tempting, but it is not an easy task. Yet, the benefits are immense. You can get your health back. You can get your family back. Your stress levels will lower. All of these add up to a life lived to its fullest. Who doesn’t want that?

5 Suggestions for Living a Simpler Life

Even taking care of an aging loved one or sick friend. Once you understand your WHY you are 90% of the way there. If you are up to the challenge of ditching a complex lifestyle full of stress in exchange for a life well-lived, then here are five suggestions to help you succeed:

  1. Determine your priorities based on your values. What is important to you and your family? What do you want to achieve? What does a simple life look like to you? Once you determine your values, decisions become more straightforward. You say yes to those things that align with your goals and no to those that don’t.
  2. Reign in the digital noise. Smartphones are wonderful tools that should be just that – tools. Ease tension in your life by turning off notifications when you are at dinner or in bed. You might even remove all social media apps from your phone. Unsubscribe from email lists that do not serve your mission and reply to emails only once per day, not as soon as one comes in.
  3. Declutter your home. By removing unnecessary stuff, you open up your home for those possessions you genuinely love or need. You can start small, like in a junk drawer, and then move on to your wardrobe. You will feel freer as possessions no longer weigh you down.
  4. Live within your means. A simple life is one free from the stress of making money to pay bills and buy more stuff. When you are in debt, your stress levels elevate. Instead, pay down debt and learn to live within your means. You will quickly learn to enjoy life without struggling with debt.
  5. Become comfortable with being alone. The constant stimulation of technology and people cause us to be uncomfortable with being alone. You do not have to head out to an isolated mountain cabin and live as a hermit. It may even be uncomfortable for a while. However, as you learn to sit in the quiet with only yourself as company, you learn to relax and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. 

Embrace the simple life by figuring out your values and then take the necessary steps to live them out. You will be reaping the benefits of this change before you know it.

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3 Emotions You Should Let Go

By Roz Jones

Emotions are part of our everyday lives when we are caring for a sick or aging loved one. None of us will go through a day without experiencing some kind of emotion, be it fear, anger, happiness, or joy. Some caregivers have a hard time navigating negative emotions instead of feeling them and letting them go. 

As a caregiver if you tend to hold onto your negative emotions, you may find that your life is affected, including your relationships. It can hinder the pursuit of goals. If left alone long enough, you may look back on your life with regret at the wasted years.

Release these 3 Emotions for Greater Personal Growth

There is a time for experiencing all of your emotions. You don’t want to get stuck in the quagmire of these three negative emotions, however: 

  1. Regret: Who hasn’t second-guessed their decisions? Maybe you are going through some financial stress, and you wish you didn’t buy that expensive new truck. You might wish you would have chosen a different career or spouse. You will regret some of your choices; however, you don’t want to get stuck looking back so much that you stop living in the present and planning for your future. It’s okay to look back and feel the emotion, but don’t stop there. Learn the lesson, and move on with your life. 
  1. Anger: Getting mad happens. You may have an off day and yell at your kids or partner for a simple mistake. Other times, you might have a good reason to be mad, but you refuse to work through it. Instead, you want to hang on and carry a grudge. Anger affects your health. It also pushes your loved ones away. Don’t let anger control your life and reduce your chances of future happiness. Learn healthy mechanisms to control your outbursts. Extend forgiveness, even if the other person doesn’t ask for it. You are releasing the pain that has been defining you. That is a huge step in personal growth.
  1. Disappointment: This close cousin to regret, disappointment is directed at other people when they don’t live up to your expectations. For example, your co-worker failed to do their part for the upcoming presentation. You may be a little mad, but you are disappointed because you have always known them to be reliable. Living in a constant state of disappointment will affect your relationships. You may come across as cynical and push people away from you. Understand that people will disappoint you, but you don’t have to turn your disappointment into distrust. It’s critical to offer some grace and move on. 

You will always have to handle your emotions. But when they threaten to overwhelm your happiness, it is time to let them go.

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Did you check out Part 1? Check out Part 2 to hear more from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Christine Psalms continues her story with us in this episode.

As a caregiver for both her parents, Christine shares:

1. How she worked on herself to prepare to be her father’s caregiver
2. How therapy, counseling, and journaling changed her life as  a caregiver
3. Navigating relationships with loved ones without resentment.

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We’re beginning to launch into new territory with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Caregiver Connection! The Caregiver Connection is a network for family caregivers that provides care for child(ren) or elderly and Roz Jones has been invited to speak on August 3rd! We are honored to share the same space!

How to Let Go of Past Grudges

By Roz Jones

If we look back over our lives as caregivers, we can reflect on this question. Who hasn’t been hurt by someone? Maybe your spouse cheated on you. Maybe your best friend from high school stole your boyfriend. Maybe you have a co-worker who is stealing your ideas or a boss who bullies you. Worse, you might have experienced trauma from physical, mental, or other forms of abuse. As time passes, some wounds don’t heal, and when that happens, you could end up carrying a grudge. Grudges are those leftover feelings of anger and resentment that prevent you from growing as a person. It’s time we let go and move beyond our pasts.

Tips to Let Go of Grudges and Get Your Life Back

Holding a grudge is often an indication of unforgiveness. It can tear at your soul and corrode your physical and emotional health. It can affect all of your current and future relationships as a caregiver. Take the needed steps to release the grudge and gain your life back: 

  1. Establish Why You Are Holding the Grudge: You need to determine what the problem is so that it can be forgiven. Sometimes, you will find that the offense is not worth the grudge. Other times, you will know precisely what is causing the pain.
  2. Consider the Benefits of Forgiveness: Choosing to forgive does not mean you forget, nor does it mean that the other person won. Instead, it means you let go of the resentment holding you back from living your life fully.
  3. Acknowledge Your Emotions: Avoid stuffing the emotions down. Use a journal if you want, but take some time to examine your feelings about the harm you received. Also, think about how this affects your behavior and your relationships.
  4. Look at it from Their Perspective: This will not always apply depending on the harm done. However, try putting yourself in their shoes. Under similar circumstances, would you have done the same thing to them? 
  5. Talk with the Other Party: Open communication can remedy some grudges simply. If you believe it will help, approach the other party to see if they will talk with you. 
  6. Release the Victimhood: Choose to accept what happened and your feelings about it. You don’t have to wait for an apology. (HINT: You may never get one.) Instead, stop playing the ‘wounded one’ card and take back your life by healing, releasing the anger and the grudge.
  7. Avoid Dwelling: This may be the most challenging part, but it is critical. Once you choose to forgive, don’t look back. Avoid dwelling on the situation. If others want to bring it up, change the subject. Your healing is worth it.

Grudges don’t need to define you as a person. Let go of the past and spring forward to your new life by releasing resentments today.

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Enjoy Family Fun for Free with a Summer Staycation

By Roz Jones

The annual summer vacation is a treasured family tradition that ensures family fun and relaxation. These days, the cost of a family get-away can seem astronomical due to the expense of vacation, entertainment and accommodations. Also some Caregivers may not be able to leave the home for vacation due to their loved ones diagnosis. 

However, you can avoid the cost and fuss of travel and lodging by making the most of your home. By prepping your home, you can create a fun, vacation-like atmosphere that’s relaxing for you and your client or loved one. 

Staycations also allow you to vacation with your pets and other family members in a place that’s familiar and comforting for them, reducing stress on your furry friends and the entire family.

Try these steps when planning for your next staycation: 

  1. Clean and organize your living space. A great deal of the enjoyment from staying in a hotel or resort is the clean, comfortable atmosphere surrounding you. 
  • Clean the house for tidiness and sanitation. Knowing you’re in an extremely clean environment will free your mind of worries that plague you during normal days at home. 
  • Completely catch up on laundry. After all, even on a vacation outside of the home you would need clean laundry for the week. The goal of having clean laundry is to match the atmosphere and comfort level that you and your client or loved one would experience at a place away from home. 
  • If you would prefer not cleaning the home yourself, search the numerous websites that give the customer coupons or discounts on cleaning services. Websites such as Groupon and LivingSocial offer such coupons for most cities in the United States.
  1. Plan activities to do in the home or surrounding area. A staycation should still be active. Staying at home the entire week of vacation is impractical and can cause friction after a few days. Survey and utilize your surroundings to plan fun activities for your clients or loved ones and the rest of the family.
  • Do some research in the weeks beforehand and have a game plan in place.
  • Look into low-cost or free local attractions to visit during the day. Depending on the interests of your family, these may include a museum, butterfly garden, aquarium, or a picnic at the local park. Many local education-related venues allow kids in for free. 
  • Not every activity has to be outside of the home. Plan activities that your client or loved oned, and children would enjoy doing, such as arts and crafts. If your children are older, play sports or set up a slip and slide in the backyard.
  1. Turn off the electronics. In order to create a relaxing atmosphere it’s important to disconnect from everyday life.
  • Turn off your cell phone and shut down your computer. Make arrangements with work beforehand and communicate that you’ll be out of touch for the entire duration of your vacation. 
  • On your work email account, you can set an automatic response that will reply to senders to let them know that you’re out of the office. This way, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your responsibilities at work will be handled.

Having a staycation is a positive, cost-effective way to take a break from your everyday life. Taking a short break from life’s responsibilities will allow you to become inspired to do better in other aspects of your everyday life. 

Your mind, body, and soul deserve a break, even if an extravagant vacation is not financially viable at the moment. With a little creativity and some extra effort in planning, you, your clients or loved ones, and the rest of your family can experience a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation – right in your own home.

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Did you check out Part 1? Check out Part 2 to hear more from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Christine Psalms continues her story with us in this episode.

As a caregiver for both her parents, Christine shares:

1. How she worked on herself to prepare to be her father’s caregiver
2. How therapy, counseling, and journaling changed her life as  a caregiver
3. Navigating relationships with loved ones without resentment.

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Meditating Throughout the Summer

By Roz Jones

When Caregivers meditate, you can use your surroundings to help you. Many people try to block out the world and simply look within themselves when they meditate. This can be very useful, but there are also other ways in which you can practice meditation. While you may want to avoid noisy rooms and other distractions, Caregivers can certainly use warmth and nature to your benefit.

Meditating in a summer environment can help you focus on the continuation of life. There is great beauty to be found in existence, and there is a season for everything. As you work to internalize an innate understanding of nature, you’ll be more likely to feel peaceful, complete, and where you should be in your life.

Warmth and Meditation

In order to meditate more easily and focus on what matters most, you should be comfortable. That means sitting or lying somewhere that makes you happy and peaceful, but it also means enjoying the right temperature. If you’re too distracted by the fact that you’re too chilly, meditation will be more difficult for you. You can escape that challenge by staying warm and cozy during meditation.

The summer is ideal for meditating because the days are longer and the nights are warm. The soft noises of crickets and other small creatures can bring you peace and make you feel more connected with the world around you. As you start to relax and feel more comfortable, the warmth will help you focus on harmony and joy.

Avoid meditating in the extreme heat, as this can make you feel worse and can result in a heat stroke. Instead, find a place where it’s simply warm and comforting. 

Evenings in the summertime are often good for meditation, and the pitter-patter of rain can be peaceful as well. If you live in a desert environment, rain can bring about relief, great joy, and a deep appreciation for nature that you can use to help focus your meditation.

Grow and Develop Throughout the Summer Months

The object of meditation is growth, and the summer months provide several factors that you can use to speed that growth along, such as:

  • Warmth
  • Longer days
  • Quiet, restful, peaceful nights
  • Occasional rainstorms to renew and refresh you
  • A break in between caregiving tasks
  • A stronger bond with nature and existence

There are many ways you can benefit from the warmth of summer when you want to meditate. The longer days are often helpful, and perhaps you’ll take that vacation you need, so you may have lower stress levels than you otherwise would. Even if you’re not able to take a break from Caregiving, you can still use meditation to help you feel better, calmer, and more relaxed.

Focus your mind on the beauty that summer has to offer. Blooming plants, quiet nights, small creatures and insects, rain, and the joy of being part of the cycle of life and existence can all be wonderful triggers for meditation and help bring peace and happiness.
Use what works for you. Everyone is different, and meditation is a very personal experience. The way one person uses the summer might not be the same way someone else uses it. Your meditation time is your own special getaway. Take the warmth, peace, and beauty of summer and use it in the way that feels most comfortable to you.

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What Activities Can an Elderly Parent Participate In?

By Roz Jones

Whether you’re living with your parents to provide care or dropping in to provide them with care, you may find that their wellbeing is always at the forefront of your mind. We note, however, that a rise in age comes with the decline of certain aspects of a person’s life. These include a person’s health and their ability to engage in physical and social activities. 

Engaging in a variety of activities stimulates your client or loved one’s brain and encourages a healthy lifestyle, which leads to a better quality of life. 

Our aging parents, unfortunately, may be hard-pressed to engage in the activities younger people actively enjoy. Still, there are several appropriate activities you can help your parents and loved ones enjoy. Let’s walk through some of these activities.

Activities elderly parents can engage in:

  1. Outdoor walks. Walking is one of the healthiest activities for humans. It requires little effort or equipment, but it still has long-term health advantages.
  • Our elderly parents, who have a harder time moving, should go for a stroll at least once every two days. It doesn’t have to take long, and it doesn’t have to be far.
  • Set a date with your parents, take a walk through a park and enjoy the scenery together. This would certainly be an activity your parents would enjoy.

  1. Playing board games. Enjoy classic games of old or learn new ones together.
  • Board games and card games are not only entertaining, but they can also assist your parents to keep their minds sharp.
  • Like board games, puzzles of all kinds can work too!

  1. Reading. For parents who may find it difficult to take part in activities that involve higher physical energy, reading is a fun pastime you can do with them.
  • Reading might help you relax and boost your memory, as well as your parents. Consider going to a park or beach to read together.
  • You could also try forming a book club for your parents with a few of their acquaintances. This is a good way to keep your parents engaged in vibrant discussions while also socializing as they get older.

  1. Gardening. Gardening is a relaxing and enjoyable activity your older parents might enjoy. It’s simple to enjoy in the sun or shade from the comfort of your parents’ house. You can still plant or re-pot flowers with your elderly parents even if they just have a small balcony or a windowsill.
  • Gardening is also an activity that may be enjoyed by multiple generations. You, your parents, and any children you have can all take part in planting bulbs or seeds and watching them grow into flowers or food that you can all eat together.

  1. Family bonding. Family activities that allow your elderly parents to interact with their children and grandchildren would surely appeal to them. Spend time with them while preparing meals for the family. Plan family cookouts or picnics.
  • Take them on vacations with the family. Spending quality time with loved ones is an activity that the elderly, who are more likely to be lonely, would enjoy.

Today’s culture, with its technological advancements, has led to a transfer of most people’s activities and attention to virtual spaces, and it’s easy for our aging parents to feel left out as they can’t keep up.

We can reassure our elderly parents that they are cherished and can still find delight in their later years by participating in these activities.

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Did you check out Part 1 of last week’s episode? Check out Part 2 to hear more from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Christine Psalms continues her story with us in this episode.

As a caregiver for both her parents, Christine shares:

1. How she worked on herself to prepare to be her father’s caregiver
2. How therapy, counseling, and journaling changed her life as  a caregiver
3. Navigating relationships with loved ones without resentment.

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Stay Fit, Trim, and Healthy with Safe Exercises for Seniors

By Roz Jones

Seniors have a lot to gain through regular exercise. Staying active can improve your client or loved one’s physical and mental health and extend their ability to live independently. Below are some tips for developing a beneficial exercise program for your client or loved one and sticking to it.

Designing a Safe and Balanced Exercise Program

  1. Increase endurance. Aerobic exercise like walking or biking is great for your client or loved one’s heart and circulation. Swimming is especially good for seniors because they get a total body workout with low impact and little risk of injuries. Aim for about 30 minutes of moderate activity daily for your client or loved one.
  2. Build strength. Muscle mass declines with age, but resistance training two to three times weekly can help offset that loss. To be safe, start off with easy exercises and progress by increasing weights and repetitions gradually. You may want to take your client or loved one to visit a local gym or take a class at a senior center.
  • If your client or loved one prefers working out at home, you can buy weights or use household items like bags of rice.
  1. Stay flexible. Stretching will keep your client or loved one limber and help protect them from injury. Have them do it as often as possible – daily is great! Warm-up with some light aerobics and then ease into a stretch gently. Have your client or loved one hold the stretch for about 30 seconds. Repeat each movement a few times, gradually extending your client or loved one’s range.
  • It’s good to feel some slight tension, but if your client or loved one experiences any pain, stop and have them withdraw back to a more comfortable position.
  1. Improve balance. Protect your client or loved one from falls and broken bones by working on their balance. Tai Chi is another low-impact activity ideal for seniors. It promotes balance and strength. Even just having your client or loved one practice standing on one foot can enhance their stability.

Sticking to the Exercise Program

  1. Set realistic goals. A regular workout routine is safer and more beneficial than scattered efforts. Keep your client or loved one motivated by establishing realistic goals. Find activities that they can easily incorporate into their daily schedule such as cutting back on TV viewing to going for a daily swim. When their favorite program is on, they can even exercise during commercials.
  2. Have fun. Think about the pastimes your client or loved one loves and expand upon them. When children visit, go for a long walk through the park. If your client or loved one gets tired of using the treadmill alone every day, sign up for a yoga class with a buddy whose company you enjoy.
  3. Make contingency plans. Life events will sometimes interrupt your client or loved one’s normal schedule. While traveling, look for hotels with fitness centers. If it’s too cold to ride bikes outdoors, browse the public library for exercise videos for seniors.

Other Safety Tips

  1. Talk with their doctor. If your client or loved one has been sedentary for a while, their doctor can advise them on how to get moving safely. No matter what health issues they may experience, there is usually some form of exercise that they can engage in even if there’s a need to modify the standard positions.
  2. Learn to breathe. Proper breathing will help your client or loved one maintain good form. Generally, you exhale when you exert effort and inhale when you relax. So have your client or loved one breathe out when they lift something and breathe in when they lower it.
  3. Drink plenty of water. The body needs water regardless of whether you’re sweating. By the time you’re thirsty, you’ve gone too long without drinking.
  4. Wear the right shoes. Your client or loved one can exercise without spending a fortune on expensive equipment, but good shoes are worth the cost. Get protective footwear that’s designed for their chosen sport, whether it’s golf or tennis. If tying laces is a struggle, Velcro closures will give your client or loved one a secure fit.

Exercise is a great way for older adults to stay healthy and fit. Follow simple safety precautions so your clients or loved ones can remain active and enjoy the pastimes they love.

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7 Tips for Restoring Your Self-Worth After Toxic Relationships

By Roz Jones

Well, that didn’t go right.

As Caregivers we tend to walk into relationships with so much enthusiasm. We think what we’ve found is the best thing in the world, which is a heady feeling, while it lasts. Sadly, when a relationship is toxic, we’re frequently the last to know. By the time we decide it’s time to escape, our self-worth has already taken a hefty blow. 

So, how do we restore positive feelings about ourselves as Caregivers after toxic relationships?

Release Your Victimhood

The more we focus on what happened, the more we get stuck. So the sooner we can quit revisiting the past and dwelling on perceptions of ill treatment from loved ones and clients, the sooner we can put all of this behind us. This doesn’t mean to say anything was your fault, but obsessing about the ‘shoulds’ and going back over every encounter only hurts us regardless of whether we were in the right or not.

Drop the Blame

Was it your fault? No. The sooner we can let go of any residual guilt or bad feelings about the relationship, the happier we’ll be. This next step should help.

Silence Their Voice 

The problem with toxic relationships is we tend to believe what the other person said about us, no matter how outlandish it seemed at the time. Now their voice is there, lurking in our heads to remind us of all of our so-called shortcomings at every opportunity—time to tell them to shut up once and for all!

Embrace the New You

Find joy in the severed relationship. Do the things you would miss doing. Take lessons, build your skill set as you build yourself up. Become your own best friend in a way that doesn’t require validation from any outside source.

Believe Your Friends 

You hear the compliments, but they’re going in one ear and out the other. Rather than brushing off the nice things, people around you are saying, start listening. Listen until these words become a part of who you are.

Create Goals You Love

What would you like to do with your life? Too often, our goals reflect the needs and desires of our clients and loved ones. Now is the time to reverse this. Accept you are capable, and your goals are worth fighting for, what do YOU want to do? 

Affirmations

Work through the worst offenders of negative self-talk through positive affirmations. Take note of what you’re telling yourself. Rewrite the script and turn these statements around into affirmations that you read to yourself every day.

Remember, this is a process and is likely to take time. By reminding yourself of just how amazing you are, and focusing hard on these steps, eventually, you will start feeling the difference even if you don’t see it yet. Hang in there!

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Are you a Caregiver taking care of two loved ones? Check out my latest podcast to hear from Caregiver, Christine Psalms and how she takes care of both of her parents!

Each of our aging parents is unique.

Some people age so well that they need little help until they are well into their eighties, while others need hands-on care as early as their fifties or sixties.

Adult children are often faced with the task of caring for both parents and this was the case for Christine Psalms.

She shares her story with us in this episode and how she became a caregiver for both her parents. 

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5 Steps for Caregivers to Shift Limiting Beliefs for Good

By Roz Jones

How are you your own worst enemy? As Caregivers, we limit ourselves so much. We live in our heads and come up with all these ways to keep us from getting anything accomplished. Even though deep down we know we’re good enough, and how much we’re fully capable of getting things done. 

The only way to get past these self-sabotaging behaviors is to take active, intentional steps to remedy our thinking. Let’s look at 5 steps that will shift Caregivers limiting beliefs for good. 

Stop

Wait a minute; what were you thinking? If a thought feels off about something, it’s time to stop and examine this idea much closer. Is this perhaps a self-limiting belief? 

Think About What You’re Saying

Where is the lie in this thought? You’ve already figured out there’s something wrong with it, or you wouldn’t be going through this process. This means something about it is not ringing true. When you understand where the lie is, it becomes easier to know how to counter it.  

Look for the Proof

Is there any proof this self-limiting thought is true? Let’s examine the part you feel is a lie. Here’s where you need to take a step back from the situation if you can and look very impartially at what’s going on. Is there any grain of truth in what you’re thinking? 

Take Control

If what you were thinking is a lie, it’s relatively easy to counter the false aspects of the statement with the truth. But what if this thought was at least partially true? You start by reminding yourself this isn’t always the case. For example, you might be thinking you are always late. Maybe you are, in fact, late sometimes. To perform this step, you would need to recall various instances when you were on time. By countering the lie, you are taking control of the situation, and not allowing the limiting belief to have any sway over you. 

Get Help

Sometimes it can be challenging to remove limiting beliefs by yourself. In these instances, it can be beneficial to talk to a friend, or even a counselor, to help you see the truth. There is nothing wrong with getting help, especially from someone who is in a position to be impartial.

Self-limiting beliefs don’t have to control your life. By examining your thoughts, especially those that seem to hold you back, you will find it much easier to move forward toward your goals. Soon you will realize success!

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Why Regular Exercise Is Such an Important Aspect of Personal Development

By Roz Jones

If you are on a quest to try and improve yourself, then you certainly cannot ignore one of
the chief aspects of personal development—exercise. You must have already heard the
adage A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body. If you want to be really fit and become a
successful person, your body has to be just as fit as your mind is. Undermining any of
these aspects takes you away from developing your body fruitfully.
There are several benefits of regular exercise that are specific to personal development,
as you shall see…

  1. When your body is fitter, you look more attractive. A lot of people still equate
    a good personality with an attractive body. Hence, you are pandering to one of the basest
    definitions of personal development. And, who’s complaining actually? Who doesn’t
    want to have an attractive body anyway?
  2. A healthier body means that you have more energy to accomplish things. You are
    able to work faster and produce better results. You can go ahead of your competitors.
    This you won’t be able to do if you lack stamina and get breathless on your way to the
    top. A modicum of exercise is needed to keep you moving on.
  3. Another very important benefit of regular exercise is that it keeps diseases away if
    not completely avoids them. You don’t need to call in sick as much as a person who
    doesn’t exercise would. You are healthier not only in body but also in mind, and that’s
    the reason why you can think better. Your plans and suggestions have a better chance of
    being accepted because you have formulated them in good health, something that your
    exercise-shirking rivals have not done.
  4. Exercise helps free up your mind. If you haven’t exercised already, try it now.
    Exercise early in the mornings, which is the best time. Even if you just work out on the
    treadmill for 15 minutes in the morning, you will feel rejuvenated. You will feel as
    though you can just run out and grab what you want to achieve. Also, it gives you time to
    think, to plan out things, which is very important. While the blood is pumping in the
    body, it is pumping in the brain as well. It is filling up those little gray cells and ideas are
    generated.
    These are just four of the many benefits that regular exercise has. Invest your time
    wisely in exercise—if you are looking for personal development, you cannot afford to
    downplay its importance in your life.

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The Importance of Listening to Other’s Viewpoints 

By Roz Jones

When you disagree with someone, likely, you don’t want to waste your time listening to their viewpoints. Although listening to something you disagree with isn’t always fun, it is important to your future for several reasons.

You Will Learn Something New

When you take the time to listen to someone else and their viewpoints, you are exposed to thoughts that don’t exist in your mind and perspectives you may not have considered before. And even though you may not like what you are hearing, you often learn new things by listening to others. This also helps expand your mind to be more accepting of new thoughts, which could help you be more successful in the future.

Listening Helps You Develop Patience

As previously mentioned, being able to sit there and listen to someone you don’t agree with is difficult. You will have to have patience. And if you haven’t already developed the necessary patience for this task, just the practice of listening to others more often will help you to develop it. If you find you are struggling with the task, try to remember you are listening to learn something new. You can also listen with the intent to ask questions. This will help you focus on the words the other person is saying more carefully.

You Expand Your Network

People love when others listen to what they have to say, it makes them feel important. When you take the time to listen to someone else, even though you may not agree with what they are saying, you make that person feel better about themselves. And this can help you make a new friend or connection. This can help you on your path to success in the future as you never know when you may need to know someone in a certain field or area of study. And hey, expanding your network is always a good idea.

Overall, listening to someone else who has an opposing viewpoint from yourself will never be an easy task. But when you resolve to listen to someone else, this helps teach you new things and further develops your patience. Not only that, but it also helps you to grow your network which could provide unmeasured value to you in your future. Thus, it’s time to learn how to listen to others sooner rather than later if you want to succeed in life.

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When Mom or Dad or another older relative needs help, the whole family is affected. 

Flexibility, availability, and putting egos and family dynamics aside as much as possible are keys to successful caregiving – the kind that helps the individual who needs care – minimizes negative feelings, and often rebuilds or strengthens family relationships.

We continue our conversation with Dr. Herbert and in this episode, we talk about how caregiving is a family affair.

We highlight;
How to share the caregiving roles with family members
Transparency between the tension between family
Managing expectations while caring for family 

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The Signs, Symptoms, and Occurrence Facts of Prostate Cancer

By Roz Jones

Jerry Orbach; Red Buttons; Clarabell on the Howdy Doody Show; Don Ameche; Telly Savales; and Bill Bixby (The Hulk) – all these actors had one thing in common; they all died of prostate cancer.

Occurring more frequently after age 45 and by age 80, prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men. It is estimated that half the men found to have cancer of the prostate have an early form of the disease that has not spread outside the prostate gland. If the cancer is not discovered early, it may spread to other parts of the body.

To determine if one has prostate cancer, a blood test along with a rectal exam is performed. If cancer is suspected, your doctor may refer you to a urologist or oncologist who will recommend a biopsy of the gland. An ultrasound and x-ray of the kidneys and bladder may also be recommended. If the biopsy is positive, a CT scan will be performed to determine if cancer has spread to the bones.

Depending upon the man’s age, overall health, and whether or not sexual function is to be preserved; may define the course of treatment. So too, if the disease has spread, other options will be considered. If, for example, the cancer is localized within the prostate; it may be removed. The downside is that removal of the prostate may cause impotence. However, there are surgical procedures wherein the nerves which control the ability to have erections can be preserved.

As mentioned earlier, the symptoms of prostate cancer may not reveal themselves for years, but if they do occur they would include: urinating many times during the night; unable to urinate; burning and pain during urination; blood in the urine; painful ejaculations; and pain in the lower back.

The other condition which may mirror prostate cancer is prostatitis. This is an inflammation of the prostate gland and is caused by a urinary tract infection that has spread to the prostate. Accompanied by fever, chills, and pain around the base of the penis and behind the scrotum, you may have an urge to move your bowels or may find it difficult to urinate. Antibiotics are the recommended course of treatment.

For more information on prostate cancer; there are a plethora of resources available on the National Cancer Institute’s website at www.cancer.gov/prostate/ or you can visit your local library or book store and learn as much as you can about this disease. It seems there are so many hidden diseases affecting men, most of which cannot be detected early. But in this case, having rectal exams frequently can make all the difference in ascertaining if you have a prostate problem.

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Sometimes when taking care of a loved one, especially family there seems to be a lack of transparency on what is really going on. 

In this episode, we are back again with Dr. Herbert as we highlight the importance of being transparent.

We talk about;
Importance of full disclosure between the caregiver and loved one
Healthy boundaries 

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