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

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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.

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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 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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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. 

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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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. 

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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