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The Gift of No Gifts

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 0 comments

The Gift of No Gifts

Several years back we let my mom “off the hook” for Christmas shopping. It wasn’t hard to see how quickly our family had grown. Shopping for every child, grandchild, and great-grandchild, though it was joyful and fun for mom, was financially taxing on her small monthly pension. In fact, it was unreasonable.

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Saying Goodbye

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 0 comments

Saying Goodbye

  None of us wants to address death. Just the thoughts of losing a loved one will move us to tears long before the event. Still death is inevitable for us all. So the question arises, how do we face this issue, remain strong, and allow our aging parent the dignity they deserve? It’s a tedious balancing act. As much as we’d like to assume every family is issue free, they aren’t. Many families face on-going sibling rivalry, family disagreement, and long histories of conflict. Add in the...

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Making the Move – Home to Assisted Living

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 3 comments

Making the Move – Home to Assisted Living

by Cindy Sproles It goes without saying, the decision to move a parent into an assisted living or nursing home facility is both heart wrenching and guilt filled. There is no doubt parents are happier in their own environment. Ninety-nine percent of the time, they thrive much better from their homes due to this one simple thing: A sense of independence. But what happens when it is obvious a move must be made? Many time aging parents are reluctant – even determined, they will not move into a...

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The Progression of Life

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 1 comment

The Progression of Life

Death is a hard subject, one most individuals prefer to ignore. The popular idea of, if it’s not thought about then it’s not a reality, hides beneath the surface. Yet, death is very much a reality. No one has a magic “get out of jail free” card on this one. Death will, at some point, touch every individual. The thoughts of giving up a loved one are sometimes more than we can bear. Life without that person is unimaginable. In an article by Craig Bowron, MD, published in the Washington Post...

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Golden Years, Cherished Moments

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 0 comments

Golden Years, Cherished Moments

Aging, for most, is a harsh realization. One day you’re in your prime the next you wake up older, a bit gray…a little slower. Time has suddenly slipped past. Somewhere between active and early morning stiffness, the line between middle age and elder blurred. Albums line  bookshelves and walls  are covered in generations of photos that leave nail holes and dusty shadows on the paint. I recently installed an emergency alert button for an aging friend’s mother.  Once the unit...

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Be an “Elder” Elf

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Blog, The Heart of Caregiving Blog | 0 comments

Be an “Elder” Elf

The holidays have arrived. Christmas trees, decorations, parties, a flurry of friends and family, keep us filled with joy and fun. However, the fun does not always resonate with our seniors. There are a number of things that “put a damper” on such a festive season. It’s important to become sensitive to those things that may trigger hardship or sadness for our elders. Despite the stumbling blocks the holidays bring, we challenge you to put on an elf hat and become an...

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