Conversation Starters: How to Talk to Your Employer About Your Caregiver Support Needs

Caring for your dad is becoming more difficult. You’re exhausted and struggling to keep up with your workload. Maybe it’s impacting multiple areas of your life. Majorities of respondents in a survey of North American working family caregivers, conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, report caregiving has put a strain […]

How to Prepare for “The Talk” About Moving to Assisted Living

 Talking to your parents about assisted living can be tough. Many seniors resist this transition, often because they feel they’re being forced out of their homes and losing their independence. Children and spouses avoid this complicated conversation as well, because they are unsure how their loved ones will react. But, being prepared before a crisis arises can […]

Caregiver Depression? Try This

If caregiving has you feeling overwhelmed or stressed you to the point you think you may actually be depressed, you’re not alone. As Cy Sarah, a participant in our Caregiver Stress Relief  online community said, “When I get overwhelmed, it’s because I’m not taking time for myself, so I’m learning to build time into the […]

Caring for an ailing family member can be a thankless act of love. Here’s how to avoid burnout

Bobbie Orsi, a 61-year-old nurse and director of community relations at Home Instead in Pittsfield, Mass., is responsible for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, her 84-year-old mother and her aunt living in a skilled nursing facility. Orsi is often juggling her needs with theirs: always having her husband’s pill box full, but sometimes forgetting to […]

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Knowing the difference makes a difference

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 101: The Difference and Why it Matters Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often spoken about interchangeably, but they are not the same condition. During Dementia Awareness Week, we want to share the different types of dementia and the warning signs. Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Dementia is a general term that describes a wide […]