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Caregiver Wellness: Take Care of Yourself from Morning 'til Midnight 

Download the latest Caregiver Wellness infographic. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America compiled this list to fit the nine components of the "Caregiver Wellness: U Model." Eboni Green, Ph.D., RN, co-founder of Caregiver Support Services, Omaha, developed this conceptual model to empower caregivers to achieve optimum wellness. The components are social, psychological, physical, intellectual, spiritual, occupational and financial wellness, plus the empowerment and resilience, or flexibility, necessary for you to take charge of your health on a holistic basis.  


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It's easy for people to say, "Take care of yourself," but here is a plan that anyone can use, whether moment by moment, or day by day. Not on our mailing list?  Sign up for our email newsletter and receive the "Caregiver Wellness: Take Care of Yourself from Morning 'til Midnight" infographic for FREE! 





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The video below illustrates the importance of striving to achieve optimum wellness. 



As you know, you play an important role in providing care for your elderly or disabled loved one or client. In, fact, according to the Caregiver Wellness: "U" Model, caregiver wellness is more than simply being physically healthy. At Caregiver Support Services we stress the importance of viewing wellness as an ongoing process - a work in progress. Our goal is to empower you as a caregiver so that you can put the focus back on you while that you can to strive for optimal caregiver wellness. 



Healthcare Advocacy: Fundamentals of Ethical Caregiving 



A struggle in maintaining the integrity of healthcare lies in knowing how to apply ethical principles in stressful professional and family caregiver roles. Our web seminar provides the framework for developing a holistic ethical caregiver strategy based on: applying a practical approach to ethics in healthcare; knowing the difference between types of neglect; making sure there are abuse-prevention services in one's area; and learning the ethical roles of elder law attorneys in consulting aging clients and their families on end-of-life issues. 








Lowering the Risk of Adverse Drug Reactions: A Life Saving Conversation 



Did you know that the average adult over the age of 65 takes seven or more prescription medications? It's true! And while most medications are perfectly safe, from time to time you or your loved one may take a medication or a combination of medications that don't suit your body. As a result you may end up experiencing an adverse reaction.  


Adverse reactions are not only life threatening, but are the 4th leading cause of death, with approximately 125,000 people losing their lives every year as a result of this very serious problem.  


The good news is that there is a simple test that can help you avoid experiencing an adverse reaction to the medications you and/or your loved one are currently taking. 








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This pre-recorded web seminar helps family and professional caregivers manage stress associated with caring for a client or loved one. Seminar content examines the roles of stress and distress and how they impact caregivers' decision-making abilities. Participants will discover the important differences between the concepts of "helping" caregiving and "rescuing" caregiving. They also will learn to use the "Caregiver Wellness: U Model" in order to develop social, psychological, physical, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and financial wellness and cultivate empowerment and resilience. The webinar was sponsored by Right at Home and presented in cooperation with the American Society on Aging. 




RightConversationstm  Bridging the Communications Gap  

As a family or professional caregiver, you play an important role in maintaining the health and well-being of your elderly or disabled loved one or client. Yet, according to a study recently published by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute titled "Caregiving in the U.S. 2015," fewer than half of family caregivers have made plans for the future care of their loved ones, and significantly fewer have made these plans for themselves. The lack of a plan for both you and your loved one can end up being problematic, specifically if there is a care transition, emergency, or crisis. Therefore it is incredibly important, when possible, to make an informed decision about your care and the care of your loved one rather than having an emergency situation dictate the decision for you. A proactive approach to planning may also decrease the stress you experience and increase your intellectual well-being.  


Although it is up to you and your loved one to determine the right time to begin conversing about  tips for effective communication when having a difficult conversation about the need for assistance with the activities of daily living. The guide also includes a valuable, step-by-step example of how to broach difficult topics while keeping the needs of your loved one in the forefront.  Although you cannot be prepared for everything, it is important that you take steps to ensure that you and your loved one have a solid plan in place for your future. 



RightConversations Webinar 

You might choose to download the RightCoversationssm Guide and return to Caregiver Support Services to watch the recording of "RightConversations: Bridging the Family Communications Gap" webinar. Please see the description of the webinar below. 


When visiting home, you've noticed mom is becoming forgetful; for example, she once left the stove burner on. This web seminar will help adult children learn effective tips when preparing for a difficult conversation with aging parents about their care needs. Helpful information covered in our web seminar includes the 10 RightConversations tips; using effective communication styles when having the conversation; and the benefits of using the Information Journal, Communication Planner and Family Action Planner. This is pre-recorded webinar was sponsored by Right at Home and presented in cooperation with the American Society on Aging.  


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