Support for Family Caregivers
Posted By Maryann Porosky On MAY 04,2017
The April/May edition of our newsletter for family caregivers is out. Every month, we at Caring Choices publish three articles on topics designed to help families caring for an aging loved one.
In this issue we look at strategies for supporting your personal relationship with the individual you care for. It's far too easy—and not healthy for either of you—to let the to-do list take over. We continue our series about pneumonia, with a look at aspiration pneumonia. This lung infection is especially common near the end of life and in persons with advanced dementia. And, since National Healthcare Decisions Day happens in April, we have information to help those who have been named as health care decision makers.
Visits: more than just business. For the sake of your loved one's dignity and your own enjoyment, find ways to bring your personal relationship to the forefront.
Preventing aspiration pneumonia. If swallowing becomes difficult, your loved one is at risk for food going down into the lungs instead of the stomach. Learn what you can do to reduce this source of infection.
Making medical decisions in a crisis. Most decisions happen with a long lead time. Perhaps there's been a protracted illness and multiple treatments. Sometimes, however, things change abruptly. Discover tips for making the wisest decisions possible when the need is urgent.
We're here for you!
As the north New Jersey experts in aging well, we offer this free online newsletter as a source of regular, 24/7 support. (Check out our archive of past issues. It has more than 300 articles!) If you have family caregiving questions, give us a call at 973-627-4087. Supporting family caregivers is our business.