Caregiver Training Blog

Stem Cells: An Overview for Patients and Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Sun, Aug 28, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Topics: Medications, Health

While stem cells are a hot topic, not everyone understands what they are and their potential when it comes to regenerative medicine. Many researchers and medical experts believe that stem cells hold great promise for the future in  treating and curing disease, but there are some obstacles along the way. Let's take a closer look at the science behind stem cells, what they do, and what this means for patients and caregivers.

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Peace in Dying? Insights from the "Oldest Old"

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Dying is one of the most common fears among people young and old. Thoughts of everything from will it hurt to the impact on loved ones can be frightening -- particularly as the prospect of dying grows closer with age. However, recent research published in the journal, PLOS ONE, reveals that thinking and talking about dying may not be as hard as we think for people of advanced age, AKA the "oldest old." Let's take a closer look at the findings, along with tips for supporting loved ones at the end of life. Read More

A Caregiver's Guide to Navigating Senior Housing Options

By Max Gottlieb - Guest Blogger on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

While some seniors are choosing to remain independent longer, there are still many who are faced with the difficult decision of choosing the right type of eldercare. As caregivers, even though you are not making that decision personally, it's helpful to know the differences and advantages of each type of care before you need them. I’ll keep this post short and only talk about the four most common types: residential care, assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes.

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Thought Leader Series: The Process of Dying, A Guide For Caregivers of Older Adults

By mmLearn.org on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for AssistedLivingCenter.com, a resource for senior care communities.

More than likely, if you're reading this, you are a caregiver for an elderly loved one who is nearing the end of their life. Unless you are a professionally trained nurse, you've probably never done this before. It is normal to feel scared, confused, even a little angry or resentful.

The end of life experience is different for everyone. This guide was written to help you navigate common issues and concerns that many people face as a caregiver. 

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Four Benefits of In-Home Care for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

An increasing number of seniors are opting to age in place. However, remaining in the home can be a challenge -- both for seniors and the family members who care for them. Luckily, there are some ways to support quality of life while honoring your aging loved one's desire for ongoing independence. Topping the list? In-home care. Let's take a closer look at four ways this increasingly popular form of senior care can be a vital part of helping to meet the needs of patients and caregivers alike.

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Can Technology Help Lighten Your Load as a Family Caregiver?

By mmLearn.org on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

Much has been written about the benefits of technology for seniors, but did you know that caregivers have plenty to gain from embracing technology, as well? The National Alliance for Caregiving's Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving report highlights the value of mobile, online, and in-home technologies for supporting family caregivers, and proposing recommendations aimed at optimizing its impact. Let's take a closer look.

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Aphasia and Aging: The 411 for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Aug 04, 2016 @ 09:13 AM

More than one million people in the United States have aphasia, according to the National Aphasia Association (NAA). And, while aphasia can impact anyone, the majority of people living with this communication condition are middle-aged or older. Caring for someone with aphasia is a challenge, but there are some things you can do to make the situation easier. Read on for more information on aphasia, along with coping techniques for caregivers.

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How to Change a Bed with Someone In It

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 09:56 AM

Topics: Caregiver Info

While we often talk about the work of caregivers in terms of its emotional challenges, there are plenty of physical challenges, too. One task many caregivers struggle with when it comes to patient care is changing the sheets on an occupied bed. Let's take a closer look at nine steps involved in changing a bed while a patient is still in it.

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Is Your Aging Loved One Leaving the Hospital with a Superbug?

By mmLearn.org on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 03:30 PM

A full quarter of seniors leave the hospital with superbugs on their hands following a hospital stay, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine earlier this spring. Not only that, but those who continue on to nursing homes or other care facilities are likely to amass further superbugs throughout their stay. What are superbugs and what can patients and caregivers do to keep them at bay? Let's take a closer look at this increasingly dangerous threat to senior health.

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Senior Hygiene and Personal Care: Five Tips for Caregivers

By mmLearn.org on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

Helping seniors with personal care can be an emotionally and physically challenging task for caregivers. However, there are some ways to lighten the load. Read on for five tips designed to help caregivers manage personal care and hygiene tasks while best supporting the dignity, independence and overall quality of life of aging loved ones.

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