Haley Kotwicki

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12 Tips on What to Do Before, During and After Doctor Appointments

Caregiving can take many forms. Family caregivers often accompany their parent to their doctor appointments and possibly even sit in the exam room with them. Below are 12 suggestions on what to do before, during and after a visit with the doctor.

Robot Pets Make Good Companions for Seniors

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." - Helen Keller Companionship is one of the most important necessities in life, like shelter and food. Having someone to talk to or attend outings with can make for better, happier days.

Bring the Outside In: Plants That Purify Air

For older adults, gardening can be beneficial to their overall health and well-being. While some seniors may not have access to a garden or be unable physically to plant and weed, they can still enjoy the beauty and health benefits of indoor plants, specifically those that purify the air inside homes.

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Medication Safety Week

While medications are created to help heal illnesses or manage the symptoms of chronic diseases, prescribed drugs can also be dangerous if not taken correctly. Adverse drug events (ADEs) cause more than 1 million emergency department visits and 280,000 hospitalizations each year.

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act Is Signed Into Law

RAISE (which stands for Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) focuses on providing relief to those who care for a relative or close loved one. Family caregivers don't have to provide just personal care to qualify. The RAISE Act can help any family caregiver who provides housekeeping, financial and medical assistance.

Noticing Changes in Your Loved Ones After the Holidays

The whirl of the holiday season is behind us, and while you're left with happy memories, you may looking back and paying more attention to the irregularities you noticed in your older relatives' home or behavior. Maybe you are starting to wonder if they need some help with everyday activities.

5 Questions to Ask a Home Care Agency

Finding a home care agency to watch over a parent, grandparent, spouse or another older loved one is a serious responsibility. Do you know what to look for in a home care agency to ensure you're choosing the best for your loved one? Here are five questions to ask when selecting an agency: 1.

What to Do if You Are a First-Time Family Caregiver

While some family caregivers gradually grow into their roles or are born into it, others can pinpoint the event that started their journey: Their father was hospitalized after a fall and needed more help at home, or their wife was diagnosed with an unexpected chronic illness.

Are You a Family Caregiver and Don't Know It?

When I was caring for my father and grandmother, I didn't think of myself as a family caregiver. I viewed it as auxiliary duties of a daughter and granddaughter. Guiding my dad's feet into his orthopedic boots and cleaning out my grandma's refrigerator was a part of our unspoken family agreement to always support and love each other.

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