Caregiving is an act of compassion and dedication for those we love – but it can often come at a price, from caregiver burnout to compassion fatigue. Discover strategies to best care for others and yourself during your caregiving journey.
Long distance caregiving: tips for caring from afar
It’s hard to see someone you love struggling with old age or a medical condition – it’s even harder to support them when you live far away. How do you know if they can handle daily chores? Are they taking their meds on time? Do they pay their bills and visit their doctor when needed?
Are caregiver expenses tax deductible? How to claim caregiver medical expenses
Paying for Mom’s or Dad’s prescriptions, doctor’s appointments, or medical monitoring devices can get expensive. You may have had to make home modifications or offer financial assistance to help your older loved ones support themselves.
These expenses can add up; in fact, American families spend almost 26% of their annual income on caregiving, including 17% on medical costs. Fortunately, there are tax breaks available for caregivers that may offer some financial relief.
Acing awkward conversations with Mom: a guide to “The Talk”
My friends tell me one of the hardest things they’ve had to do is bring up “The Talk” with their parents. It’s that difficult conversation no one wants to have.
It may be telling them it’s not safe for them to live alone anymore, they shouldn’t be driving, they need (more) help, or that they need to see a doctor or that your safety concerns about their house.
Caregivers: it’s time to stop second-guessing ourselves
Like most adults, I’ve second-guessed many of my own decisions. While most were made with my own future in mind, that all changed when I became a family caregiver for an ever-increasing number of older adults – a time that also coincided with raising two young children, one with health challenges.