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Caregiver Burnout
As much as it brings joy to help a loved one, it can take a toll emotionally and physically. It is important to know the signs of caregiver burnout.
VA Aid and Attendance
VA Aid and Attendance is a monthly pension benefit for Veterans who served during wartime. It is a lesser-known benefit that allows for additional support when a Veteran or surviving family member is housebound and requires additional help from someone to aid them. There are means-tested income and asset thresholds that must be met to qualify for the tax-free benefit payment. Read More
Happy Thanksgiving From CarePatrol of Sarasota
I love that every year we get reminded during the month of November to STOP and give thanks. Personally, I feel very blessed for many reasons. Besides family and friends, I have so much to be thankful for. I have healthy adult children, businesses that allow us not only to make a living but we get to make a difference in others lives. Read More
The Time is Now: Preparing for the Costs of Aging
Did you know? The cost of care tends to increase as one ages due to a variety of factors, including the potential for declining health, increased medical needs, and a greater reliance on assistance for daily activities. Read More
Helping Older Adults with the Holiday Blues
Although the lights are shining and festive music fills the air, the holiday season isn’t always the easiest time for everyone. Older adults can struggle with feelings of isolation and are often hesitant to share these emotions. With some compassion and kindness, there are ways to help aging loved ones to feel included and lessen a sense of feeling isolated. Read More
Healthy Habits Create a New You for 2024
A new year full of wonder is on the horizon. Instead of thinking of typical resolutions, this could be an exciting time to bring some joy, inspiration and healthy choices to change your life. This is a fantastic opportunity to incorporate some new possibilities and team up to help a parent, grandparent or other loved one to make 2024 a wonderful year to remember! Read More
How Assisted Living Protects Your Loved One's Safety & Security
Making the decision to seek residential care for a family member can be difficult. Many older... Read More
What to Look for When Visiting an Aging Parent
Visiting loved ones as they age can be a deeply meaningful experience, but it also comes with a responsibility to ensure their well-being. During these visits, it's essential to be observant and proactive in assessing their physical, emotional, and cognitive health. Read More
30 Years of Making a World of Difference
In the senior care industry, decades of consistency in providing advisory services is cause for celebration. After 30 years of transforming how families find senior living options for their loved ones, CarePatrol continues to wax strong. Read More
Depression in SC Elderly Population
Though prevalent in our society, depression is not a normal part of aging, and some researchers believe that there are more seniors suffering than are documented due to stigmas which prevent seniors from seeking help. Also, many symptoms are overlooked by family, friends, and possibly the seniors themselves. According to WebMD, only 10% of seniors suffering from depression get treatment. This blog will discuss the contributing factors and signs of depression in the elderly, along with tips for prevention. Depression is a treatable illness that can be managed successfully with the advice of a trained medical professional. Read More
Healthy Aging: When Is it Time to Hang Up the Keys?
As a loved one ages, concerns about their ability to continue driving safely may arise. For many of us, driving symbolizes freedom and independence. However, it's essential to acknowledge promptly that the abilities of an aging adult can change, affecting their overall safety on the road. Read More
The Faces of Dementia
Advances in dementia knowledge and treatment options have come along way over the years but there are still many unknowns. One of the biggest misconceptions is that all dementia is the same. This blog is designed to discuss the most common types of dementia along with signs & symptoms of each. The information contained here is not for diagnostic purposes and if you suspect a loved one may be suffering from one of these diseases, please consult with a licensed medical professional. Read More
Tips for Making the Holidays Less Stressful & More Joyous for Family Caregivers
The holidays are right around the corner. This magical time of year begins with Thanksgiving dinner and stretches through New Year’s Day, full of special times spent with family, creating memories to last a lifetime. For family caregivers, the holiday season can be more challenging. Let’s explore ways to help the entire family enjoy these amazing times together. Read More
Recognizing Alzheimer’s Disease and the Benefits of Memory Care
Over 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and 3 million new cases are diagnosed each year. More than 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. These staggering statistics mean that you likely know someone or have a loved one who has a form of dementia. In the United States, 11 million people are acting as unpaid caregivers for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Read More
Preserving Family Stories
Sharing family stories is a powerful way to keep our personal history alive. By narrating both the best and most challenging life experiences, we can get the whole picture of how a family becomes a collective unit. Read More
Taking Care of Older Adults: Top 5 Caregiving Considerations to Make
The National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP estimate that more than 53 million Americans are... Read More
Preparing Seniors for the Upcoming Flu and Cold Season
Now that the summer heat is behind us and the weather is getting colder, flu symptoms will become increasingly common. For seniors, the common cold can lead to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. For seniors struggling with more chronic conditions like diabetes or asthma, a flu infection can worsen things. Read More
Supporting Emotional Wellness for Seniors
The way that you handle daily stress can provide a window into your overall emotional state. October is Emotional Wellness Month, an ideal opportunity to take stock of how we are doing as well as consider the emotional wellness of the seniors we love. Read More
Understanding Depression
Feeling blue or melancholy is common, with many people relating to those emotions. Recognizing the difference between sadness and depression is important, especially in older adults. The National Institute of Mental Health categorizes depression as a serious mood disorder that is accompanied by symptoms that impact how a person thinks, feels and handles their day to day activities like working, eating and sleeping. Read More
National Long Term Care Planning Month
October is National Long Term Care Planning Month, the ideal opportunity to consider a strategy for the future. According to the National Institute on Aging, when considering long term care, think about assistance with activities of daily living like grooming, dressing and bathing as well as services like meals and transportation. This help may be needed after a health setback, disability, hospitalization or as part of the natural aging process and can involve a change in senior living arrangements to make sure an older adult stays safe. Read More

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