Though the holidays should be a time full of love, joy and celebration, illnesses can sometimes can get in the way of these good times. Caregivers, and the sick people they look after, may become exhausted and isolated from friends and family due to the need for constant care. This season, it’s important for people who are dealing with illness or caring for those who are, to engage and interact with others in order to combat loneliness. Because no one should miss out on the v
Caring for a loved one can be a full-time job where even the best multitaskers may quickly find themselves overwhelmed. With many different aspects of care to consider, it may become increasingly necessary to divide the role of caregiver. Having the support of others who share a common connection to a sick or aging individual, ensures that no one person is weighed down with the responsibility of care. Additionally, it gives the sick or aging person a chance for more personal,
Caregiving of any kind can feel like a thankless job, but caring for someone with dementia can be particularly taxing. Feeling frustration from the trials of dealing with this disease is normal; however, regularly experiencing intense levels of frustration can negatively impact your health and the health of those receiving your care. It is important to take preventative measures to manage your emotions before you feel overwhelmed. There are six common unhealthy thought patter
Watching a loved one experience grief can be difficult and often leaves us feeling helpless. Gaining some new information, perspective and strategies can help you feel more prepared to offer your support to a grieving loved one. Learning About Grief What does grief look like? Everyone grieves differently and for different reasons. It is common for a grieving individual to experience frequent mood swings. Some people may become withdrawn, tearful, irritable and visibly upset,
Would you know where to turn if caring for a loved one became emotionally and physically overwhelming? Understanding your options and getting the right information to address issues that go beyond your caregiver skill set can be challenging. Sometimes, caregivers feel so overwhelmed that they rush through key decisions, ultimately choosing care options that are against their loved one’s wishes. WATCH: Private Duty Services Director, Carol Emmerich RN, provides important detai
Many people in St. Louis watched Mike Roberts deliver the daily weather cast on KSDK – Channel 5 for several years and, by his strong familiarity and fondness of the region, many have come to believe he’s a native St. Louisian. However, Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan, where he lived until the age of seven before his family moved to the northwest Detroit suburb of Southfield. Mike remained in Southfield until he went away for college at Central Michigan University. There h
Cheryl Crawley was not an only child, but it felt that way. As the youngest of four, her nearest sibling was ten years older, so memories of her sister and two brothers together in the same place are precious but few. Maybe that’s why as a certified nurse assistant at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis, Cheryl always makes sure to ask her patients about their past and favorite memories. That’s probably why she works hard to create new, happy memories as well.
Jasmine King grew up near the Missouri Botanical Gardens in downtown St. Louis, and her family's roots have always been intertwined in the neighborhood. Her mother and four siblings lived comfortably together. And, her great grandmother lived upstairs in an apartment in the same building. Her grandfather lived just around the corner. Even when Jasmine left childhood behind, she didn’t stray far from home. Her husband, Vernon, is her high school sweetheart and grew up in St.
Caregiving has always been a part of life for Alene Martin. As the second of five children, she spent a lot of her adolescence helping her busy mother, who worked two jobs to support the family, care for her younger siblings. “We really didn’t know we were poor. My mom worked so hard, and I wanted to help her. I didn’t find out until I was much older that there were times she would cry because we didn’t have enough food for everyone.” When Alene was nine years old, her Aunt M
For over 30 years, VNA nurses and aides have supported caregivers of patients we serve. Through our support, we’ve listened to thousands of stories and reflections, and many have communicated things they wish they’d known before taking on a caregiving responsibility – things that could have improved their experience. Here are the five most common insights mentioned: 1. “The conversation” is best ahead of health decline. Don’t wait until a loved one is in an advanced stage of