Handling Difficult Situations

Many caregivers must handle the difficult situation of having a family member with a physical illness complicated by an emotional reaction that interferes with their care—think of the Alzheimer’s patient who has a heart attack, for instance. Often, the sick will lash out at their caregiver to the point of becoming aggressive. Though the family member may know what they are doing, occasionally, their behavior is a product of their illness or medication. Therefore, you need to know how to care for your family member’s physical needs and how to handle difficult emotional situations, too.

Dementia and Memory Loss

Dementia is the broad term used to describe all the diseases and conditions associated with memory disorders. It may affect any age group but is more common in the elderly, which is where it is often mistaken for senility. In addition, trauma, stroke, and medical conditions like infection or drug reactions, can lead to Dementia, …

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Caregiver being screamed at by man in wheelchair

Approaching Someone Who’s Angry

Approaching Someone Who Is Angry             When a person with dementia or a mental illness is angry, they may not think clearly. Therefore, it is very important to use caution when approaching if they show signs of aggression. In addition, their actions may be unpredictable. Even close relatives may not recognize you and may believe …

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Helping Someone With Depression

To Help Someone Who Is Depressed, You Need to Be Able to   Recognize the Signs of Depression        Sometimes a person gradually slips into depression without realizing how low they have sunk. As their motivation to rise above the sadness is waning, you notice changes in their appearance and behaviors. If you notice …

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)   Tips on How to Respond Quickly If Suicide Plans Are In Process If you feel that your family member or friend has a plan in progress about how to commit suicide, you need to take immediate action to help them. Therefore, evaluate the danger to the person and …

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Myths About Suicidal Thoughts

Myths About Suicidal Thoughts   People who talk about suicide won’t really do it. Almost everyone who commits suicide has given some clue or warning in advance. So don’t ignore even an indirect reference to death or suicide.  Statements like, “You’ll be sorry when I’m gone,” “I can’t see any way out” –even if someone …

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As a caregiver, it is often hard to know how to handle difficult situations such as depression in a loved one.

Feelings of Depression

Handling Feelings of Depression       Having feelings of depression affects millions of people. Both the caregiver and the care receiver suffer from depression in many situations.  Attempting to care for someone who feels depressed while feeling that way is particularly difficult.  If this describes your life, I encourage you to seek help from a qualified …

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