Caregiving Skills

When you take on the role of a family caregiver, you immediately become a doctor, nurse and social worker--all at once and often without any formal training. Here you will find important topics and care lounge discussions designed specifically to provide a “how to” for some of caregiving’s most common responsibilities and to make the information and support resources you need a little more accessible and easier to navigate.

Topics

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Balance & Mobility Assistance

As your loved one ages, you may begin to notice changes in other balance and their overall mobility levels. Understanding these changes and using safe mobility techniques will help keep your loved one on their feet and on the go.

Bathing

You are not alone. Many caregivers find that helping their loved one bathe to be one of the most challenging aspects of caregiving. Here you will find tips that will help foster a successful bathing experience and make you and your loved one more comfortable in the process.

Caregiving Quick Tips Gallery

Discovering the best way to care for a loved one takes time and practice. Discover some quick tips and suggestions to help you on your caregiving journey.

Clutter & Hoarding

The items our loved one collects over time represents a lifetime of memories, but if the clutter gets out of control, danger could easily be lurking in your loved one’s home. In this section you will find tips that will help your loved one hold on to their memories without being buried by mounds of hazardous clutter.

Communication Tips

Difficult conversations can be...well...difficult. The fear of bringing up a sensitive topic or finding the right time to start an uncomfortable discussion can become obstacles that are tough to overcome. This section was designed to get you started and to keep you on the right track.

Dressing

Throughout our lives, most of us put a fair amount of attention into choosing what we wear. But as we age, dressing can become a challenge, and as caregivers, it may be hard for us to watch our loved one change in this way. Here you will find tips to help your loved one dress for success.

Driving Safety

Transportation can be a sensitive issue for older drivers and a tricky one for their caregivers. How do you know if it still safe for your loved one to drive? And if your loved one can't drive, are you thrust into the role of chauffeur? Learn more about your options and navigating these decisions here.

Incontinence & Toileting

Don’t worry. You are not alone. Dealing with incontinence and assisting a loved one with toileting is often one of the most dreaded daily tasks of being a family caregiver. Here you will find tips for making things a little easier both for you and for your loved one.

Lift Caregiving Image Gallery

Find Lift Caregiving's original artwork, designed to capture the caregiving experience and comfort caregivers.

Managing Pain, Symptoms, Physical Decline & Quality of Life

For most people, pain and decline tend to be some of our greatest fears. As a result, many older adults and their caregivers experience tremendous anxiety and worry, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn more about helping your loved one manage their pain, improve their quality of life and prepare for what's ahead here.

Medication Management

Medication management is the art and science of monitoring the medications your loved one takes. Here you will find tips to help you confirm that your loved one is complying with the prescribed medication regimen and avoiding possible drug interactions.

Nutrition & Appetite

As your loved one ages, their appetite is likely to change. Learn more about these changes and find tips to help keep your loved one eating nutritiously and regularly here.

Preventing Falls & Creating a Safe Home

Falling can be caused by many factors. Some are internal, including slow reflexes, declining vision and the effects of medications. Others are external, such as environmental hazards in the home.

Understanding Your Loved One's Emotions

Developing a better understanding of what your loved one is going through can have a meaningful effect on your relationship. Here you will find tips for empathizing with your loved one, strengthening the connection between you and enhancing your overall quality of life.

Warning Signs

Early identification can be one of the most important ways we help our loved ones get the care and attention they need. In this section you will find [banner-resources-list] designed specifically to help give you some insight into what to look for, what to expect and what to do.

Working Together

Caregiving can be an emotional rollercoaster for all involved. And because of the stresses, it can be difficult to work collaboratively with the other members of your loved one’s care team. In this section you will find articles, community discussions, trending topics and local resources designed specifically to highlight strategies that have worked for others and that we hope will work for you too.


Care Lounge Community Discussions

See what our community members are saying about caregiving skills. Ask a question, browse answers and learn from others here.

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Local Resources

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