Obstacles to Family Care-Giving and How to Overcome Them

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There may come a time when your significant other or parents will depend on you to take care of them for any number of reasons. Whether they suffer from Alzheimer’s, had a stroke or been diagnosed with cancer; the fact of the matter is they will need someone to look after them. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that more than 15 million adults currently provide care to relatives in the U.S.

The role of caregiver comes with many responsibilities, but it also may have some hidden consequences. Queen City Elder Care in Cincinnati is here to break down the challenges of family care-giving and how to cope with them.

Although taking care of your loved one can be quite rewarding, it’s also emotionally demanding and you may crave more quality time with them. You can turn to private duty care to help with some of these responsibilities and allow yourselves that precious bonding experience.

Caring for your elderly loved one can also impact your career and income. Some people with a full time career and hectic schedule of their own find that using a private duty company for even a few hours a week can help alleviate the stress of 24/7 care-giving. The American Alzheimer’s Association collected data that showed the effects of care-giving on one’s career. Some of these include: going from full-time to part-time, loss of job benefits, having to take a leave of absence or turn down a job promotion due to their responsibly of taking care of their loved one.

In addition to loss of quality time and an impact on your finances, caring for your family member could also lead to your own health problems.  The Journal of the American Medical Association performed a study called “Caregiving as a Risk Factor: The Caregiver Health Effects Study” which discussed how elderly people that are feeling stressed as a result of caring for a spouse with a chronic illness have a 63% higher mortality rate.

When it comes time to find care for your loved one, know your options. Turning to a private duty company to share in the responsibilities can be beneficial to you as well as to your loved one.

We want to hear from you! Tell us about your experiences with family care-giving in the comments below.

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

Have you ever wondered how you or your loved ones would handle end of life decisions? The topic may not be top of mind for most, but it’s important for all Americans to ensure that their future healthcare choices are known and protected.

A recent ABC News story highlighting “The Conversation Project” points out the benefits of having this important conversation by eliminating doubt and guess work when it comes to decisions made at the end of life. Queen City Hospice & Palliative Care along with Brookdale Senior Living can help you facilitate the conversation by joining us on April 17th for our National Healthcare Decisions Day.

Healthcare professionals, clergy and legal professionals will be on hand to guide you through this brief, but important process. Our panel of experts will discuss advanced directives, living wills and how to appoint a health care power of attorney. You’ll learn how these important documents can help save your family time, money and heartache. It’s a great opportunity to get all of your questions answered.
The event is free to attend and starts from 9am to 4pm at the Springfield Township Senior Center, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

For reservations or more information, contact Christina at
(513) 265-5063 or calexander@brookdaleliving.com by April 15.

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Do You Recognize Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s?

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These days, some of the statistics you read about Alzheimer’s dieses are staggering. Did you know that according to SarahCare at DTC, someone develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds? And, 1 out of 3 seniors in the U.S. will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. At Queen City Elder Care in Cincinnati, we deal with a lot patients who have early onset Alzheimer’s. We tell their loved ones to watch out for early signs. Caring.com breaks them down into four categories:

Memory and Thinking Skills

  • Repeating questions within a short period of time
  • Gets lost more easily
  • Forgets to take medications
  • Loses track when speaking
  • Forgets commons words

Emotions and Social Life

  • Loses interest in things they once loved
  • Uses profanity more often
  • Uncharacteristically aggressive behavior
  • Paranoid thoughts or suspicions

Personal Care

  • Problems going to the bathroom
  • Skips bathing
  • Can’t figure out what to wear
  • Does not pick up after themselves

If you or someone you know is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and needs in-home help,  Queen City Elder Care is here to help. Call us at 513-510-4410.

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What is Diabetes Alert Day?

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The fourth Tuesday of March is American Diabetes Alert Day and we here at Queen City Hospice & Palliative Care are spreading awareness by asking our readers to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes.

According to Diabetes.org, the disease affects approximately 26 million children and adults in the United States alone. And, nearly 7 million people are completely unaware they have it!  Caring.com also shares that type 2 diabetes is prevalent among older, overweight adults. If you would like to prevent your risk for developing diabetes, follow these steps.

  1. Improving Your Diet – Did you know you could prevent your chances of getting Diabetes by just losing 7% body fat? If you weigh 200lbs, that equates to dropping only 15lbs.
  2. Boost Your Exercise – It’s no secret, exercise is the key to staying healthy. By simply walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week you could drastically drop your chances of developing Diabetes.
  3.  Fill Up with Fiber – Your body takes longer to digest foods that are high in fiber. Strive to eat at least 45-50 grams of fiber per day. Start your day with a healthy bowl of oatmeal so that glucose is slowly released instead of spiking your blood sugar.
  4. Know Your Numbers – Ask your doctor to check your cholesterol and blood pressure regularly. It is imperative you know your numbers and keep the cholesterol total under 200 mg/dL and blood pressure under 140/90. Your doctor will make suggestions on how you can stay within a healthy range.
  5. Stop Smoking – This one is a no-brainer. Smokers are 50% more likely to develop Diabetes over non-smokers. Ceasing smoking will not only reduce your risk of Diabetes, but also a long list of other diseases and complications.

You can take the Diabetes Risk Test for free by visiting www.stopdiabetes.com.

Do you know someone struggling with Diabetes? Tell us your story in the comments below.

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