Guides & Tips

Check out our latest guides to learn more about all of the different aspects of caregiving. Take your understanding to the next level!

  • How to Put in Hearing Aids: Your Ultimate Guide
    Hearing aids are a popular and effective solution for individuals with hearing loss. These small electronic devices are designed … Read more
  • How Long Do Hearing Aids Last? Signs You May Need New Ones
    Living with hearing loss can be challenging, but thanks to advancements in technology, hearing aids have become an essential … Read more
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Hearing Aids
    Are your hearing aids not performing as well as they used to? Are you experiencing muffled or distorted sounds? … Read more
  • What is Medicare? How it Works, Who Qualifies and When, What are Parts A-D, and More.
    What is Medicare? Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance for people who are 65 or older, … Read more
  • How to Overcome Caregiver Burnout: Refresh & Renew
    Many caregivers share one distinct thing in common…BURNOUT. Burnout has become a pandemic.
  • 3 Things to Do When Your Parent Says “No”
    Watching our loved ones age is not easy. We see them begin to struggle with normal activities such as gardening or cooking. You know they need help, yet when you offer suggestions, they refuse and even become agitated.
  • How to Plan for the Costs of Your Parent’s Long-Term Care Needs
    As adults, watching our parents age can be difficult, and it’s never easy to contemplate long-term care needs. We don’t want to think of our parents as sick, feeble, or helpless, but planning for LTCis a reality many of us will face at some point in our lives.
  • Why I Love Being a Caregiver
    Being a family caregiver isn’t easy. Whether you have been a caregiver for years or just become a caregiver overnight, everyone gets frustrated sometimes and runs into challenges that may seem impossible.
  • How to Recover from Major Surgery When You Live Alone
    The advantages of living alone are many. But what about after a major surgery? What is the solo dweller supposed to do after a knee replacement, hysterectomy, or other procedure where it is almost impossible to recover without around-the-clock help?
  • How to Spot Elder Abuse
    Many seniors reside in nursing homes and other care facilities, and some remain in their homes, receiving care from family members, neighbors, and hired home health aides, when they become unable to care for themselves.
  • Living Well on a Post-Retirement Fixed Income
    Every penny counts when you’re on a fixed income. You have to be disciplined with your spending habits and generally live within or below your means. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life – far from it
  • How Medical Speech-Language Pathologists Help with Communication and Swallowing Disorders
    It is my job, as a medical SLP to evaluate, diagnose and treat people with speech-language/cognitive and swallowing disorders.
  • Everyone Should Have a Power of Attorney
    Once an individual turns 18, no one else has the legal right to make a decision on behalf of another adult without a power of attorney. If your elderly parents have not yet assigned a legal power of attorney, should they become ill or have an accident that deems them incapable of making a decision, their future may be left in the hands of strangers.
  • The Importance of Self-Care for the Family Caregiver
    All too often caregivers place the majority of their focus on taking care of others while neglecting themselves. If you’re the family caregiver, then this is for you.
  • Senior Living Options: Aging-in-Place, Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes
    Fortunately for seniors, there are several different living options available that offer a wide array of living arrangements and services. When assessing the various options, consider the financial costs, the assistance needs of your parents, and their personal preferences.
  • How to Handle End-of-Life Planning
    Discussing and planning future goals does not come easy for most of us, especially when it involves having the conversation with our parents to find out what their end-of-life wishes are.
  • Moving Transitions for Seniors
    Sooner or later, you will most likely find yourself helping to move a Senior or you are that Senior. And this time, it seems like your best life is being left behind.
  • Tips for Enjoying a Smooth Transition to Assisted Living
    Moving out of your home and into an assisted living facility is a major upheaval. For many seniors, this move comes with stress, uncertainty, and emotional upset.
  • Top 12 Health And Fitness Apps For People Over 60
    Being fit, healthy and fabulous cannot be achieved overnight and doesn’t exactly come easily. Thank you to the modern technology out there today because living cleaner and having a more active lifestyle is easily achievable
  • Understanding a Variety of Hearing Devices
    Hearing aids are not easy to understand. Many people are boggled by a variety of advertisements, varying prices, and even amplification devices they find on a shelf at their local pharmacy.
  • When is the Right Time for a Care Facility for Someone Experiencing Dementia?
    I often get asked “is it time for a care facility?” and the answer isn’t straight forward and it’s not up to me or another health professional. Unless the person experiencing dementia has become too unsafe to stay at home, either for their safety or the safety of others, professionals don’t make the decision, you do as their loved one, family and advocates. Here are my top 5 key points to consider if you’ve begun to wonder if it’s time fora care facility.
  • 20 Positive Short Affirmations for Caregivers to Motivate and Boost Confidence
    As a caregiver, it is crucial to take care of yourself and be in a healthy & positive mindset. However, it can be difficult to find the motivation to care for someone when they might not show their appreciation or not be cooperative with you. If you are feeling down, isolated, or frustrated, do not let negative thoughts get to you. Affirmations can be one tool you can use to change your mindset from negative to positive. 
  • 5 Essential Skincare Tips for Older Adults
    A known fact in life is that the skin ages alongside our years, making it gradually lose its natural elasticity and become more delicate. Seniors therefore often experience skin dryness which increases wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Taboo Topics: 5 Essential Questions for Your Aging Parents This Thanksgiving
    Forget politics. Talk about something that may invoke gratitude and nostalgia with your family this Thanksgiving weekend instead of frustration.According to a survey by Capital Senior Living, 36% of “Baby Boomers” feel unprepared to start caring for their parents. This number is expected to rise in the coming years, as people are living longer and having children later in life.
  • 5 Ways You Can Treasure the Memories of Your Loved One Forever!
    One of the most painful parts of grief is facing a string of tomorrows without your loved one. Whether you lost the love of your life last month or your mother slipped quietly away while in hospice care, the past is all you have with them. But is that all?
  • 6 Common Social Security Questions, Answered
    Social Security is the country’s largest retirement benefit program. It was designed to provide support for individuals who funded it through taxes while they were working. ‍
  • Actionable Ways Seniors Can Boost Happiness and Wellness
    To be happy is the perfect celebration of life. If you need reminders especially when it comes to knowing what can be done to be happy and live in wellness, check these doable ways out:
  • Aging Care Expert Interview with Laura Banner, FNP-c
    Laura Banner is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the founder of Compassionate Education. For the past 9 years, she has been specializing in dementia care and helping caregivers and families through all stages of dementia. We spoke to Laura about her passion for dementia care and how she founded Compassionate Education. She shares her path to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner to starting her own business, and what all caregivers who are caring for someone with dementia need to understand. 
  • Aging Care Expert Interview with Katie M. Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND
    Katie Dodd is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has been working with older adults for over 11 years. She is also an entrepreneur, side hustling two websites educating people about geriatric nutrition and helping other dietitians become entrepreneurial in their own way. We had the great pleasure of speaking with her and talked about her career as a geriatric dietitian and journey as an entrepreneur.
  • Benefits of Secure Communication in Healthcare
    As technology advances and online transactions become much more accessible for people, the threat of data breaches and information leaks also grows. Thus, it becomes necessary for businesses to provide secure platforms where customers and clients can safely and securely complete negotiations. 
  • Best Bedside Commode for Seniors in 2021
    As we know that one of the most vital pieces of equipment for elderly people is the one that can assure comfort and easiness during their daily chores. And one of the most commonly used equipment for not only seniors but also people suffering from various medical conditions is bedside commode.
  • Buy, Modify or Move Into Assisted Living: Ins and Outs of Your Top Senior Living Options
    Aging comes with several important considerations, including where you plan to live as your needs grow. Ideally, you will be able to age alone in your own home, but for many seniors, this ideal just isn’t possible.
  • Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Community or Nursing Home
    Making the decision to move an elderly loved one from their personal home to either an assisted living community or nursing home is difficult. Oftentimes they don’t want to leave the familiar surroundings and comforts of home, yet you know it will be in their best interest.
  • What to Do When Someone with Dementia Says “I Want to Go Home”
    Have you heard the phrase, “I want togo home” from your loved one or client regardless of them living in assisted living, memory care, your home or even the house they have lived in for years?
  • Gerontology Healthcare Professionals: Who They Are and What They Do
    Gerontology professionals enrich the lives and experiences of aging people and their families by collaborating with everyone to ensure that all points are addressed on behalf of an aging person.
  • 10 Benefits Of Moving To An Assisted Living Community
    Assisted living communities provide the perfect solution for aging seniors. Social activities and healthcare management support help make living easier.
  • How Seniors Can Use Technology To Stay in Touch With Loved Ones
    Whether you are 65 or 95, you know that technology has changed in drastic ways over your lifetime, and perhaps it has changed the most within the past 10 to 15 years.
  • How to Help Your Aging Loved One (And Yourself) Through COVID-19
    Caring for an aging loved one is demanding. Adding a global pandemic into the mix makes the role of a family caregiver even more overwhelming.
  • Medicare & COVID-19 Costs
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is constantly evolving its policies to keep up with the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis.