Monthly Archives: July 2013

New Law Threatens to Punish Children for Not Visiting Their Parents

New Law Threatens to Punish Children for Not Visiting Their Parents

Does you senior parent often complain that you don’t visit them enough?  Well, you’re alone. A survey has revealed that baby boomers are often too busy to visit their parents. More than 1 in 10 people over the age of 55 admit to not having seen their parents in over a year.   A new law in China intends to resolve this issue.

The controversial new law threatens to punish adult children who do not regularly visit their elderly parents. It requires family members to “often” visit relatives over 60 years old, in addition to caring for their “psychological needs”. It does not specify how often visits must take place and does not say what punishment will be given to those who break the law. The first ruling under this law ordered a woman and her husband to visit her 77-year-old mother at least once every two months and on holidays, or face possible fines and detention.

The new law comes amid increasing reports of elderly parents being neglected or mistreated by their children in China. In recent decades, China’s rapid development has challenged its typically close traditional extended family unit.  The problem has only grown worse as China’s population continues to rapidly age. The United Nations says 30 percent of Chinese will be over 60 years old by 2050 – a rate much higher than the worldwide average of 20 percent. But many Chinese have criticized the legislation, saying it will be hard to enforce and is unreasonable for many who have moved away from their homes looking for work.  For more on this story, New Chinese Law: Visit Your Parents.

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Coping With Caregiver Stress

Coping With Caregiver Stress

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout?

When caregiver stress and burnout puts your own health at risk, it affects your ability to provide care. It hurts both you and the person you’re caring for. The key point is that caregivers need care too. Managing the stress levels in your life is just as important as making sure your family member gets to his doctor’s appointment or takes her medication on time.

Common Signs & Symptoms of Caregiver Stress

  • Anxiety, depression, irritability
  • Feeling tired and run down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Overreacting to minor nuisances
  • New or worsening health problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling increasingly resentful
  • Drinking, smoking, or eating more
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Cutting back on leisure activities

Think of your body like a car. With the right fuel and proper maintenance, it will run reliably and well. Neglect it’s upkeep and it will start to give you trouble. Don’t add to the stress of your caregiving situation with avoidable health woes. Check out the article Mindful Exercises to Reduce Stress from the Inside Out and find healthy activities to help you cope.

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Win A Cruise To The Bahamas

Win A Cruise To The Bahamas

“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” ~ Rosalyn Carter

Caregiving can be a very rewarding and bonding experience but it can also be very stressful.  Home Instead Senior Care would like to reward one very deserving caregiver by giving them with a cruise to the Bahamas, and 40 free hours of care for the person’s senior loved one while they are away.  Follow the link http://cruise.caregiverstress.com/ and post your nomination.  Entries will include a short commentary on why you think this person deserves to win.  The winning caregiver will be that person that gets the most votes, based on this entry.

Currently Maggie O. is leading in votes, and her nomination is as follows:

My big sister, Maggie, has consistently lived with our mom throughout her long Alzheimer’s journey. Mom has been on hospice for 34 months, which is attributed to her daily loving care. It would make me extremely happy to win this for Maggie. Please vote for her — each and every day! ❤

2012 winner Melissa Vaughan provided nearly constant care over the past four years for her 90-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s disease. Melissa provided both physical and mental support for her mother, and even slept in the same bed with her so she could attend to her needs 24/7.

Melissa’s mother, Barbara Vaughan, nominated her for the Caregiver Cruise Giveaway Contest because “My daughter deserves this cruise—she has not been away in four years,” she said.

Voting ends at midnight on August 24, so get your nominations in asap.  Good luck!

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Home Instead’s “Best & Brightest”

 

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On Wednesday, June 26, Home Instead’s Greg Bechard and Dan Gallagher were part of a four man team that took to the greens for Cane’s 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic.  “Sharing Without Merging”, was the event’s underlying theme as it was a joint venture initiative, cohosted by Etobicoke Senior Services and Peel Senior Link; part of an effort to improve home care and health care in our community. Proceeds will enhance present programs and services, as well as helping to support their latest in community service partnerships.

The dress code was Florescent and Neon Apparel, and it was obvious that our team was the best and brightest of the bunch.  In his own words Greg indicated, “The heat was sweltering, and it was the longest round of golf known to man, but we were able to keep our focus and pull it together.”  The team represented well, as Home Instead Senior Care was the Champion of the 2013 Community Cares Partnership Golf Tournament.  An engraved trophy will be presented and kept at each of the sites.

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Congratulations gentlemen!

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