ElderCarelink Blog

Bright light in my eldercare path and days

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
January 19th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

In spite of the inherent challenges in eldercare and caregiving, I have known, and, heard many caregivers over the years share what some of us may perceive to be the eternal value of being a caregiver to our elders. Some former family caregivers like ElderCareLink.com’s Editor-in-Chief, Carol Bradley Bursack, have proudly cared for a series of elders in their respective families. Carol was a family caregiver to 6 of her elders!

Not unlike Carol Bradley Bursack and so many other caregivers I know and whom I have encountered in my life’s journey, I often focus and continuously re-focus on the blessings of my eldercare experience without overlooking its sometimes harsh reality.

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Seemingly Minor Details May Compromise Elders’ Health and Safety at Home

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 15th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Whether a person is elderly, or not, life routinely requires adaptive behaviors, safe practices, and continued learning regardless of one’s environment. In many instances, with age comes wisdom and, occasionally, an increased resistance to adaptive behaviors by elderly individuals. Sometimes advancing age may herald cognitive decline and/or chronic health issues that may override an elder’s ability to remain at home safely without the support of paid and/or unpaid caregivers.

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If You are a Caregiver to an Elder, You’ll Understand This

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
October 27th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I recently had a brilliant idea I shared with Mom. I thought her usual sense of whimsy and adventure would kick right in. I was wrong. How could I have been so wrong? I thought that my octogenarian mother would enjoy joining me in checking out the latest and greatest assisted living facilities that seem to be sprouting everywhere?

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