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Category: Family Caregivers

Tips for sharing the caregiver role with siblings

Our director of development, Meredith Hale, wrote a piece for the May issue of Inviting Arkansas  sharing ways brothers and sisters can work together to care for their aging parents. You can read it on their site , or read the unabridged version below. ♦♦♦ Caring for an aging loved one, especially your parents, can be tough. Add siblings to the mix and every day can seem like a battle. Between struggling to get your parents to do what you say and... Read More
at Friday, May 1, 2020

Reading Suggestions For Caregivers: 5 Great Books for a Caregivers Book Club

Choosing the Best Books for Caregivers Being a caregiver, especially a family caregiver, comes with many challenges, and it can be lonely when you don’t know where to turn for help, advice, or encouragement. Luckily, there are several books on caregiving that offer sound advice on several topics, including: How to find time for self-care when you’re a full-time family caregiver How to ask for help from others when you feel overwhelmed How to cope with... Read More
Posted by Meredith Hale at Thursday, May 9, 2019

Creating a Support System for Caregivers

How do I find help as a caregiver? According to the National Alliance for Caregiving , more than 75 million Americans serve as caregivers for elderly and disabled individuals. As a friend, family member, neighbor, or a paid caregiver, you shoulder a heavy burden and provide invaluable help for someone in need, but where can a caregiver find help when you’re the one in need? From burnout and exhaustion to anxiety and depression, caregivers bear many difficulties. You don’t... Read More
Posted by Meredith Hale at Monday, February 11, 2019

Processing Grief: Finding Your New Normal After Someone You Care for Dies

The loss of a loved one can be a very difficult time. In addition to wading through legal documents and getting arrangements in order, feelings of depression, loneliness, anger, and other emotions can be difficult to process. How do you heal from the loss of a loved one? Grieving is different for everyone, but here a few ways to help you feel like there is a sense of order during a stressful and sometimes chaotic time.. The 5 Stages of Grief The five stages of grief are a set of... Read More
Posted by Meredith Hale at Monday, January 14, 2019

Elder Care Matters

I was somewhere in my middle school years, visiting family in Asheville, North Carolina, when my aunt told me we were going to deliver meals to older people. She had a friend who volunteered with Meals on Wheels but was unable that day, so my aunt said she would. Those moments spent delivering lunch to men and women unable to prepare a meal themselves was just the beginning of the route I would take to CareLink. But before we dive into my story, let me introduce myself. My name is Meredith... Read More
at Thursday, January 3, 2019

How to Support Caregivers

Supporting Family Caregivers As we get older, we realize how real the conversation with family is about caring for a loved one, especially if that loved one is yourself. For many, that conversation ends with someone in the family taking on the role of caregiver. At CareLink, we know the trials and successes that come with caregiving, which is why we are sharing ways to show support and say “Thank you” to the caregivers in your life in recognition of National Family Caregivers... Read More
Posted by Meredith Hale at Friday, November 2, 2018

Navigating the Fine Print: How Legal Assistance Can Help You

Legal Assistance for Seniors With the process of aging comes many physical and mental challenges. At CareLink, our goal is to help educate, equip, and assist elderly members of the Little Rock community, as well as their caregivers and family members on topics ranging from Social Security and Medicare enrollment to personal finance and legal assistance. That’s why we connect you with legal consultation services to help you make the most of legal resources at your disposal. REQUEST... Read More
Posted by Meredith Hale at Friday, June 1, 2018

Homebound and Happy: 3 Enjoyable Activities for Homebound Seniors

Most seniors prefer to live in the privacy of their own homes over retirement communities and nursing home facilities, and understandably so. The freedom and independence of living in one’s home can do wonders for physical and mental health. Organizations like CareLink seek to support homebound seniors and their caregivers by providing a wealth of resources, but there are many things caregivers and those who are homebound can do to make the most of independent living. I’M A... Read More
Posted by Canny Beasley at Monday, May 7, 2018

Challenges of Bariatric Caregiving

Caregiving comes with its own unique circumstances and understandings between the caregiver and patient. This is especially true if the person who needs care is obese. Regardless of whether your patient is a family member or employer, bed-bound or able; if they are obese, there are certain precautions you must take while caring for them. First and foremost, you must protect your patient and yourself  from injury. As a caregiver, you are there to give aid and assistance and work to... Read More
at Monday, April 16, 2018

6 Steps to Reducing Stress: A Guide for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one is one of the most selfless things a person can do. When things get difficult or feel overwhelming, it’s important to reach out to people and resources that can help. At CareLink, our mission is to support older people in the central Arkansas area. However, it is just as valuable to support the caregivers in our community who dedicate their lives, time, energy, and hearts into helping a loved one. Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, we’ve put... Read More
Posted by Canny Beasley at Monday, April 2, 2018

When Meals on Wheels Hits Close to Home

Guest Author: Alex Smith, Business Developer at iProv, LLC   Recently, my boss came into our usual Monday morning meeting. He gave his little spiel and then wrapped up by sharing an idea with us. He wanted our team to take advantage of a volunteer opportunity with a local nonprofit, CareLink - a company I had much familiarity with already. I'll get to that in a sec. RJ, my boss, suggested we volunteer for CareLink’s Meals on Wheels program. He explained that we... Read More