Family Caregiver Blog

At LiveWell Elder Care Management, we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the the Nashoba Valley and surrounding communities experts in family caregiving, we have resources, tips and information that can make your life much easier.

If you would like help, give us a call at: 978-660-7835.


When your relative has money questions

When your relative has money questionsIs Dad asking if he should sell the house now that Mom is gone? Or perhaps Aunt Mary is anxious about her stock investments. Even if you are good at managing your own money, helping a relative make financial decisions can bring a lot of pressure. Consider hiring a professional to advise you. A financial...

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Reducing the nausea of chemo

Reducing the nausea of chemoIf a loved one in your life is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, very likely they are dealing with the common side effects of nausea and vomiting. Not fun. Encourage them to follow these tips. To reduce nausea/vomiting Avoid strong odors: Reduce exposure to cooking, perfume, and smoke. Keep the house well ventilated. Spend time outside....

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Protecting the house from Medicaid

Protecting the house from MedicaidCare in a nursing home is expensive. For an extended stay, most people will need to pay quite a bit out of their own pocket. If there are no savings, Medicaid—the joint state-federal health insurance for low-income individuals—will step in. But it's not a free ride. Medicaid allows recipients living in nursing homes to own...

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Signs of an online “sweetheart scam”

Signs of an online "sweetheart scam"Romance crime is on the rise. Over 25,000 people reported a sweetheart scam to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2019, a threefold increase since 2016. Individuals age 65 and older were the hardest hit, with a median loss of $9465 (across all ages, the median loss was $2500 per individual). If your loved one...

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Subtle signs of a heart attack

Subtle signs of a heart attackIt may surprise you to learn that the signs of a heart attack, especially in women, can be very different than those for men. Subtle signs of a heart attack We all know the classic heart attack portrayed over and over again in movies and on TV: Someone writhing in sudden, severe chest pain. But...

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When your relative is actively dying

When your relative is actively dyingIn the last two weeks, as a loved one is nearing death, it is natural to want to be at their side. But then, what? Especially if you have never been in this situation before, you may feel uncertain—even awkward—about what to do. The ideal is to be a calm, reassuring, and loving presence focused...

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Need a new doctor?

Need a new doctor?The pandemic has brought on a wave of physician retirements. Perhaps one of your relative's doctors has sent a letter announcing the close of their practice. Yikes! When choosing a new physician, it's worth the time to do some research. The right fit is critical to your loved one's health and well-being. Begin by asking...

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Friends? Who has time?

Friends? Who has time?If you are like most family caregivers, your social life has dropped in priority as you juggle your loved one's needs. There just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up all your friendships in addition to your family responsibilities. It may also be that friendships are now harder to keep. Many people don't...

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A spouse’s grief in the face of dementia

A spouse's grief in the face of dementiaGrief is the expected response to a loved one's death. We expect to mourn, and we receive comfort from others. But in the context of a dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, the loss is not as clear cut. Your partner is "here but not here." And you do not receive the same support or acknowledgment...

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Making the best use of your time off

Making the best use of your time offTime off from caregiving is precious. But after a break, many family caregivers find they don't feel as refreshed as they hoped they would. Current research provides insights about how to get the most from a respite break. Common respite mistakes Unplanned time. It may sound good to "have no plans." But that can backfire...

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