Aging Right @ Home is a monthly blog series, answering your questions on providing care for individuals with disabilities, loved ones with dementia and older adults aging in place. If you have a question, please submit it to [email protected].
And unfortunately, data shows the pandemic of 2020 will continue to increase family caregivers’ workload considerably…
- An October 2020 poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed that “family caregivers are now providing 36% more care than a year ago.”
- A recent AARP study also shows that “more family caregivers (26%) are having difficulty coordinating care, up from 19% in 2015.”
If you will be a family caregiver in 2021, I am here for you if you have questions or need support. Throughout 2020, professional in-home care became an even more attractive solution for supporting the well-being of seniors. Professional in-home caregivers can help with and/or take over many of the typical tasks of family caregivers, such as hygiene care, managing healthcare appointments, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation… whatever tasks need doing.
If you do plan to remain the primary family caregiver next year, please make caring for yourself a top goal of 2021. Remember that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will be a less effective caregiver for your loved one. Here are my suggested resolutions for family health caregivers to keep you and your loved ones healthy, safe and happy
- Build some ‘me time’ into your schedule.
- Get enough exercise and eat a healthy diet.
- Learn more about your loved one’s health condition and what you can expect in the future.
- Find a support group, and connect with others who understand.
- Set boundaries… and if needed, seek assistance.
In the event you’re thinking about seeking assistance, please do your research and ask about what precautions the agency is taking in response to COVID-19. For example, all Right at Home caregivers were trained in 2020 to reduce the risk of illness, and they follow all local and national guidelines on curtailing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Right at Home has a task force devoted to keeping owners and caregivers up to date with the latest recommendations during this rapidly changing situation.
As families work hard to keep the most vulnerable family members safe at this time, having trained professionals on the team is a tremendous stress-buster. If you have questions about providing your own care, or if you’d like to discuss options for assistance, please feel free to reach out to me directly. I wish you a very happy new year and a healthy 2021.
Your neighbor, and Owner/President of Right at Home of Northern Virginia,
Phillip Turner, CDP, CSA
I-395 Ramp Closure — “Beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, weather permitting, the ramp from southbound I-395 to eastbound Boundary Channel Drive (Exit 9/Clark Street) and the eastbound Boundary…
Fully updated; remodeled Bas; open family room w/vaulted ceiling; 1-car garage
Good Thursday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier today…
A look at the smallest and largest homes sold in Arlington last month, October 2023.
Children’s Weekday Program (CWP) is a non-profit preschool rooted in a play-based philosophy. We focus on developing a love of learning and exploration, cooperation, empathy, and independence.
Our caring and experienced educators create opportunities for children 16 months to 5 years old to play, learn, and grow in a nurturing environment of child-centered and developmentally appropriate experiences.
Initially established more than 50 years ago in South Arlington, CWP continues to be a lauded program in the Northern Virginia area. We are extremely proud to have been recognized as a Best Preschool in Northern Virginia Magazine for the last 4 years.
Located now in North Arlington at 2666 Military Road, CWP offers a part-time parents day out and preschool program with options to extend care both before and after school. We offer a supportive and inclusive school community for children and parents alike and welcome all families to join our school!
The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 77th annual Christmas tree sale!
This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 24th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to 10 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garland, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.
100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.
For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.
Holiday Art Show featuring artists: Peter Fitzgerald, Claire Plante, Alanna Rivera, and Suzy Scollon. At the Barcroft Community House, 800 South Buchanan St., Arlington, VA. Dec. 8 from, 2 PM to 8 PM and Dec. 9 from 10 AM to
2023 Christmas Tree Sales Begin
Saturday, December 2
Get your holiday decorating off to the right start this year! We will be selling 150 Fraser firs, freshly cut and delivered from Sparta, North Carolina.