Those Caring for Seniors With Dementia Must Pay Attention to Their Own Needs, Says Steve Barlam, LivHOME’s Chief Professional Officer

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Striking a Proper Balance in Key Areas Can Help, Barlam Explains in Latest Podcast Episode

Caregivers must learn to strike a healthy balance between conflicting needs by setting aside time to care for themselves, bearing in mind the potential consequences of various choice and learning to let go of the way things used to be.

Individuals caring for seniors with dementia can best meet the challenges they face by striking a balance between caring for themselves and caring for their senior loved-ones, says Steve Barlam, Chief Professional Officer of LivHOME.

These caregivers must learn to balance: safety vs. dignity -- decisions about potentially dangerous activities such as whether a senior with dementia should continue driving -- holding on vs. letting go, and doing it all vs. having others help out.  

Barlam discusses these issues in Episode 25 of The SeniorCare Podcast by LivHOME, Helping Those Who Care for Dementia Sufferers.

“The cognitive decline of a loved one can be exceptionally painful for those family members serving as caregivers.  In addition to taking on new, demanding duties, family caregivers grapple with the emotional conflicts that arise when longstanding roles change and their own personal needs are set aside,” Barlam says.

He adds: “Caregivers must learn to strike a healthy balance between conflicting needs by setting aside time to care for themselves, bearing in mind the potential consequences of various choices, learning to let go of the way things used to be, and knowing when -- and how -- to seek outside help.”

The episode can be found at The Senior Care Podcast’s homepage, http://www.livhome.com/podcast.  Listeners can subscribe via RSS feed, email or though the iTunes store.  Episode 25 -- Helping Those Who Care for Dementia Sufferers, has a run time of 14 minutes, 6 seconds.

About LivHOME
LivHOME is one of the nation's largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors. The company is dedicated to finding solutions that enable older adults to remain in their homes as long as possible.  Based in Los Angeles, LivHOME delivers high quality at-home care throughout California as well as Arlington, Va., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Silver Spring, Md.  LivHOME franchise locations are available across the U.S.

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