Caregiver Stories


Elder Abuse during the time of COVID-19

Another growing concern brought on to us by COVID-19 is the surprising uptick in reported cases of elder abuse during this time. Experts say the reasoning behind this could be the fact that these seniors are quarantined and isolated, therefore making it difficult for signs of abuse to be detected. Unfortunately, there are various types… Read More

DEMENTIA, ANGRY OUTBURSTS

Dealing with a parent’s dementia is difficult especially when it has taken a drastic decline. Vic Railton, a caregiver, shares her experience witnessing her mom’s uphill battle with dementia that has taken a turn for the worse. She writes: “For the first time ever since her diagnosis, her confusion and angry outbursts have become an… Read More

Community Foundation 2019 Impact Report

The purpose of the Impact Report is to communicate the significant contributions and the difference we have made in the community. With the mission of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter, it is vital for us to show… Read More

Mental Health for Seniors During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused uncertainty, fear, and anxiety for a lot of people, which can be detrimental to anyone’s mental health. Now that we are going slowly transitioning back to our new norm with most going back to their regular schedule, there are still residual events from having experienced the world in a pandemic… Read More

Respite Care and its Barriers

Respite is defined as: for family care partners who provide ongoing care to someone with a chronic or disabling condition or for a family facing undue hardship or crisis. Respite means planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family care… Read More

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care has been defined as “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all appropriate treatment. It aims to control pain, help facilitate communication among treating clinicians and the communication of clinicians with patients and families. It… Read More

Why Support Groups are Important

Support groups can be helpful if you are facing a major setback in life, or if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It is important that you do not go through it alone. Studies have shown the impact on caregivers can be detrimental when they are burnt out and could potentially be… Read More

Preparing for End of Life and Death

End of life is inevitable. We all die, whether it is expected or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love and create the opportunity for end of life and death that maintains self-control. If you are reading these words,… Read More

One Simple Practice

One simple practice a friend shared with me has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into my consciousness, I literally say out loud, “One thing, Vic. Just one thing.”  Hearing that simple phrase re-centers my head and my next… Read More

Therapy Intervention is All About Relationships

Therapy is truly beneficial for your mental health. To ensure that you receive the most benefits out of a therapy session, you must consider the relationship you have with your therapist.  It may be that your care partner will need physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of an intervention to improve and maintain the… Read More