Around the Clock Caregiving

Day-to-Day Activities

Helping your loved one with many day-to-day activities can be incredibly overwhelming. An estimated 60% of family caregivers assist their loved ones with activities of daily living (ADLs). These day-to-day activities include eating, bathing/showering, grooming, mobility, and using the toilet and we know how challenging it can be for caregivers. Here you can listen to other caregivers describe their day-to-day activities, share your own advice, or click on the activities below for more help and answers you can use.

Tips for Caring at Home

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  • If your loved one needs assistance getting in and out of a car or chair, you know that this task can sometimes be challenging. Helping them move from their bed to a wheelchair also presents its own set of challenges. And if your loved one is resistant to being moved, it may be seemingly impossible. [...]

  • If your older loved one needs assistance with bathing, it can be an uncomfortable experience for both of you, but it is necessary for health and well-being. Be open with your loved one about their bathing needs. If necessary, your loved one’s doctor can help by stressing that they need help in this area. Ask [...]

  • Today, more people with Alzheimer’s and dementia stay in their own homes—not just because they want to, but because financially they can’t afford to live in a care facility. While you want your loved one to have the comfort of living at home, you need to make sure the environment is safe too. The [...]

  • As your loved one ages, they may start having trouble manipulating buttons or zippers or may have trouble maintaining their balance. If that happens, they may need help dressing. Here are some tips to help you aid your loved one while helping them maintain a sense of independence. Essential Tips For Dressing Help your loved one [...]

  • Helping your loved one with grooming tasks can be an uncomfortable situation. It is important to try to allow your loved one to perform grooming tasks on their own, with your supervision as needed, for as long as they safely can. When your loved one can no longer properly groom themselves, use these tips to [...]

  • Over a lifetime the average American spends about three years eating. That's a lot of meals. By the time you've reached late life, food may have lost some of its appeal. There are a variety of reasons why people lose their appetites as they age: Badly fitting dentures, gum disease, or dry mouth can make [...]

  • Our bodies are over 50% water, and we need it for blood to flow and for our organs to function.  When we lose too much water from not drinking enough, sweating, or illness, we can get dehydrated. This is rare in children and young adults, however, in older persons dehydration is quite common, especially when [...]

  • The kitchen is the heart of most families’ homes. Now that you have a family member with dementia, you want to keep the kitchen as safe as it can be. Kitchen countertops and cabinets are filled with dangerous items - poisonous cleaning products, sharp knives and scissors, and heavy pots and pans. You will need [...]

  • Your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease may wander off for a variety of reasons. Wandering may be due to stress or fear, boredom, or searching. They may wander off trying to fill a basic need, like hunger or a need to go to the bathroom. Sometimes they are reliving their former lives, believing that they [...]

  • People with Alzheimer's disease often experience sleep disorders, especially as the disease progresses. Sleep problems affect not only their own health but also the well-being of their caregivers, whose own sleep is frequently disrupted by their parent's nighttime wakefulness. Understanding how and why sleep problems occur can help you develop strategies that will help everyone in [...]

Caring for Yourself

  • Caregivers share the assorted ways they find time to relax and recharge. Claudia, Caregiver for Mother, 12 Years, Texas: You have to cordon out a little bit of space and a little bit of time to refresh and take care of yourself so that you can take care of him better, in [...]

  • As a family caregiver, your health and well-being is important. But how can you find ways to care for yourself and juggle your role as a caregiver? These tips offer you can use on daily basis to make your tasks easier and make sure you’re not neglecting your own needs. *Para ver estos consejos [...]

Difficult Emotions are Normal:
Caregiving isn’t easy. The day-to-day demands and stress take a toll. That toll can leave you feeling a range of challenging emotions. These feelings can leave us doubting our abilities to care for our loved ones, but the most important thing to know is that you are not alone.

What do these emotions look like?

  • Anger at your loved one or other members of the care team.
  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Uncertainty

The range of emotions you may be feeling can be a sign of depression and other mental health issues. Take a screening to find out more.

Community is Key!

Support Groups! Finding a community of support can be key in realizing you’re not alone and can provide a safe space where you can share and ask questions of your peers.

  • Find out what kind of support group is right for you.
  • Determine if an in-person support group or an online forum meets your needs.
    • There are a wide range of Facebook support groups as well, these are all independently managed but you can locate groups based on different subjects and themes, including your loved one’s condition, your region, and your role as a family caregiver.

What makes a support group successful?

  • A safe haven for sharing true feelings
  • A place to make new friends
  • Information about resources and coping mechanisms
  • Advice on what lies ahead
  • Help in dealing with family members

Where to find a group?

  • The social work department of hospitals
  • Adult daycare centers
  • Voluntary organizations that deal with your loved one’s condition,
    • i.e., ALS Society (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), MSSociety (Multiple Sclerosis), United Cerebral Palsy, etc.
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Your faith community
  • Parent to Parent USA
  • Your physician’s office

CAN’s Community is an online Facebook Group for caregivers that allows for a space free of stigma and fear.

Social Media Groups and Accounts! You can find a wide range of caregiver support groups on platforms such as Facebook. These are independently managed and monitored and may be segmented based on the disease state of your loved one, your region, or even a local place of worship or community-based organization. This is a great way to integrate this caregiver conversation into a platform you may already be frequenting.

Caregiver Help Desk:

Being a caregiver can feel isolating. Even with friends and family around, they may not be able to understand the unique challenges of your role and may not be able to answer tough questions you have.

That’s where CAN’s Caregiver Help Desk comes in. Connect with a caregiving expert to find a listening ear and the support you need. CAN’s Caregiver Help Desk is an on-demand resource you can utilize in a way most convenient to you – call, chat, or e-mail – to connect with caregiving experts to find answers and support in your specific circumstance.

Call (855)227-3640 or visit to connect via chat or e-mail.