Sunday, September 24, 2017

Daily Caregiving Tip. Care Facilities: Home Care

Tip 247.  Ask your loved one’s primary care physician to sign off on a handicapped placard for your car.  Your loved one may not drive any longer but having this placard could come in handy if they have trouble walking and you are driving.  This is much safer than dropping them off at the curb while you find parking, especially if they have a cognitive impairment.





The tips this week are from the Care Facilities: Home Care chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Caregiving Tips Weekly Recap. Hospitals: Advocacy

A few weeks ago we ran tips from the Hospitals: Advocacy chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.  These are so important for caregivers it is never too late to run the recap!

We, in our role of caregiver, have a lot on our plate at all times.  Sometimes it might seem overwhelming to add “advocate” to our endless to-do list but it is one of the most important things we can do as caregivers.

These are just a few tips to help you become the best advocate you can be.

Tip 83.  Do not hesitate to question anything and everything.  If you are not happy with an answer keep going up the chain of command.

Tip 84.  Trust your gut.  One hundred percent of the time.

Tip 85.  Whether in the emergency room or after admittance, ask the medical team about sepsis.  Sometimes medical personnel do not mention sepsis and sometimes don’t even recognize it.  Talking about sepsis and treating it early is critical for a successful outcome.

Tip 87.  Recognize when the answers may not be what you want to hear but are the only answers.  This is a tough one and it might take a while to get to the point of acceptance.

Tip 89.  Do not hesitate to request a consult with a specialist if you feel it is needed.  No one knows your loved one as well as you.

Tip 93.  Ask for the names of any medications, diseases or new diagnoses.  If you don’t understand the doctor, ask him or her to spell what they are saying.

Tip 97.  If a nurse does not respond to the call bell, visit the nurse’s station and explain your need for assistance.

My favorite tip this week?  No question – Tip 84.  Caregivers are given so much information from so many sources that we can get lost and confused in all of it.  Step back, take a breath and listen to your gut.  You will not ever regret listening to what your gut (or heart) is telling you.

As a reminder, if you don’t have time to read the entire book or the weekly recaps, you can find daily caregiving tips – on a variety of topics – here, on Twitter and our Facebook page.

Thank you for reading and we hope these tips make your caregiving life a little easier.

Take care,

Trish


Daily Caregiving Tip. Care Facilities: Home Care

Tip 270.  Sometimes there may be a family member willing to step in to be the caregiver.  Be sure all communication, scheduling, instructions and expectations are handled the same as if this person were hired through an agency.

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The tips this week are from the Care Facilities: Home Care chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Daily Caregiving Tip. Care Facilities: Home Care

Tip 255.  Contact the care facility your loved one was in or the Day Program your loved one uses.  They may have referrals for in-home care aides.

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The tips this week are from the Care Facilities: Home Care chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily Caregiving Tip. Care Facilities: Home Care

Tip 254.  Enlist the support of other family members to help decide if additional in-home care is needed or if it is time to move your parent (or sibling or grandparent or other loved one) into a care facility.

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The tips this week are from the Care Facilities: Home Care chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Daily Caregiving Tip. Care Facilities: Home Care

Tip 251.  Call or visit the fire station that services your home.  Let them know you have a loved one with an ongoing health issue.  If there is an emergency in your area they will then have a heads up and can react accordingly.

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The tips this week are from the Care Facilities: Home Care chapter of 365 Caregiving Tips: Hospitals, Care Facilities and Hospice, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.