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10 Tips for Family Caregivers: More Tips from Richard

backpack_with_booksRichard shares his next ten tips for family caregivers as part of our 10 Tips a Day initiative; we’ll continue to share more of his tips throughout the month. You can connect with Richard on his profile: @kreisler.

1) Use travel time to and from medical appointments to talk with your caree about health, finances and other issues or to just talk about your days.

2) If you don’t have a sense of humor, get one. It’s a great stress reliever.
3) Caregiving may not be easy but it can be very rewarding.
4) Instead of using a full size wheelchair, invest in a transport chair, which weighs and costs less. The chair has handles which fold down for compact storage but no big bulky wheels to mess with.
5) Pack a “CareGiver & Caree Medical Bug Out Bag” in your car.  This bag should contain extra clothes, toiletries, extra medications, puzzle books, books, etc. The bag comes in handy when you get that 3 a.m. call or your caree needs to go to the ER and it turns into an admittance. You’ll have a clean change of clothes if you need it.
6) Find websites that provide you with the necessary information to help you understand your or your caree’s ailment.
7) Sign up with and find a group that fits your situation.
8) Call your local county information and referral service, university gerontology department, senior center, senior services organization, hospital social work unit for suggestions. Other organizations to contact include AARP, Next Step in Care, National Association of Caregivers, A Place for Mom and many others.
9) Look through your App Store for an app that relates to your caree’s situation. You’ll find apps for basic medical, seizure tracking, back pain and any others. Most major hospitals have their own app.
10) If your caree can’t take a shower for any reason run to you local shopping center (CVS, Walgreens, etc.); they have shower caps with a dry shampoo made just for your situation. If your caree is in the hospital, ask their nurse for one; they have them available.

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.

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  1. Here is another tip: Music soothes the soul, and calming music helps those with Dementia stay in a better mood. When I take my 91 year old mother to doctor appointments in the car I put CDs on and play her favorite music, like Big Band Music from the 40s, or Frank Sinatra. She loves it, makes her happy and she sings along.

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