Breaking News
Home > Help > Your Tools

Your Tools

Tools, tricks and techniques to make your caregiving days easier.

Two Logs: Caree Check-In and Your Routines

notebook-254334_640

Last week, I offered ideas to help you take control during the chaotic times in our free webinar, Creating Daily, Weekly, Monthly Routines to Minimize the Crises. During the webinar, I asked you to share the logs you use to track your caree’s daily conditions. @jbones1961 shared the daily tracking sheet she uses for her check-ins with Nicole, her daughter and caree. In addition, @lisarae created a spreadsheet you can use to implement the routines ...

Read More »

Ensuring You Hire Quality Care

hiring-resume-225-md

For the most part, you feel like you’re managing your caree’s care needs fairly well. Over time, you’ve created a routine that works for both of you. You also both understand your caree’s care needs, which means providing them has become easier. It’s just the constant feeling of being on call that wears you out. If I could just have Saturday afternoons to myself, you think, I would feel better. You begin to search for ...

Read More »

Help to Find Quality Care

handshake_man_woman

When you entrust your caree into the care of another, you wish for good care. So, when you begin the search for quality care, whether in the home or in the nursing home, you may wonder where to start. Begin with free tools available from Medicare.gov and ProPublica.org. Home Health Compare, available at Medicare.gov, helps you when you’re considering hiring in-home help through a Medicare-certified home care agency. A Medicare-certified agency will have nurses, physical ...

Read More »

Preventing Delirium in Your Hospitalized Caree

sunflower_640

Chances are, during one of your caree’s hospitalizations, you noticed that your caree experienced a significant level of confusion. The sudden change in your caree’s mental status during a hospitalization can be startling, upsetting and scary. Unfortunately, the sudden confusion, known as delirium, among the hospitalized elderly is an awful side effect of an inpatient stay. Your caree is hospitalized for one reason but, because of the hospitalization, becomes worse. On Friday, The New York ...

Read More »

A Tool to Measure Pain in Persons with Dementia

sunflower_640

I attended a workshop this morning called “Challenging Behaviors and Creative Responses” led by Dan Kuhn, LCSW and author of Alzheimer’s Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers. I learned a few tips, which I’ll share over the next few days. Today, I wanted to share a tool clinicians use to measure pain in persons with dementia who, as the disease progresses, often cannot share the cause and severity of their pain. The ...

Read More »

Stay Home: Resources to Get a Break Right Where You Are

sunflower_640

Some days, it feels great to get out of the house. It’s wonderful to hop in the car,  drive away, and leave it all behind. And, then there are some days when staying at home to take a break is just what the doctor ordered. You don’t have to shower, change out of pajamas, or even brush your teeth. You can enjoy a break at home, even with your caree at home. Products made specifically ...

Read More »

NFCA Offers Teleclass: How to Prevent Medication Mishaps

sunflower_640

Each year, 100,000 people die because of adverse drug reactions. To educate family caregivers on how to prevent such errors, National Family Caregivers Association will offer a free educational teleclass/webinar for family caregivers, “Safe & Sound: How to Prevent Medication Mishaps.” The one-hour teleclass/webinar will take place November 12th at 2 p.m. ET. To register, visit here or call 1-800-896-3650.

Read More »

Remember Your Future

sunflower_640

Last night, I attended a seminar given by Alan Seale; Alan taught us his take on how to manifest our goals and dreams. One tip he suggested was to “Remember the future.” Sounds like a oxymoron, doesn’t it? How can we have a memory of an event that has yet to occur? The more I gave thought to this, the more I thought: What a cool idea. When you remember the future, you focus on ...

Read More »

Freeze Care Recipient’s Credit Report To Prevent Fraud

sunflower_640

Identity theft can happen to any of us. But, if it happens to a care recipient, the repercussions can impact the ability to pay for future care needs. You can put a freeze credit reports of persons over 65 years of age for free. (You can freeze yours, too, but you typically pay fee if you are under 65.) Freezing a care recipient’s credit report means that new credit can’t be opened in his or ...

Read More »

Booklet Helps Ease the Stress of Hospitalization for People with Memory Loss

sunflower_640

A trip to the hospital for a person with memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both the person and the accompanying caregiver. To help family and friends of individuals with memory loss prepare for and deal with hospitalization, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center of the National Institute on Aging is distributing the newly updated “Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss.” This 18-page booklet provides ...

Read More »