|December 9, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Stress, Uncategorized, Wellness|
Caregiving during the holidays can be stressful and difficult. Regardless of holiday caregiver stress, the holidays themselves will continue to arrive each year! Many caregivers find that trying to keep up with annual holiday traditions is the most difficult part. We are here to tell you that there are ways to simplify and save your beloved holiday traditions and ways to start new ones while caregiving. Finally there are solutions for caregiving during the holidays!
- It may be best to have your holiday celebrations at a location that is easiest for your loved one. For example, their home or the home of the caregiver. This will cut down on travel and packing of medications, home healthcare supplies, and offers a familiar environment.
- Is your holiday feast something you and your loved ones look forward to every year? Suggest a potluck meal. Each individual can be responsible for a key element to the feast. This requires less of the caregiver in preparation and if cooked in disposable cookware, it requires much less clean up after. Maybe your dishes are family recipes, this will give everyone an opportunity to learn them!
- Talk to family and friends well before they arrive. As many caregivers know, communication is the key to success in any activity. Explain the circumstances ahead of time so everyone is on the same page. This will give you the chance to ask for any additional help you may need during the holiday season.
- When it comes to gift giving, suggest some gifts that your loved one may need. This can range from home healthcare supplies, gift certificates for necessities, or even an “I Owe You” for caregiving duties.
- Don’t be afraid to simplify! Although traditions are held close to the heart, adjusting them slightly could create new traditions that will make everyone’s holiday experience easier and more enjoyable. Keep and open mind and remain flexible.
- Most importantly, whether you try to stick with your beloved traditions or decide to start new ones, give yourself a pat on the back. Caregiving is a difficult job, and we often find our toughest critics are ourselves. The less pressure you put on yourself the more you will enjoy the time you have with your loved ones.
Happy Holiday from everyone at EasierLiving! This week are are participating in CareGiving.com‘s Holiday Progressive Blog Party. Stay tuned for more insightful blog posts for caregivers during this week. Also, take a look at the other participants and their blogs as well.
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|December 6, 2013||Aging, Caregiving, Disabilities, Happiness, Health, Stress, Uncategorized, Wellness|
EasierLiving, the home healthcare supplies company who makes caregiving simplified, is proud to be a part of Caregiving.com’s Progressive Holiday Blog Party starting the week of December 8th. Stay tuned for upcoming insightful blog posts to support caregivers during the holiday season! Share your caregiving story. Connect with others who understand. Join CareGiving.com’s Holiday Progressive…
|December 5, 2013||Caregiving, Health, Medications, Mobility, Uncategorized, Wellness|
Traveling around the holidays is a stressful task. Traveling for caregivers can seem impossible. But it’s not! Whether you’re catching a flight or heading off on a road trip, take these tips into consideration before you leave the house! Call ahead! Be prepared by calling to find the local hospitals, care centers and pharmacies. In…
|November 27, 2013||Aging, Caregiving, Health, Prepare for Care, Stress|
National Caregiver Month is quickly coming to a close, which means the holiday season is upon us! The holiday season brings added stress to everyone’s lives, but especially those who are caregivers. Balancing appointments, prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and a daily routine is bound to stress you out, regardless of how many holiday tunes you…
|November 26, 2013||Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
To close out National Caregiver Month and kick off the holiday season, we’ve combined some of our best home healthcare supplies to pamper that very special caregiver in your life!
|November 21, 2013||Posted by admin under Caregiving, Disabilities, Prepare for Care, Uncategorized, Wellness|
Caregiving for a child is very different from caregiving for a parent or an elderly individual. Not only are there different home healthcare supplies, but most importantly, caregiving for a child requires an extremely different approach. For National Caregiver’s Month, we’ve compiled a list of tips to aid in caregiving for your child.
Consult with children’s healthcare experts
Parents and specialists can provide information and suggestions specific for your child’s needs.
Set goals and communicate the goals effectively
Don’t make your goals complex, they should be achievable and realistic. The goals assigned should match the abilities of the child. Be sure that all those involved in caregiving for the child are on the same page for the goals that are set.
Make environment modifications
Slight adjustments in the environment may make the time that a child with special needs spends in your home easier. Based on your child’s needs, condition specific additions made with home healthcare supplies can simplify your caregiving process.
Make modifications to standard toys
Aside from your home healthcare supplies, many regular toys can be modified or changed to suit a special need. Using toys that are necessarily for his or her disability offers a form of inclusiveness that your child may need.
Model appropriate behavior
You can model appropriate play behaviors by being a play partner. As the child becomes more comfortable, you introduce other children into the mix.
Communicate effectively with children (and their parents) that are not familiar with your child’s condition.
Model understanding and acceptance for your child’s condition through actions and words. You are your child’s biggest advocate; therefore, providing those around them with the proper knowledge will help your child interact with others.
Provide opportunities and activities that will support those strengths. Avoid becoming too focused on a child’s disability!
|November 18, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Prepare for Care, Wellness|
Caregiving for a parent is one of the common forms of caregiving. Eventually, most caregivers reach a point where they feel as though they have become their parent’s parent. It can be a confusing adjustment for everyone involved. From juggle doctors appointments, to an increase of home healthcare supplies, and taking on the daily responsibilities that a parent would normally handle for their children: it can be increasingly overwhelming. Here are some tips that can make this transition as simple as possible.
First, you must communicate properly when parenting your parent. Keep them in the loop at all times. Be sure to be prepared. You want to have these conversations well before an actual crisis. Many parents find it difficult and uncomfortable to talk about this with their children. The “big picture” can be frightful in any situation, so start with small steps, small decisions, and small changes. It is important to be direct and specific about why this is happening. Treating them as your equal in this decision making process will go a long way.
Find the best circumstances to have these conversations; allow both of you to have a safe place to voice your concerns. For example, if you notice that your parent tires later in the day, meet with them in the morning. Or maybe there is a there is a room in their house or a special chair that they would be comfortable in to have a serious discussion. Little details will go a long way when it comes to parenting you parent.
Many caregivers find that an assessment by an “outside expert” can be a good way to start. An outside resource provides a positive outside influence, aside from their children. They can offer advice on daily activities, home healthcare supplies and simplifying the caregiving process. Once you’ve communicated with your parent, you must stay organized, but firm with your plan. Although it may be difficult, parenting a parent is similar to parenting a child.
Most importantly, handle your own feelings wisely. It is common to feel stressed and uncomfortable when you beginning to parent your parent. You are not alone! There are plenty of people who are in the same situation. Take some time to find emotional support, home healthcare supplies that simplify your caregiving and ways for you to relieve stress. While caregiving is time consuming and sometimes a difficult, most caregivers find it is rewarding to give back to a parent when they need you most.
|November 15, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Prepare for Care, Uncategorized, Wellness|
|November 14, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Health News, Prepare for Care, Stress, Wellness|
Caregiving is a 24-hour a day job. Everything from managing prescriptions, home healthcare supplies and the day-to-day needs of a loved one can take a toll on a caregiver. In addition, many caregivers have full time jobs of their own. Due to the demands and pressure of caregiving, it’s important that caregivers know the best way to manage their stress.
On our mission to provide you the best home healthcare supplies and a simplified caregiving community, we’ve compiled some tips to reduce stress for caregivers.
- Exercise: Physical activity is a proven method for stress relief and also benefits your personal health. There are many forms of exercise that are specifically for stress management, like yoga or tai-chi.
- Meditate: Allowing yourself a moment of “silence”, during activities like meditation will allow to you relax and regroup. Meditation can be as short as just a few moments, or can last as long as you see fit.
- Ask for help: According to a study from Caregivingstress.com, 72% of caregivers perform their daily duties without any outside help. Caregivers need to know that they are not alone. It is perfectly ok to ask for assistance. Whether you reach out to another family member or friends, or seek support and advice from others in a similar position, asking for help will help relieve stress! You may be surprised how many people are willing and able to help. Even a simple task, like having someone pick up your home healthcare supplies, will decrease your stress.
- Take a break: Don’t forget to make time for yourself. Like any job, you need a break from caregiving. Find someone else to fill-in for you, even if it’s only for a few hours a week. It will certainly decrease your stress level.
- Don’t forget about yourself! Eat well, keep up with all of your own medical appointments and indulge in something for yourself every once in a while. You can’t give your best to the one you’re caring for unless you’re at your best!
|November 13, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving, Health, Prepare for Care, Top Products|
When caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia, establishing an organized routine is crucial. One of the most important elements to this routine is when medication should be taken or administered. If you’re looking for an easy solution to schedule medication doses, the Med-E-Lert automatic pill dispenser is the perfect addition to your home healthcare supplies!
Designed specifically for patients with forms of dementia, the automatic pill dispenser helps to ensure that medications are taken properly and on time. You can schedule up to 4 daily doses with the built-in programmable timer. The alert is a loud tone that can be adjusted to three different settings. The automatic pill dispenser will release the right dosage of the right pills at the right time. It holds medication for one to two weeks, depending on the number of doses per day. But, unlike other home healthcare supplies, the automatic pill dispenser only allows the patient to access the designated dose.
The automatic pill dispenser saves precious time for everyone! It increases the safety for those taking the medication and offers peace of mind for caregivers!