|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||Posted by admin under 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 Blog Party. Join us here.
|December 5, 2013||Posted by admin under 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 case of an emergency you’re already informed.
- Be sure housing arrangements are conducive to caregiving. Asking a hotel ahead of time for a first floor room, or a handicapped accessible bathroom is important. If any medications need to be refrigerated, inform the hotel or the person you are staying with of your needs. Also, call the airport to have a wheelchair ready for you. Even if the person you care for doesn’t use a wheel chair daily, you make have to walk long distances or at a fast pace if time is limited.
- Have medications ready and organized well before you leave. Give yourself ample time to call doctors and pharmacies to get all the necessary medication. Some suggest carrying the medication in its original pharmacy bottles, to prevent any confusion if you need to visit the pharmacy at your destination.
- Plan your time and home healthcare supplies wisely. On a road trip it’s important to factor bathroom breaks into your plan. It’s also important to pack extra incontinence supplies. Try not to over pack with your home healthcare supplies and bring only the ones that are absolutely needed.
- Follow a schedule as best as possible. Try and maintain the same routine with medication and meal times, this requires less preparation for a caregiver.
It may take a few extra minutes of your time to completely prepare, but organization and understanding of what you’ll need for caregiving on the road will go a long way! The less you have to worry, the more time you have to enjoy your holiday with the ones you love. Take these tips into consideration to ease the stress of traveling while caregiving.
|November 26, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Caregiving, Happiness, Health, Top Products, Uncategorized, Wellness|
|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 7, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving, Health, Wellness|
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month! Across the United States, caregivers, medical professionals and home healthcare supplies leaders have teamed up to provide the community with as much information as possible. This month, our series of blogs will follow suit in these efforts.
There are ten common warning signs that should be taken into consideration when addressing a potential Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Paying attention to the warnings signs, combined with experienced medical professional advice and the use of proper home healthcare supplies, will assist in the best Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
- Memory loss impacting daily life: This is one of the most common signs of dementia. Red flags are forgetting relevant dates and events on a frequent basis or frequently needing information repeated.
- Problem Solving Challenges: This can be everything from simple ability to process numbers, all the way to difficulty following a familiar or simple recipe.
- Difficulty with routine tasks: Daily tasks become more of a challenge, regardless of how long they have been part of the person’s regular routine.
- Time Confusion: In addition to forgetting how or when a person got to a particular place, time confusion also alters how a person can recall a story historically.
- Visual challenges: Difficulty reading, adjusting to color and contrast are also signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Newly developed speech and writing difficulty: Repetition in a conversation and difficulty even inserting oneself into a conversation becomes increasingly common. Also, struggling with vocabulary regularly occurs.
- Unable to Retrace Steps: Many patients constantly misplace regularly used items, because they are placed in unusual locations. Even in short periods of time, he or she may not be able to retrace steps accurately.
- Poor Judgment: Proper decision making on all levels becomes increasingly challenging. Many examples money related issues and hygiene and grooming responsibilities.
- Social Withdrawal: Gradual removal from normal social, work and hobbies. In addition, it is very common for even extroverted individuals to become increasingly introverted because of the changes he or she has experienced.
- Extreme mood and personality changes: Confusion, increased suspicion, depression and anxiety.
While these ten warning signs can’t provide you an exact diagnosis, they can be used as talking points with your health care professional. Identify you or your loved one’s strengths and weaknesses in memory related activities. If diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, be sure to remain up to date on current information, best practice for caregiving and the proper home healthcare supplies for your specific.
|October 31, 2013||Posted by admin under Aging, Arthritis, Caregiving, Disabilities, Ergonomics, Fitness, Health, Health News, Knee Surgery, Mobility, Pain Management, Prepare for Care, Stress, Stroke, Surgery, Wellness|
It’s common to be overwhelmed when recovering from surgery or an injury. Aside from the physical aspect, the emotional component can really take a toll on you! Everything from understanding all of your home healthcare supplies around the house, to the thought of your recovery time frame, can rapidly increase stress. When it comes to recovery, mindset is everything. We’ve found some great tips on how to mentally approach recovery!
- First, identify the positives. The discipline involved in maintaining a proper recovery regimen improves your mental toughness. There is a positive in every situation!
- Use the down time you have wisely; you now have the time to learn things about yourself that you haven’t picked up on in the past! (Add this to your list of positives!)
- In addition to just learning about yourself, educate yourself on new topics! Personal growth is something you will have far beyond the end of your rehabilitation! (Another positive!)
- Education can also directly apply to your rehabilitation: Become an expert in your therapy and condition. It’s also important to know the ins and outs to all of your home healthcare supplies. The more you know, the better prepared your are during this process.
- Find support. Reach out to local and virtual support groups. You’re never alone! People in similar situations can serve as invaluable resources! Easier Living acts as a resource and support system for many conditions. Our Facebook and Twitter community could start you off in the right direction!
- Be visual. If you see it, you’ll believe it! Create a positivity board with motivational photos, quotes, etc. that you can look to for inspiration.
- Most importantly, set multiple goals. Although you ultimate goal is complete recovery, set smaller goals. When you hit these mini-milestones, you’re one step closer to your goal. It gives you something short–term to strive towards.
Although staying positive in your recovery is a constant challenge, it’s crucial to your success. Your emotional well being is equally as important as the proper home healthcare supplies and actual physical rehabilitation regime. Use these suggestions to make your road to recovery the smoothest one possible!