Through Caregiver Junction, a circle I belong to with Google +, there was a post about '6 creative resources for caregivers' 101 Mobility Rotations:
** Online communication: there is online forums and support groups where you can share stories, information, tips, whatever.
** Health tracking systems: Lauren lists Monacaresa web based application that helps with the planning, coordinating, and managing the care of your loved one. I also had written a post regarding apps available. Also check iTunes.
** Assistive devices: there are grab bars, stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, automatic door openers, etc that can help someone with mobility issues move around and stay in their own home.
** Tablet/iPad: a great way to stay connected and keep up their cognitive development. User friendly it allows the 'swiping' control, allows for adjustment of screen brightness. The person can keep in touch with family and friends, reading a book, playing games, listening to music, look at pictures.
** Skype: this can help visually and audibly connect with friends and family who may be far away. They can talk and see the grandkids and tell stories. It may help with the loneliness.
** AARP Caregiving Resource Center: this covers all the basics for families and caregivers; information on insurance, healthcare, and even grief counseling.
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4 Signs of Caregiving Stress Overload
ElderCarelink email posts 4 signs that should not be overlooked by you, the caregiver, or a close family member or friend. They report that even though the immediate caregiver may not be helping in direct care, the mind is never far from the needs of the older person, thinking about meals, falling, medications. Take the opinion of a family member or friend if they are telling you that you are stressed. Four signs: you skip your own physicals; you isolate yourself from others; you eat and/or drink too much for good health; you are short tempered with the elder, your spouse or your children. If any or all of these sound familiar, take a break no matter how short in order to recharge. For more information on caregiver stress see ElderCarelink
You can check out my ranting and stream of consciousness writing about looking at adult service providers with Will.
A Caregiver's Poem
I was looking through a 'Caregiver's Blog: Senior Care Support' and came across a poem that was shared by a writer, Dana, from the blog. The poem was written by Becky Netherland and Dana's grandmother shared it with her. I thought it was great and there is not much to say about it - just read!!! Enjoy!!
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I’ve traveled paths you’ve yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I’m blessed to share with you
Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad
Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side
Walk softly when you’re angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter’s power is immense!
Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don’t shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold
Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it’s near, you’ll find a way
Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from your heart
The world is far from perfect
There’s conflict and there’s strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life
And so I’m very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.
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