Wednesday, September 18, 2013

More Resources for Caregivers

Through Caregiver Junction, a circle I belong to with Google +, there was a post about '6 creative resources for caregivers'
which was written by a certified nursing assistant, Lauren Davenport. She lists tools and resources that will help with caring for seniors and the disabled. From 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.

(picture from 101 Mobility)

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