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The pain passes ~ only the beauty remains...


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3/22/16 7:22 P

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Things are okay. We have had to come to terms with a few things like Denis being on continuous IV antibiotic to ward off the constant infections. He is weak but we are trying to improve the quality of his life. Our youngest daughter is getting married in July and Denis would like to give her away. One day at a time, one crisis at a time.


Remind yourself that it is okay not to be perfect.


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3/22/16 7:17 P

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How are things going at home?
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Thanks for the info. I do a lot of these things and I certainly recommend them . Very good advice.

Edited by: ALRAET at: 3/19/2016 (12:09)
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9/13/14 1:01 P

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Caregiver Tip 3: Ask for Help

The best answer to the question, " Is there anything you need? " is " Yes."

Letting others help can make your caregiving easier. Know where to find help when you need it. The more support you have, the more successful you are likely to be.

When family or friends offer to lend a hand, be ready with specific ideas. Let them pick something they would like to do. Such as:

1. Pick up a few items at the grocery store.
2. Fix a meal or do some cleaning or yard work.
3. Stay with the person you care for so you can go out for a while.

There are other ways to find support, for example:

1. Hire a teenager or older adult to help for a few hours a day.
2. Find a grocery store or pharmacy that delivers.
3. Hire a home health aide or personal care assistant.
4. Sign up for homaker or chore service or "Meals on Wheels."

Respite care may be the most important service for caregivers. Respite services provide someone who will stay with the person while you get out of he house for a few hours.
If the person you are caring for needs routine medical care, you may be able to arrange to have the person stay in a nursing home for a few days while you get away for a break.

More To Follow..........



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9/12/14 12:23 P

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Caregiver Tip 2: Don't Help Too Much

Even if they don't admit it, people like to help thenselves. Every time you dp something for a person that the person could have done withouthelp, there is a double loss. First, your effort may have been wasted. Second, the person has missed an opportunity to help himself or herself.

As a care giver, your highest goal is to give the person you are caring for the power and permission to be in control of his or her own life ( as much as possible ). Every act your loved one makes to maintain independence is a victory for you as a caregiver.

Here are some things you can do to empower the person you are caring for to do things independently;

-- Let the person make as many decisions as possible. Let the person decide what to wear, what to eat, or when to go to bed. Help him or her keep as much control as possible.

-- Make it easy. One of the most productive things a caregiver can do is to make changes in the person's home and provide tools that will allow the person to do things without help.

-- Allow for mistakes and less-then-perfect results. The hardest thing about letting someone do something without help is knowing that you could do it better or faster. Mistakes are okay.

-- Match tasks with abilities. Identify the person's skills, and try to match them with tasks that the person can do on his or her own.

See you tomorrow.



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9/11/14 11:07 A

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Caregiver Tip 1 : Take Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is your most important step as a caregiver. Caregivers are more likely than those who are not caregivers to be at risk for colds and the flu and also chronic illness, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

On the other hand, when caregivers take time to care for themselves, good things usually happen.

- They stay healthier.

- They feel better about themselves.

- They have more energy and enthusiasm keep giving care.

Here are some important things that you need to find time to do-just for yourself:

- Get some exercise. You may feel better and sleep better if you exercise. One way is to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week. Experts say to aim for a least 2 1/2 hours of moderate activity a week.
-- Eat healthy meals and snacks. When you are busy giving care, it may seem easier to eat fast food than to prepare healthy meals. But healthy meals are easy to prepare, and healthy eating will give you more energy to carry you through each day.
--- Get enough sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep at night, take a nap during the day. Plan to get at least one full night's rest each week.
---- Make time for an activity you enjoy-reading, listening to music, painting or doing crafts, playing an instrument-even if you can only do it for a few minutes a day. If you like to go to church activities or takes classes, ask a friend or family member to stay with your loved one for an hour or two one or two times a week so you can do things.
----- Get regular medical checkups. This includes dental checkups. Even if you have always been healthy, you need to stay healthy. Know about the signs of depression, and watch for them not only in the person you are caring for but also in yourself. If you have feelings of lingering sadness or hopelessness, talk with your doctor,

See ya! tomorrow. for Tip 2



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Thanks for all the warm thoughts and wishes. Guess it is words like these that someone out there does care about you, even if you have never met or seen each other, this is what matters to us as people sharing special problems.

To reduce my anxiety and stress as a caregiver, I decided last week to react in a very deliberate low key manner, to sing a tune under my breath, to spend time alone in my den, reading or listening to music or doing nothing at all.

I give gratitude to all higher powers to bless our caregivers' community with health and strength to carry on......Cheers!

Books are such great company!


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9/10/14 10:06 P

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We all need the times for ourselves to keep ourselves Happy and Healthy. That time is not always available to use. Over the next week I will be pasting 6 Tips for Keeping us sound, happy, and able to meet the challenges of Caregiving.

Many people are caring for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, parent, or other family member. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know that your care makes a positive difference. But caregiving can be difficult. There are three tips to being a good caregiver.

- Take care of yourself.

- Don't help too much. Let the person do as much as he or she can.

- Ask for help.

The first Tip: Take Care Of Yourself. Post here any topic you would also like some help on.

See you tomorrow.

Michele - Central Ohio


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