COMING IN THE JULY ISSUE:
Managing Transitions: Part 2
Safey and the Right Level of Care
Caregiver, advocate, educator
Being a caregiver is a tough job, one we can do,
especially when we have the right support.
As Christopher Robin tells Pooh:
"Promise me you'll always remember:
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think."
So are we.
MARK YOU CALENDARS--UPCOMING EVENT:
TOGETHER WITH ALZHEIMER'S:
CARE AND SUPPORT FOR THE CAREGIVER
Martha Blackburn, R.N. of Hospice of Southern Maine
“The Five W's of Hospice Care: Who? What? When? Where? Why?”
7:00-8:00, Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sacred Heart Parish Center,
326 Main St, Yarmouth, Maine
All are welcome to attend at no charge.
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A Daughter's Reflections, Part I
Caregiver, Advocate, and Educator
The issue of soaring temperatures came across my radar screen in a big way early this spring when our community lost a couple of our precious elders to heat-related issues. It's so frustrating to hear this news, especially when, with a little planning and precaution, it could have been avoided. So, please, share the information on heat precautions with the elders in your life. If you fall into the “elder” category, stay abreast of weather reports, contact your pharmacist for information on how to “heat proof” your medications and equipment, and don't forget to hydrate!
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At one point, when my family was in the throes of trying to maintain our mother at home, her care team burgeoned to a small army of seventeen people, including family members! The number alone spoke to the intensity of Mom's needs. It also alerted us to the fact that home care was fast becoming untenable. With each adjustment in our approach to her care, I learned that the transition from one level of care to the next represented an uptick in the impact of her dementia. It also increased the amount of time needed to coordinate, monitor, and supervise, i.e., to manage, the comings and goings of the care staff and specialists we hired.
Prior to attempting a new approach to our caregiving efforts, my family spent a significant amount of time preparing, with hours of phone calls, advocacy, and consultation with the experts. We read, attended numerous support group meetings, had open family debates, and ultimately made the final transition to assisted living. We had check lists, made flow charts, and maintained an Excel spreadsheet!
What follows is a series of vignettes describing the events that, in retrospect, helped our family grow to understand and accept the creeping limitations of Mom's condition. These events acted as whole earth magnets, exerting a force that pulled us along to ultimately decide that others could care for Mom more effectively than we could.I
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With temperatures on the rise, we need to be aware of the toll that heat and humidity takes on on our elderly family members, neighbors, and friends. As much as the “living is easy” during the summer, it can be dangerous for those in the sixty-plus crowd as they are especially susceptible to health complications such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburns. Persons with diabetes, heart, circulatory, and pulmonary conditions need to pay special attention as many of their medications, including antidepressants and allergy meds, may increase their susceptibility to the heat.
And please, let's make a point to visit our elderly neighbors a couple times a day when it's hot to make sure they are managing the heat well.
While you're probably familiar with many of the guidelines below, take a moment to read them, hopefully you'll find a new tip or two. Here are some basic guidelines:
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Celebrate the BIG Second Anniversary
Together With Alzheimer's Ezine
In honor of this occasion, we're offering:
The Caregiver's Journey:
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In this easy-to-read ebook you'll find:
Intimate, insightful reflections on the nature of caregiving, its challenges and joys
Descriptions of the many stages of caregiving
Practical tools that promote your loved one's well being and yours
Lists of considerations--legal, medical, financial—and directions on how to break large jobs into doable parts.
A support team: its members and why you need one
Tips on how to prioritize
Management advice on communication, repetitions, and behavior management—yours and your loved one's!
Caregivers: Take care of yourself, too.
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Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for May
Elder Care: Summer Precautions and Tips