Put yourself in their shoes

The other day while at the home of a client, I was brought up short when she asked me when she could go home. My client is in her 90s and generally pretty clear headed but she had just woken from a nap and was a little fuzzy. It broke my heart. We are so busy as caregivers, whether with clients or family members it’s may be hard to see the person through the work. Occasionally, step back...
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Smooth transitions

As professional caregivers we want to smoothly slip into our client’s routine but it usually takes a little time for everyone to get comfortable. Transitioning to a new caregiver can be unnerving but a little patience and flexibility can go a long way. Even the most experienced, best trained individual may still fold your socks wrong and forget to turn on the dish washer. When a person...
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Turn challenges into opportunities for creativity

One assignment I recently had placed me in a home where I was asked to take care of an individual, run the vacuum and fix something for dinner. No problem, my client was as sweet as pie and the house was in good shape but when I went to the kitchen it was slim pickings. A few tired looking veggies, and some frozen mystery poultry pieces. I had some time so I got to work. Turkey veggie soup! I...
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Music for memory loss?

Do you care for a person with memory loss? Or perhaps your senior has become less communicative. Try something new, create your own music therapy sessions. Studies have shown that music from a persons past, especially focusing on what they may have listened to as teens or early adults, can stimulate a person’s memories like nothing else. People who haven’t spoken in ages may suddenly...
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Little Hazards

There are so many little things that can become hazardous when ones immune system is compromised. I don’t want to make anyone paranoid but as caregivers there are certain subjects we should all be aware of. For example, chips on cups, plates, bowls, and even cutting boards can present a big problem and should be discarded. This is not a crazy exaggeration. ¬†When you find a chip you need to...
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A great risk to consider

One of the most important things to consider as we, our parents, or friends get older is home safety.For example, what once may have been seen as a decorative addition to your home can suddenly become hazard. What we’re talking about here are throw rugs. Who would ever imagine that these seemingly harmless acsents could lead to a trip to the emergency room. As people get older they tend to...
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