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Wednesday May 19, 2010 - Issue #486

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Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Summer of Respite 2010

Believe it or not, it’s that time again. It’s time to roll out our tenth annual Summer Respite series. Since we first announced our Summer of Respite 2001, each year’s series has been a smashing success. Every summer, we encourage caregivers to continue helping each other by sending in your respite tips and techniques. This summer, it is more important than ever for each and every one of us to avail ourselves of the benefits that respite offers.

We caregivers need to really celebrate ourselves this year and take advantage of the respite opportunities that will make our lives less stressful and more productive...continued 

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers

By Sheryl Leary

Taking a successful vacation when you are a caregiver requires planning and coordination. Here is some information and questions to consider when planning your time away from home.

Vacationing With Your Loved One
Is the destination accessible for my loved one’s abilities?  Ensure that stairs are kept to a limit that is acceptable and have railings. Are doorways wide enough for a wheelchair or walker? Will the bathroom accommodate your routine? ...continued

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Guest Column

Creating Fun For Caregivers and Frail Seniors

By Lynn Howe

Your confined-to-home (or assssted living or nursing home) parent, just wants to have fun! You are focused on their safety, finances, medical treatment, medications, privacy, nutrition and therapy. You busy yourself with monitoring their progress (or decline) and doing everything in your power to keep them comfortable. ...continued



Care Travel: A Prepared Traveler is a Happy Traveler

Whether you travel abroad or domestically, there are some tips you should keep in mind. These suggestions have been written for the special needs traveler, but they apply to anyone going anywhere.

    1. Equipment, spare parts and piece of mind: Always bring along spare parts for your equipment, whether it's extra tubes and valves for the oxygen tank or that spare pair of glasses. I'll never forget the time I was in London and blew a tire on my wheelchair. If I hadn't brought along extra tubes it would have ruined my vacation...continued



Hi My mother is in a nursing home, she is wheelchair bound and we are looking for someone that can/would be able to travel with her from her care facility in the Oklahoma City, OK area to a wedding in Houston, TX. I am in Dallas, and will be attending the wedding with other family members, but we are ill prepared to take care of her. Can you direct me to a company or individual that does?


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Summer of Respite 2010

Feature Article

Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers
Guest Column

Creating Fun for caregivers and Frail Seniors

Care Travel




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