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 Tuesday October 26, 2010 - Issue #509

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Holiday Treats

Believe it or not, just after the blessed end of this year’s election season, holiday season arrives. Because holiday season preparations can be somewhat more complicated once we become caregivers, for the next few weeks, we will be presenting you with some helpful hints to ensure a joyous Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa for you and your loved ones.
Here are a few things to remember as you plan for your holidays:
1) Maintain a sense of familiarity for your loved ones. Go easy on the decorations, and don’t move too much furniture to accommodate trees or other objects. Changing familiar surroundings can lead to confusion, especially for someone with memory problems or poor vision.  Extra cords, fragile decorations, and piles of gifts can be hazards to those with limited mobility

2) With the entire holiday hubbub, your loved one could become confused and agitated. Try to limit the number of guests in your home at one time, and make sure that someone is always aware of the whereabouts of your loved one. If he or she tends to wander, there is a chance that this may happen when everyone thinks someone else is “on watch.” ...continued

Take care

Gary Barg


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Feature Article

Drug Dispensing and the Caregiver

by M. Simon

One of the common issues that caregivers have to deal with on a daily basis is the need to dispense their care recipient’s medication in a safe and timely fashion. Navigating the dangerous waters of different pill sizes, colors and dosages can be an intimidating experience as most family members and home care workers possess neither an in-depth knowledge of these medications nor the ability to discern when a problem with the pills may be developing...continued Cancer Channel


Guest Column

The Financial Side of Caregiving

By Sherri Goss

A woman called me for an appointment, saying she heard I work with caregivers.  Many of my clients are caregivers, and they are amazing people.  Most of them work very long hours, are under incredible emotional pressure, and have little support.  They want so badly to do the very best for their loved one.  This woman was no exception...continued

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Tip from Cyndie H. in
Robstown, TX 
Long-distance caregiving is a difficult balancing act.  When my grandfather was transferred to an assisted living facility after suffering an aneurysm and a stroke, there were varying degrees of emotions.  To make things worse, our close-knit family was spread all over the United States.  But, we discovered there were ways to have family gatherings and make them fun and memorable for Grandpa as well as each of us.
Family members who lived nearby were free to visit Grandpa often, planning lunches and weekends with him.  But for those who lived out of town or out of state, we had to be really creative.  We tried to plan events around special occasions.  For example, the week before St. Patrick’s Day, all family members who lived within a four-hour driving range gathered and we decorated my grandfather’s door.  Using freezer paper as the background, we drew a happy leprechaun with a large, black hat and pasted our grandfather’s smiling face as the head on the figure.  Then we placed shamrocks, raining from the sky.  Each shamrock had a picture of a family member:  two daughters, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren and their spouses as well as one great grandchild.  “That’s so you don’t forget who we are!” we laughed as we added a bright rainbow and a pot of gold.
Grandpa was delighted that his door was a bright spot in the facility, and he received many visits from neighbors who wanted to know who all the shamrocks were and if he really had a pot of gold behind his door.  Mostly, the staff marveled at how we managed to bring the whole family together, despite distances and busy schedules, to spend quality time with our beloved family member.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Holiday Treats

Feature Article

Drug Dispensing and the Caregiver
Guest Column

The Financial Side of Caregiving




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