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Tuesday May 31, 2011 - Issue #540

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Calling All Professional Caregivers

When I am asked what the educational content of any upcoming Fearless Caregiver Conference will be, my answer is always, “I don’t know; I haven’t met the attendees yet.”  The unique key to the conferences is that we are dedicated to answering whatever questions the attendees ask during the day.  Certainly there are specific things that are covered at every event (driving, respite, financial issues, communicating with our loved ones, getting our family and friends to help), but we have always been committed to not “PowerPointing,” “pontificating” or “speechifying” our attendees. 

The reason I bring this up is because at last week’s first annual Western Connecticut Fearless Caregiver Conference, the most noteworthy topic raised was one that has long been of interest to us as an organization—the relationship between family and professional caregivers...continued

Take care

Gary Barg

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Feature Article

Safety Begins at Home: Emergency Escape Plan for
Loved Ones with Mobility Challenges

By Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer

Children are usually taught about fire safety and disaster preparedness in school. Experts in the field, such as firefighters, teach through demonstrating how a family should safely and quickly evacuate their house during a fire, or how to seek shelter during a natural disaster, like a tornado or hurricane...continued

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Guest Column

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...continued


Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's
By Michael Plontz

Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  The first thing you want to do is find out all you can about the disease, and all about what you can do to take care of your loved one.  It’s a bitter pill to swallow, but, at least you’re an adult and you can understand what’s happening.  What about your children?  How can you help them cope?...continued

Share your tip, advice resource or observation.

Sharing Wisdom - Caregiver Tips

From Charlene in Bay Pines, FL
When sharing caregiving with siblings who live away, be sure to keep a notebook of the vital information such as: the anticipated course of any illnesses, list of medication doses/refills, scheduled doctors’ appointments, contact numbers for financial and insurance info, and names and phone numbers of their close friends/neighbors who will want to know about them. Keep this info up-to-date and give copies to all caregivers.

From Zoe in Boyd, TX
Bathroom access is one of the big issues that elders have in being able to stay at home. When my dad came home after nearly 90 days hospitalization, we didn’t know how we were going to get him to the toilet and into the shower. We have an old, small farmhouse with a single, tiny bathroom and limited funds. We took a wall out. Yep, a wall out. The bathroom was gutted and a tile floor was put in for the shower, a stand-alone sink, rails and handicap toilet (similar to what you will see in a rehab hospital). We have shower curtains where the wall was and on the inner side of the shower area. We put the shower chair in and now he can, with help, take the few steps to the chair from his walker; rails are placed so he can stand when necessary. Before he could stand and walk, we used his Hoyer lift to get him in there. Not fun, but necessary. Mom was also to the point where she could not lift her legs to get into the tub.
It is not pretty and most would not accept this, but it has made a lot of difference in being able to take care of both of them.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Calling All Professional Caregivers

Feature Article

Safety Begins at Home
Guest Column

Summer Travel Plans for Caregivers


Helping Children Understand Alzheimer's
Sharing Wisdom



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