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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 3/10/10

I just saw your website and it is very interesting and positive.
However, there are instances where the caregiver is not doing those things that she should.
What advice do you have for removing a caregiver or at least regulating how she provides this support.


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Name: Jennifer
Location: North Carolina
Date: 03/18/2010
Time: 05:35 AM


Would it be possible for him to volunteer at a senior citizens center, or perhaps at the local hospital. I know at our local hospital they have a crew of senior citizens that sit at the information desk and answer general questions, etc. This might be a way for him to get out of the house, offer assistance and in turn feel a sense of accomplishment.

Name: Caregiver Advocate
Location: New Hampshire
Date: 03/18/2010
Time: 07:39 AM


Maybe you could interest him in birdwatching! A pair of binoculars and a bird identification book is enough to get started. Add a bird feeder station! Otherwise, he can set & clear the table for meals, get the laundry from hamper to washer/dryer & back, answer the phone, do some of the dusting, put away the groceries, etc. Does he have a computer? He could go to the local senior center for lunch & activities. There are so many things he could be doing! Just break down the normal chores into pieces that he can do!

Name: Susan Balla
Location: Connecticut
Date: 03/18/2010
Time: 08:27 AM


This is for the gentleman who sits in front of the window all day long. Is there anyway of getting him outside for a "walk" in his "wheelchair"?. How about taking him down to a senior center. There should be a volunteer bureau in your town where people around his age could come in a talk about the old days. If he is a veteran call the VFW and see if someone can come talk with him. Get him involved. Take him out to lunch. It sounds like he is in a depression. Check with his doctor to see if medication can help. Teach him the computer especially ones for handicap people. I hope this helps you.


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