FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Trick or Treat?
Halloween is more than a night when little
goblins and ghosties ring our doorbells looking
for goodies; it also signifies the start of the
holiday travel season. Many of us will be
traveling with the loved ones for whom we care,
or will have relatives visit us in our homes
over the next two months. These visitations can
either represent a ghoulishly frightening
experience or they can be a real pleasure.
As in all things regarding caregiving,
preparation is the key to success. If you
are to travel to other peopleís homes, make sure
they understand the needs of your loved one.
Will throw rugs need to be stored, beds need to
be moved or even holiday decorations organized
so they will not present opportunities for a
fall? Do you know where the local durable
medical equipment store or pharmacy is in your
host family memberís neighborhood?
If your fiends (ok, Iíll stop) and family
members are coming to stay with you for a while,
this presents a terrific opportunity to organize
Reverse Gift List. Is your nephew who
is handy with tools coming? Let him know
that a really useful gift would be for him to be
able to look at that squeaky door or even change
the oil in the car.
Holidays offer a great opportunity for
realistic family meetings about how your loved
one is fairing. It will, frankly, be up to you
to make sure that the session remains
non-confrontational. Deep breaths and counting
to ten helps.
Letís work together over the next few weeks
to help one another plan for a truly successful
By the way, my vote is for Treat.
What tips can you share for successful holiday