Whether you are helping someone gather their mail, providing transportation to places like church and doctor’s offices, balancing a checkbook, picking up groceries or providing emotional support...you are a Caregiver. Caregiving tasks can be a labor of love and caregiving from a distance can bring additional challenges. Here are six tips for you and the loved ones that help you. I hope you can share this information with them.
- Learn as much as you can about your care receiver’s health, treatments, medications and available resources. I find list making especially helpful. I use a spiral notebook.
- Organize important paperwork. Keep vital information (like your Health Care Power of Attorney document) in one easily accessible place and keep them up to date. Provide copies to other caregivers.
- Make certain that at least one caregiver has access to your important medical and financial information. There should be only one point of contact for your affairs. (ie: Mary is for medical, Tom is for financial, Peter is for logistics/ transport.) It becomes very difficult to steer the ship when everyone is rowing in different directions.
- Plan your visits. Find out in advance what your care receiver needs or would like to do. Then set your priorities. Remember to schedule time for a relaxing activity.
- Stay connected. Facetime, texting, Zoom meeting, and Facebook are ways to use technology to your advantage. Want to learn how...Ask me. There’s an “app” for that.
- Consider taking a Caregiver class. Many not-for-profits offer caregiving courses. In fact, I have plans to bring a wonderful series called Powerful Tools for Caregivers here to San Camillo...Can someone tell this Covid virus to end so I can get it started? (joking)
Answers to last week’s Thursday “Threezers”
- Love, Let, Lob – Tennis terms
- The tin man, A tornado, Jiffy Lube – They have funnels
- Shoot the moon, Ferris wheel, Lindy loops – Yo-yo tricks
- Bars, Bells, Fruit – Pictures on a slot machine
- Why did the can crusher quit his job?
- Did you hear about the Italian chef that died?
- What did one traffic light say to the other traffic light?
- Why are frogs so happy?
What will you do, “Just for Today”? “I never lose. I either win or learn” - Nelson Mandela