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Health Brief

July 21, 2020

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

Tuesday Funnies:

  • 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

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