HomeCaregivingFamily Caregivers: How Do You Spell Relief? – Part Two

Family Caregivers: How Do You Spell Relief? – Part Two

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Caring for aging parents or other loved ones? There are people who will gladly assist with eldercare tasks and there are people who will take care of you.

Who helps? Family members, friends, neighbors, and volunteers. Some people cooperate without any hesitation, others run in the opposite direction. As difficult as it may be at times, keep asking for help.

Sometimes people want to be of service but they do not know what you need. Be precise when defining “help” by making a list of the big and little things that are demanding your attention.

Here are a few of the more common tasks that others can help you with:

Homemaker Services—household maintenance and repairs, house cleaning, laundry, errands, grocery shopping, cooking, and transportation.

Professional Care—bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, shaving, grooming, bed and chair transferring, medications management.

Quality of Life—companionship, outside social activities, fitness routines, religious/spiritual pursuits.

It is always a good thing when others pitch in; but have you thought about the many advantages your loved ones doing tasks themselves? Check out the variety of independent-living products that would make your caregiving experience less stressful.

Due to limiting physical conditions, many people struggle with common daily tasks – like eating and drinking and putting on socks. In these situations, a proven, quality product will make these ordinary tasks much less difficult.

Adaptive clothing also makes a world of difference when it comes to getting dressed and undressed independently. Easy on-and-off stylish and affordable clothing and footwear makes caregiving and eldercare a win-win for all.

As a family caregiver, I am used to helping people; but I have found that my aging parents and loved ones are the happiest when I can provide ways for them to do things for themselves.

Click here to read Part 1 of this story.

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Joy Loverde is the author of the best-seller, The Complete Eldercare Planner (Random House, 2009) and Who Will Take Care Of Me When I Am Old? (Da Capo, 2017). Joy’s media credits include the Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, and National Public Radio among many others. Joy also serves as a mature-market consultant and spokesperson for manufacturers, corporations, law firms, financial institutions, insurance, associations, healthcare organizations, senior housing, and other members of the fast-growing eldercare industry.

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