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Month: December 2014

Caregiver Monday: Questions To Ask Before Your Parents Move In

Caregiver Monday: Questions To Ask Before Your Parents Move In

The time may come when you need to move a parent or loved one in with you.  Talk with your spouse and children about the situation.  You need to take the feelings of anyone living with you into consideration.  Do you have room in your house? The lady I sit with is in a basement apartment of her daughter’s house.  That works because she has her own personal space.  When her daughter is off she can go upstairs for a…

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Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons When Moving to a New Area

Transitional Friday: 7 Lessons When Moving to a New Area

        I recently had a friend that moved across country.   Making such a move is a huge undertaking. While, she and her family were excited about the move, there were also adjustments that had to be taken into account. Learning the cultural differences—even in the United States various areas have different cultures, depending on if you are in the southeast, Northeast, southwest, North west or California coasts. Learning the new area—this includes the roads, restaurants, stores, etc….

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Caregiving Monday: 10 Christmas Ideas for Senior Adults

Caregiving Monday: 10 Christmas Ideas for Senior Adults

      Often it is difficult to know what to buy for senior adults.  They seem to have everything they need or want.  With Christmas approaching, we find ourselves asking, what can I purchase for Grandma, Grandpa, etc. Several suggestions are: Mints—GG* loves peppermints and goes through a handful a day.  Each Christmas my brother gives her a huge box that last for the next year. Kleenex—senior adults go through a number of Kleenex.  Every time I prepare to…

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Transitional Friday: Ways to Develop New Routines

Transitional Friday: Ways to Develop New Routines

Life is all about changes.  With change comes new routines. When making new routines, the important thing is to discover what is the most important things that HAVE to be done in a day.  Some things that must be done are work, care for children, eat, exercise, etc. In what ways is your spouse, children and important people in your life being put first? Next, look at the parts of your life that can be cut or toned down. What…

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Caregiver Monday: 13 Ways to Assist a Caregiver

Caregiver Monday: 13 Ways to Assist a Caregiver

Do you have a friend, co-worker, neighbor, church member or acquaintance that is a caregiver?  Have you wondered how you can help? Pray daily for home bound person and caregiver Offer transportation to doctor appointments Offer to pick up and take home for church Make weekly phone calls Send cards to say “thinking of you” Visit regularly with treats {fruit basket, coffee, sweets, news, etc} Read to the person or offer audiobooks {many libraries have these} Offer to assist with…

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Transitional Friday: 7 More Workplace Lessons

Transitional Friday: 7 More Workplace Lessons

Last week, I discussed lessons from starting a new job.  A few more lessons, whether the position is new or you’ve been there for thirty years: Be Thankful Remember no job is perfect Don’t be pulled into office gossip Do the very best job possible Keep unhappiness to yourself If it’s time to leave, search for another position before resigning Count your blessings What lessons have you learned in the workplace?

Caregiver Monday: How to Help Deal with The Loss of Independence for Senior Adults

Caregiver Monday: How to Help Deal with The Loss of Independence for Senior Adults

Giving up your independence is very difficult.  The person is finding that they are unable to do things they’ve been doing on their own for most of their life. Put yourself in their position and imagine how you would feel. Try to be understanding Do whatever possible to make the transition smooth Show respect