Caregiving

Tips for Downsizing Your Home Before Retirement

As an older woman sits in a large house, it's important to remember that downsizing your home is an exciting step in retirement life.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Downsizing your home can sometimes get a bad rap. It might feel like you are downsizing your possessions or even your memories. But making room in your new retired lifestyle is good not only for the soul, but also for your future. Before you make plans for a garage sale or start your search for boxes to pack, check out our go-to tips for how – and why – to downsize your home effectively.

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Maneuvering Summer Events in a Wheelchair

As a group of friends engages in one of their favorite summer events, hiking a grassy hill, one of them is in a wheelchair and being pulled.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

In the summer, it is inevitable that the calendar will fill up with special events and community activities. Before you know it, weekends can be flooded with graduation parties, weddings, concerts, and family outings. However, using a wheelchair can cause extra stress when attending summer events. Buying a ticket or sending in an RSVP often comes with collection of unknowns. Will there be a ramp? Are there paved pathways? Will I have someone to help me if needed? What about the bathroom? Whether you use a wheelchair or are attending an event with someone who uses a wheelchair, it will make the experience more pleasant if you know how to maneuver best in your given situation. Knowing what to expect before you arrive will help to minimize worrying or trouble-shooting when, let’s face it, you just want to participate and enjoy yourself.

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How to Plan Your Day Around Caregiving

A woman starts a schedule and calendar because it's important to know how to plan your day.

Contributed by Nathan McVeigh

Understanding how to plan your day is typically easier said than done. It’s especially true for those whose concern extends to other people besides themselves. Caregivers must pay close attention to the way they monitor their schedules, often because they are responsible for their own needs, their families’ needs, and/or the needs of those to whom they’ve been clinically assigned.

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The Best Ways to Memorialize a Loved One

As a woman points out the face of her loved one who passed away, she's found a great way to memorialize them on her wall of photos.

Contributed by Haley Burress

If you have recently lost a loved one, you are probably feeling your way through the complex maze of grief. While we certainly cannot claim to make this journey easier for you, we can offer ideas on ways to memorialize the person that you loved so much. Taking time to memorialize someone not only honors the person who is gone, but it also gives you a way to showcase what you loved so much about the deceased. You might choose to memorialize a loved one immediately, during funeral services, or after you have had time to process through the early stages of grief. No matter when you choose to do something special in memory of your loved one, it is sure to be an occasion full of emotions ranging from sadness to joy, pride to peace. Here are just a few of ways to remember your loved that may inspire you.

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5 Tips For Getting Started Using A Care Calendar

Two women talk about setting up a care calendar over coffee.

Contributed by Tiffany Silverberg

A care calendar can be among your closest allies in your caregiving journey. Your care calendar puts a date and time to the many tasks that need to get done, allowing others to step up and help you. Here are a few tips to help get started using a care calendar so you can rest easy knowing that upcoming tasks are organized and assigned.

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How to Moderate Visiting Hours

A woman lays in her hospital bed trying to recover while moderating visiting hours.

Contributed by Haley Burress

Fortunately, when you get sick or have a newborn arrival, well-wishers are often in high supply. People want to stop over to cheer you up, snuggle the baby, or simply sit with you. Unfortunately, well-wishers don’t always know when to leave and let you rest. Whether you are welcoming a newborn into your home or are facing a serious illness, it is important for your own well-being to set up some realistic visiting hours. Once you put visiting hours in place and let folks know about the best times to visit, you will find that your stress goes down and you actually enjoy stopovers from your friends and family.

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How to Comfort a Sick Child During an Extended Hospital Stay

A mother holds the hand of her sick child while she's in the hospital.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

For an injured or sick child, being away from home is a scary thing. Experiencing pain and discomfort while in a strange place with unfamiliar people can a traumatic experience – especially with the number of tests and treatments that can occupy the day. Whether your child is in recovery or receiving treatment, hospital stays are physically exhausting and mentally draining for all involved. However, there are several ways that you can help to comfort your child during an extended hospital stay to make their experience as positive and comfortable as possible.

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Spring Cleaning: Organize Your Home for Multigenerational Living

A husband and wife are cleaning their kitchen after reading how to organize your home for spring cleaning.

Contributed by Michelle Hassler

Spring serves as a symbol for rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. When could be a better time to organize your home? Before your calendar becomes flooded with summer activities and outings, dedicate some time toward meaningful organization. In a multigenerational household, a diverse amount of needs must be met each day. Organization will help to encourage independence, avoid confusion and promote a harmonious living space.

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Learning How to Ask for Help From “Strangers”

Two men ask for help from each other while sitting on a park bench.

Contributed by Nora Stasio

The other day, I was telling my Grandmother about Lotsa Helping Hands. “If you’re going through a hard time, you can find volunteers from your area to come and give you a hand with things,” I explained.

 

“I don’t like that,” she said. “Strangers coming to your house?”


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10 Items to Have In Your Emergency Bag

When faced with the hospital waiting room, it's important to have an emergency bag full of things you'll need during an impromptu hospital stay.

Contributed By Dawn Allcot

If you’re a caregiver, you never know when a midnight emergency room visit will result in hours in the emergency room waiting area or even a hospital stay for your loved one. Likewise, if you’re a caregiver who lives apart from your aging parent, you never know when you’ll be called to stay the night in their home. In either of these scenarios, having an emergency bag packed in advance saves time and energy. Here are 10 things to keep in your emergency bag. Keep your emergency bag in your car at all times so you will always be prepared for any contingency, wherever you are.

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