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Assistive Equipment for the Home
Assistive Equipment for the Home What assistive equipment might be necessary in the home? Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person. Here are some of the more common types of assistive equipment to consider for the home: Bathroom grab bars Shower seats Bathtub mats Beds with special features that increase your ability to get in and out of bed Assistive telephones (for hearing-impaired and sigh...
Being a Caregiver
Being a Caregiver What is a caregiver? A caregiver provides assistance in meeting the daily needs of another person. Caregivers are referred to as either "formal" or "informal." "Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. This may include services from home health agencies and other trained professionals. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are persons who provide care to family or friends usually without payment. A caregiver p...
Making the Home Environment Safe
Making the Home Environment Safe What is involved in making the home environment safe? When caring at home for an ill, aging, or disabled person of any age, it is important to consider the safety of the home environment. The following checklist may be printed and used for home inspection. Upstairs __ Install a smoke detector in the hallway outside of bedrooms. Check and change batteries regularly. __ Place a nonskid bath mat on the floor and a nonskid mat in the tub. __ Store all prescription and over-t...
Easy Ways to Show Someone You Care
Easy Ways to Show Someone You Care Whether you are a spouse, child, sibling, parent, or friend of a cancer patient, it is important that you never stop expressing your love. Showing how much you care is not only important on holidays and special occasions; it should be done every day of the year. You don't have to spend a lot of money, effort, or time showing someone you love him or her, either. Here are a few simple and special ways to show a cancer patient that you care: For young children and teenage...
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In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help
In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help What if you were diagnosed with cancer? What if your spouse died and you suddenly found yourself a single parent? What if you were living with an alcoholic and didn't know how to cope? Any of these situations—and a host of others—would leave you feeling alone and in need of an ally. You could find help in a mutual support group. Sure, you've got family and friends, but do they really understand what you're up against? Your doctor, social worker, or counselor ma...
Helpful Hints for Coping with the Holidays
Helpful Hints for Coping with the Holidays The holidays are usually a time for remembering—remembering your childhood and the excitement you felt during the holidays, remembering favorite traditions like baking cookies, or remembering little gestures of kindness from others that made past holidays special. Many of us look forward to the holidays as a time to gather family and loved ones together in one place. But if you've recently experienced a loss, you may be worried about being overwhelmed by memori...
Caring for the Caregiver
Caring for the Caregiver Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be adult children, spouses, siblings, friends or neighbors, who help with daily activities such as bathing, feeding and clothing. The caregiver may be the only person who can take a loved one to doctors' appointments. The long-distance caregiver may call weekly, help with expenses or support the main caregiver. According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), more than 65 million people provide a level of care to a...
Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves
Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), millions of Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. Numbers of caregivers range from 33 million to over 50 million. Exact numbers are not known because caregivers often do not identify themselves with this role In addition, there is no standard definition of "caregiver," so research studies use a variety of descriptions that influence the estimates. N...