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Wednesday  October 7, 2009 - Issue #453


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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

An Undeserved Burden

I must say that the first event of the rural Fearless Caregiver tour is off to a great start.  I woke up yesterday morning in Wisconsin Dells at the hotel in which the conference was being held and threw open the curtains to find what that is had been raining for some time.  Not a good sign.  But there were only five participants that did not show up and they had all emailed the night before with apologies and there were five walk-ins to make up the difference. There were so much good advice from the caregivers in attendance that it would take ten newsletters to scratch the surface, yet one comment did stand out. 
 
One participant was seeking advice about her mother who twice turned away ambulances after showing signs of what seemed to be minor strokes. A discussion followed but learning that there was not much that this caregiver could do that she had not already considered, attempted or set into motion,  one of her fellow participants stood to share the following words. She said "Things go wrong sometimes and we caregivers can't always make things be 100 percent the whole time. Sometimes you have to say, 'I did the best I could with the help that was out there and the best I knew to do at the time' and not have to live with the guilt the rest of your lives".
 
At first, I was taken aback by the frankness of this comment, but after a while it hit me: of all the burdens that we caregivers place upon ourselves, doing the best we can do with what we have at our disposal at the time, even if it doesn't solve the situation, should never be one of them.     
 

Take care


Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Feature Article

 

Developing an Organized Medication System at Home

By  Sandra Fuson, Staff Writer  

Caregivers can be overwhelmed with the number of medications that their loved ones need to take on a daily basis. Medication errors are too common, with administration of drugs accounting for 38 percent of errors. According to the ALARIS Center for Medication Safety and Clinical Improvement, at least 7,000 deaths annually are blamed on medication errors....Continued
 


 
Additional Article
The Sandwich Generation

By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer

Since the adoption of the National Family Caregiver Support Program in late 2000, there have been numerous news articles and points of interests written about the family caregiver and their many different roles within the family and the community....Continued
 


Guest Column
Finding Balance for the Caregiver:
16 Stress Reducing Strategies
By Kathleen Bogolea, MS

When my husband Phil’s colorectal cancer returned in October of 2006, this time in the liver and lungs, I found myself stressed to the max.  With my full-time job as a kindergarten teacher, my commitment to my adult children and grandchildren, and keeping tabs on my teenage daughter, adding compassionate caregiving to my life’s work demands from me an incredibly difficult balancing act.  ..Continued


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Diet and Nutrition Tips

Make dining social. Elderly people often fail to eat well because they don't like to eat alone  ...Continued


 
Carenotes

I worked as a CNA and as a clerical person in healthcare facilities for a number of years, and now I need guidance.

 I've been out of the normal work world for a few years, taking care of family members at home, and now I need to return to work.  I first need to know if my certification as a CNA needs to be renewed before I can work again, and, if so, where I would find a resource for that?  Also, can guide me to educational resources which teach healthcare clerical?
 
Thank you for your help.

JP

 

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Inside This Issue:

An Underserved Burden
Developing an Organized Medication System at Home
Other Article
The Sandwich Generation
Guest Column
Finding Balance for the Caregiver

 


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