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Thursday August 16, 2012 - Issue #602

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs from a Health Care Provider

1. Attention: The caregiver's loved one may be the 27th similar case you've seen today; but to the caregiver, this is Mom or Dad, Sister or Lover. 

2. Compassion: Be diligent in its application. 

3. Time: A few moments of your undivided time is some of the strongest medicine you'll ever administer—and it costs so very little. 

4. Respect: The person pushing the wheelchair is also part-time bookkeeper, psychologist, dietitian, insurance and incontinence expert, and a full-time general in the war they are waging with this illness. They not only need your respect, they DESERVE it...read more

Take Care

Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief

gary@caregiver.com


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Featured Article

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue

By Kristine Dwyer, Staff Writer

Calvin’s day begins before 5 A.M. He knows another exhausting day lies ahead. He allows himself only enough time to have a cup of coffee and read the paper before lying back down by his wife’s side until 6 A.M. when the daily routine begins again; toileting, showering, dressing, wheelchair transfers, laundry, meal preparation, housekeeping, correspondence, paperwork, yard work, personal care...read more


Guest Column

Wrestling with Care
By David Gillaspie

Caregiving in America is in great demand, from adult foster home owners offering familiar surroundings, to assisted living center staff patrolling hallways to answer assist request buzzers and lights.  Rehabilitation centers employ physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and the caregivers on site...read more


Long-Term Care Channel

Caretips

Dealing with Hearing Loss
By Lisa Evans

Imagine trying to have a conversation and constantly having to ask your companions to repeat themselves; or not being able to participate in a group discussion in the common room because the TV is on and six people are chatting around you. Sadly, this is the harsh reality of many seniors...read more

Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.  


Sharing Wisdom

From  Lucy in Maine

I have been caring for my mom (increasingly) since 2000, after my father died. The last year has been miserable. She has had pneumonia six times, maybe more. I have taken FMLA and work about half time. I am broke. I am very fortunate that my mom has the financial resources to help me out. Her dementia and other illnesses are getting worse. I have no support from my siblings. I have the best friends in the world and a lot of us are in the same boat. My biggest tip:   Spend time with people who lift you up. Let people help you. Don't think you can do it all yourself, because you can't.

From Nancy in Kentucky

The best therapy for an elderly person is to have company and a friendly atmosphere.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Top Ten Things a Caregiver Needs from a Health Care Provider

Featured Article

Fighting Caregiver Fatigue
Guest Column

Wrestling with Care

Caretips

Dealing with Hearing Loss
Sharing Wisdom

 


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