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Thursday April 25, 2013 - Issue #636

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chiefKenny’s Path

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my friend Larry who is recuperating from the effects of a stroke he had a few years ago. I recounted the challenges that he and his wife Julie are having regarding the strain that often occurs in a relationship as the partner who had the stroke regains physical and mental abilities. This is especially true when the conversation concerns balance of power issues, like resuming previously held duties within the relationship. Larry’s and Julie’s first major hurdle is his desire to slip behind the wheel of his car once again...read more 

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Featured Article

Occupational Therapy Intervention
is a Family Affair
By Janie L. Rosman, Staff Writer


Illness progression that includes loss of independence, initiative and participation in social and daily activities affects quality of life for those living with it, their loved ones, and their caregivers. Whereas previous traditional therapy set goals to address, cure or minimize impairment, the primary rehabilitation focus is non-medical...read more


Guest Column

Eating Difficulties
By Kelly Collier, OTR

 

Suppose the person you are caring for has not been eating well for some time now. This is a great concern, as adequate nutrition is essential for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Eating problems are common and can be the result of many factors...read more


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Caretips

Diabetes: Treating Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or insulin shock) occurs when blood sugar level drops too low. If a person with diabetes takes too much insulin, exercises too much or eats too little food, hypoglycemia can develop. It can happen at any time, and with surprising suddenness. If not treated promptly, it can result in a loss of consciousness...read more


Sharing Wisdom

From Sue in California

I am a caregiver working through an agency and received my first ever complaint from a client. I made a comment about the heavy housecleaning we do there. (The client is really able to take care of herself, but still gets paid insurance money for caregivers.) The comment was what prompted her to complain to my agency. I thought alot about this as I always go the extra mile for clients and have always been appreciated. I realize now that the reason I made the comment in the first place is because she treats me like a servant; never says thank you or please. Just tells me what to do in a manner that is demeaning. My advice to other caregivers is to let your client know, in a kind, diplomatic way, that you would like to be treated kindly as well and that a please and thank you makes the job of taking care of their personal needs more enjoyable. We all want to be appreciated and it is such a simple thing to do. That way, resentments won't fester and you might say something you regret.

From Ralph in Rhode Island

Guilt is often stimulated by the person we care for. Having a developmentally disabled person to care for, I find they often solicit pity as a way of getting attention. They are conditioned to do so by some that can give little. Opening the love gates diminishes the effects and quiets them also.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

Kenny’s Path

Featured Article

Occupational Therapy Intervention...
Guest Column

Eating Difficulties

Caretips

Diabetes: Treating Hypoglycemia
Sharing Wisdom

 


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