Hello, hope all is well. When it is broke, fix it! Sometimes when something is broken, it is better to fix it then to buy a new one. An old gadget may work better than a new one. A client of mine has a walker that she has been using for the past five years. Due to wear and tear, the walker has become loose and falling apart. Ms. J.’s doctor wrote a prescription for a new walker, but the new walker is to advance for Ms. J. The first walker Ms. J. received was too bulky for her to maneuver around the house, so the pharmacist ordered a new one. When the second walker arrives, Ms. J. tries the walker. However, the brakes on the new walker have a separate control that she will need to use. Therefore, when Ms. J. stops to stand straight, sit down, or even stretch, she has to apply the brakes, so that the walker does not move. If she does not apply the brakes, the walker will move and she may fall and hurt herself. Ms. J. is very nervous and she is afraid of using this new walker, as she has to remember to apply the brakes at all times.
Ms. J. wants to continue to use her old walker because the old walker does not move once she stops pushing it. She does not have to worry about applying the brakes when she wants to sit down, stand up, or even take a minute to stretch. After talking with Ms. J., I decided to bring her old walker to my mechanic to see if he can fix it. Besides needing a paint job, in less than 12 hours Ms. J.’s old walker is practically brand new. My mechanic inserted new screws and brackets to the walker and he did it FREE. After picking up Ms. J.’s walker and bringing it to her, she tries her old walker and once again, Ms. J.’s feels safe walking around in her home.
So the morale of the story is sometimes we have to fix things that are broken because an updated version is not always right.
I would like to thank my mechanic Emerson located in Jersey City, New Jersey for fixing Ms. J.’s walker and for fixing it at no cost. Ms. J.’s is forever thankful to Emerson as well. She graciously expressed her gratitude and she sends many blessings his way!
Hello, I hope all is well. Thank you for taking the time to care for your Senior Loved One. Today, let’s talk about 3 Fundamental Ways to Care for Your Senior Loved One.
It is a known fact that it takes patience, effort, and time to care for an elderly; however, when you are equipped with the right tools, the care you provide will have a lasting powerful effect. Also, the benefit of equipping you with the right tools helps both you and your Senior Loved One.
Let us begin; the 3 Fundamental Ways to Care for Your Senior Loved One
When you listen, you learn how your Senior Loved One is feeling and what he or she wants.
When you listen, you discover if your Senior Loved One is having any issues.
When you listen, you will be able to take the proactive care approach rather than the reactive care approach.
2. Get Outside Help
When you seek outside help to assist you in caring for your Senior Loved One, this not only helps diminish any anguish you may have, but it also provides extra companionship to your SLO.
When you seek outside help, you learn more ways and tips about caring for your SLO.
When you seek outside help, the window of opportunity for additionally resources and support become visible.
3. Protect your Senior Loved One (SLO)
Inform your SLO why he or she should not give his or her personal information (i.e. Social Security Number, Bank Account Number etc.) to anyone until he or she speaks with you. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Fraud Prevention)
Inform your SLO always to let you know if someone mistreats (i.e. verbally, physically etc.) him or her. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Senior Abuse Prevention)
Inform your SLO always to let you know if he or she experiences any side effects from their medication. Please have this conversation with your SLO at least once a week. (Doctor’s Help)
These tools will help you care for your Senior Loved One. Go ahead and implement these 3 care fundamentals TODAY. These tools will empower you and help your Senior Loved One remain independent.
Remember, your goal for TODAY is to implement these tools NOW and then come back and give your feedback. You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain.
Please share other fundamental tools that a senior caregiver can use.
FINAL THOUGHT: The power of caring does permit us to share with others!