Iam sure you have noticed that our daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter. Tonight I observed that it was turning dusk at about 7:30PM. I also noticed that I began to yawn, and I believe that my energy level decreased too. It couldn't be time to go to bed already, could it?
Later I spoke with my friend who is a dementia expert and she said, imagine what it must be like for some with dementia. She went on to say that often, as the seasons change and daylight hours grow shorter caregivers may notice an increase in sundowning in the person for whom they provide care.
When we care for a family member, we do so out of love and often to give back to a loved one who has cared for us or come to our aid. This is often the case when a child cares for their parent.
Unfortunately, what starts out as a loving gesture over time can become a point of contention. Recently, I spoke with a daughter who decided it was time to bring in some additional help. She said, "I've been doing my Mom's shopping for years and I try to take her to all of her doctor's appointments.
It’s a New Year and a perfect time to take inventory of your
Caregiver’s Handy Car Kit.Here
are some of my favorite items (in random order), that I carry in mine so that I am always prepared
for the things that life may throw my way.
- disposable wipes
- small first aid kit
- extra pair of
undergarments and/or disposable briefs for women and men
- universal clothing
usually sweat shirt, pants and socks
- one size fits all pair of slip on shoes
for women and men
- rain poncho
- hand sanitizer
As caregivers we like to share and support one another in this complex journey of ours. That said I want toBragabout a great SCS idea & encourage other caregivers toBorrowit. I am sure you'll agree that transitioning a loved one to a
senior living community such as assisted living, rehab center and skilled nursing facility can be daunting.
A few days ago we helped a family with the admission of their loved one to The Welsh Home for a short rehab stay. Within 24 hours the entire family participated in a comprehensive Care Plan meeting.
Thanks to Registered
Dietician, Barbara Bauer, Clinical Nutrition Program Manager at Sharp Coronado
Hospital, SCS incorporates aromatherapy into our clients’ personal plan, especially
for common health challenges in the elderly such as: - decreasing weight