As hard as a day in our life can be, it comes with so many beautiful lessons to be learned in the world of caregiving as well as everyday life on earth:
1) Gratitude: Caring for another shows us to be thankful for all the small things, each breathe we take feels like a miracle. Cherish time, celebrate tiny victories and achievements. Ability to respect the hard days and relish in the good ones.
2) Never underestimate the value of positive thinking: Thinking positive, brave and full of courage can get you through the most difficult situations in life. Not only to benefit you but your loved ones will feel more at ease when you are.
3) Compassion makes you a better person: Being a care provider to anyone acquires you to have a profound love for others, wanting to be there in the times of need and hardship. Even when we are unable to change the circumstances you can be there to listen and offer comfort to those around you.
4) Caregiving is rewarding: Its not the easiest thing in the world to do, but one of the best things in life you can do is help someone who is completely dependent upon your care. You are needed in the most important way. You are someone's lifeline. What an incredible honor.
Caregiving isn't what many of us pictured for ourselves but we take away from it, can't be found in any text books.
The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is also known as Tapping or acupuncture without needles. It is a very popular self-help tool used by many around the world today. In its simplest form, it can help you feel calm and put you in control of your emotions. Best of all it can be done on your own couch while watching t.v.
EFT is quite easy to learn. It will help you -
-Reduce feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and stress
-Reduce other negative emotions
-Reduce or cures pain
-Implement positive goals
This technique is used successfully to treat a lot of conditions. These include: anxiety, stress, depression, pain and several long-term conditions that most caregivers carry around. All it takes is a few minutes and can ease these conditions, so give it a try!
All you have to do is tap your finger, rotating to all your pressure points in the picture provided. Men and women alike.
This warm dessert will delight the whole family. Great for winter nights and can be pre-made the day before and ready to pop into the oven. Making your family members smile with the smell of pears and cinnamon through the house! Ingredients
1/6 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 medium pears, cored and cut into bite-size chunks
1/2 cup cherries, halved and pitted
2 Tbsp sprinkle cinnamon
2. In another medium bowl, toss together pears, cherries, remaining 1 tsp flour and cinnamon. Spoon into pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with crumb mixture.
3. Bake 40 mins or until golden brown.
CAREGIVERS TIP OF THE DAY: Joy will be found in your strength
If you start planning early enough, even when you don’t think anything is ever going to happen, then you have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re prepared. All families can benefit from a binder like this, the following are some information you will need:
1. Information for the person who holds the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. 2. Family Contact Information List all of the people who need to be called in case of emergency.
3. Medical Contact Information Include names, addresses, phone numbers of all the doctors your care recipient sees. Be sure to include dentist, eye doctor, ear doctor etc.
4. Insurance Information Names, policy numbers and where they are kept.
5. Medications First note where you keep the medications. Secondly, list the name of the drug, the dosage and how frequently these should be dispensed to your loved one.Thirdly, add any medications that they may be allergic to.
In addition, list the pharmacy and hospital names and addresses.
6. Testing needs If your loved one requires high blood pressure or diabetes testing, list the frequency and target ranges.
7. Meals and Food First list all foods that are not allowed due to allergies or drug interaction. List the times of day your loved one eats and some examples of typical menus they enjoy. Be sure to note if your loved (especially in dementia cases) prefers to eat from a certain bowl or dish.
8. Daily Routine Be sure to include detailed instructions for toileting requirements, transfers, showers, dressing, etc. If your loved goes for a walk the same time each day or watches a certain television program please note it. Some dementia patients prefer to watch television without the sound… if so, please note this.
9. Pet/Childcare: Additionally, if you have a pet, it would be wise to include information regarding care and feeding. And also, the name and phone of someone who could look after your pet or some boarding options if necessary. Daycare or babysitter name and number incase of a family emergency arises.
Its never to early to start your family emergency kit, other options are instructions incase of a fire/local police numbers. Children and seniors feel this family binder is a good safety net for them, place in an area they can see it everyday.
Here are some lessons learned from some really smart caregivers:
1) Form a partnership with your doctors.
2) If you don’t stop and take care of you, you won’t be good for anybody.
3) Be proactive—don’t treat your loved one’s pain lightly.
4) Be present and in the moment.
5) When there is support, there is hope.
The caregivers dispelling this advice are not professionals. Their names are (in order of advice given) Barry Manilow, Montel Williams, Larry King and Héctor Elizondo. Goes to show you that everyone you know including yourself will be a caregiver sometime in your life.
Caregivers Quote of the Day: Don't let a day go by without laughing!
I came across an amazing lady recently that showed me that no matter what stage in life your loved one is in, you can always make time to comfort them and make them smile....
It all started for this women and her mother who recently lost her husband and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though the daughter has her own family and full-time career she set aside time every Wednesday night to watch their favorite one hour t.v show together. Anyone who knows them understands that when Dancing with the Stars is on the air they need not bother calling or stopping by because both women will not be available, not even during the commercials.
They have always enjoyed dancing, however; what they really like was that it is something the women could share with her mom weekly. Over the past year through health struggles this show has given them the opportunity to discuss something that they both enjoy and doesn’t involve doctors, hospitals or any medical jargon.
If you know of someone going through a ruff time, why not make a homemade treat, some tea and start a tradition of making happy memories. It will be a new beginning for all.
Fish is great for the brain and body. Check out these tuna benefits and easy/healthy snack recipe, quick to make for all caregivers on the go:
Nutritional value of tuna
- Studies show a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease in people who eat fish (specifically canned tuna or salmon) at least 2 times per week.
· Rich source of vitamin B3, B12, B6
· Great source of protein
· Also contains potassium, iodine, vitamin B1, B2 and magnesium
· Important source of omega-3 fatty acids
Benefits of canned tuna
· You can stock up ahead – long shelf life
· You can find them on sale and get good protein for a low price
· Canned tuna is very portable
1 whole cucumber
1-can white albacore tuna
½ medium avocado
⅛ cup finely chopped tomato
1. Scoop out half an avocado and mash well.
2. Drain tuna from can and mix into avocado mixture.
3. Add tomato, salt & pepper and mix until well combined.
4. Cut cucumber into ½ inch slices. Top them with the tuna/avocado mixture, or lay them out for dipping/scooping.
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.