Caregiving Counts What is a caregiver? Merriam-Webster defines a caregiver as: a person who gives help and protection to someone such as a child, an old person, or someone who is sick.
10 Tips for Family Caregivers From caregiveraction.org
1. Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! 2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. 3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. 4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. 5. Caregiving is hard work, so take respite breaks often. 6. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it. 7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one. 8. Organize medical information so it’s up to date and easy to find. 9. Make sure legal documents are in order. 10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can at one of the toughest jobs there is!
Caregiver question of the month
My father has Alzheimer’s disease and some days I just don’t think I can manage when he yells at me and tells me to go away. What should I do?
The best thing you can do is remember that everything ends. One day, you will wish your father was still around to yell at you. When he has tantrum moments, try to understand he isn’t trying to hurt you. The disease causes him to say things and act in ways he would never do, otherwise. This isn’t personal, but it does hurt. Be sure you have a strong support system you can call on at these times and as soon as you can, put some space between your father and yourself. If it’s safe to do so, take a walk when he demands you leave. By the time you return, he will likely have returned to his gentler self.
Caregiver book corner
Quality time,when it matters most...
Some days, you want to curl up and die and other days you want to curl up with a good book. AARP recommends the following six books for caregivers. The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself by Diana B. Denholm $14.95 paperback Takeaway tip: Caregiving ain’t for sissies — or saints. Vent, cry, laugh — but above all, take care of yourself. A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves by Jane Gross $15.95 paperback, $11.99 e-book Takeaway tip: Most bad decisions are made during a crisis; refuse to be rushed by doctors or anyone else.
FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS, HOSPICE OF HEALTH FIRST HAS BEEN THERE FOR FAMILIES AS BREVARD COUNTY’S LEADING PROVIDER OF HOSPICE CARE. Hospice of Health First provides services wherever your loved one feels most “at home.” Our goal is to keep patients where they are most comfortable, surrounded by their loved ones.
In-home care Inpatient care Physician visits Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week Not-for-profit organization
P: 321.434.1744 HFhospice.org License #50090961
Centurions celebrate with style
Courtenay Springs Village residents Bertha Martin, left, Florence “Sis” Scott, Martha Estep and Helen Barnini recently joined the status of “Centurion” and were recognized on Sept. 27 at Martha’s birthday celebration. Each lady shared an interesting fact: Bertha worked for the government as a timekeeper for 26 years. She turns 101 on March 15, 2015. Florence arrived at her 100th birthday party dressed in leather and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She will be 101 on March 17, 2015. Martha has been around the world in 90 days and is a retired teacher. She is the youngest centurion. Helen lives a quiet life loving her family. She will be 102 on June 3, 2015.