7 Ways to Make Your Caregiver Life Better
Make you life easier when giving care

It's difficult to care for a loved who lives miles away from you, the family caregiver. Sometimes it's as hard even if you live in the same city. If you work full-time and have young children, caring for an older adult can put your stress over the top. If your aging loved one is living in a senior care community like assisted living, skilled nursing, or memory care, here are seven things you can do to make your life easier:

Caring for an aging parent
  1. Ensure you have selected the best community for your loved-ones. Many online community selector websites have ratings and descriptions. For example, you might want to check:AssistedLivingFacilities.org, SkilledNursingFacilities.org or HomeHealthCareAgencies.com,
  2. Buy 12 greeting cards - yes, old-fashioned greeting cards. Send one a month along with a photo or two. You can get them all ready now, and mail each month on the first of the month. You'll be amazed how much they mean to them!
  3. Find out what your senior's favorite thing is and make sure they have it. It might be potato chips or soda - things that these communities don't serve. You can have them delivered, shipped by mail, etc. to make it easy on you. It's a quick way to show them you care.
  4. Establish a quarterly review with the community's management. It can be in person or by phone, email, or online - but let them know you want regular updates on the status of your senior.
  5. Hire a senior care auditor - senior care auditors visit weekly or bi-weekly and check on many items to make sure your loved one is okay and that their living conditions are in good order. Then, they report back to you. Most start at $40 a visit - a small investment for peace of mind. You can check http://www.penroseseniorcareauditors.com to learn more.
  6. If you have an aging mother, make sure she has a strand of fake pearls, lipstick, and a change purse. If you have an aging father, make sure he has an inexpensive watch, a wallet - with $5 in it and access to a newspaper. You'll be amazed how this can make a difference.
  7. Require the community to make sure they get out of their room daily, and ideally out of the building at least once a week - if even to walk or roll around the grounds. Changing the view is good for everyone.


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