January 5, 2022
Which caregiver role fits you, right now?
- Hands-on caregiver – you are physically there and you help with their daily needs (i.e., dressing, bathing, toileting, brushing their teeth, meal preparation and feeding).
- Companion care – they can do most things on their own and you are there to provide company, keep them engaged with conversation (emotional support) and make some meals as well as medication reminders and light housekeeping. Maybe, take them to an appointment or on errands.
- Long-distance caregiving – you probably live an hour or more away, you may be helping with money management, and you may be in charge of making appointments, finding in-home care assistance, and planning for emergencies.
- Accidental caregiver – Oh crap, I did not see this coming, right now. I know that I have to help, but I am not sure what I am good at? I will muddle through.
- Reluctant caregiver – you may find yourself responsible for someone who has abused you in the past or that you do not get along with. This one is very difficult and it may be best to find help immediately and place yourself in the long-distance caregiving camp.
- A Swoop-in, create havoc and swoop on out caregiver – these folks need an ass whipping. They come in every once-in-a-while, state and do whatever they feel like, without regards to the care receiver or the other care givers and get things stirred up and then they leave. Most likely, these folks are just waiting for the care receiver to die so they will not have to be bothered.
- Provider of support to the caregiver – Physically and emotionally help the caregiver to excel at being a caregiver. You help the caregiver with the chores or things that need to be taken care of at their house or the house of the care receiver. (Laundry, house cleaning, cooking a meal or two, mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, running errands, etc.)
Some of you have never identified as a caregiver, it is just something that you do. You are helping your mom. You are helping your dad. You are helping your wife. You are helping your husband. You have never viewed it as caregiving, they need help and I will help them. It is that simple.
You never even give it a second thought. That is what family does for each other. I get it, I have been there too. It is what good friends do for each other too. While we don’t identify with the word “caregiver,” that is what we are. A lot of us are the Lone Ranger. We are fine, for a while. We can manage our lives, our jobs, our homes and all of our loved one’s stuff, for a while. Usually, it is about 18 months in and we are stressed out, frustrated, tired and overwhelmed. We look up one day, and wonder how we got here? It happened so slowly and it wasn’t too bad or too hard. But, now, it takes a lot more time and effort to help our loved one.
Our love for them has not changed. Our goals for them have not changed. Our goals for ourselves have not changed. What has changed is our own health. We are tired and we just cannot get rested. Our eating habits are worse, we have gained weight and those stress headaches and lower back pain keep us off of our game. Work is work. It hasn’t slowed down and I am expected to perform at my best every day. I can’t concentrate as well as I used to. I find myself worrying more about my loved one and I can’t remember the last time I had some free time.
What would help you the most in the next three months?
Do you need an easy to use, fill-in-the-blank essential information binder?
The three things it will do for you –
- Decrease your stress level
- Empower you to be more in control, to make better decisions
- Information will be easily accessed when needed
What is included in this Stress Buster, Time Saver, Information Binder:
- Banking Information (including retirement information)
- Bills – list of and when due
- Doctors and other Health care providers list
- Documents needed
- HIPAA release form
- Home information (home, vehicles, rental property)
- Income to be received (from Social Security, Retirement, Renters, etc.)
- Legal Documents needed
- Medical bills and EOB’s (explanation of benefits, with tips and info)
- Medical history (incl. diagnoses, surgeries, devices used, etc.)
- Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan (how to check on EOB or MSN for coverages and benefits)
- Medications (list of medications, administration check-off list, incl. over-the-counter medications0
- Online accounts (User names, Passwords, Answers to security questions)
- Tasks to be done sheets
Available as a Binder Kit (with pages in sheet protectors, highlighters, ink pens and a mechanical pencil)
As a downloadable, fillable PDF file for Single use or Family Use
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The next thing that may help you or your loved one is to KNOW whether the medications you are taking are working for you, against you or doing nothing for you. It is a genetic test for medications. You do it once and use the information for the rest of your life. It is a cheek swab. Have your own doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner order the test (they may use a prescription pad), get it to me and we will get you started.
For more information and a list of medications that have a genetic impact, click on this link
Scroll down to blue bar that states Right Med Mediation List and click on that link to see the list of medications.
Services offered are listed under the Options tab. Click on link below to access options page.
Option 1 is for an overview and is available to all.
Options 2 and 3 are researched, doable plans of action using best practices and your individual needs as guidelines. You will be heard and understood. These require a conversation and acceptance as they are customized and detailed.
** I won’t waste my time or your money, if these options are not for you. **
Options 2 and 3 are customized for the individual with researching, troubleshooting and support plans for the individual and the family.
The difference in Option 2 and Option 3 – Option 3 includes follow-up for three months instead of one month. With Option 3, updating the support plan is included. I am your guide and will help you to keep moving forward.
My goal with Option 2 or Option 3 is to help you have an understanding of your options, what you may be facing in the future and how to be as prepared as possible. To have the information that you will need to make decisions and choose the best options for you and your family.
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