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Elder Care Information from A to Z

With so many things to think about, it can be difficult to remain sane and organized throughout the caregiving process.  Caregiving can be an overwhelming challenge to undertake.  Just remember you are not alone – in fact there are millions of others in your same position.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 34 million unpaid caregivers who provide care to someone 18 and older who are ill or have a disbility. 

Interim HealthCare partnered with Dr. Marion (Marion Somers, PHD) who has over 40 years of experience as a geriatric care manager, caregiver, author and speaker to put together a series of quick thoughts and reminders that all family caregivers can use.  We hope you find the information useful and perhps a way to lift your spirits.  

 Start now by watching one of these informative Elder Care Videos.

A

Address the issue/issues at hand

B

Be bold and accept the reality of the situation

C

Categorize everything that must be dealt with

D

Delegate where possible

E

Ethical decisions must be made at all times

F

Financial matters should be in order

G

Get going and don't procrastinate

H

Help is available if you search and ask

I

Independence must be considered at all times for your elder

J

Juxtapose your thoughts with your elder's and think about what they need

K

Keep a journal of contacts including names, dates, times, topics, outcomes

L

Legal issues should be handled in a specific and comprehensive manner

M

Make time for your own family, job, and social life

N

(K)Now the desired outcomes, goals, and projected solutions to the

O

Organize your thoughts and plan ways to address each challenge

P

MISSING VIDEO - Prioritize your own issues and time constraints

Q

Quality of life, for both you and your elder, must be addressed

R

Recreation and time away is necessary and healthy for your own peace of mind

S

Search for all resources that might help your care-giving journey

T

Trust the elder you're caring for, and trust your basic caregiving instincts

U

Understand that being a caregiver requires your patience

V

Visit your elder in person, or call them, or send cards, letters, flowers, and gifts

W

Write out all information and keep it current

X

X-haustion may set in so find ways to relieve stress

Y

You're doing a great job - congratulate yourself

Z

Zone out and reward yourself for a job well done

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