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No time

Rushing around has become commonplace for me.  Between work and my family, I feel like I have no time to myself and my mother is now asking me to help out more with my dad. I can’t say no. Do you have any suggestions for how I can better cope with all this?

Mary Lynn S., Gander, Nfld.

 

Editor’s note: An occupational therapist or a care manager might be able to help your mother and you work on a plan that works for everyone. Ask your family doctor to refer you to someone local. Also check out our “Care for Yourself to Better Care for Others” article in our Spring 2019 issue.

 

Help with dog walking

We were wondering how to cope with our dog after my mom’s fall. My parents have new neighbours and the children actually asked if they could help with dog walking. They can’t have their own pet as their dad has allergies. It was perfect. Just thought I’d share the idea in case other readers might be having the same dilemma with senior parents and pets.

Basimah L., White Rock, BC.

 

Editor’s note: What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

 

Learning to be a caregiver

It’s been a few weeks since mum had a stroke. While I was waiting for one of her new doctors to chat with us I found a copy of Solutions in the waiting room. As a new caregiver I think it will help me a lot. Please tell me how I can get a subscription.

Arthur J., Dundas, ON.

 

Editor’s note: If you like, you can reach us by email at info@caregiversolutions.ca or speak with us at 416-421-7944.  Four issues for $16.50 (all taxes will be included).

 

Tips for grocery shopping made easier

Shopping for groceries tends to get a little harder with age or frailty. It’s easy to slip into a toast-and-tea habit after a hospital stay or a move to a new, unfamiliar neighbourhood, or to get used to living with an empty fridge. Here are five thoughts and new ideas that you and your loved ones might appreciate

1) Delivery: Create a list, set up an account and ask your local grocery store to deliver twice a week. Or go to the store, choose what you need and save the carrying by asking the store to drop it off at your house in a few hours.

2) Hire help: A caregiver can either do the shopping or help with it. They’ll also be invaluable when it comes to putting things away and meal prep, if needed.

3) Meal delivery: Convenient and an often affordable option, Meals on Wheels or local food-delivery companies have meal plans that can handle special dietary considerations.

4) Plan meals: Work together with your loved one to organize meals. It’s sometimes easier to cook if there is a menu or if food is prepped and set out ahead of time in the fridge.

5) Fresh: Opt for fruit and vegetables that are easy to eat—they will be more healthy than canned or processed foods. They’re also tastier!

 

Many thanks to Caregiver Solutions for sharing these articles with our community

 

Posted by Jordan Kalist

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