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Posts tagged 'Informal Caregiver'

How Can Self-Care Feel Less Like Work? How Can Self-Care Feel Less Like Work?

Most of us in caregiving roles, whether professionally or out of necessity, know we need to care for ourselves in addition to our clients or loved ones. But how can taking care of ourselves be effortless and enjoyable and not just more work? Caregivers are experts on how to make others feel good, and our wheelhouses are full of knowledge, so why isn’t it easy to apply all those techniques to ourselves? Why isn’t it easy for caregivers to be good self-caregivers as well? And, how can that change?

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Posted in: For Caregiver
Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for Reducing Stress with Incontinence Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for Reducing Stress with Incontinence

If anyone tells you that supporting a person with incontinence isn’t stressful, they haven’t had to do it. Personally, I have an adult son who has been incontinent his entire life. When I tell people this, they imagine a paralyzed or bed ridden individual, one who is changed at home, with all the supplies handy, acquiescent and compliant. But that is not the case.

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Posted in: For Caregiver
Signs & Symptoms of Incontinence and How to Talk about it Signs & Symptoms of Incontinence and How to Talk about it

Incontinence is a common condition affecting approximately 13 million Americans (possibly more because many of those living with it may feel shame, embarrassment or anxiety, and do not feel comfortable discussing the topic). It is estimated that the 70% of people with incontinence don’t seek help for their problem. Needing help and being vulnerable is something that is hard to accept for many people, especially those who have played the role of caregiver throughout their lifetime, making it even more difficult to accept care for themselves.

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Posted in: For Men, For Women
Premiering Strong: How Attends Premier Rises Above Premiering Strong: How Attends Premier Rises Above

We recently sat down with Tom Mendelsohn from Professional Medical Supply who now carries Attends Premier, the newest product line from the Attends brand.  We wanted to ask him a few questions about how customers are reacting to Attends premier, why they like about the product and what keeps them coming back to the store.

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Caregiver's Toolkit: 10 Smartphone Apps to Help Caregivers Caregiver's Toolkit: 10 Smartphone Apps to Help Caregivers

Being a caregiver means juggling a lot of responsibilities. From managing different kinds of medications, scheduling doctor appointments, answering phone calls from concerned loved ones, greeting the hospice nurse, cooking dinner for your care recipient, to keeping the house clean, and perhaps even working a job yourself, you’ve got a lot to keep track of.

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Posted in: For Caregiver
Caregiver Guilt and Burnout: Permission to Give Yourself a Break Caregiver Guilt and Burnout: Permission to Give Yourself a Break

I watched my mom care for Grandma in the final months of her life. We had a “baby monitor” set up by Grandma’s bed, and the other one stayed with mom at all times. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that every five minutes I heard my Grandma’s voice through the monitor. “Elizabeth? Elizabeth?” Then, with more urgency. “Elizabeth! Elizabeth!”

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Posted in: For Caregiver
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