Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Life Hacks for Caregivers
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. A “life hack” is a popular term used to describe a tool or method that makes your daily life easier to get through. We all want to find ways to minimize the moments of stress that present themselves, but this is particularly true for caregivers.
With that in mind, here are a couple things that can simplify your day as a caregiver:
Around the House Hacks
If your loved one is prone to wandering or is consistently seeking to find an exit, consider painting a mural on the door. To help ease the anxiety, hire an artist to paint the doors with calming images that make your loved one feel more at home.
To keep certain doors open, cut a pool noodle in half and fit it high up on the door. That way, your loved one can’t lock themselves in a room or close their fingers in a door.
Drill a pencil size hole straight through a tennis ball for your loved one to easily write, sign or paint on paper. The wide grip and shape help make it comfortable for the senior to hold the pen and write.
For bath time, put a bar of soap in an old stocking (panty hose). You can use the soap through the stocking to bathe your loved one and when you accidently “drop” it, the soap is still within reach, not on the floor.
When there is down time, help your loved one with the television remote control by covering unneccessary/extra buttons with tape or construction paper. Then, only label where the power button, the volume button and the channel buttons are located. Now they can sit and watch TV at their leisure with disrupting you.
Grocery Shopping Hacks
Take a picture of your loved one’s fridge and pantry as a quick reminder of what they need from the grocery store. That way you’ll never question if you have something or not.
After grocery shopping, it’s always a pain carrying in all those heavy groceries bags. You’re also trying to get things in the house before they melt or before your loved one runs off. The One Trip Grip is a shopping bag holder capable of holding up to 50 pounds. No more trips back and forth to the car.
When you don’t have the energy to go to the grocery store, log onto MyFridgeFood.com. There, they give you easy recipes using ingredients you already have in the kitchen. No thinking or shopping required!
For those living with Parkinson’s disease, use a liftware spoon when eating. Liftware is a stabilizing handle and a selection of attachments that include a soup spoon, everyday spoon, and fork. Liftware is designed to help people with hand tremor eat more easily.
Going Out Hacks
No matter how careful we are, people with dementia can wander off, fall behind, or otherwise find themselves alone and afraid. Tottoos.org creates customized safety tattoos that are designed to increase the chance for a lost person to be found, and decrease the time you and your loved one may be separated.
If your loved one getss nervous or anxious about being out of the house, try holding their hand! Holding the hand of someone you love is proven to relieve stress and reduce pain.
For help getting in and out of the car, utilize a Back Seat Assist. Hook the strap to the back of the front seat headrest so that your loved one can use it to easily enter and exit the car.
Use nail polish paint to identify your different keys. This will help when you’re trying to quickly get in or out of an area with your loved one.
When an elderly person cannot hear you, speak deeper not louder. This will make it much easier for them to hear you!
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Monday Mojo for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!