Caregiving Tips & Resources

Caregiving for a Parent

Whether you are a professional, a volunteer, friend or a family caregiver, you know it’s a labor of love. Like a mother or childcare worker, you don’t get paid what the job is worth.  It’s a sacrificial ministry, a giving of your life to care for the daily needs of another’s life. You do it because you choose to, not because you have to. It doesn’t work for every family, and that’s okay, too. But being able to do this for my parents has been a blessing to me as well as a blessing for them.

During a 24 hour period, you wash, bathe, comb and dress, prepare meals and maybe feed.  You clean up one mess and go to the next. You clean some more, wash, dry and fold the laundry, run errands, drive to doctor appointments. You sit and wait an hour, then ask questions and take notes, get prescriptions filled. You walk with or help them exercise. You fix the computer, get library books, maybe read to them. You pay the bills, keep things organized and maintained. You dispense pills, thicken water, get them ready for bed, and then get up several more times during the night. If you’re lucky, you get six or more hours of interrupted sleep before you start all over again.

Caregiving for Parents

As a caregiver for both of my parents, my mother with Alzheimer’s and my father with Congestive Heart Failure and multiple other health challenges, I have had to find my own way of coping with the daily stress of caring for someone over a long term basis. I share in these posts my tips and resources for other caregivers in similar situations, in hopes of making the burden a little lighter for others by sharing shortcuts and organizing tips, as well as the hope of caregivers sharing with one another in an encouraging way here on how they create their own daily joy.

If you know other caregivers who can use this help and encouragement, please send them over for a visit. Follow me on Pinterest or sign up for email updates. I am currently able to post only a couple times a month now as my parents continue to need more help.  And please let me know what you find helpful as well as what you need help with.  Thank you for visiting – I look forward to hearing from you!

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4 thoughts on “Caregiving Tips & Resources

  1. Brenda

    So glad to find this site! Both of my parents are now deceased, but before my mom passed on, we had care of her after she’d had a stroke. We came up with some ideas on our own, which helped considerably. However, now I have a progressive disease, so am looking for ideas which will help myself and my family to care for me. Many of the tips I already do, and yes, medical staff love having the med list! Since I have a very unusual condition, I’ve learned to carry a 3-ring notebook to all my medical appointments. Meds, lab & other test results, POA, etc. I got complimented by Mayo Clinic for the way I keep my medical records. I use the plastic page protectors, so they can easily turn the pages like a book. Everything is indexed, so I can find the pages quickly. I’ve found it is good to get a copy of all test images and reports soon afterwards, as it is a lot less hassle than collecting them later.
    As my health declines, I know that I’ll be using some of the tips you have posted. Thanks so much!

    1. Cindy@CreatingDailyJoys Post author

      Brenda, thanks so much for your comment. It’s always good to hear from people that have found some of the ideas helpful. I pray you continue to have the best of care for your health and loving caregivers to help you as you need it. Your fighting spirit, grace and positive attitude shine through your words. God bless you!

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