If you’ve never had children or provided care for a loved one, you may need to learn a new skill set if you suddenly find yourself in the caregiver position. I am one of those people who have rarely been a care provider for anyone other than myself. My parents gave my sister and me fiercely independent and entirely self-sufficient examples to follow from early childhood. Even now, when I want to help my parents with anything, the response is always, “We are fine. We don’t need a thing.”
A few weeks ago, my dear Mr. Mickey had a bad fall and broke his leg. He is now recovering at his home with assistance from his local daughter and me. It has been a hectic time as I learn to attend to his physical, practical, and emotional needs while continuing to manage my own life.
Doing laundry, transporting him to and from doctor appointments, picking up mail and prescriptions, cooking, cleaning, and making sure there are plenty of ready to eat options while he is fending for himself are on the list. If your “patient” uses a walker or wheelchair, you will need to rollup or remove all rugs and rearrange the furniture. If need be, remove doors from their hinges so that equipment has ample clearance. It may also be necessary to assemble various medical equipment and set up reminders to take any new medications.
Please share in the comments below any other helpful tips and useful lessons you’ve learned about how best to care for those you love. Many of us are struggling in this new role during already stressful times.
We enjoyed a few blissful hours of sunshine on Wednesday morning, so I took advantage of temperatures in the seventies to wear some things I bought from Talbots late last summer.
Talbots always offers a variety of high-quality basics that can be mixed and matched. A similar tank is here. A similar cardigan is here. Similar jeans are here.
Even on a very casual day, I add some jewelry. My Infinity watch is here. (Mention the code, Susan, to get 20% off.) The other items are several years old. Similar bracelet – ring – earrings – shoes – bag