Review: CallToU Caregiver Call System

Imagine you’re in your oasis of calm – your backyard garden. It’s a clear day and you’re on a hunt for errant weeds and malicious pests. Your elderly mother is upstairs confined to her bed with a cast from ankle to upper thigh. Normally independent, her current state has her agitated and restless. The last time you checked she was sleeping soundly. You set to weeding your vegetable patch.

Hours later, you check on your mother. She’s awake and soaking wet. She’d tried to pour herself a cup of water from the pitcher by her bed. Obviously something went wrong. She had been calling out but you hadn’t heard her all the way in the yard.

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Memory Books Make Caregiving Easier

What’s a memory book? It’s a collection of photos or letters gathered together in an album, brag book or some kind of binder. It doesn’t have to be fancy or colorful. It does need to have content that has positive meaning for your loved one.

How can it help you as a family caregiver?

  • Flipping through a book can offer comfort if your loved one is troubled.
  • It can be a useful distraction if your loved one is restless or bored.
  • Photos can help your loved one connect to friends and strangers alike.
  • It can remind you of past, better times when you feel frustrated or annoyed.

Index Cards: The Family Caregiver’s Best Helper

A set of index cards can be a first time family caregiver’s best friend. Yes, a simple stack of four or five index cards. This short stack has saved me time, lost brain cells and prevented anxiety attacks.

Here’s what you will need: Five or six index cards. A pen. Yes, a simple, ubiquitous index 3×5 index card. It was good enough for World War II code breakers, it’s good enough for me.

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