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Hayes, J. (2020, August 12). Make Sure Your Loved One’s Diet is Healthy Despite Covid-19 Challenges. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/make-sure-your-loved-ones-diet-is-healthy-despite-covid-19-challenges

Hayes, J. (2020, June 9). How to Make Sure Your Loved One Has Essentials During the Pandemic. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/how-to-make-sure-your-loved-one-has-essentials-during-the-pandemic

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How to Find Respite as a Caregiver During COVID-19

Carving out time in our day dedicated to ourselves with no outside distractions is challenging enough during the best of times. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these distractions are coming from inside—and with ‘inside’ being the safest location to be, it may feel next to impossible to get away from them. Those who are sandwich generation caregivers may be juggling work tasks with 24/7 parenting and managing the care of an older loved one, leaving no moments of the day set aside for personal time and self-care. For others, loved ones may need more frequent support if their adult day programming or senior center activities are still canceled or reduced. Or, many of us may simply be struggling to find avenues of self-care and respite when the relaxing activities we previously enjoyed—going to the spa, scheduling a vacation—may not be as simple as they once were.

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By Julie Hayes | 09/14/2020

An older adult holding onto a grab bar in a bathroom

Bathroom Safety for a Loved One with Late Stage Dementia

These days, about 80 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) stay in their own homes with the support of family and friend caregivers rather than move to long-term care facilities. While aging in place can provide a loved one with a familiar, comforting space, it can also lead to challenges related to the safety of the home environment. Things around the house like stairwells, area rugs, medicine cabinets and knife blocks that were once a normal part of a loved one’s living space may now present new dangers with ADRD.

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09/14/2020

We should empower a loved one to continue doing the household tasks they are still capable of doing by trying different strategies that allow them to stay both safe and independent

Helping an Older Loved One with Housekeeping

As caregivers, we may need to step up and lend a hand with keeping the household tidy, especially if clutter becomes a tripping hazard or important areas of the house such as the kitchen or bathroom are becoming unsanitary. However, we should also be sure to empower a loved one to continue doing the household tasks they are still capable of doing by trying different strategies that allow them to stay both safe and independent.

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09/14/2020