My mother-in-law continues to do as many things as she is able for herself. I think its partly to cling to as much independence as she can and partly to utilize her time productively. Last week as she was doing laundry, I observed her having difficulty with the bottle of liquid detergent. It was too heavy for her to manipulate easily. Then I remembered an ad I had seen recently for a detergent that was packaged individually in dissolvable packets. I thought that this was a perfect solution to this problem. She could definitely manipulate the small packaging and make doing laundry easier. This made me start thinking about all the other things in her home that have become too heavy or awkward for her to manipulate. In this article we will discuss the caregiver tip: downsizing.
Downsizing simple means to make items smaller. When I thought about this, downsizing everything I could became my new mission. A large num ber of items in her house could be downsized for better manageability. After the detergent, I moved to the large containers of orange juice and milk in her refrigerator because they could both be bought in smaller containers. Anything that I could downsize, I attempted to downsize. I bought smaller re-sealable containers to fill with any liquids from larger containers, further trying to downsize her household items. After this task, reorganizing her pantry and refrigerator came next. I repackaged and relocated heavier and awkward items where they were more easily accessible for her.
In conclusion, all these simple tasks made her life easier and made her feel more independent. As a caregiver, it is an important duty to make the life of your patient easier for them. This experience reminded me that as a caregiver you need to be continually observant and aware that the experience you are sharing is constantly changing.
-By Hello! Home Care contributing writer Bill Mishico
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