Being a caregiver is hard.
It wears at you emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Every day, people are finding themselves in the role of caretaker of their elderly parents. It is a role that you know is coming but nothing truly prepares you for the reality of it. Suddenly becoming the caregiver to your parent(s) can be overwhelming and long-term it can be exhausting. You need help.
It was while looking for information that I could quickly print and give to a friend that I became aware of how hard it is to find good, easy to read sources for day-to-day caregivers. Most of what I found was incomplete, geared to healthcare professionals or just plain wrong.
Welcome to the place to find answers even if you are not sure what questions to ask. On this blog you will learn all the tips and tricks I’ve learned being a nurse 29 years. I was certified in Gerentological Nursing in 2001 and I spent over 17 years as a home health nurse. I learned more from my patients and their families than I ever taught them and some of their stories will appear here from time to time, as will my family. I have insider secrets that I will be sharing and if you have any tips and trips, please share them with us.
I can show you how to take care of your parent’s physical requirements, equipment and tools to make the job easier and connect you with community resources you probably have not thought about. If I don’t know the answer or think someone can answer your question better I will connect you with the right person. I will help you improve the quality of you and your parent’s lives as well as making your day-to-day a little simpler and easier.
While every effort has been made to present you with complete and accurate information, understand that every person is an individual and what works for one may not work as well for another. Also, realize that the medical field changes daily and keeping up is often difficult so information that was written earlier may no longer be complete. For instance, when I first started nursing, we cleaned surgical wounds with hydrogen peroxide; now we know better. If you have any doubts or questions please seek the medical advice you need from your healthcare provider.
Suzanne Laramore, RN