Being a caregiver is tough, especially if you’re new to it and have become a caregiver suddenly, as is often the case when an aging parent falls ill or becomes injured. Some of the obstacles you face may seem insurmountable, but the good news is that you’re not the first caregiver. Caregivers who have come before you have come up with some pretty creative hacks to get around all sorts of situations. Below are 8 hacks that can make being a caregiver just a little easier.
#1 Improve Grip with Everyday Items
For older adults who have problems with hand strength, you can try using items from around the house to make it easier for them to hold things. For example, drill a hole in a tennis ball and put it on a fork or spoon handle to make the utensil easier for an arthritic hand to hold. Or, wrap rubber bands around a glass to make it less slippery.
#2 Prevent Doors from Locking or Pinching Fingers
Seniors with cognitive issues may have difficult with doors that lock or close automatically. They may become frightened at the thought of being locked in. Doors that close automatically can also pinch fingers. To prevent these situations, caregivers can cut a pool noodle in half and fit it over the edge of the door up toward the top.
#3 Snap a Photo Before Shopping
Before you go grocery shopping, use your smartphone to take pictures of the content of the refrigerator and pantry. That way you’ll know which staple items you need to buy without taking the time to make a list.
#4 Use Yarn on Zippers
Zipper pulls can be hard for aged fingers to grab hold of. Loop a piece of yarn through the zipper pull and knot it, giving the senior something to grasp.
#5 Simplify the Remote
Older adults with vision or cognitive problems can have trouble using television remotes. Make using the remote easier by taping off buttons they don’t use and clearly marking the power, volume, and channel buttons.
#6 Use Temporary Tattoos as ID
Seniors with dementia may wander and become lost during outings. You can purchase temporary tattoos online that are customized with the person’s identification information. A temporary tattoo can’t be lost or misplaced, so it can help reunite you with the senior sooner.
#7 Color Code Your Keys
Paint the ends of your keys with different colors of nail polish to make identifying the right key easier when you’re in a hurry to open a door.
#8 Plan and Prep Meals in Advance
Make a menu for a week’s worth of meals before going grocery shopping. This can reduce the amount of time caregivers spend running to the store. Also, choose meals that you can prep ahead of time and freeze for quick use.
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