Your Caregiver Toolbox

The faucet in my guest bathroom shower is broken.  It simply won’t turn on.  Do I have a toolbox?  Sure do!  Do I have any idea if any of those tools will fix the problem?  Nope.  I have a toolbox full of tools – hammer, screwdriver, nails, and pliers.  In a pinch, for a small problem, some of these tools might work.  But they are the generic tools of a survivor.  They aren’t the tools I need to fix my faucet.  I WISH I had a toolbox labeled “faucet fixer.”  One in which I can fling open the top and “poof” there is everything I need to fix the problem myself.  Once I’ve “YouTubed” and experimented and finally called the plumber that I’m avoiding calling, I will likely be able to build that toolbox.  But right now.  I don’t have a clue.

Caregiving can be exactly like this.  Once you’ve been the caretaker for one person, you might be able to create a “toolbox” of resources that will help you next time.  However, if this is your first time as a caretaker, you may need help putting together that toolbox.

Today, I want to provide you with a few tools to start your Caregiver Toolbox.  This Toolbox should be a resource for you when you run into an issue in which you need support.  We cannot be experts in everything, so it’s always good to have a box of tools that will help guide us in the right direction.

Caregiver Toolbox

Your health while Caregiving:  How to Stay Fit with Go4Life

Resource for good cognitive health:  The Healthy Brain Initiative

How to prevent falls:  The STEADI Program

Understanding depression in older adults:  Free SAMHSA Publication



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