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There comes a point in everybody’s life where the child becomes the adult. Maybe your parents are at an age they can no longer live alone or have recently suffered a medical setback and need some extra help. In my case, my mother passed away before she had the chance to experience the parent-child role reversal. I inherited her fate. My 91-year-old grandfather lives with me.
Honestly, my grandfather does absolutely great for his age. People are often amazed when they find out just how old he is. He still tries to be as independent as he possibly can but this has decreased as the years pass on. Totally something we would expect.
I love being able to share these days with him. He has always been the best grandfather, but being a caregiver can be hard sometimes. It is a lot like becoming a new parent for the first time or babysitting a young child. Sometimes you just have no idea what you are doing and want to pull your hair out.
It’s kind of funny how generations so far apart can be remarkably so similar to one another. They both need a lot of help in all facets of life. Thankfully, I got in on the ground floor with my grandpa so he’s been able to teach me his likes and dislike from the get-go. Whereas with babies you just have to wing it and learn on the fly.
Along the way, I have learned a lot of things. You’d be surprised at some of the medical knowledge I’ve sponged up over the years. To help other caregivers out, I’ve come up with a DIY Caregiver Survival Kit that they will love.
DIY Caregiver Survival Kit
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An easy DIY gift for the caregiver in your life. Let them know just how much you appreciate them. Especially since October is Caregiver Awareness Month!
Are you taking care of a male patient? My DIY Caregiver Survival Kit would be perfect for you! It has males in mind. This gift basket includes TENA® MEN™ Protective Shields that I bought at CVS. They are great for caregivers watching males to have on hand – they have a cloth-like outer cover which makes them very discrete for your patient. Although, you will find that most elderly folks don’t have any shame. From slipped farts to talking about bowel movements. It’s all fair game to chat about but they will still appreciate the extra confidence boost.
TENA® MEN™ Protective Shields are an ultra-thin pad with a cup shape that provides light protection against light drips and dribbles while keeping your patient comfortable and secure. Let’s face, it happens to the best of us. Just ask a pregnant woman.
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This DIY Caregiver Survival Kit is SO easy to put together…All you have to do is 1) edit the tags, 2) print and cut out the tags, 3) place tags on products, and 4) put everything into a basket!
Chap Lips Stopper
To keep you ahead of the game and prepared.
To beat germs down.
To put your best foot forward with COFFEE.
Something To Write On
Something To Write With
To jot down doctor’s notes and appointments.
To give you long-lasting energy.
To keep your mouth busy in times when you should just be quiet.
So your head won’t spontaneously combust.
To keep you busy during appointments and nap time.
An easy way to make sure you always can ask for extra help when you need it.
You don’t need to include all of these products, it is just a good place to start. Just a few ideas to help you out!
What would you include in your DIY Caregiver Survival Kit? Is there someone in your life you could bless with a little “thank you” gift like this?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.