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Let's recommend whatever the things you think it is useful
Things make your life easier when taking care of LOs, or things making their life more comfortable, convenient, etc.
Things you cannot live without. Big or small. Expensive or cheap.
For example, someone recommended PureWick catheter before. What else?
A bidet with a remote.
Abena adult diapers
A waterproof pet blanket on the couch (it matches perfectly)
Eliminating most sugar and gluten and healing the bowels of chronic constipation.
A tv remote tether so the remote stays attached to the coffee table.
The tiny house on our property (It’s paid for itself twice by keeping her out of a facility)
I’m not sure if I am allowed to post the brand on this board, but my FIL has a cellphone that only has 4 large buttons (programmed to dial family members) and 911. No screens/icons to mess with. It also has GPS. It’s made by an Australian company but the SIM card (no data) is ATT. Costs are very reasonable, much less than a smartphone.
It’s nothing fancy, in fact it feels cheaply made, but it works great. Everyone thought my FIL would hate it when we got it a couple of years ago and he did at first, but it is his only phone now.
He never could figure out the iPhone even stripped down to the basics (too many steps - getting to the Home Screen, pressing an icon, etc), or even landline phones with large buttons, but he can answer this little phone and call his children.
This is such a helpful thread.
In several days I'll compile this list into one and then you will be able to print it off.
Something that's not been added is MedicAlert - or some other service. Pre Covid when we were out and about I just relaxed a little knowing IF we were separated authorities would be able to contact me.
---LT Wrote: I know many products indicate the wipes are flushable. My doctor has warned me that none are really flushable. Have you found some that are flushable in real life?
I know many products indicate the wipes are flushable. My doctor has
warned me that none are really flushable. Have you found some that are
flushable in real life?
For all the time we had baby wipes in the house for Barbara, they were non-flushable, but I never had any problem just putting them ( and her disposable briefs ) in a trash can.
I used to buy trash can liners from Costco ( very inexpensive ) and place them in a bucket. Whenever the bucket was full, I would just lift up the edges, spin it around in my hands a few times and tie a knot in it. Easy peasey and no mess or leakage ever.
This is my first time here. I've been taking care of my parents for several years, last 2 years in my home. Dad has parkinson's with dementia/89. Mom has Alzheimer's/84. Interested in hearing how you all are managing. Curious as to why shaving cream is on everyone's list?
Music is one of the best things for my mom. She loves John Denver, the rest of us have grown to hate John Denver. But whatever works right?
Curious as to why shaving cream is on everyone's list?
I use clear, flexible plastic plate guards. They clip on to round dinner size plates, about 3/4 around, about 1/2 inch high. DH pushes food toward it to fill his fork and the food stays on the plate. Treo razors by Gillette to shave him (the y are designed for a person to shave another.). Unfortunately, they are a hot commodity; prices can vary sharply on the internet; cannot find them recently at Sam’s or Costco. Before DH steps into the shower, I squirt his head with shampoo and use a back scrubber from BBandB to lather up his head. He tended to just let the shower water wash off the shampoo; couldn’t get the gist of “scrubbing “ his head. He is content to sit for much of the day quietly, with soothing music on. The grandkids call it “spa music”. Routine, routine, routine and 24/7 vigilance to avoid toileting accidents. In the grand scheme of things, he’s fairly easy to care for.
Helpful thread, good lists!
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If you put a new post in the forum by hitting the green button “Add Topic” at the top of the Caregivers Forum your question will more likely be seen by the wise and supportive folks here. Your question is at the end of a post that’s a few days old.
Some get their LOs to the dr by saying it’s a necessary visit to keep her insurance, Medicare or whichever…
I’m sorry for these struggles!
This is a great thread, and I just wanted to add a few things that myself, members of my family, and several friends have used with great success. I have an example brand for each, but I'm certain other brands would work just fine.
A HEPA filter with a UV-C light (example: Germ Guardian). I can't stress enough how important air quality is, especially when you spend the majority of your day indoors. HEPA filters don't just remove odors, dust, and pollen. There are many airborne viruses, including influenza, that UV-C light kills. There's a reason why they use it on buses and airplanes.
They start at around $100, so they aren't cheap, but it's 100% the best investment I've made for me and my family. You'll know it works when nobody is sneezing anymore.
A xylitol nasal spray (example: Xlear). It's amazing for nasal congestion, and better breathing in general. That's probably why I get so much better sleep after using it.
A xylitol toothpaste gel (example: ROCS). Strengthens teeth and removes tongue thrush (the white, candida coating on your tongue) better than anything I've ever used. My mother used to not be able to drink cold beverages because they hurt her teeth. That's no longer a problem for her.
A hypochlorous spray (example: Clean Smart). This is a cleaner so safe that it's used in NICUs. It's often marketed as a baby toy cleaner and pet-safe for this reason. It's a great alternative to all the harsh chemical cleaners out there.
Amazon link for the clock we have: https://a.co/bFzZD2A
Amazon link for white board similar to ours: https://a.co/d4NAWf7
Along with the white board, we have dry erase markers and some white board erasers. We update it every day.
This is a great post with good information. Some of the items mentioned I already have in my care arsenal, but others were new to me so I will be doing some shopping soon!
A few things I use that were not mentioned.