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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Caregiver Instructions (Overview)

Be sure your baby sleeps on the back when you are not around. Also, avoid secondhand smoke if possible.


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How should I view my role as a caregiver?

How should I view my role as a caregiver?

Read internet: Explore the internet. One example could be http://www. Caregivershome. Com/ we have commitments in life with family members, spouses, countrymen. We make them unselfishly when we are healthy and young. We have to stick to our commitments otherwise nobody will help us when we won't be able to take care of ourselves. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
60 Doctors shared insights

Caregiver Instructions (Overview)

Be sure your baby sleeps on the back when you are not around. Also, avoid secondhand smoke if possible.


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How would hire a good in-home caregiver?

References: Get references from someone who is bonded and givesw a good personal reference, and may be from an agency that vouches. ...Read more

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Caregiving for a Spouse or Friend (Checklist)

Keep important information in a dedicated notebook
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Keep info like SS#, Medicare ID, insurance cards and doctor info handy
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Keep a list of allergies, medications, and medical conditions.
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Know advanced directives and healthcare proxy numbers
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What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

What happens when a solo caregiver gets ill?

Support system: This really speaks to why having a support system in place is important when providing care for someone. Being a sole caregiver sometimes leads to taking less care of yourself, and then increases your chance of getting sick. Plan ahead by having a support system in place. If you're already sick look for other resources-ask your church, doctor's office, community agency for help. ...Read more

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What makes caregivers successful and healthy?

Self care: Successful care givers understand their limits and get the help they need. Nearly 50% of care givers are depressed and develop other health problems related to their caregiving. Leaving time for yourself, eating healthy, exercise, sleep and healthy stress coping techniques are all important. ...Read more

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How must I ask for help if I am the caregiver?

Often difficult: Just remember you are not alone. There are many support groups avaible to help you if you cannot ask family for help. Your doctor (or the patients) may also be a resource to direct you. Get the help you need as cargiver burn out is common and very serious for you and the one you are taking care of. ...Read more

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What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

What could happen to my physical state as a caregiver?

Caregiver drain: This can be both physical or emotional. It is important to take care of yourself, so you can continue to care for those you love. Make sure and get enough sleep, give yourself breaks, and try to keep things in perspective. It is important to tell the patient's physician about barriers you are encountering, as they may be able to recommend support services or medical interventions. ...Read more

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Describe the features of disability needing a caregiver.?

Describe the features of disability needing a caregiver.?

Care giver: In most instances this comes down to one's ability to perform activities of daily living (nutrition, hygiene, etc) as well as ambulation or transfers. If one is not able to perform these basic functions, a care giver (part of full time is needed). ...Read more

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What challenges do caregivers face?

Caregivers: Physical exhaustion, financial difficulties, loss of employment, depression, anxiety, marital problems, neglect of own children ---these are some of the problems that caregiver go thro'. ...Read more

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What are the risks of being a caregiver?

What are the risks of being a caregiver?

Please elaborate: Please reformulate your question. I do not know if you are a paid caregiver or a relative of someone sick in your household. I do not know what medical condition is associated to the person being taking care. If the patient has a communicable disease (infection) there is some possibility of transmission but varies with the diagnosis. I do not know if you are referring to any legal issue either. ...Read more

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How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

How can I handle my anger as a caregiver?

Many ways: Exercise. Getting out for short breaks. Church and prayer. Have a friend come and visit. Look into agencies to handle care part of the time. Consider paying someone to help. Even a few hours a week can be the make the difference in your stress level. ...Read more

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How can I handle my stress as a caregiver?

How can I handle my stress as a caregiver?

Care for Yourself: It's easy as a caretaker to lose sight of your own health. In fact, the average caretaker runs the risk of having his/her own health problems. Thus, it is imperative that you get good sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Make some time for your own recreation as well. Rather than feeling guilty, recognize that the more emotional & physical health you have, the more you will have to give your loved one. ...Read more

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What are the rewards of being a caregiver?

What are the rewards of being a caregiver?

Personal satisfation: It gives us understanding of people, their bodies, their emotions, thoughts. How one treats a person is exactly how they will be treated. It becomes a self reflection. ...Read more

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Where can I find caregiver support groups?

Where can I find caregiver support groups?

NAMI: Contact local chapter of national alliance of mental illness and they will help. ...Read more

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What challenges do caregivers of vets face?

Caregivers: Physical exhaustion, financial difficulties, loss of employment, depression, anxiety, marital problems, neglect of own children ---these are some of the problems that caregiver go thro'. ...Read more

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How can I stop feeling guilty as a caregiver?

How can I stop feeling guilty as a caregiver?

Support group: Joining a support group for a particular medical condtion will give you the opportunity to interact with others who are in a similar situation. It helps to know that you are not alone. ...Read more

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What diet should I to relieve stress as a caregiver?

What diet should I to relieve stress as a caregiver?

Tea: Just get a nice cup of tea of your choice and grab a book to read. Also try to get some fresh air. Eat with "comfort" food, not "junk" meal. To my knowledge and medical literature (other than nutritional journals), there is no specific diet that will relieve stress. ...Read more

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As a caregiver, must I apply for guardianship of a loved one?

NO: If the individual can designate a proxy, then a guardianship is not necessary. If the next of kin is to become the poa (power of attorney) and wants to make the health care decisions, then it is not necessary to have a legal guardianship process. However, if the person can no longer designate a proxy or health care decision maker, a guardianship maybe necessary if the person is not next of kin (. ...Read more

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Why does my baby get fussy when his caregivers leave his sight?

Why does my baby get fussy when his caregivers leave his sight?

Separation Anxiety: When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence". What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety. ...Read more

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How can I overcome generational differences if I am a caregiver?

How can I overcome generational differences if I am a caregiver?

Just ask: Many caregivers are from a different generation--but those differences can be bridged with open communication, a big heart, and listening. Keep in mind that your priorities may be very different from that other persons' priorities! ...Read more

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How do I handle my emotionally unstable life and being a caregiver?

How do I handle my emotionally unstable life and being a caregiver?

Not quite sure??: "emotionally unstable life" is a very wide area, and it's hard to know just what you mean by this. I also don't know what kind of issues the person for whom you're caring, has -- and what you're dealing with. To get a better response for your own particular situation, please ask your physician -- s/he will know of resources that might be useful for you. ...Read more

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Please point me to where I can find a quality caregiver for in-home care?

Call your doctor: You can call your doctor or your local hospital. They can refer you to a home health care company, possibly affiliated with the hospital. They hopefully would be high quality and caring. ...Read more

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Would I be able to get a caregiver and live in my own home with medicare at 70?

Would I be able to get a caregiver and live in my own home with medicare at 70?

Yes, depending: Many people are able to live in their own home with the help of a caregiver at 70 and sometimes well beyond. This depends on the status of a person's overall medical health. Some caregiver assistance may be covered by medicare and supplemental insurance. There are many agencies in the business of helping people stay in their own homes as long as possible. ...Read more

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How many 12 hour days in a row can an employer ask a caregiver to work per week?

How many 12 hour days in a row can an employer ask a caregiver to work per week?

Company's policy: Some businesses open only at night, other just during day, while others 24hrs/day--ie hospital. There is law/limit in term of #hours a teen can work per wk, there is no real limit for adults. Before signing the contract to work, read the policy and make sure you understand it well. There are laws companies musy abide, and if u don't abide by your company, u may lose your job. So, ask your boss. ...Read more

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How long would it take for an 18 month old to forget his caregiver and surroundings?

Gosh: This sounds like a major event. Please start over and explain what is happening to the caregiver and surroundings. ...Read more

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How many 12 hour workdays in a row can an employer ask a caregiver to work each week?

How many 12 hour workdays in a row can an employer ask a caregiver to work each week?

Company's policy: Some businesses open only at night, other just during day, while others 24hrs/day--ie hospital. There is law/limit in term of #hours a teen can work per wk, there is no real limit for adults. Before signing the contract to work, read the policy and make sure you understand it well. There are laws companies musy abide, and if u don't abide by your company, u may lose your job. So, ask your boss. ...Read more

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I'm a caregiver, what do I do if one of my residents is a diabetic? What should I do?

This: This all depends on the level of responsibility you are assuming for this patient. Are you in charge of administering medication? Insulin? Will you be checking the patient's blood sugar. These are all things you should have been made aware of by whoever hired you to take care of the person in question or given direction from an immediate supervisor if you work for an agency. A detailed medical plan needs to be submittted to you in writing from the patient's doctor.
You need much more information regarding your duties.
Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

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