Practical Tips

Matthew 11:28  “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” 

Caregiving is a heavy burden. What “modern” conveniences can help relieve the burden?  There are single canes, swivel canes, four-legged canes, walkers, walkers with two wheels, and walkers with four wheels and a seat. There are shower stools, shower benches, walk-in showers, walk-in tubs and the list of aids goes on and on. I recently heard someone who had difficulty getting in and out of the tub – even with a bench seat. She happened to find a great idea – a small round plastic pillow on a turntable. She was able to have her loved one sit on the pillow/turntable and spin into the tub. Very cool idea!

There are lift chairs (my personal favorite), wheel chairs, motorized wheelchairs, lifts, bedside commodes, and hospital beds. All of these aids can be very expensive, so what do you do with them when you no longer need them? Keep them! You will be surprised how many times your neighbors and/or church family will call and ask if you have any of that equipment. I have recently had two friends that have needed several of my items of “furniture” to assist them short-term after surgery. What a blessing to be able to provide this for them.  Second hand stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and others are a good place to look for used equipment as well but be sure to have it thoroughly checked out before you use it with your loved one.