7 Caregiver Tips for Traveling

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‘Tis the season to get away, right? Today we’re talking about travel – specifically as a caregiver.

As a young adult, I used to jump into my car with wild abandon – happy to drive north, south, east, and west. I think that’s the case with many people, but it gets harder as we get older, or if we’re sick, hurt, or with someone who requires care. Wanderlust hasn’t changed with kids – it just requires more thought now. As a mom, and as a daughter, granddaughter, niece, daughter-in-law, etc. For some people – MANY people – travel requires a LOT more thought than anything.

Luckily my tips include many ways to provide caregiving help for travel.

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As much as I am able-bodied right now, I’m always aware of how that can change – whether it takes years, or not. I’ve been a member of the sandwich generation for eight years now. My parents are in good health, but my mom lost both of her parents within the last five years, when both were over 100! My dad’s parents are in their 90’s, and require constant care. And my uncle is younger but has an illness in which we help to outfit our home to accommodate his needs. He needs help with many aspects of life, and it has changed the way we look at travel. It’s changed the way we look at EVERYTHING.

As caregivers to loved ones, we rely on a world that will give us the tools to help. We rely on products and services that give our loved ones the flexibility to live life with freedom. Luckily we find flexibility and freedom with Member’s Mark Total Protection products from Sam’s Club. These are a smarter choice for my family economically, and emotionally for us too.

There’s something at Sam’s Club for everyone, and for many people out there, this is everything. Year ago, when we had settled in western MA and I knew I was going to be a bit in-between everything – whether that’s with generations or geographical distance – I did the research. I wanted to know exactly where to go for myself, and my loved ones. After doing some research and spending some time there, I was happy to learn that Sam’s Club has products for personal care and caregiving needs, including pick up, subscription, and additional health and wellness services. It’s one-stop shopping for Caregiving. There are premium quality products at a great value, and many exclusive member benefits at Sam’s Club.

Here are our 7 Caregiver Tips For Traveling:

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1 – Have essentials on hand! If you’re going to be sitting in a plane, train, or car for extended periods, you want to be prepared. Pack light, layered clothes, seasonal needs, snacks, water, and necessary personal products. We buy Member’s Mark Total Protection products like Member’s Mark Total Protection Adult Briefs for Men & Women, Large. Sam’s Club will be the first retail store upgrading to these adjustable briefs. Their products are every bit as good or better than more expensive and more highly advertised brands. You can Conquer Inco with this amazing product – giving confidence to users. Adjustable side panels give a secure fit, and breathable material helps keep skin cool, dry and comfortable.

2 – Get doctor clearance and have important medical info on hand. You should have documents and medications, such as emergency contact info, a list of current meds/doses, food allergy information, physician information, and an ID bracelet for you and/or your loved one. Also you can label clothing and put important info in your loved one’s (and your) wallet.

3 – Plan your accommodations beforehand. If you’re renting a car, think about more easily accessible vehicles, and plan for wheelchairs, walkers, or other pieces of mobility equipment. If flying, request accessible seats. Also limit layovers and connections. Plan meals with dietary restrictions in mind, no matter how you’re traveling. Be in contact with your hotel for special needs in mind – like ramps, first level floors, elevators, etc.

4 – Stick to a routine whenever possible. Instead of staying with family, consider a hotel. Allow extra time for your loved one (and you) to feel comfortable in your new surroundings. Set realistic expectations about the trip.

5 – Outsource. Consider hiring a medical transport service if the situation calls for it. Plan caregiving shifts with other family members or friends, and consider bringing home health aides/nurses, or researching adult care centers.

6 – Communication is key. Before and every activity, tell your loved one where you’re going and what you’re doing in detail, but without overwhelming them.

7. Pace yourself and scale back. Build in extra time for frequent breaks. Don’t rush! Good luck.

Now, head on over to your nearest Sam’s Club to see all of the Member’s Mark Total Protection Products that they have to offer for you and your loved ones! And don’t forget to leave an online review when you visit Samsclub.com.

Happy Trails!

How to Prepare the House for Caregiving This Holiday Season

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My family is no stranger to caregiving, and I’m proud I grew up with it in my life.

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I think it goes with the territory of having a big family. My father passed away suddenly when I was nearly four-years-old, leaving my mom as a grieving, single mom of two. She later a married a man with three kids – who had also lost their mother young – and we became a big, blended family. In fact, we became the Brady Bunch! There were five kids – each of us with our own needs – but we all had our own bedrooms. Since our blended family had four family sides, we would often double up in bedrooms so that guests could have a quiet place to sleep. In fact, I think we had house guests more than we didn’t! Some stayed for long visits. With a big family, and a lot of friends, we got to grow up witnessing just how big our parent’s hearts are – to care for so many people without a second thought. I admire that so much. I strive to be that way, if I’m not already.

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In fact, my parents are still that big-hearted and welcoming. We often shake our heads at the way they make it seem easy to throw a holiday party for 60 guests, or to host Christmas (breakfast, gifts, dinner) for over 18 people! It’s magic with them!

My dad’s parents are in their 90’s and he visits them weekly. My mom’s parents both lived to age 100, and my mom was the quintessential sandwich generation until my Nana Jane’s passing. She had the most beautiful 100-year-old birthday party. I watched the makings of her 100th birthday party come to life. My mom, with her big heart and attention to detail, planned it as exquisitely as she planned all of the birthday parties of our youth. My Rocky Horror Picture Show birthday cake when I was 13? It had black and red frosting. The carnival she made for my little sister turning five. The endless pool parties and Bar/Bat Mitzvah decorations and sign-in boards. The parrots that hung on my bedroom ceiling for years after my tropical party.

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Imagine doing all of that & more, and then planning a birthday party for your 100-year-old mother nearly a decade after the last of five kids has gone to college. It’s testament for them both – the one who gave life to the one who gave me life.

We all give each other life. It doesn’t work downwards. It works up and every which way. We hold each other up sometimes.

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From my parents, I have learned so much about how to be a caregiver, and how to set up your home for caregiving. We have many relatives and loved ones who need our help, and it’s because we have so many people in our lives. We’re LUCKY. Our hearts are opened wide each and every day, and especially this holiday season! Here are tips inspired by my family!

How to Prepare the House for Caregiving This Holiday Season:

1 – Is your toilet too low? A raised toilet seat is easy to install! You just need a screw, and no tools. Some even come with handles to make sitting on and getting up easier. You can purchase raised toilet seats online or in drugstores.

2 – You can rent a portable ramp that can be folded and transported in your vehicle. They are available in a variety of lengths and widths, and can be used for the front path, or even from steps to and from back doors and garages.

3 – You can also buy furniture risers! If a chair is raised a bit, it is easier to get on and off. Risers can be used for chairs, couches and beds!

4 – Beware of extra electrical cords. You can secure them so they are not a hazard. Run them along outside walls so no one trips on them.

5 – Include your loved one in holiday prep. There was a year in which my uncle had a hurt back and helped make magic cookie bars. Focus on the strengths they have, and let them help with small tasks. It can be such a happy experience.

6 – Try to schedule major holiday activities for earlier in the day. We all tend to become tired, hungry, cranky, etc. as the day goes on. For someone struggling already, this stress can be higher. Have a time of sitting later in the day.

7 – If people ask how then can help, give them something to do! They really mean it. Let them run errands for you, cook for you, bring food, or stay with your loved one(s) while you take a break.

8 – Try to keep a regular routine, even amid the holiday crazy. You want to make your loved one feel secure and protected. There will be slight changes in the home, but keeping as regular of a routine as possible is beneficial to your caregiving.

9 – Try to fit in some YOU time this holiday season. Use extra people to your advantage with help. Take quiet time to yourself to read a book, take a hot bath, or even take a much-needed nap. We all burn out when we try to do too much!

10 – Stock the home for comfort and necessity! What might that be, other than the small home changes listed above? We’re members at Sam’s Club and that’s where I pick up a variety of Poise® and Depend® products to help my loved ones.

You can get more info about Poise products here, and Depend products here.

I’m still going to tell you some of my favorite things about them, though!

Poise® Liners are specifically designed for Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). Poise® incontinence liners stay 3x drier than leading period-only liners**. The panty liner’s absorb-loc® core quickly locks away wetness and odor to help keep you fresh and dry. Poise® Maximum Absorbency Pads provide even more absorbency to give you the confidence and protection you need for your Light Bladder Leakage (LBL). Our absorb-loc® core quickly locks away wetness and odor, while the leak-block* sides provide discreet and worry-free protection. Depend® Fit-Flex® Underwear is purchased for women or for men, and it features all-around leg elastics and a smooth, close-to-body fit. The slip-on protection is soft, quiet & breathable for outstanding comfort.

Sam’s Club Family Caregiving is a powerful resource. Poise® and Depend® products can simplify your life and the lives of your loved ones. This is your one-stop shop for all of your caregiving needs. You get exclusive benefits by being a member at Sam’s Club, and it the in-club experience provides quality products at a great value. They are carefully designed to offer superior protection and comfort. This is about enjoying the time we share with our loved ones, and furthermore, sharing that enjoyment with people in need. Share that love. As a caregiver, to other caregivers, and to all.

Sam’s Club is your one-stop shop for all things caregiving, like prescription refills, free health screenings, and personal care/health-related products. They can help you to help your loved ones.

Additionally, you can download the Digimarc Discovery app and you can scan anywhere on the Depend packaging, and it will drive you to the Sam’s Club Caregiver website. There is new packaging on Poise® and Depend® products at Sam’s Club.

We can do this.

What are your tips for caregiving during the holidays? Find out more about Depend products and Poise products!