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Such a face! Daddy Bones@ age 12, gracing the book's cover.

 

 How to Keep Your Sanity Intact When a Loved One Needs a Nursing Home  

It’s estimated that more than 50 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year.

Studies show that extremely stressed caregivers can age or die prematurely. 

“Bette Davis said ‘old age is no place for sissies,’ but caring for an older loved one isn’t for the feint of heart, either,” says Bones. “I loved my dad and we were very close, but the strain of ‘putting’ him in a nursing home was so overwhelming for all of us that I felt like I was on the edge of a nervous breakdown.”

Becoming aware of some of the don’ts” of long-term care can make daily life easier for nursing home residents and for their family caretakers,” she notes.

Bones offers some key examples from her Nursing Home Checklist:

· Ask clergy, family, and friends - especially those in the health care field - to recommend outstanding nursing homes.

· When touring a nursing home, ask other visitors for frank feedback about the facility. Don’t just inspect the “sample” room, look into residents’ rooms to check for cleanliness.

· Assure your loved one that you will be their ongoing advocate.

· Visit your loved one often and at varying times of the day - and night. This alerts all of the caregivers that you are keeping an eye on your loved one.

· Get to know the staff, especially your loved one’s immediate caregivers.

· Thank the employees for the thankless job that they do.

· Put your loved one’s name on all their belongings, including clothes and personal products. Never leave money or valuables in their room.

· Place a quilt, photos and other small touches to create a “homey” room.

· Put a brief bio and picture of your loved one at the entrance of their room to “introduce” them to staff and visitors.

. Bring old photos when you visit your loved one - it will give you something to look at if conversation lags.

. Bring different edible treats to spice-up the resident's menu.

 

 


 

 

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REQUIEM FOR A PRINTER 

DENIAL: OK, all I have to do is push "print" and I can finally wrap up this nightmare of a writing project - it was a doozy. But why don't I hear the whirl of the document being printed? What the #!*! is wrong with this thing - it can't possibly be broken, I just printed something two minutes ago. A machine cannot work fine one second and magically break down the next. Can it? Did some mysteriously destructive molecule invade the plastic edges of the device while I sat, unsuspecting, at my desk? Maybe if I just turn off the printer and then switch it on again it will kick back up - that seems to work just dandy with my Yugo. Or better yet, I'll shut-off the electricity to the whole house - yeah, that should shock this darn printer back into action, although those steaks in the refrig might take a beating...   

ANGER: Still no luck. I just know some evil genius specifically programs these printers to go on the fritz knowing that I can't possibly work without one and will be forced to replace it, even though this month's MasterCard has a mammoth vet bill for overpriced dog meds, not to mention a brunch or three. And this piece-of-crap machine is only about a year old, which I can absolutely prove once I find the receipt, which I can't because I'm too busy shutting my office windows so I can crazy curse without alarming the neighbors.     

BARGAINING: Ok, girl, compose yourself and Google some info about how to fix a printer. See, you are not alone, there are 2754 postings about easy repairs for broken printers, albeit most of them written in a language that only Ph.D.s in information technology could possibly comprehend. Do I know anything about a system restore, browsers or serial numbers? I do not. So I call my niece, who is besties with a computer guy. After describing my printer dilemma to him, he finally offers some advice in plain English: "Get a shotgun." I'm not sure if he means for me or the printer, but either way, it doesn't look good.  

DEPRESSION: My life sucks and so does this freakin' machine. I may as well give up my job and become a full-fledged recluse because nothing technological ever runs smoothly for poor me.  

ACCEPTANCE: Hello, Giant Office Supply store, I'm here to purchase a new printer and would like to speak with your most knowledgeable expert. Oh, um, hi Brody. Wow, you sure look youthful - how's your sophomore year in high school going? I'm in the market for a reliable printer that's reasonably priced. Oh, you have one on sale for only $49.99? That's certainly affordable. But the printer cartridges are how much? For black and color, $127.50? Looks like the pup won't be getting her cholesterol medication this month. Oh well, what can I do? Time to take this new model home and power her up. But oh dear sweet Lord, is that my laptop screen blinking erratically? Nooooooooooooo! Honestly, that damned thing is practically brand new and it was working PERFECTLY when I left an hour ago ...




 

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