May 18, 2015

Seeing The Big Picture

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"The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Helen Keller
Sometimes, as caregivers, it may seem difficult to have vision.  After all, with dementia we are dealing with a progressive and terminal disease, but - even within that - we can have vision.  What is your ultimate goal in being caregiver?  Mine is to provide comfort, dignity and respect to his final time on earth.  To do that, I treat him with respect and expect others to do the same.  I try to make things as comfortable for him as possible.  Recently, he has complained about any pants that have a waistband and zipper, as "being too tight", so I removed all of them from his closet because some nursing aides honored his dislike of them and some did not.  I have replaced those pants with soft pants with elastic waists.  Not sweat pants, as he hates them, but soft and comfortable, lightweight ones.  What simple thing can you do to make your loved one more comfortable?

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