03-08-2018 07:13 PM
im wondering if you guys have some suggestions on what helps you to manage your carees' conditions. ive realised i dont know alot so it would help to read up more on each of these conditions and whats suggested (like types of exercise etc) for each.
Does anyone use like a medication blister pack from the chemist? any good or better to monitor them more yourself?
Is it worth creating like a meal plan?
is there such a thing as a treatment plan for our carees'? for example with mental health they say see psychologist, gp, psychiatrist, social workers etc but what about those with more physical conditions?
any help would be appreciated please
03-08-2018 10:24 PM
I am all for doing things to make life easier @outlander.
Meds - we have a weekly pick up and I sort Mr D's meds into an am/pm pill box and he uses this. In time I will probably arrange a switch to blister packs.
Meal plans work really well for some people. Others like to have big cook ups and freeze a heap of meals. A healthy diet can make such a difference to ones wellbeing, as can getting adequate sleep.
A treatment plan can be made for any medical condition. Having one ensures both doctor and patient are on the same page. We have one so that we can keep an eye on when follow up needs to happen - with some psych meds patients need to have regular monitoring schedule. Likewise a physio can help with a gentle exercise plan if there are physical limitations.
04-08-2018 02:51 PM
04-08-2018 03:37 PM
Yes your GP can help with a treatment plan, probably the best person @outlander if you have a few different conditions.
04-08-2018 03:45 PM
04-08-2018 07:45 PM
Working out the easiest way to manage is smart, but probably varies between people.
I have had caring role with an gf with diabetes and her pill situation definitely warranted blister packs, but I do not do that at home. I use pill boxes for myself but there is also supplements and fish oil and glucosamine etc ... which can help for arthritis.
If pop is fussy maybe the trick is to make him more involved in choosing, planning and preparation. Maybe a regular house meeting to decide ... I never make rigid plans and keep it looking 2-4 days ahead. Whenever I tried making a meal plan for a week there was always so much waste, and this works best for us. It helps me keep meals fresh and I always use up ingredients. Find a few favourites.Every now and then I experiment with new stuff.
Put it back on him to come up with things that work and strike a balance for you both ... Sometimes older people are stuck in their ways ... which can be a shame as there is so much more food available now and wonderful recipes.
04-08-2018 10:26 PM
Some GPs are better organised than others when it comes to follow up. (With that list of ailments I am assuming Pop has regular GP appts) but having some sort of calendar of what needs doing when might be worthwhile.
Patients with diabetes usually have regular monitoring as well as podiatry appts and the like, osteoporosis is checked every couple of years, then there is the eye specialist for glaucoma etc. etc.
@outlander . Would Pop be amenable to you helping with this?
04-08-2018 10:31 PM
@Former-Member might have some suggestions as to what she does to make things easier caring for her Dad.
05-08-2018 03:11 PM
05-08-2018 03:16 PM
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