Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Seniors

July 2, 2012

Caregiver gives advice to peers

Time ‘off’ is an important aspect

(Continued)

AVON —

Among the discussions are the patient’s likes and dislikes when it comes to television shows, music, food, etc.

“Tell the team that food will be provided for lunch, dinner, snacks as the need presents itself,” he said. “Then make sure it is provided when they come. Make it a warm and comfortable gathering, rather than a meeting. Some team members may want to attend before they commit, which is advisable.”

John said he gave his team time to think and pray about the team prior to making a commitment. Then the coordinator set up the completed list.

After the team is set up and in place, be sure to keep a good line of communication between the primary caregiver and the coordinator, John said.

“Use the coordinator as your helpmate,” he said. “Let them do the work. You have enough to do.”

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a three-part series on John Munn, who has become the caregiver for his wife, Nancy. The first story focused on the couple and how their relationship has evolved and the second was on the care team and how it works. Both articles are available online at www.flyergroup.com.

brenda.holmes@flyergroup.com

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