If you are a caregiver or know a caregiver well, you understand the value of respite. When you look at your calendar, are you seeing the time for you? It’s time to make that time. Your Lotsa Community gives you a place to reserve time for your own respite. Use it to give yourself a break so you can give more to your loved one.
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Are you making the most of your Lotsa Community? Your Well Wishes Wall just may be the most powerful tool you have. Your own hub of inspiration and love, the Well Wishes wall serves as a place to reflect and be reminded of the active community around you. Here are some tips for making the best of your Well Wishes Wall.
Caregivers can sometimes feel like they have taken a second job as a taxi driver since so much of their time is used coordinating rides between doctor’s appointments, physical and occupational therapy sessions, kid’s sports, and various meetings. If your schedule is filled with places to be, you may want to consider using your Lotsa Community to coordinate carpooling to appointments.
During this busy time of year it can be difficult to create healthy meal plans. Running from one errand and appointment to the next can be distracting and exhausting and it is easy to turn to fast food options. However, staying healthy and being productive is largely dependent upon eating healthy meals consistently. When you are caring for yourself and serving as a primary caregiver for your family, healthy meals are often your responsibility. Here are some tips to consider as you incorporate meal planning into your schedule.
As one year passes and a new year has begun, marked by a fresh calendar, we spend time thinking about what we want to do differently in the coming days, weeks, and months. We ponder what worked well for us in the previous year and what we might want to change in the New Year. We consider our goals and the paths that will get us there. We think about who we want to become and make plans to change. Whether you are a caregiver or caring for a caregiver, we suggest taking a moment to consider New Year resolutions that will bring renewed peace, organization, and focus to your year.
Lotsa Helping Hands is the gift that keeps on giving. Always there when you need it and customizable for every caregiving situation, a Lotsa Community empowers those who care to provide lasting, meaningful help to those dealing with chronic or terminal illness, rehabilitation and ongoing therapy, sudden loss or difficult situations, or any number of lifestyle changes that bring unique challenges. Lotsa is the gift that lingers long after the holiday decorations have been packed up, making a difference for a lifetime.
Being a caregiver can be both exhausting and isolating. The very name implies a constant giving of oneself. Selfless and focused on the needs of a loved one, caregivers sometimes don’t ask for anything in return and won’t request anything specific. They are often more concerned for the needs of the person they are helping than their own. If such generous people are on your holiday list this year, here are a few ideas for gifts for caregivers that will certainly brighten their season.
“It’s better to give than to receive,” as the saying goes. This holiday season is about more than just presents under the tree and stuffing stockings with treats. It’s about giving time too. Finding time to volunteer this holiday season is a memorable way to give back to the community that has supported you and share love with those in need. If you’re interested in holiday volunteer opportunities and helping others, here are some ideas to get you going.
It’s not an easy conversation to have. It’s charged with emotions, expectations, and difficult decisions. It’s tempting to avoid the conversation rather than address the issues head on. And yet, we know that when our loved ones are facing chronic diseases, limiting injuries, or end of life challenges, we need to talk about caregiving and the path ahead. With the help of some of our partners, we are offering tips to starting the difficult conversation to facilitate smooth transitions ahead.
It may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it may also be the most stressful time of the year. There can be significant pressure to get a lot done – with gift buying, wrapping, traveling, cooking, and more. With short days, cold temperatures and inclement weather, it’s hard to imagine how you will get it all done. With your caregiving responsibilities on top of it, stress can be an unwelcome guest to your winter routine. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and bring more wonderful to this time of the year.