We All Need to Eat, So Let’s Learn to Shop for Food

 

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Shopping for Food 

You are responsible for doing the grocery shopping.   Always keep an organized list in the kitchen and write down things when they are empty.   Include things such as items that are replaced often like milk, bread, soap, and toilet tissue.   Also make sure that you purchase things according to the patient’s diet such as low-sodium, sugar substitute, and low-fat foods.   Be sure to check the pantry and refrigerator often for foods that are no longer good and throw them out. Always read the labels on the foods that are purchased to make sure that they follow along with the patients’ diet guidelines.   Think of food shopping as a challenge. Your goal will be to get the most for your patients’ money by purchasing the best quality, most healthful foods and staying within the food budget.

Terms of Food Products

  • Light or lite—50 percent less fat per serving than the regular product
  • Low fat—3 grams of fat or less per serving
  • Fat-free—less than 1 gram of fat per serving
  • Low cholesterol—20 milligrams or less of cholesterol and less than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving
  • Cholesterol free—2 milligrams or less of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat per serving
  • Low calorie—40 calories or less per serving
  • Calorie-free—less than 5 calories per serving
  • Reduced or less sodium—25 percent or less than the regular product
  • Light in sodium—50 percent or less than the regular product
  • Low sodium—140 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
  • Very low sodium—35 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
  • Sodium free—5 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
  • High fiber—5 grams or more of fiber per serving
  • Good source—contains 10 percent to 19 percent of the daily value for a certain nutrient
  • High in—contains 20 percent or more of the daily value for a certain nutrient

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How To Care With Tender Loving Care

 

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Caring for our loved ones

has been a daunting task, a humbling experience, and a gratifying resolution that we have had to face from the beginning of time.  I am here to listen, answer, and teach you whatever you need to know to be the ultimate caregiver.

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Aging or illness does not have to result in giving up your home or your lifestyle.  Caring for others is a difficult undertaking, I will guide you in everything there is to know about caring for others.

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Back in the ’60s and ’70s, one parent worked and the other stayed home to care for the kids and grandparents. In the ’80s, both mother and father had to work to make ends meet. Now in the twenty-first century, kids have to help care and support their parents and even their grandparents. Kids have to leave to go to other states to find adequate work, leaving the parents to fend for themselves or hire outside help. It’s so hard to know who is right or whom to trust.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CARE 
  • SANCTUARY—Protect yourself and keep your patient safe from harm by preventing injuries.
  • CONFIDENTIALITY—With the agreement of your patient, keep his or her business private; do not allow private things to be seen or overheard by other people.
  • MORALITY—Treat your patient with respect at all times.
  • ARTICULATION—Be available to talk, listen, and respond to your patient’s thoughts and feelings. Explain everything as you go.
  • SELF-SUFFICIENCY—Encourage your patient to do as much as possible.
  • IMPURITY MANAGEMENT—Help control the spread of germs by following Universal Precautions. Following Universal, Precautions means that you should treat all blood and certain body fluids as if they are known to be infectious. Take precautions to protect yourself and your patient from getting an infection by wearing disposable gloves when performing certain tasks in which you may come in contact with your patient’s blood or other body fluids.
RULES TO CARE BY 
  • BE A GOOD AUDIENCE—Try to stop what you are doing, no matter how important it is, and listen to what the person says. Talking may be your patient’s greatest need at the moment.
  • BE HONORABLE—Do not gossip about your patient with the rest of your family or friends. Respect your loved one’s privacy.
  • BE RELIABLE—Do what you say you are going to do when you say you will do it.
  • DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THE ILL-TEMPERED—Remember that your patient may be angry at his illness or condition, not to you. Do not take the anger personally and do not let it affect the kind of care you provide.
  • MANAGE YOUR FEELINGS—You will likely have strong emotions as you care for your patient. Find someone you can talk to, such as a counselor in a community organization or a support group. Arrange to take a break from caregiving when you feel overwhelmed.
CARING FOR THE PATIENT

ABSOLUTELY NEVER!

  • ARGUE rather AGREE
  • REASON rather DIVERT
  • SHAME rather DISTRACT
  • LECTURE rather REASSURE
  • UTTER “REMEMBER” rather REMINISCE
  • VERBALIZE “I TOLD YOU” rather REPEAT AGAIN
  • MENTION “YOU CAN’T” rather DO WHAT YOU CAN
  • COMMAND/DEMAND rather ASK/MODEL
  • CONDESCEND rather ENCOURAGE/PRAISE
  • FORCE rather REINFORCE

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