I became my mother’s caregiver at 18 years old. It wasn’t easy and I needed a lot of help from outside sources. Unfortunately, even though we have a big family, no one was available to help or reach out when they were needed the most. I had a lot to learn and did a lot of research. Her needs were great at first and once we found a system that works, and the past 15 years have been smooth sailing — mostly. Mom just turned 61, so she’s not old, but she has issues, and one of the issues is bladder leakage after her hysterectomy. It can be embarrassing, and she hates buying the incontinence materials she needs. Well, at least she did until we discovered the Sam’s Club Caregiver Program. I want to share with you all the Five Caregiver’s Tips For You and Your parent, that have worked the best for us.
Five Caregiver’s Tips For Your and Your Parent
Research and learn as much as you can
What helped me the most was learning about mom’s health problems. Asking the doctor questions, calling the nurses, and reading medical journals. Once I knew enough about them, I knew
- what symptoms to look for
- what to do in an emergency (besides calling 911)
- how to help her explain symptoms that weren’t apparent, i.e asking her questions.
Have all relevant phone numbers handy
I can not stress this enough. It’s important to have all of the doctor’s and nurses numbers ready and accessible at any given time. Numbers for insurance, are important as well as numbers to helplines. Helplines can be anyone from patient centers to family members.
Have a steady support stream
Caregiving can take its toll on you, especially if you’re doing it by yourself. I know that by the end of the first year I was begging for help. Having someone to relieve you and give you a mental break is important.
Take care of yourself too
Again taking a mental health day for yourself will allow for you to refresh and come back rested. Our parents are important to us, and even if they are independent and we just keep that eye on them, doing it alone hurts.
1. Discreet shipping
- It’s not going to announce the Poise thin pads or liners on the box!
And just like the discrete shipping, the pads are discreet too and easy to carry. Incontinence is already embarrassing, it’d be a shame to further the embarrassment by carrying bulky pads.
2. Free Shipping on select items from select locations
3. Club Pick-up (My favorite!)
- Shop online and looking for items marked “Club Pick-up”. You can also use the “Easy Reorder” option and select from a list of your past in-club and online purchases.
- Get time back in your day as a member of the Sam’s Club team fills your cart with your items
- Bypass the register and check in on the app, at the kiosk inside or pull up in our Drive Thru area (available in select clubs).
4. Scan & Go (My second favorite!)
- Download the Sam’s Club Scan & Go app to gain access to great deals, pay quicker, and beat the checkout lines!
Here’s how the app works:
- Barcode scan: Scan each item’s barcode in the store with the item scanner.
- Payment: Pay fast for wholesale items directly in the app. It’s a time saver.
That’s it you’re done!
These tips along with utilizing the Sam’s Club Caregiver’s program will help ease a lot of the stress with taking care of your parent. The way I see it, they took care of us and we should take care of them. I have no regrets and the bond my mom and I have formed can’t be broken. Definitely check out the Sam’s Club Caregiver’s program. I’m sure that you’ll find it as beneficial as we have.