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Becoming a caregiver for a family member or other elderly person involves a lot. Learning to do it right can ease the burden. Your local Area Agency on Aging can help you learn:

    • The proper use of bedpans and sanitation
    • Ways to prevent bed sores
    • How to deal with incontinence
    • How to provide proper skin care
    • How to maintain personal hygiene for a disabled person
    • Use of devices, modifications and symptoms
    • How to maintain good oral hygiene and oral health
    • How to avoid yeast infections in an older woman
    • How to prevent falls
    • How to provide proper nutrition
    • How to provide foot care and hygiene
    • How to provide emotional and spiritual comfort

You can also learn a lot through going to local meetings for caregivers, some of which are specifically for caregivers of people with certain conditions. If you have trouble getting to meetings, consider an online support group.

The Capital Area Agency on Aging: www.capcog.org/divisions/area-agency-on-aging/

More information can be found on my free online resources: Resources for Older Americans and People with Disabilities.

Long-term care and Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.

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