Organize Your Junk
Senior Life Journeys Presents Carol Hells. Let's talk dementia. Podcast designed to help caregivers find knowledge power hope and smiles in their dementia caregiving journey. Welcome to let's talk dementia. Here is your host bestselling author Carol. Hal Well Hello Caregivers I'm Carol. Let's talk the Ninja in oblige today. I'm recording this. At the end of the day in higher boy he can tell. I've been busy day. It has been an interesting day on. Today's been my. Let's get some physical work done so we decided to put some clothes shopping in our front closet and taken everything out. As I had mentioned in previous episodes it was all piled up behind me. Didn't looks good in To arrange those shells and put it all back in and I took that upon myself to do today some pretty pooped yes I am but why do you care that I put showing in way? Don't let's face it you really don't. That's okay but I wanNA talk to you about organization in your life and how it will help you as a caregiver and then organization for your loved one with dementia in both of them are equally important. I am a big organization for you know. All of my cans are turned with the label facing just exactly right so now opened my cabinet. I can easily and quickly find what I want now. That is good for me. It works very well for me. You may not be that hung up on organization but I can just tell you one thing. If you spend a little time organizing at least those parts of your world that you use frequently with your loved one with dementia you'll find caregiving to be made a little easier for example if the bathroom is piled up with a bunch of shampoo bottles and you know old toothpaste tubes have not been thrown away and just stuff just lots of stuff everywhere that's GonNa make it harder view to quickly reach what you might need to help care for those personal needs of your loved one on the flip side of that if your loved one is the one doing some of the care themselves and they keep reaching for. Tuba toothpastes in its ninety seven and a half percent empty. They may be getting just a minute amount out. They may get frustrated and get nothing out they may give up and not brush their teeth at all and none of those are good so we only want the one to that has toothpastes in it therefore them. We want to make sure that the drawer in the bathroom that they have accessible to the doesn't have things in it that they can't use for instance. Do you WanNa have a pair of scissors in that drawer. Last issues in my bathroom door to cut tags off clothes and things like that but do you want to have that in the jaw of someone who might be dealing with dementia. Well maybe not. That might not be good idea. So keep those things in mind that organization will help them and it will help you. It's an important thing organization to will make the home safer I can tell you. I have been in homes that just had J. U. N. K. everywhere. That's a nice word for they have is Jewish just stuff everywhere and as a healthy individual Ask the caregiver. They had to walk around and in and out of stuff on the floor and just knick Knack Patty wax everywhere that's very disconcerting for someone who has dementia. First of all is dangerous if they've got to maneuver themselves or Heaven forbid a walker or wheelchair around a bunch of junk then we're increase in the odds of a fall. Now listen uncle or has been the hospital three times in two weeks in been X ray three times in two weeks falling. You don't want to do this. You don't won't your loved one to fall sooner or later something's GonNa break and then and boy do. We have a problem. Sometimes those things could have been avoided by getting rid of the junk senior house. Organize it put it up on. Shales label the shales labeled the bins. I'm I'm big on labelling things. My pantry has blue plastic bins on each shelf and they are labeled as to what goes in that. Been that way we never hunt for things. It's in the right ban in take zero point six seconds to put something back in the right Ben now yeah took a little bit of time to make the labels I had to print them out on computer make them look pretty. 'cause I'm little bit obsessed about that but it is worth it that will help your loved one to so let's Pretend that your loved one knows that their snack food is kept in this cabinet and you have plastic bands that say Giannis cookies in in that ban you put gifts what. Janis cookies now. You don't put something else in the pork and beans. Don't go in the container. This is Janis cookies. You put Janis cookies in that. You might have one. That says afternoon. Snacks something like that. That is easy for Janey to quickly find what she might need might also have been says Giannis Cup plate or a spoon knife went maybe not now but you know what I'm saying those things at Janus with us and they go in that being every time you wash and dry put them right back in there in Janey knows where to look for her stuff. Organization is Wonderful Organization will do for you is. You won't go buy junk you don't need when you're making grocery lists you can easily look for what you want because you're pantry in your bathroom your linen closet your supplies. There are organized now if we can save money as caregivers well if we can save money period. That's a great thing but as caregivers we have a lot of expenses caring for our loved one buying depends in the pads and the wipes and the powders powder and we don't use powder anymore. I used to love baby powder but we don't use that anymore. The lotions there we go and the medications and this and the that that we need is very expensive. So keep your costs down by watching what you have monitoring what you have because you gotTa Organiz. Then you don't have to buy stuff that you go back later and go my word. I didn't need a forty eight pack of toilet paper because there's one in the closet. I didn't even know I had so don't do that. I do love me some organization. I truly do. It makes me happy. Gives me a feeling of happiness and contentment? To look in and see that I'm taking care of what I have spent my resources on it gets very godly thing to do in lots of ways because I believe that I am put here on this earth to be a steward of my time and my talents in my treasures and when I am organizing my stuff so that I know what I'm spending my money on what. I'm not spending my money on than I am. Being a good good What's that Word Stewart? There's is good steward of my treasures in. I think the Lord looks down upon and blesses it signed about that. Well then there's my dear my dear sweet Mama who passed away may thirty first as you guys know. She kept a clean house. Mama's house was never dirty but after she got dementia. I went to her office space in her house when de Bunch of junk on her desk. Let's make you filing system said okay. So we made logical bank filing system mortgage filing system Blah Blah Blah. Then I made a file that said things I want to keep and I said so. If it's an oddball something and you're just not sure where to put it. Just put it in the things. I won't keep file will. It was some weeks later. I went back now sitting at the desk. Stay with Mama not open the file drawer and all her files were sitting there. Nice and neat with nothing in them except what I had put in them except for the filed is said things I want to keep and let me tell you why it was packed. Full Mama wise this awful. Why didn't you put it elsewhere? She's because it was things I wanted to keep so I put it in the things I will to keep file. Bless her heart. She thought that was funny and quite make quite Sanson course. Being me little bit obsessive I had to go through sort through all of that. She had a sign in her house. That said I'm well organized as long as nobody asked me where anything is well. We don't WanNa be like that. We WanNa be organized so that we can take the best care possible of ourselves. You got enough stress going on in your world. Make it a little less stressful by Organiz new junk in the easier for your loved one with dementia. This thought for today. I'm not gonNA organize anything tomorrow. I don't think I don't know I might blessings and smiles on your day bye bye. Let's talk dementia would like to thank our sponsors National Association of Veterans and Families? You can reach them at eight hundred three five to to nine one nine on the Internet at. Www dot n. a. v. f. Dot. Org They speak veterans. So you don't have to and you tell them Carol. Saint you when you call to inquire about benefits for the veteran spouse better or both editor bed you can find Miss Beth crosby at editor Beth Dot Com. She is amazing. Looking at what you've written in making sure it represents you will find her at. Www dot editor Beth dot com and HD imports located on Flint Street extension in Rock Hill South Carolina. That's your county eight. Oh three nine eight five zero nine eight five. 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