Be safe and be prepared this year by contacting your utility provider if your life is dependent on a medical device. Electric companies do their best to restore power to those who depend on electricity to power necessary medical equipment (such as oxygen generators), but they need to know about your necessity! Be sure to get registered on your utilities’ “Primary Service” list, so your power will be restored as soon as possible. For more information on how to prepare for a power outage if your loved one is dependent on electric powered medical equipment, click here.
Save time and stress fighting the crowds this holiday season with groceries delivered right to your door! Instacart, an on-line shopping and delivery service, allows you to make a shopping list at multiple stores at once – including King Soopers, Costco, Whole Foods, and Petco, as well as choose a delivery time! For more information on grocery delivery, visit instacart.com.
As we enter into winter, it’s time to start preparing ourselves for the snow and ice. One thing to consider is how you are planning on receiving your prescription medications. Whether you are driving to the pharmacy or walking to your mailbox, it can be dangerous and increase your risk for a fall. One idea is to have your medications delivered to your front door! Two companies that we know provide this service are Good Day Pharmacy and Four Square Pharmacy. Not only do these companies offer medication delivery, but they also provide a blister packaging service for your medications. These packs of medication are tailored to your individual needs and are separated into the time of day that you need to be taking them. While you are looking at your winter preparations, remember to include medication management in your plan.
Good Day Pharmacy (970-224-1212)
Four Square Pharmacy (970-223-1930)
Decluttering can be very helpful to reduce your stress. One idea is to donate your extra medical supplies and equipment you no longer need to GoodHealthWill. GoodHealthWill is a nonprofit organization that operates like a thrift store, but for medical supplies and equipment! You can purchase used supplies and equipment that you need, at a reduced cost. In addition, if you are not currently in need of anything, but have extra healthcare items lying around, you can donate it and give back to your community! They have locations in both Loveland and Greeley.
Taking a break or “respite” from your caregiving role will help you and the person you are caring for. Taking time off can actually reduce your stress and lower your risk for caregiver burnout. To help you get that much-needed break, the Larimer County Office on Aging has funds available for you through a Respite Grant. These funds can help you pay for in-home care to give you the time you need to take care of you. Click here to view and print out an application for the funds to help you have some R & R!!