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Welcome to Shop Sage Products online story-telling corner. We've invited caregivers to tell us their caregiving stories. What better way to learn about caring for our loved ones if not from those who have done it before you, or are doing it with you? If you'd care to submit your own caregiving story, use our form to answer "How or Why Did You Become a Caregiver?".

 
 
 

Bedside hair washing made simple

by | Wednesday, September 02, 2015 |
9 simple steps

It’s easy to take small things for granted—like the fresh, clean feeling after washing your hair. However, when you are taking care of someone that is bedridden who needs their hair washed, it can seem like a daunting task. Let’s say your aging mother is confined to the bed and it’s now up to you to figure out the best way to regularly shampoo her hair. Start by gathering the necessary items—shampoo, several towels (5-6), wash cloth, trash bag, bucket or milk jug with warm water, plastic cup, and hair dryer.

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Caregiving that comes straight from the heart

by | Wednesday, September 02, 2015 |
Jeanette and Joseph’s Story

So many people say they want what Joseph and I already have—to grow old with each other—as if it’s their mission in life. We have 58 years of marriage behind us—so I think it’s safe to say we’ve accomplished the mission so many people dream about. Many years ago, Joseph and I met in front of a candy store. Joseph had just returned from the military. Before I knew it—I was walking down the aisle in a wedding gown and we were exchanging wedding vows. We wasted no time starting a family. With two sons and a daughter, we had lots to be grateful for. Joseph worked as an engineer who designed large air conditioning systems for casinos. Now, at age 79, he’s still a smart and handsome man.

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Getting dressed made simple—in six easy steps

by | Monday, August 10, 2015 |

Maybe you’re new to helping someone else get dressed. While a loved one may prefer lounging around in a nightgown or pajama pants until noon, starting the day by getting dressed creates an important routine. Keep a few things in mind when dressing a loved one. For starters, it helps to remember their dignity. Some people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when getting undressed. For safety purposes, be careful with your loved one’s weak limbs and soar joints.

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The unstoppable Joyce—nothing gets in her way

by | Monday, August 10, 2015 |
Joyce’s Story

I use a motorized wheelchair to get around the house and run errands. I have no feeling from my waist down. But believe me, my physical limitations don’t stop me from living a full life. The way I see it—I do everything I can while I can—no excuses. That’s always been my attitude in life. Each morning I let my dogs outside—Rocky and Sissy. Then I make a cup a coffee—add some cream and sugar—then I start my day.

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