By Anna Hazard
One of the best gifts that can be given to a caregiver is the gift of time. As the responsibilities for caring for a loved one is a round-the-clock 24 hour/7 days a week/365 days a year job, any breaks or time away can be considered a mini-vacation of sorts. These small breaks are vital for maintaining a caregiver's own well-being & stress levels as well as helping to prevent burn out or compassion fatigue.
This particular present can take the form of a custom gift card that pledges that the giftee will take over caregiving responsibilities for a set amount of time (a couple hours, a day, a few hours per week) which will allow the normal caregiver time to leave the house. If helping out the caregiver in person is impossible or not recommended (ie due to travel distances, lack of ability to do caregiving tasks) than a gift card or pledge to pay for proffessional in-home or respite care can be given instead.
Most of the supplies required in the below tutorials are comprised of items found around the house (toilet paper rolls, cardboard, jars, light bulbs, socks) or easily appropriated from a nearby craft or grocery store (ie cinnamon sticks, paint, sea shells, colorful ribbons). Crafts can require differing levels of finger dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination, but most are generally appropriate even for those with a bit of hand strength issues.
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The focus on these brain apps still remains on improving memory, problem solving skills, processing speed, increasing overall I.Q., and enhancing other cognitive skills by having players run through puzzles & other games for a few minutes each day.
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