#ElderCareChat 9/21/11 Recap: Best Caregiving Tips

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 23 September 2011

This Wednesday, 62 diverse and dynamic eldercare tweeps shared their best and favorite caregiving tips.

Moderated by Denise Brown (@caregiving), the chat produced a total of 667 tweets, with each participant contributing about 11 tweets (thanks to analytics from The Fox Group).

A snapshot of some participants

Kicking off the discussion was a query for best tips on staying organized, as caregivers are juggling countless responsibilities, paperwork, appointments, schedules, and more. Among the recommendations:

  • @jocelyn528: Google is free and has lots of help. Calendar, groups, documents…all can be shared.
  • @caregiving: Create a caregiving manual of what you do, when you do it & how you do it.
  • @CaringPeopleInc: Find your rhythm. Every family will have their own. Keep a calendar, but be prepared to adapt to daily changes.


While many attendees encouraged tips around the creation of a caregiving team, and reaching out for help to prevent burnout and ensure the best care possible, the fourth question was an important reality check: Q4. What’s your best caregiving tip for: Dealing with family members who don’t help? Responses on facing this delicate subject head-on included the following:

  • @GlennerCenters: Assign family members roles in which they are strong (e.g. financial, research)
  • @SeniorCounselor: Be specific about help you need. At some point, it may be appropriate to cut your losses as it can be a drain on you. Not everyone will be able to step up.
  • @SynergyHomeCare: Sad situation. Keep your focus on the positive: the people who DO help you.


The conversation took a lighter turn when Denise asked for best tips on getting through a bad day:

  • @SageMinder: Besides a whole bag of chips???? (This may have been my favorite answer so far!)
  • @JordanEM: 5 minute break, short walk, play a favorite song, listen to jokes, scream in a pillow, play it out on the drum (or pots & pans).
  • @CaringWise: How to cope with a bad day? Friends, laughter, breathing, ice cream…whatever is handy.


We understand that caregivers and elder care professionals are busy people, so we’re happy to provide a transcript of each session (again, kudos to the team at The Fox Group for this service): click here to read/pass along the full-hour’s discussion with any who may benefit from the resources and advice shared.

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm ET. Invite friends, family members, and colleagues to participate in this enjoyable and informative hour of collective elder care learning and sharing.


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