One of my grandma’s most recent falls that forced me to leave work in the middle of the day involved her trying to
Each month, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MO DHSS) recognizes a family caregiver who is dedicated to caring for a family member or friend that needs support.
Last week, I received a call from the MO DHSS informing me that I had been nominated for Caregiver of the month. My grandma’s day lady, Karen, very sneakily nominated me. I knew something was up when she asked me to sign a photo release form!
While I was agonizing about what I would say in an interview about my caregiving experience, I realized that this was a chance to do more than just bring attention to my story. It was an opportunity to help other family caregivers realize their own important roles in their carees’ lives and that there is resources and support out there, no matter what your situation. I am truly honored and appreciate the opportunity to bring awareness to family caregiving.
You can check it out and read my story at http://health.mo.gov/seniors/caregiver.php
I hope you will consider nominating a Missourian you know who goes above and beyond each day for the ones they love!
Installing the Nest Learning Thermostat
9 times out of 10 when my grandma was having trouble with the AC/furnace, it was because she didn't have the thermostat set right. She was constantly testing my patience over the thermostat. Not to mention several falls were caused by sleepy trips to the thermostat in the middle of the night.
I successfully installed the Nest thermostat for my grandma all by myself. Her heater refused to come on after a spell of warm weather. Thinking that the thermostat might be the problem, I seized the opportunity to install the new one. It literally took me less than 30 minutes. Even the technician from Stuck's Heating and Cooling who visited to fix the furnace after I installed it said I did a good job. (The problem with the furnace was a thermocouple/sensor issue, thank you very much :D)
When I called her to wake her up in the morning a couple days after we installed it, she said she couldn't get it warm in there. I pulled it up on my phone and she had the AC turned on. I was able to turn the heat on so it could warm back up. It was at that moment I knew that it was worth every penny.
Benefits besides peace of mind and cool features I've noticed since installing the thermostat: