My grandma’s definite chief aim is to stay at home. After several falls upon returning from the skilled nursing facility, I realized that
Welcome to takingcareofgrandma.com.
I’ve been supporting my grandma to age in place for about two years now. It has been quite the journey. Since that time, I’ve learned more than I ever want to know about what it’s like to grow old in today’s world.
I am not alone. It is estimated that there are 40 million family caregivers like myself in the United States, caregivers who provide 37 billion hours of care to an adult with limitations in daily activities, many of whom are providing care at no cost to anyone (but perhaps themselves) in the amount of $470 billion.1
As we face a demographic crisis where many seniors in the United States are retiring out of the work force (many of whom are employed caring for those who currently need assistance), a service system that is incapable of providing services to all who need them due to limited funding, and growing healthcare costs which create a burden for those seeking long term care, increasing numbers of today’s generation of grandkids just like myself are going to be forced to assume the role of family caregiver to someone they love.
Like the millions of other people providing care to their loved ones, there have been times where I have felt completely alone and overwhelmed with nowhere to turn, not even knowing the questions to ask to point us in the right direction. I started this blog with people like me in mind.
I will be sharing my own personal experiences, including what I wish I’d known and lessons I’ve learned about life and people, as well as practical advice and tips for making caregiving easier.
My goals at takingcareofgrandma.com are to:
Who is this blog for?
I hope you enjoy this ride with me as I fumble my way around helping my grandma enjoy her golden years, and you will share your own experiences and advice so that we can support each other to do what’s best for everyone!
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: