Here are some of mine
1-Making vegetable, chicken & rice soup with a tomato base, puree and freeze in the 4oz ball jars in the freezer to nuke for 1 min when ready to eat.
2-I like my bullet better then my ninja for pureeing, I have used a submersible blender for small items, like crab cake with a liquid.
3-Using a U shaped hoyer sling when putting mom to bed at night.
A- I prepare the bed with a diaper opened up on the bed
B- I lower mom into the perfect position over it.
C- Lift the head of the bed up after tucking the leg portion of the sling away from moms legs/elbows, then slowly using the lift sliding the back of the sling up and out behind mom. Easier then trying to lean her forward or roll to pull it out.
D- Then I lower the head of the bed, cut off moms depends. Tuck one side of the depends under her.
E- Then do a semi roll to one side, wipe if needed and always apply Destine between her bottom cheeks. Roll back and close the diaper on her.
4-Fold up the bottom half of moms night gown smoothly behind her when putting mom in the bed incase she ever needs changed in bed.
5-I could not find any long sleeve flannel hospital gowns. Cut a slit in the back of a flannel gown and hem a slit just above the waist. A short cut to sewing from scratch. During the fall and winter WalMart makes some really soft nice flannel gowns. I bought a few of these and mom loved them.
6-I use a solid sling for moving mom during the day into her recliner. It is more comfortable then the U sling
7-I always line the slings with a washable bed bad.
8-My mom can still stand & walk the distance from the bed enough that I can place a bedside commode behind her. She is incontinent but I have been luckly. 99% of BMs happen on the commode. Once mom is done, she stands and I remove the commode and place the wheelchair with a sling on it behind her. I then use the hoyer lift to put her in the recliner or bed.
9-I use Medline commode liners I found these to be the most absorbent
10-Keep a large trash can in the garage we place all disposable care items. When full we tie the bag and place in the outside trash can for trash day.
11-I tried the liquid thickeners for drinks, but I like this the best:
Hormel Thick & Easy Instant Food Thickener, Nectar Consistency, 0.16 Ounce (Pack of 100)
It dissolves easy.