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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.

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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Great ideas
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Those are fantastic hints, thanks for posting. I particularly appreciate #10.

At Spouse's stage of the game, if food is plated separately into meat and veg piles, he'll concentrate on the softest texture and leave the other pile alone. If I cut up meat small and blend it into the veggies, it's more likely to increase actual volume eaten. He drifts in concentration so if I mention "how does it taste" a few times, that redirects him onto eating rather than TV or the sudoku.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Very interesting. I find mom does better with smooth texture also.
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Thank you!
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So many great tips you have! Before my dad passed he was on pureed foods too. I found some veggie baby foods that my dad enjoyed. He also loved the Bob Evans mashed potatoes. The sitter made him smoothies every night and snuck in yogurt, spinach and other nutrients. We also had to use liquid thickeners.

As for toileting he was unable to get out of bed. A washable sturdy bed pad was placed on sheet with two disposable pads on top. The washable pad was also used to move him up in the bed. He had a foley so part of the cleanup was easier. For baths and changes we used adult bath wipes and of course desitin on the bed sores. Got several dish pans from dollar store for bathing.

We got a TV for his room with a DVD player and a multitude of his Mash and old westerns he loved. It brought him many hours of pleasure.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Thank you for the suggestions
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Meal prep
I cook grass fed ground beef, add onion, garlic, spinach and maybe another green veg, tomato, mushrooms, sometimes black beans, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and add cooked pasta or can do rice. Place in meal size containers and helpers for Dad only have to heat up one item. Can make with chicken too. I call an all inclusive meal.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
I may have to try this
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ROUTINE is the key. Do the same thing, everyday, same time, same place and be sure you have a bowel scheduled. Do not deviate from the routine unless they are actively dying. Bathing is also scheduled.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Very true, Thank you
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Kaley, thank you for all the information. It was very thoughtful.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Thank you
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Great tips!!!    Can I ask how you learned to use a Hoyer lift, my mom does not need one yet, but I would like to be prepared
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kbuser Jul 3, 2020
I'd love to know how to use one as well. My mom needs one, since she is non-weight bearing, but right now it's easier to just transfer her myself without equipment. They are quite large, if I had one I think I would need to switch mom to a bedside commode instead of going to the bathroom.
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Good tips! After spending lots of money on those Medline commode liner bags, I got a tip from an employee at the medical supply store --

Get thick plastic trash bags in the right size for the bedside commode. Then buy a pack of "puppy pads" -- they are larger than needed, but can be folded to fit and are cheaper.
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KaleyBug Jul 6, 2020
Interesting, Thank you. I used kitty litter in the beginning.
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