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A few months ago my dad had throat surgery and was unable to swallow or eat afterward so they put a feeding tube in his stomach before the hospital would allow him to go home. He’s much more comfortable healing at home but it’s been a very slow process and he’s needed quite a bit of assistance and care from the family. There is a home health care service that sends a nurse to the house a couple times a week to check his progress, but my mother takes care of all his daily needs and I enjoy being able to assist her or relieve her whenever possible.
When the home health care nurses come to the house they expect us to have our own supplies on hand for them to use and it’s amazing how many different types of bandages, tape, syringes, creams and medications are required for dad’s care.
When dad first got home from the hospital all of his healthcare items were stored in cardboard boxes in the bedroom and it seemed like there were new things being added to the boxes all the time, making everything just that much harder to find. I bought several of these portable organizer drawers and put just a few of each type of item in them so they could be conveniently stored on dad’s bedside table for easy access. All of the excess items remain in a cardboard box in the closet and we replenish these supplies as needed.
Dad’s favorite thing is this clear tackle box that I found in the craft section because it’s the perfect size to hold the supplies we use most often, like the syringes used to feed him through his tube, and it can be easily moved from room to room so he doesn’t always have to get his wound care or feeding done in the bedroom. Being able to move throughout the house and yard freely has been instrumental in his improvement. Especially being able to hang out in the kitchen! He’s practicing eating and swallowing different things and once he’s able to maintain his weight strictly through what he can swallow then he can look forward to getting the feeding tube taken out.
Not being able to maintain a steady diet seems to have exacerbated dad’s incontinence issues so we’re also making sure to keep these Depend® Fit-Flex® Underwear easily accessible for him. I bought this 6 quart single drawer, the size of a shoe box, and it’s perfect for storing a couple handfuls of them within reach on the back of the toilet. This box of 80 pair from Sam’s Club is handy because we go through them quickly and it has easy to carry handles. If you scan the new packaging on Poise and Depend products at Sam’s Club you’ll be taken to the Sam’s Club Family Caregiving website where you’ll find lots of neat resources. If you download the Digimarc Discovery app, you can scan anywhere on the packaging, and it will drive you to the Sam’s club Caregiver website, plus when you open your depend packaging it will have a sticker inside, that you can use to redeem at pharmacy for an awesome caregiver sample kit!
I absolutely love being a member of Sam’s Club and have been for years because I can great deals like this club pack of Depend or Poise® Pads and Liners, but also because it’s a one stop shop for all our caregiving needs including free health screenings, prescription refills, vitamins and other health-related products.