GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Scott Silknitter from R.O.S. Therapy Systems spoke with the Good Morning Show team about how planning ahead and preparation can be a significant benefit to a caregiver and their loved ones.
One example, is the prep work it takes to have someone come home from a hip replacement surgery:
  • Prepare meals before you go that can be heated quickly once you are home
  • Safety proof your home so your loved one can reach things  
  • Get tools and supplies like raised toilet seats for independence 

Silknitter also discussed how to get yourself comfortable with the fundamentals of caregiving. He said the key things to remember are:
  • Don't get overwhelmed by all of the information available
  • Start with the basics
If you start with and master the basics (know your loved one, simple communication techniques, build routines and safety proof your home) your lives can be dramatically different for several reasons:
  • When you are emotionally comprised, angry or exhausted, you can fall back on the basics
  • With progressive diseases such as Alzheimers you never know what kind of day it is going to be until it starts -- you have to be able to adjust and you can do that when you have a solid foundation 
Silknitter is hosting a caregiving discussion on May 10 at 10:30 a.m. with Congressman Mark Walker. You can watch the livestream here.