Holiday Gatherings – Successful Visits when Alzheimer’s Joins the Family

Often we need a few strategies to make the most of family visits and holiday reunions.

These strategies will vary with the stage of the disease, early or more advanced.

Because Alzheimer’s disease affects so many older adults, this disease may be joining your family too, if it hasn’t already.

There are few families unaffected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Helping Family Members Cope

Learning all you can about the disease, its progression, what to expect at each stage along the journey and how to handle the duties of caregiving will help you but also help you make other family members understand the challenges of providing care.

During the holidays it is a good time to increase awareness of long distance family members and siblings who haven’t had to deal with the day to day tasks and even the many changes in your senior loved one.

Children and teens in the family should be informed about what to expect when they visit and how to handle situations that might arise. Children are usually empathetic and nurturing to seniors but if they can be prepared for their visit, they will be able to react more appropriately.

Have activities planned that children and teens can do to engage with the loved one with dementia. No one wants the kids to feel embarrassed to be with these older adults or afraid that they may have ‘made them worse’.

Tips for Visiting Persons with Dementia

Because family members want to visit as often as possible but may not have been able to for some time, they may be surprised at how quickly a person with dementia can change. Your senior loved one may not be the same as they were upon their last visit.

Helping each visiting family member and friend understand the changes and what to expect will help their visit be more enjoyable for everyone.

There are things that the primary family caregiver can do to help facilitate visits and holiday events when there is a person with dementia included in the fun.

Here are some suggestions for how to prepare not only the family but the situation to safeguard your senior loved one and help make the holidays a pleasant memory.

  1. Limit crowds – try to keep large gatherings to a minimum. Instead, opt for small group visits with 2-5 people only. Large crowds that are noisy can be overwhelming for a person with dementia. It is too hard to keep up with the questions, conversation and movement of a large group.
  2. Schedule rest breaks – be sure your senior loved one has a chance and a soothing place to take a break from the festivities. This might mean scheduling a nap and even asking guests to leave for nap time. Getting overtired and overstimulated can be a recipe for disaster, aggressive behavior and confusion for seniors with dementia.
  3. Keep the daily schedule close to everyday routine – whenever possible maintain your senior loved one’s schedule as near normal as usual. They should get up, eat meals, take baths and go to bed around the same time as usual. Disturbances in their normal pattern can also lead to behavior issues.
  4. Let people come to them, not forcing travel – for those with advanced dementia, their familiar environment is a better place to meet and greet family and friends. Invite a few over at a time and include a few for meals. Driving around to strange locations and not being able to wander around their own living environment can create confusion. Having a place to escape during a stimulating situation like holiday parties will help your senior with dementia.
  5. Let everyone know recent changes and what might be expected – behavior, memory, might not recognize them, repetitive questions, aggression, swearing, or sundowning. Explain about conversing with your senior loved one, avoid conflict and confrontation. Tell them to enter their reality and don’t correct their story telling, join in with them instead. Some people may not be happy that their senior loved one can’t remember them and would be better off being prepared.
  6. Observe for signs of overstimulation – when the crowd and the conversation gets too hard to handle for your senior loved one, it’s probably time for an exit strategy.
  7. Involve the loved one with dementia in activity – have enough to do to keep them occupied, be sure the activities are appropriate for their abilities to avoid frustration.
  8. Reminisce and recreate pleasant memories of holidays from the past – serve familiar foods, play music they enjoy, bring out decorations from their past, show family photos or play family friendly games to strike memories and allow for reminiscing.
  9. Tell family which gifts are appropriate and desired – in addition, don’t hesitate to ask for items that will help you as a caregiver throughout the upcoming year.
  10. Ask for respite during the holidays so caregivers can rest or do things during the holiday season that they enjoy away from the loved one with dementia; for example, can someone sit with your senior while you take a needed break, clean gutters, hang outside decorations, rake leaves, or clean windows at some point during their visit because you simply can’t do those type of jobs while caregiving. Maybe they can hire a weekly housekeeper so that you can spend time caring for yourself or just being with your senior loved one without worry about laundry or vacuuming.
  11. Include their favorite holiday music in the events, don’t just play today’s hits. Do members of the family play musical instruments? Did your senior play an instrument that you can offer for fun?
  12. Prepare for any traveling that you and the person with dementia will do during the season – if you have to travel or wish to, plan ahead for obstacles and prepare the way ahead to make the trip as easy as it can be for everyone who goes including the person with dementia.

Make Holidays Special for All

Most families are happy to learn about and do whatever they can to make the holidays special for their senior loved ones, especially family caregivers.

So many sandwich generation adults are spending time, not just during the holidays but all through the year, caring for their senior loved ones who need them to take on the role of caregiver.

Instead of spending time with friends, children and grandchildren, or traveling, they are caring for someone with dementia. Naturally they are happy to do it because their family members have given so much to them over the years and now they can give back.

However, it takes a little know how to achieve a reduced stress holiday that is enjoyable for everyone in the family when Alzheimer’s and dementia join the family dynamic.


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November is National Care Giver Month

  1. Family caregivers are very important to the lives of many of our senior loved ones or likely will be at some time.

    Family caregivers provide a service that’s hard to match when they aren’t there to do it all!

    Unfortunately, there may come a time when they just don’t feel that they can continue giving it their all. What will we do then?

    We all need to lift some of the ‘caregiving obligation’ (certainly not burden as they don’t feel it is a burden but more a responsibility born of love) from their shoulders.

    We need to help them seize the day and do something for themselves once in a while.

    1.  Get respite! Don’t be one of the few who actually accept respite. It is available but for you to get it, you may need to seek it out. Perhaps it is a family friend who can sit with your senior loved one in the afternoon or overnight so that you can have a break. Maybe it is an organization who can provide a sitter or substitute caregiver for a period of time so that you can get relief.

  2. Take a vacation – a day, weekend or week or maybe longer! Pay for in-home care, arrange with a respite organization that provides this service, or send your senior loved one away to family or a care home for the time you will be away. You won’t do it often but deserve it, so don’t feel guilty about it. Your senior loved one’s safety is your top concern but your well-being should be important to you as well! Some families ‘share’ the senior loved one every three months or so relieving the other family member for a while so that each able person in the family becomes the primary caregiver at some point during the year. What a great way for families to pitch in not to mention enjoy their senior loved one!
  3. Take a walk, take a bubble bath, listen to your favorite music (not just theirs) or reach out to friends on the phone.
  4. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself with an hour nap or participating in a personal hobby during the day.
  5. If you feel like the multitude of other family caregivers who have difficulty managing the stress associated with caregiving or feel sad or depressed, seek professional help to care for yourself and learn coping strategies.
  6. Cook a meal that you want to eat, not just what you think everyone else wants.
  7. Get a good night’s sleep by having someone else listen for your senior loved one or attend to their overnight needs once a week.
  8. Stop and smell the roses, listen to the birds sing outside, or smell the fresh air! It only takes a moment to remember what you are there for and why you are a family caregiver!12193740_978884885502022_1286582822711477986_n Contact Raleigh Geriatric Care Management, 919-803-8025 for a FREE 15 minutes telephonic consultation.

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Nip Depression In The Bud: Warning Signs to Look For

By Mary Damiano

depressionWhile caregivers are defined as the people taking care of those needing help, they sometimes overlook the fact that caregiving responsibilities can take a toll on their own health.

In addition to physical ailments, caregivers are at risk for depression. Depression can strike anyone, at any age. Caregivers need to be especially aware of depression because of the great load they carry. Many caregivers work at a full-time job and take care of a family in addition to their caregiving responsibilities. They often sacrifice their own health, well-being and social life in order to do everything that needs to be done.

One common denominator among caregivers is the desire and the belief that they must do everything themselves. Often, caregivers do not ask for help, opting instead to inadvertently play the part of the martyr. This leads the caregiver to become overwhelmed and an overwhelmed person is fertile ground for depression to dig in and take root.

The great strain caregivers face on a daily basis can lead to depression. One way to stop depression before it strikes is to be aware of the warning signs. According to the Administration on Aging, here are some red flags that depression might be creeping in:

  • Sad, discouraged mood

  • Persistent pessimism about the present, future and the past

  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies, social life and sex

  • Difficulty in making decisions

  • Lack of energy and feeling slowed down

  • Restlessness and irritability

  • Loss of appetite and loss of weight

  • Disturbed sleep, especially early morning waking

  • Depressive, gloomy or desolate dreams

  • Suicidal thoughts

If you feel yourself exhibiting these behaviors, do not discount them. They should be taken as seriously as you might treat a fever that won’t go away or a persistent cough.

Below are some expert tips on what caregivers in particular can do to stop depression before it gets out of control:

Talk regularly with family, friends, or mental health professionals— it is very important that you do not isolate yourself. Join a local support group, or find one online. Share your feelings so they don’t build up and escalate into problems.

Set limits— this can be hard for caregivers, because they are used to taking on everything that needs to be done. It’s okay to say no to taking on more than you can handle.

Eat nutritiously, exercise regularly and get enough sleep— this can be difficult because of the irregular schedules caregivers must keep. But think of it this way: your body and mind are machines, and they must be properly maintained in order to function at their best. Nutritious food, exercise and sleep are the things that fuel these machines. Just as you would not let your car run out of gas, don’t let your body run out of its fuel.

Let go of unrealistic expectations— caregivers often have unrealistic expectations of themselves, and therefore push themselves to meet these goals. Accept the fact that you can’t do everything. Ask for and accept help, from friends, family and local agencies. Whatever you do, don’t be a martyr.

Keep a sense of humor— we all know that laughter is the best medicine, so go ahead and take a few spoonfuls daily. Relax with a funny movie or TV show. Put on a comedy tape to listen to while you do your chores. Find the humor in everyday things.

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Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors

By Lynn Howe

_1571741_origYour confined-to-home (or assisted living or nursing home) parent, just wants to have fun! You are focused on their safety, finances, medical treatment, medications, privacy, nutrition and therapy. You busy yourself with monitoring their progress (or decline) and doing everything in your power to keep them comfortable. You worry about their reduced energy level, increasing fatigue, physical weakness and variable mental status. But do you know how important it is for them to just have fun? To laugh deeply, live in the moment, to briefly not be just old and frail, to forget pain?

OK, so what can you do? I know that you are thinking, well, they can’t do that much, but you might be surprised at all the options. Too often thoughtful families accommodate so much to their senior’s weakening state that they overlook how much they can do and enjoy! While it’s good to try to bring the world to them with visits, letters, phone calls and email, it’s also important and possible to keep bringing them out in the world. Of course, it may involve more work for you — transporting walker or wheelchair, assisting in/out of cars and doors, walking slowly, negotiating steps carefully, finding bathrooms, keeping him/her dry, warm (or cool) — so be prepared for a different pace and smaller goals. And some cajoling might be needed to just get going.

Mini-field trips

Seniors look forward to having a day out, but as they age, they don’t have the stamina or mobility for trips to fascinating museums, over-stimulating casinos, monster malls, giant sports stadiums, wooded parks, loud modern restaurants, etc. But they may be able to go out for an hour or two. My mom adored a simple trip to the supermarket — colorful flowers, fanciful balloons, acres of fresh, bright produce, bakery smells, energetic families with huge carts. She pushed her walker along, senses on overload, straying down enticing aisles. We didn’t buy a thing. But it was an hour that she talked about for days – a new topic of discussion with her nursing home buddies.
Another day we drove one short mile to a local antique shop. “I had those gold Fostoria glasses,” she pointed out. “Your dad and I would stop at the Fostoria factory store on trips to see my brother in Washington, DC.” Talk about the glassware led to reminiscing about her deceased brother, until she0interrupted herself; “Look at the quilts – just like Grandmother’s.” And so on, pushing her walker forward toward the next memory. After about an hour, she had had enough and home we went.

The first trip to a small local department store just before Christmas involved a little arm twisting. But once there, lights, perfume, soft velvety fashions and just ahead a decorated Christmas tree, worked their magic. She wheeled ahead, touching, smelling, exclaiming. Onward through silky lingerie, cute children’s clothes and glittering jewelry. At about the hour mark, like Cinderella, she was done. She relived it all week.

Recently she and I went to a small jewelry store 10 minutes from her home – she had favorite rings that needed resizing. Instead of just taking them for her, I invited her to come along. For the first time in a long time she became the customer, the center of attention. Soon she asked for a chair, her shopping done. But for her it was a big accomplishment, an errand, like in the old days she so misses.

My father-in-law loved an afternoon drive looking at properties we were considering purchasing. He was curious about these houses we described, their yards, their roofs, the neighborhoods. Since we didn’t even bring his wheelchair or get out of the car, it was like a guided tour. “I’ve been in that house” he’d say. “This was always a good neighborhood” he’d remember. “Let’s see what they are building on that hill.” Other mini trips for him were to the cemetery where his wife was buried, their first house in that area and a volunteer organization they founded. He remembered being a neighbor, a businessman, a father and a contributer to the community.
Other ideas might be a quilt shop for a former quilter, a hardware store for the ardent handyman, the library, bakery, family style restaurant, plant store or flower shop.

Fun at home

You don’t have to go out to have fun of course. Opportunities are right there in their home (or facility) to have fun and fight boredom.

  • Stage a sing-along to his/her favorite music. Play the music loud and clear.

  • Get all dressed up and take some photo portraits – use them for family gifts.

  • Rent/borrow movies for slow afternoons – old ones, funny ones, scary ones.

  • Have a deck of cards on hand and play the old familiar games – gin rummy, hearts, war.

  • Scrabble is great fun with grandkids.

  • Keep a puzzle going if you have a spare tabletop – people coming in always get engaged and stay to talk

  • Get out of the room – visit other residents, attend sing-alongs, presentations, craft sessions, chair exercises lunch groups.

  • Pull out a family album – get them to identify the older ones you may have forgotten and take notes or audiotape the stories you hear. Family photos trigger floods of memories.

  • Pick a theme for the week or month. Decorate his/her room and door. It will bring people in to check it out and or conversation.

  • Rearrange furniture and pictures – just for stimulation.

  • Order in or pick up some favorite foods that aren’t on the regular menu – hot dogs for my mom, milkshakes for my husband’s dad.

  • Manicures and pedicures are a special treat too. Have candy for drop-in guests and gifts for visitors – order online; think about birthday and holiday gifts and ‘shop’ on line.

  • Make up a Christmas, holiday or birthday wish list from the web – send it to family members. So think about what your loved one has always enjoyed, listen to what they talk about, look around your neighborhood and give it a try!

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Choosing the right home care agency for your loved one

by Richard Bitner

home careInvestigating in-home care agencies can be nerve racking. You want the best possible care for your loved one, but how do you know if the agency you choose is best? What should you be looking for in a senior home care agency? If you are concerned about making the right decision, here are some important things to consider when hiring an in-home care agency:

Caregiver Assignments. Some senior home care agencies assign caregivers without input from the client or their family. The caregiver working with your loved one has an extremely important job. Shouldn’t you have input into who is visiting your loved one’s home?

Caregivers In Training. The in-home care agency you choose should staff only experienced caregivers. Don’t trust the health and safety of your loved one to someone who is learning on the job.

You’re Hired! Has your caregiver been fully vetted? Did the in-home care agency conduct multiple interviews? Check professional references from other agencies, health care providers or previous clients? Were background checks conducted? If the in-home care agency you choose hasn’t made the effort to ensure they have the highest quality caregivers on staff, will they pay close attention to your loved one’s needs?

Neglects Safety. The senior home care agency you choose should be bonded, licensed and insured for your safety and the safety of your loved one.

No Caregiver Monitoring. The best senior home care agencies continuously monitor their caregivers. Many agencies perform surprise drop in visits and call clients regularly to ensure their caregivers are providing a superior level of care.

No Flexibility. Nothing about providing in-home care services is rigid. Your senior home care agency should be able to adjust the caregiver’s schedule or modify services with minimal notice. Your caregiver should be available when you need them, not just when it’s convenient for the caregiver.

Limited Services. The fluid nature of in-home care services makes it essential the agency you choose offers a wide range of services. For example, your loved one might not need overnight care today, but in the future it may be necessary. “If your agency doesn’t offer a full range of services, you may be forced to change in-home care providers with little notice. This can be stressful for both you and your loved one,” explains Larry Meigs, President and CEO of Visiting Angels.

Choosing an in-home care agency is no small task. The health and safety of your loved one is your primary concern and the agency you choose should be focused on the same concerns. Take the time to ask questions and get a complete picture of the in-home care agency’s procedures when interviewing senior home care providers. You won’t regret spending a bit more time getting to know the senior home care provider you choose and you may be able to avoid unexpected surprises down the line.

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A Caregiver’s Best Friend


by, Dave Singleton

Caregivers are going to the dogs. And cats. Even a few birds. Maybe a rabbit. Everyday is a good time to celebrate the positive impact our four-legged friends – and even finned and feathered friends – have on millions of caregivers.
If ever there’s a group of people in need of those benefits, those who help the aged and infirm are it. Caregiving is one of the noblest – and loneliest – jobs. Your days are devoted to taking care of someone, but just who exactly is taking care of you? My own experience has taught me how easy it is to focus solely on the caree and neglect yourself.
Whether it’s a happy dog greeting you at the end of a long day of tending to a parent, a warm cat perched in your lap while you take a few minutes to relax, or a beautifully lit aquarium full of fish taking you away for a few minutes, pets give caregivers a much-needed boost.

Benefits of Pet Ownership for Caregivers

The benefits of having a pet aren’t just a hunch. During the last decade, many studies have focused on how pet ownership improves human cardiovascular health, reduces stress, decreases loneliness and depression, and facilitates social interactions.

As Dr. Edward Creagan of the Mayo Clinic Medical School shared with Everyday Health, “If pet ownership was a medication, it would be patented tomorrow.” Creagan cited a study of patients who survived longer after heart attacks if they had pets.

A recent University of Buffalo Study found that a pet dog or cat controls blood pressure better than an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor used to treat hypertension. And in other research, Alzheimer’s patients still living at home with pets had fewer mood disorders and fewer episodes of aggression and anxiety than did non-pet owners – which is important to note for those caring for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

In addition to the clear physiological benefits, having a pet helps caregivers:

Stay on track. You may spend much of your time taking care of someone else’s world. But having a pet offers a way to stay connected to your world, and that can translate to a renewed sense of purpose and focus. “Having a pet keeps you on a schedule when you may have lost a sense of a regular schedule,” says Susan Kurowski, Executive Director of Pets for the Elderly, an organization that’s placed more than 64,000 animals with people 60 and over. “For example, people take better care of themselves when (a pet) is counting on them – they exercise, they eat right.”

Increase social interaction. Caregivers sometimes miss out on seeing friends regularly and attending social gatherings they might have frequented “B.C.” (Before Caregiving). Pets not only offer companionship directly to their owners, but also may lead to more social interaction with neighbors and acquaintances. If you’re tired and feel withdrawn and not talkative, sometimes a pet can bridge that gap and draw you out. In some cases, they might even get you a date. “A lonely widower walked into the shelter and bonded with a fluffy little poodle,” says Kurowski. “He grinned at staff as he walked out and said, ‘I’m going to be a real chick magnet now.’”

Come as you are. A warm, constant companion can be life-changing. Animals accept their owners “as is”– it doesn’t matter if you’re emotionally drained after dealing with caregiving challenges, sad, or angry. A pet is there for you regardless, and many people report how their pets – especially cats and dogs – have a sixth sense about when their owners are in pain. During lonely periods especially, a pet’s unconditional and nurturing love can be a lifesaver.

What Kind of Pet Suits a Caregiver Best? Caregiving can take up so much time that many wonder if they can manage a pet. It’s a fair question – one that caregivers should consider carefully before committing to a new companion. Since dogs require a lot of care, the good news is, your pet doesn’t have to be a pooch for you to reap the benefits of pet ownership. Cats, rabbits, birds, fish – all can bring similar therapeutic benefits and combat feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression, with considerably less care.

Which type of pet is right for you? Consider the pros and cons:


Pros: They wag their tails every time you’re near, you can pet and hug them, and they boost your activity levels. After a long day helping a loved one, your energy may be renewed when you walk in the door, only to be met by a wagging tale and eager eyes. If your exercise routine has evaporated in the wake of your caregiving schedule, walking a dog for even a few minutes a day can provide cardiovascular benefits as well as foster social interaction.

Cons: They require a lot of maintenance. If your caregiving work load is extensive, a dog might actually add to the stress, rather than ease it, when it gets older or sick. Caregivers may find it difficult to balance the needs of the caree with the care of an aging and infirm dog.


Pros: For a busy caregiver, cats won’t tie you down. “Dogs require more care, but they get the older people out and circulating,” says Kurowski. “Cats require less care, but have an ability to sit in a lap and provide physical contact.” Cats provide stress reduction, too – cat owners have lower risk of heart attack than non-cat owners, according to University of Minnesota research. And cats are also able to entertain themselves during times when you need stillness and space.

Cons: They likely won’t help with your exercise needs, since they require no walking. And as a species, they tend to act on their own timelines, not yours, so you may not get your needs for immediate affection met. One friend of mine described her grandmother’s cat as “friendly sometimes, but definitely not on call.” So if you’re the kind of caregiver who wants a pet to “lean in” for petting and snuggle time rather than keep its distance, a cat may not be ideal.


Pros: Every caregiver needs their down time. Whether it’s watching mindless television or staring into space or disappearing into a magazine, you need an activity that will help you decompress and regroup. Watching fish colorfully and gracefully glide around a bowl or aquarium can reduce stress. “There is something to fish in an aquarium being soothing,” says Kurowski. “So much of what’s on TV is jarring.” And other than feeding and cleaning their bowl or aquarium, they’re very low-maintenance.

Cons: Unfortunately, you can’t pet a fish or hold it close when you need comfort. And their life spans can be shorter than other pets.


Pros: If they’re small enough to manage in a cage, birds provide companionship and a bit of chatter if you want a chirpy companion to take your mind off of your challenges. Bird noises can be especially important for caregivers who spend so much time cloistered inside, since they provide a sense of being outdoors. Many birds can be trained to sit on an owner’s hand or finger, and provide the comfort of touch. In one study, older adults experienced a reduction in depression and improvement in quality of life when caring for a canary for a period of three?months.

Cons: Chances are you won’t spend a lot of time cuddled up with your bird on the sofa, like you might with a dog or cat. Not all birds talk, and they can be messy.

Whatever type of pet you choose to bring you companionship and comfort – whether four-legged, finned and fine-feathered – the pros will almost definitely outweigh the cons.

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Senior Medication Safety

by Kathy Birkett

There are many ways that you can help your senior take their medications safely. Here are 10 tips for you and them:

  1. Read all drug labels to prevent interactions or inadvertent side effects. Don’t overlook the information on the ‘warning’ section of over the counter drugs.
  2. Learn about their own medications, especially any new drugs, so they know which foods or drugs to be avoided or what activity should be stopped while taking medications.
  3. Be sure your senior’s doctor is fully informed about all over the counter medications your senior currently takes.
  4. Have the current medication list, including over the counter drugs and nutritional supplements, reviewed by your senior’s doctor or pharmacist regularly to ensure there are no potential undesired interactions.
  5. Ask the doctor if your senior’s medication dosages are still appropriate for them if there has been a drop or increase in their weight recently.
  6. Dispose of any expired or unused medications appropriately, find a Drug Take Back location near you to dispose of medications safely.
  7. Ask the doctor if all these medications are still appropriate or if there are non-pharmocological interventions that could replace something.
  8. Follow all directions for taking prescription and nonprescription medications, including amount, time, meals, how much water, driving alerts and other instructions.
  9. Store medications appropriately according to the label. Do they need to be refrigerated, stored in a dry place away from heat or some other place?
  10. Never take medications out of original container so that label and dosing instructions are lost.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Family caregivers know that many of the medications and even the over the counter pills that their senior loved ones take each day are keeping them well. We know we can’t stop them all without serious consequences.

Drugs manage their blood sugar, blood pressure, reduce their cholesterol, help them breathe easier, manage their mood, fight infection and help their memory plus many other helpful interventions.

Our seniors would have a lower quality of life without some of these medications.

While they take these medications, we can take action to keep them as safe as possible. It doesn’t take too much effort to oversee safe medication administration.

Better safe than sorry!

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