Caring for the elderly parents

This RCA big button remote DOES SAY dvr - I would have tried it next - how about youWell, the new and confusing "TV remotes" saga continues. As I wrote last week, my senior mom has been struggling with her new TV remote having too many buttons in too many different spots from her old remote. I ordered what looked to be a duplicate of our previous remote from our last two homes. Unfortunately, it arrived slightly different (though probably ok) and totally hardwired to an entirely different cable company.

After trying various codes and steps according to the paperwork, I called our cable company, explained the whole situation, and asked if they by any chance had suggestions for what codes to use to try to make the new remote work with our set-up. The wonderful tech helping me did not know how to fix that remote BUT he told me they had two other remotes that were simpler, including one with larger buttons. He offered to mail them to us or let me pick them up. As you can probably guess, I was down at the office an hour later.

I took both home and then tried out the one with the least AND biggest buttons and guess what! It WORKED! And because it was made to work with our particular system it could do more functions  than the others. There were only about 5 buttons my mom wouldn't use and, thanks to a great  hint from the cable company employee who helped me, I put stickers on those buttons to cover them so she would be less likely to punch the wrong thing. Now my senior mom is back to happily enjoying NCIS and her British dramas on TV. Hooray!

TVs are grand for elderly seniors when the remote is easy to use

I'm even seriously considering getting the same one for me. I am always hitting the wrong button on my own new remote – especially if it's late and I'm getting tired. However my new remote does have those two great buttons that let you jump forward and backward easily which I love, so I'm holding off for now. I learned a very Important life lesson in all this – CALL YOUR CABLE COMPANY FIRST to ask if they have different remote options for elderly senior citizens. Moving to another state is definitely NOT for the feint of heart, but it can be done successfully – even by all of us boomers and seniors – with plenty of help from the grand people who live in our new home towns! 🙂

P.S. The remote at top is yet another one I never tried. But since it has a specific button for DVR, I'd probably have tried it next. How about you and your senior parents' TV remotes? Any suggestions? We'd love to hear them.

Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social

Ginourmous hydrangea leaves shade cute pink flowers for my senior moms gardening activities - ipMy nearby grandkids just returned from a looooooong visit to see their far away cousins. My senior mom and I realllllllllly missed them. But, I have to confess, we also got a lot of necessary things done around the home that we'd been putting off – like cleaning the attics, organizing the garage, and even getting ahead with some "behind the bloggy scenes" work.

But OHHHHHH, how we missed them! And HOW LOVELY to hear them say, "Grandmas – we missed you SOOOOO much!" Music to a grandma's ears, that's for SURE! 🙂

Their great-grandma couldn't wait to show them how their plants and her plants were all doing!

They've gotten to come over every day this week while their parents get caught up on some of their own chores. So my to do list has grown but it's well worth it for all the hugs and cuddles we're enjoying.

We implemented a homemade version of a "Slip N Slide" with painter's plastic, thanks to the timely advice of a beloved niece. That, combined with our puddle pool and a sprinkler, kept them cool and my mom and me as well – courtesy of the mist that wafted our way.

Painters plastic - wading pool - sprinkler - and hose - equal fun in the sun for our whole Sandwich Generation family   ip

Of course, we made sure to put the plastic strips and pool in different spots each day as well as putting them up each night to protect the grass.

Where Sandwich Generation bloggers create - anywhere they are caregiving including the back yard with the grandkids and senior mom ane her lovely gardening activities   ip

And would you believe, I even got to handwrite the rough draft for this article while sitting outside, enjoying the grandkids at play and the flowers from my senior mom's gardening activities surrounding me. I do love being able to make blogging somewhat portable – though my laptop was safely inside away from all the water. 🙂

Where Bloggers Create 2013 - including those of us in the Sandwich Generation working in various rooms of our homes - including outdoor rooms

By the by, speaking of where I was blogging this week – it's time for one of my favorite blog events, Where Bloggers Create. As a busy member of the Sandwich Generation, you'll find me blogging everywhere. But some of the bloggers who join in this fun party have set spots that are absolutely GORGEOUS! I always enjoy looking through the various spots in their homes where they go to create. Sometimes I just enjoy the yummy "eye candy." Other times, I take notes to try to implement a craft or decor idea here at home with the grandkids. Do pop over and enjoy it as well. And have a lovely week! Full of lovely home decor and plenty of pink!


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Fun for grandparents whether at home or out and about at the Grand Social