What to Keep at Your Parent’s Home for Your Caregiver Journey

Preparedness is an essential part of being an effective caregiver for your elderly adult. When you are fully prepared you are able to fulfill your care tasks confidently and manage unforeseen circumstances with less stress. One way that you can do this is by keeping some personal items at your parent’s home for the duration of your caregiver journey.

Caregiver in Comstock Park MI: Things to Keep at Your Parent's Home

Caregiver in Comstock Park MI: Things to Keep at Your Parent’s Home

It is often said that one thing that every family caregiver can expect during their time caring for their elderly parent is the unexpected. You never know what you might encounter on any given day and what types of challenges might arise. Your senior might become very ill and need extra care and attention from you. There might be an emergency such as a natural disaster that prevents you from leaving your parent alone. Your parent might suddenly need to go to the hospital for an extended time and you will need to be with them and at their home. There might be an incident in the course of your care efforts for the day that could necessitate you showering and changing your clothes. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself facing unexpected circumstances, having a kit of items in your parent’s home can make it easier, faster, and less stressful to handle this situation and move forward.

Some items that you should consider keeping at your parent’s home include:

  • Changes of clothing that address different needs and circumstances.
  • A jacket or sweatshirt, even in warm weather.
  • Pajamas.
  • Extra shoes.
  • Basic toiletry items.
  • Hair products such as ponytail holders for longer hair.
  • Items to care for contact lenses or glasses.
  • Extra glasses.
  • Phone charger.
  • Medications that you take regularly.


Being a family caregiver for an aging adult can be extremely challenging. This is especially true if you are a member of the sandwich generation, caring for both your aging parent and your children, you live at a distance from your parent that keeps you from being able to be with them as frequently as you would like to be, or you struggle with your own challenges and limitations that keep you from being able to fulfill their care needs in the way that you believe they should be fulfilled. Whether you are dealing with care challenges, are experiencing a high level of caregiver stress, or simply feel that your parent would benefit from a wider care circle, home care can be a fantastic choice. A home care services provider can step in to fill care gaps, offer companionship and support, reduce your stress, and ensure that your parent receives the care and support that they need at all times. This will support a better quality of life and ongoing health and well-being for both of you.

If you or someone you know needs help with caregiver services in Comstock Park, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.