• 7201 Wade Park Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
  • Phone: (216) 361-6141
  • Email Address: info@elizabryant.org

Caregiver Support GroupS

The Eliza Bryant Village Caregiver Support Group provides caregivers of aging adults an opportunity to come together, share community resources, and gather insight on an array of topics related to relaxation, depression, dementia, and nutrition.

The Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on the 4th Thursday at 6:00 PM at Eliza Bryant Village (7201 Wade Park, Cleveland, OH 44103).

We welcome you to join us for our next meeting. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Elizabeth Parker, Adult Day Care Social Worker, at (216) 658-1884. Respite care is available upon request.

CAREGIVER TIPS & RESOURCES

My doctor told me that I need to follow a low sodium diet.  What is that?

A: Your doctor most likely prescribed a low sodium diet because of a diagnosis of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure).  A low sodium diet would consist of reducing your intake of foods that tend to have high amounts of salt (sodium chloride).  The main items are canned foods, luncheon meats, potato chips, etc.  Keep in mind that fast foods often are high in sodium as well.  Follow the recommendations of your doctor and be sure to schedule a visit with the Dietitian or Dietetic Technician, so that you can learn now to incorporate this new change into your lifestyle and enjoy a healthy quality of life.

I am new to dialysis and now have to follow a special diet.  What can I eat?

A:   Hemodialysis patients are usually ordered to follow a renal diet.  This diet seems restrictive at first, but can easily be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.  The main components of a renal diet are limiting high sodium foods, high potassium foods, and high phosphorus foods.  Samples of some of those foods include processed foods, potatoes, legumes, tomatoes, and milk.  Since this is a very specialized diet, it is vital to speak with a Dietitian regarding the recommended specific, for your lifestyle.

I am diabetic and I still use sugar.  Is that okay?

A: This would depend on how well controlled your bloods sugar readings are every day.  Keep in mind that there are many alternatives to sugar and some are quite good.  Speak to your Dietitian or Dietetic Technician and ask for samples of new products.  As for regular cane sugar, you may want to rethink about how much you are using and whether or not you’re current eating practice is harmful to controlling your diabetes.  Always, follow the advice of your physician and recommendations for your diet.

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