Supporting the Family Caregiver

Family Caregiving with Sam's Club

 

 

I have one grandparent left. She’s pretty spry for her age, but I consider myself one of her caregivers. Not the main one – that title of family caregiver belongs to my aunt, her daughter, but I do often get her for day trips, and I need to know what to do with her in case of an emergency. We had a fun one on a trip to New York a few years ago, and I’m happy that we came out on top. It was a bit of a scary moment there, and I’m sure that I would have been happier knowing that I had options where I was instead of having to call back home and worry my aunt. Now that I know about Sam’s Club Family Caregiver Program, my mind is at ease. Both for me and my aunt! 

Did you even know that Sam’s Club has a Family Caregiver Program? It’s where you can order supplies, set up Club Pick-up or get more details on their scan and go program. It’s also where you can get tips on how to best care for your loved one. I know that my Granny loves sitting on her front porch and people watching. It’s one of the things that cracks us up about her. Mostly because it requires US to sit still while spending quality time with her. There were times where she would relax with a shake like Ensure and tell us about growing up, and watching us grow up. We also laughed at me taking some of her Ensure when I was in my twenties because it was all I could drink after having all of my wisdom teeth removed. Oooh, the fussing I got for that! 

Now I can order her cases of Ensure online, and have them ready to load without ever getting out of the car through Sam’s Club! Here are more perks: 

Sam”s Club Caregiver Program 

Scan & Go

  • Download the Sam’s Club Scan & Go app to gain access to great deals, pay quicker, and beat the checkout lines!
  • Here’s how it works: Barcode scan: Scan each item’s barcode in the store with the item scanner.
  • Payment: Pay fast for wholesale items directly in the app. It’s a time saver.
  • Wholesale savings: Pay fast by showing your digital payment receipt to the exit greeter.

Who am I kidding? This is a time saver with KIDS in general. Being able to pay for the products as we’re walking through the store? However, when you can’t really stay out shopping for long periods of time, it’s nice to be able to save time wherever you can. This is amazing. 

Club Pick-up 

  • Shop online and looking for items marked “Club Pick-up”. You can also use the “Easy Reorder” option and select from a list of your past in-club and online purchases.
  • Get time back in your day as a member of the Sam’s Club team fills your cart with your items.
  • Bypass the register and check in on the app, at the kiosk inside or pull up in our Drive Thru area (available in select clubs)

Now that I’ve learned the joys of shopping online and letting other folks pull them off the shelf for me. Running that “errand” online and picking it up when it’s convenient for me is a cakewalk. Being able to spend the time saved with loved ones sure does beat standing in line to check out. 

Discreet Shipping 

I know that having packages for personal necessities might be embarrassing for some people, so it’s nice to know that they when delivered, only the consumer knows what’s inside. 

How To Support the Family Caregiver 

  1. Help with the loved one. Whether that’s with offering to make dinners once a week, or even taking care of laundry. Take some of the load off of the main caretaker.
  2. Call in to check on the caregiver. They need support as much as they support their loved one. Even if the feeling overall is upbeat, it’s nice to know someone is thinking of you, while you’re pouring into another. 
  3. Give money when you can. Honestly, a little goes a long way 
  4. Offer to stand-in so they can go out. Whether it’s a movie, a date with friends, or just a walk around a park for a couple of hours, offer up some time for THEM to get back to taking care of themselves instead of having to focus on their loved one. It will rejuvenate them, and you’ll probably brighten up the day of the person you’re staying with. 

 

 

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13 Comments

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    Crystal Nicole
    December 23, 2017 at 2:05 am

    This is so awesome. I had no idea they had this but it would definitely come in handy!

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    Leslie
    December 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Very admirable of you and great information. I appreciate you sharing this!

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    Eva
    December 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I didn’t know about this program! This is really great. Great tips for supporting the family caregiver too. That money can stretch.

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    Tiffany Haywood
    December 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This is such a great service!! I had no idea Sam’s offered something like this but I can definitely see how helpful it could be for caregivers and the ones they love!

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    Nanekia
    December 26, 2017 at 11:10 am

    I am a huge fan of making life easier on those that are taking care of OUR loved ones. I will definitely be looking into this at my local Sam’s Club

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    Tiffany H.
    December 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I had no idea that Sams club had this program, Ill be sure to let others know about it. It so true, we forget about the caretaker who cares for others. My mom is that person, she was caring for her father and it became too much she became physical ill herself. She is doing better now but these are helpful tips.

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    Ashleigh
    December 26, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    This is such a great and necessary program! Especially the scan & go, I use a similar feature at my local grocery store that allows you to scan and bag items as you shop and just scan the barcode to pay.

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    Kasi
    December 27, 2017 at 5:28 am

    I had no idea about this program but it’s great! Thanks for sharing this info and the tips for supporting caregivers.

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    Bridgid
    December 27, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I had no idea about this program! I was just about to renew my Sam’s Club membership so this is great to know. That line about drinking all of her Ensure cracked me up haha

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    ShaBree
    January 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

    This is such a great idea! I’ll be telling a few people about this!

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    Tonia
    January 5, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I lost my final grandparent in September of 2016. You are so blessed. Thanks for sharing this program. I’ll spread the word.

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    Adeola Naomi
    January 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    This is such a great program for people with family away and even those who are neat since most people don’t have full-time caregiver to get them everything.

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    Mandy Yanga
    January 7, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    I did not know something like Sam’s Club Caregiver Program exists! It surely makes caregiving easier 🙂 And I also agree about supporting the family caregiver. They also need to feel cared as much as possible. Great reminders!

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