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Are you a caregiver seeking new ways to make life more comfortable for a loved one with dementia? Today's episode highlights an often-overlooked aspect of dementia care: maintaining physical comfort in daily activities. This aspect is crucial yet rarely discussed in depth on many websites offering dementia care advice.

Lizette interviews Janice from Tausi Pillows (https://tausibrands.com/), who created a neck pillow designed for people with dementia. Janice shares the inspiration behind creating Tausi, which stemmed from seeing her father slumped over uncomfortably in his memory care unit.

She wanted to provide a dignified and comfortable solution for him. Through a detailed explanation, Janice describes the unique design of Tausie with a U-shaped foam insert that supports the head and neck, keeping them in an upright position to prevent discomfort and neck pain.

Best Neck Pillow for People Living with Dementia

3:05 Janice's Journey to Creating Tausi Pillow
4:35 Practical Solutions for Dementia Care
7:10 Designing Tausi for Comfort and Dignity
10:57 Creative Applications of Tausi Pillow
13:16 Ordering Tausi Pillow with Discount Code - Coupon CODE: Comfy4U
17:41 Impact of Tausi Pillow on Comfort and Mobility
19:41 Community Engagement and Feedback on Tausi
23:13 Connecting with Loved Ones through Meaningful Activities
26:59 Spontaneous and Engaging Activities for Seniors
34:13 Various Applications and Benefits of Tausi Pillow
41:42 Sustainable and Comfortable Design of Tausi
43:33 Enhancing Comfort and Caregiving Time with Tausi
45:01 Conclusion and Discount Code Reminder

The Importance of Proper Support

One of the key challenges faced by caregivers is ensuring that their loved ones are comfortable throughout the day, especially in terms of seating and relaxation. Many individuals with dementia may find themselves sitting for extended periods, which can lead to discomfort if not properly supported.

A practical solution discussed in the episode is the innovative use of specialized pillows that help maintain a comfortable posture and prevent common issues like neck strain.

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Custom Solutions for Everyday Comfort

The episode featured a detailed discussion on a specially designed neck pillow that provides enhanced support for individuals with dementia. This pillow is not just for the neck but can be adapted for various purposes, making it a versatile addition to a caregiver's toolkit.

It's designed to strap onto chairs, preventing it from slipping and ensuring that it provides continuous support without needing constant readjustment.

Engaging the Person in Care Decisions

Involving your loved one in the selection and use of such aids not only ensures that they are comfortable but also gives them a sense of participation and control over their environment. For instance, choosing a pillow together or adjusting it to suit their specific needs can be an engaging activity that enhances their day-to-day life while providing necessary comfort.

Conclusion: A Small Change, A Big Impact

Simple adjustments in the caregiving environment, like the introduction of a specialized pillow, can significantly enhance the quality of life for someone living with dementia. These changes make daily routines more comfortable and dignified, contributing greatly to the overall well-being of both the caregiver and the person receiving care.

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Introduction

[0:00] Have you ever walked into a room of a person that you love and seen them slumped over looking extremely uncomfortable and their neck is like 90 degrees and you can tell they just really should not be in that position? physician. Today's episode, we are going to talk to Janice from Tausi Pillows, which is the best neck pillow for people living with dementia. And you need to listen to the end of the episode because she gives the listeners of this program a tremendous gift and a code for a Tausi pillow, which is going to be the first thing that I buy for myself after recording today's episode.

[0:56] And if I resonate with you, I invite you to come to my next free workshop, which you can find the link in the show notes below. And if you really are struggling as a a family caregiver of somebody living with dementia, I want you to hop on and go look for the Ask the Dementia Coach segment, where you can actually come onto this program, and we can do a coaching session so I can help you through this process. So check out today's episode.

Dementia Caregiving from a Christian Perspective

[1:38] Have you recently found out someone you love has dementia, struggling to wrap your head around how to be a Christian caregiver, searching for answers by joining countless Facebook groups but find them toxic, learning how to cope with dementia feels difficult, but learning a Christian caregiving worldview can be easy. Hey, brother and sister in Christ, I'm Lizette, occupational therapist, pastor's wife, turned dementia coach, and a daughter of dementia. In this podcast, you will learn the truth that the way to make dementia care easy is your faith. Knowing that a loving God has decreed this hard providence in your life makes all the difference. Here you will gain skills. You will be challenged by what God says in his word about caregiving, and you will learn exactly what dementia is and is not. Find clarity and certainty from God's word so you have perseverance for this journey. Use science-backed solutions and biblical principles to redeem your time. Praying this blesses you as we dive into dementia from from a Christian perspective. Let's glorify God despite dementia.

Janice's Journey to Creating Tausi Pillow

[3:05] How many times have you walked into the room and found the person that you're helping sitting in a recliner slumped over 90 degrees? Well, today's episode, 111, we are going to talk to Janice about the best neck pillow and how she came about designing it for her father who was living with dementia. So Janice, welcome to today's episode of Dementia Caregiving for Families. Oh, thank you for having me, Lizette. And we are 111?

[3:45] Well, yes, it's 111, but there's a backstory to that. So I had a program for about a year that I had 53 other episodes, and then I stopped it. And then when I took it up again, I just started at number 54. I love it. I love it. And 111, 1111, I love all those numbers when I see those ones. So I feel really lucky to be on your show and to be on the 111th episode. So thank you for having me. Oh, you're very welcome. I'm super excited that you're here. Part of what I'd love to try to do with people, for the people who are listening, is bring on products and other, you know, not just listening to me ramble about what's up in my head, as interesting as that can be at times,

Practical Solutions for Dementia Care

[4:31] but to bring products that are practical solutions to practical problems. That's one of the big things that this podcast is about is solving practical problems. So I know you from several different circles that we're both in. And even though I know what the name is, I'm always afraid to say it out loud. Tausi.

[4:54] Tausi. So Janice started her company. So I wanted her to tell us a little bit about her business and why she started it. Oh, thank you so much. So Tausi is from Tausi Brands, which means caring for. And it's derived from a Samoan word, Towsimo. and when I was working on the naming of my business, it was really important for me to evoke that idea that we care for each other.

[5:25] And as you mentioned in the intro, which is Tausi is something I invented for my dad because when I went to visit him in his memory care unit.

[5:36] And I live in Oregon and my dad was in Texas. So I traveled to see him and I saw him slumped over in his geriatric chair. Now, for all your listeners at home and all your listeners here, we know that look when somebody is slumped over. And I knew I couldn't do anything for his end-of-life experience. We are all going to have that. And what struck me was that he looked really uncomfortable. Right. And I've always been a pillow tweaker and fluffer in my family. So when my kids were sick, I would be like, give me 30 seconds to fix your pillows. They're like, no, mom. They're like, give me 10 seconds. I would negotiate. I'm like, can I just fluff your pillows? Because they look so uncomfortable. And so I would get them down to like five seconds that I had to fix pillows. And then they would go into a big, oh, that was comfortable. So with my dad I saw his bed pillow had slipped down behind his back so I grabbed a throw pillow that was in his room put that behind his head and that pronated him forward pushed his head forward and I'm like that's not comfortable and he was still asleep and so then I took a travel pillow that was in my sister's car and I put that around his neck thinking you know and we've seen it online we see people in on social media they put the travel pillows around their loved ones and that woke up my dad.

[6:59] He hugged me. He pulled that thing off his neck and his pillows fell on the floor. The caregiver came by, picked them up, put them behind his head.

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Designing Tousie for Comfort and Dignity

[7:08] And I looked at the floor and the floor was dirty. And I was like, there's got to be something that supports his head and neck, keeps them upright and straps to the chair. So it does not fall to the floor that could potentially be dirty. I'm like, you know, that's not dignified. And I felt like he He deserved, even though he didn't know the floor was dirty, I felt that he deserved to not have, the dirt touches head. It's like the least I could do. So I tried to find something and I went home to my mom's place. I searched on Amazon. I searched on Alibaba. I was obsessed to three 30 in the morning and I could not find anything. I found neck rolls that go behind your head and strap, but that we all know your head still falls from side to side because your head is 10 pounds. And I, if you're a back sleeper, like I am, you will wake up at night because your head will have fall into the side and then you flip.

[8:04] So anyway, my long story, I came back to Oregon and I took apart my travel pillows and I just laid out what my comfort zone would be. And then I was like, I don't want to make a pillow. We don't need more pillows in our closets because clearly I had a lot of pillows so I could cut them off. And so I was like, you know what, why not really make a pillow case so nobody has to get used to a different pillow density so my dad could have his favorite bed pillow that could strap to a chair and now he doesn't have to get used to something else but he has supportive bars that go behind your neck and goes to on the sides of your head so for those listening imagine a u-shape and that's what my foam insert is a u-shaped foam insert and it goes behind your head and neck and supports your head and neck in an upright position. So your head is not trapped, nothing's around your neck, but your head is supported when it naturally does that tilt to the side before the neck slump and roll, as we all see. First you slump over, then your neck rolls down and then you get a crick in your neck. Yeah. So that's how it all started. Wow. That is amazing.

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[9:26] Did you know that caring for a person with dementia doesn't have to be this hard? If you are struggling and you would like to join our next free workshop, I invite you to walk away with science-backed dementia caregiving skills that many professionals don't even know after attending this free workshop.

[9:56] If you'd like to register, message me the word workshop on Instagram or check out the link in the show notes below. That really is amazing. So I know that you can use it for a lot of different purposes. So it started out.

[10:21] For the neck. Correct. And then? And then, and then it's, well, not only is it great for necks, because let's just say, in my research at my product, 80% of seniors have had a neck pain.

[10:39] Yeah. And 80% of seniors say they don't want medical intervention. So why not, you know, and that pain comes from falling asleep in an uncomfortable position. So when I developed it, it was initially just for the head and neck and I'm like strapped to the chair.

Creative Applications of Tausi Pillow

[10:54] And then I wound up having some back issues. And so for those who are listening, I'm going to demonstrate on my office chair here where I have Talsi strapped to my office chair for back support. So it's positioned exactly where I need it. Sometimes I have higher back pain. So I lift it up on the back of my chair and strap it in. Right now, I've been weeding all weekend. So it's on my lower back. And every towel seat comes with a mini bonus pillow. The reason why is because when I was developing it, I'm like, well, here I have a U-shaped foam that goes behind your head and neck. I'm like, well, what am I going to put in the middle? And the foam is different heights on the bottom versus the sides.

[11:39] So I was like, well, let me put it because I don't want to be wasteful of the foam that I was cutting up. You use the square and go in the middle of it. And it's depressed enough. It's shallow enough that if you use the foam in it for more of an upright position, if somebody's watching a movie, or if your loved one is wanting to engage in conversation and not be so far back, they can still fall asleep and your head would be caught on the side. Now, right now it's on my chair and I do acupressure. I rotate my mini bonus pillow We're at 90 degrees, so I can have acupressure on my lower back from bending over and picking up those weeds.

[12:17] And you can even use the mini bonus pillow, roll that up and put that behind your head if you wanted a different support system. So immediately the first thing, so everybody knows or most people know that I am actually an occupational therapist by background. As you're showing me the pillow to the people who are listening, you know, when you have somebody who has a very kyphotic or crooked back where their back is bent, you know, they They kind of have a hunchback up at the top. You know, the way the Tau C is built is you can actually then put it around somebody's back and give them a little bit more support on the sides, but have space for the bumped out part of their back so that they don't get pressure on their back. I love that. See? I love that. what is it called?

Ordering Tausi Pillow with Discount Code

[13:16] Kyphosis, which is just the bent section of the back. Kyphosis. I want to remember that. I'll send it to you. So, you know, everybody, most people have seen or heard of the hunchback of Notre Dame. So somebody who has a hunched back has a high up kyphosis. Now people People have kyphosis all the way through their spine. And so when your spine is crooked side to side, that's scoliosis. When your spine is crooked front to back, that's a kyphosis.

[13:58] Oh, fascinating. When you have a loved one, if you have a loved one who has a bent back, you could put it lower down and support. Because that's something that happens a lot. Thank you.

[14:14] With people who have a crooked back right is they get pressure on the spine i can see that from just sitting just sitting in anything where their back is pushing up against the chair and that would be more comfortable and give them that and they could take out the mini bonus they can take the mini bonus out and they could even you know make other little rolls of wash washcloths or whatever inside it to protect that area, to make it more comfortable. So there's another application for you. Wow, thank you. I think different dementia, I learn a lot. Oh, I'm telling you, it is. It's one of my biggest challenges is just focus, Lizette, just focus. Do the thing. I just see a lot of opportunity with a lot of different things. So I know that you earlier on when we got onto the program, you said that you've never technically been a caregiver, even though I would disagree. You were a caregiver. You were just not providing the 24-hour care. You were a caregiver to your dad. You just were doing caregiving in a different way. You were being his advocate and trying to find ways to keep him comfortable. But in your mind, you didn't identify as a caregiver, but you are in the caregiving space. Tell people how you got into the caregiving space.

[15:42] Wow. That's an interesting question. You know what I have to say, it goes back to my early career path. I was 24 years old and, and taking way back you guys for not for listening in, I'm in my fifties now. So at 24, I worked at a senior facility where we had independent residents and we had a nursing floor and we had dementia and assisted living.

[16:05] And, and I ran their volunteer program and did events and, and my volunteers were all people who are at least 60 years older than me. And I learned very quickly on in my career that when you pay people with a thank you, that was their paycheck. You really learn firsthand, like how you treat and interact with people is vital. And so I learned really great skills. And plus all my mentors were people who had run companies, were judges, were senators. These are people who had lived life, and I just soaked up their information. So it was a wonderful, almost ipso facto business school that I went to with these people. And so I've always loved working in the senior space. And so I did that for almost 15 years of my career of opening up volunteer programs up and down the coast of California. And then when we moved to Ohio, opening up a volunteer program after a friend of mine had passed on in a care community. I offered to volunteer there because I wanted to give back and they didn't have a volunteer program. And I heard myself saying, do you want me to start one?

[17:17] I hear you. Yeah. So I got back into it and then I was, and then I wound up pivoting from that job to managing a senior independent living facility in Ohio. So when you were, I know from one of our conversations that you said your dad

Impact of Tausi Pillow on Comfort and Mobility

[17:36] never actually benefited from the pillow that you made from this product. Do you have some other examples or cases of people that you've worked with that you've solved some really unique problems for using the Tausi pillow? Really great question. Well, with my dad, with his dementia, as you know that sometimes with talking with people with dementia, when you draw back on memories, they're able to re-engage and you feel like you've got a great connection happening. So every week I would FaceTime with him about my business and he was a businessman. So he was able to really be instrumental in saying, oh, I like that idea or I don't like that. Have you thought about this? And so we actually had business discussions.

[18:26] And so my first prototype, was non-effective, so I couldn't send it to him. And for my second one, which was great, he had passed on. So I did do focus groups around Oregon and I brought it to care communities. And I worked with this gentleman named Phil Fogg, who was instrumental with Marquis Homes and ran that, was the CEO of that. And they're a large facility here. And he was really a kind mentor while I was working on building Tausi. So he allowed me to have focus groups within their facilities. I actually really want to bring it around for people to tell me why it's not going to work. And because I knew the heavy lift to get a product out there and to have a product that you have to explain, it's a pillowcase, like whoever reinvented the pillowcase, you know, okay, like, okay, this is heavy. So everybody who tried it had the exact same response. It was like.

[19:29] Oh, I need this. And so that focus group led, those focus groups led me to being

Community Engagement and Feedback on Tausi

[19:38] part of my city's 50 plus advisory board for my mayor. And then I, and I started, they, we didn't have a budget and I was like, well, we need to do something for our senior community. And so I launched a citywide resource fair to connect seniors with, with products and, and companies. Companies and I've got our our mayor there and our legislators and um and so that was a really great event and that's where I also brought Tausi I'm like to get customer feedback is this a possible you know I just had prototypes is this a possibility and and I just kept getting you know confirmation that this really works for back for neck what somebody one of my customers used it on safari as a donut because while she was on safari she bruised her tailbone um on the jeep and so she's like she could either that was early on in her trip and she thought i could either stay in the lodge and not see anything right but she paid so much money and so she said i've got talsy that i traveled with because it's great on an airplane so she used it as a donut and she sat on Chelsea and was able to continue her journey.

[20:50] So I want to circle back to something you said right at the beginning of this, related to the connection that you were able to make with your dad.

[21:00] Related to, you know, just, and the reason I want to touch back on that is because so many people who are family caregivers of somebody living with dementia forget to tap into the old stuff. That the person would have been capable of doing. We focus so much on what they're not capable of doing, as opposed to focusing on what they still are capable of doing. Yes, it looks different for sure. But for example, one of the ladies in, well, she's a current client of mine. She had been on the cruise that I was a staff member on. And on that cruise, I actually did a presentation on how to engage people in meaningful activities. And we came back from the cruise and then I followed up with her and she mentioned, she's like, my husband used to be an accountant.

[22:07] And so she started to just give him a piece of paper and a calculator. later. And he would sit and gainfully be engaged in something that was a familiar activity to him when he was a younger person as an accountant, but without the pressure, right? She's not sitting there saying, but this is wrong. You didn't add it up correctly or, you know, who cares? It doesn't matter. You know, the person's engaged, they're actively engaged. So when you were having that connection with your dad, it was a real connection with your dad. And he gave you valuable feedback from his background and his perspective that you could still take and, you know, either decide to use or not use depending on that but it gave you the ability to communicate.

Connecting with Loved Ones through Meaningful Activities

[23:13] For another period of time on something that was the skill that he had in his past so I just think that is such a remarkable testimony to your relationship with your dad because so many people would not have included him saying he's got end-stage dementia. What does he have to offer in this particular situation? So I just want to give you some, you know, validation that that was truly a very special way to still connect with your dad. And what a memory you now have that he is still a part of, even though he didn't necessarily benefit from it, he did benefit from He didn't benefit from the prototype, but he benefited from the communication and the conversation that you guys had. Yeah. Thank you for that.

[24:11] Saying that, it was really, it was a tender time, as we all know. And I have to say, I think I learned drawing on people's past strengths when my grandmother used to live with us and she had dementia. Alzheimer's was the first time I ever heard of it when I was a 12-year-old. And, and she would stay at our home for about three months to give my aunt respite. And, and she would not remember who she, who we all were. And, and I remember like how scary that would be. And, and I said to her once, and I didn't know if it was right or wrong. I didn't have any concept of that, but I just wanted to make her comfortable and happy. I just said, I don't know them either. And then, um, and she goes, but they're nice. And I said, they are, and if they have ice cream, do you want some ice cream? And so we would have ice cream and it made her comfortable to feel that she had this person who had this shared disconnect with who these people are just for that moment. Then another moment would remember us. And you know, it's...

[25:20] So drawing upon people's strengths, I remember being a volunteer director early on, and I was off to get supplies for a party I was putting together. And I saw this gentleman who had a tendency to wander, and it was before the locked doors happened in facilities, and he got out. And I was like, is that Walter? And I had a volunteer with me, and she's like, I think it is. So we pulled over, and I was living in San Francisco. go. So Walter, I invited him into the car and I took him shopping with us. And, and I guess, you know, my 24 year old self did not say I should bring him back immediately. My 21st self said, I got to get this shopping done for this event.

[26:02] And so I took him with us and he held the door open for us, even though it was automatic doors, didn't matter. You know, he held the door open. He pushed the cart. He was so happy.

[26:13] He put the things in the car. He put the things on the, on the register, he was himself because he got to do something that was a gentleman and, and what felt good to him. And he carried the bags, of course, you know, and like, you know, the lighter ones I let him carry and the other ones were in the, in the cart, you know? So it's just, it was a really beautiful way of saying you have value. You have something to still give. We absolutely every person living with dementia still has something to give and his value. And too frequently, I think people, you know, are just trying to cope with the

Spontaneous and Engaging Activities for Seniors

[26:57] with the day to day that they forget. Get because quite frankly it is easier it is easier to just do it yourself right it's easier for you to put up the laundry it's easier for you to you know put the dishes away or whatever or they can only do one part of it so it's like why let them do that one part I am very excited to announce this next part of our journey together once a month on a Thursday evening I'm going to do a segment called Ask the Dementia Coach, where you can actually come into a coaching session with me and other people.

[27:41] Music.

[27:54] Know so many of you guys are struggling on your own and may feel like you're at the end of your group. And in order to help serve you better, I wanted to open up this opportunity once a month for you to register for a free Ask the Dementia Coach segment.

[28:14] Like I said, it will be Thursday evenings, once a month, six o'clock Eastern time in the evening. And the segment is called Ask the Dementia Coach. So if you're interested in signing up for that, the link will be in the show notes below. And I look forward to seeing you on one of these special sessions. But I always remind myself humans are made to do things. We're made for connection. We're made for relationship and we're made to work. That's what we're supposed to do. We're supposed to do things. And then I always think about, you know, people in, and I understand, you know, there are certainly people who need to be in a facility for a variety of reasons, but just actively engaging a person still in meaningful activity is so valuable for them, as well as for the person who is the family caregiver. I'll use my mom as an example. She has always been an artist, and she just one day stopped. She just stopped drawing, stopped painting. And it was so, you know, we weren't living here, so I didn't notice it until later. And I'm like, one day, I'm like, mom's not doing any of that bad stuff anymore. But about three months ago, she just all of a sudden started back up again.

[29:40] I have no reason, I have no idea why. I don't know what started it, what precipitated it, but she's like, I want some pastels. I'm like, all right, let me go grab some, you know, so bought her the stuff. Every time I go, she shows me what she's made and she's re-engaged in her environment and doing something. So, you know, it's, I really appreciate that about you and specifically the story about Walter, because yes, 30 years ago, we got away with stuff like that. Now we'd be in big, big doo-doo, you know, but you and I are about the same age. So I know, you know, when that, around about when that occurred, we could still get away with a lot of things that we wouldn't have been able to get away with now, but. Right. I have a question for you. Yes. So in care communities, oftentimes we see, you know, activities directors and coming up with some wonderful engagement ideas. And do you feel as though.

[30:45] That some of our residents because when I was working during the pandemic I worked in a in an assisted living facility and um we also had memory care but I was in the selling assisted living moving people in because that was they needed help during that time and and so do you think that people engage don't engage in activities because it doesn't speak to what their their past interests were like, would it be better if it was like something like the accounting gentleman, like here's an activity of adding things up for us. I think one of the biggest things that I think still has to change in the senior industry is, and I get why it is the way it is. So I'm not pointing fingers at the industry at all. There are so many rules and regulations that you have to have activity calendars and the time and people need to come and you know it's very prescriptive it's very you do this at this time i think if we could get to a point where activities are more spontaneous um true activity engagement when things are occurring like the maintenance guy by facilitating people to help him. I love that. The thing.

[32:11] Yeah. Because there are people there that used to fix the thing.

[32:16] Right. You know, pulling people in and when, instead of the, the, the assistance going in and making the bed, you know.

[32:25] Having them make the bed with the person but the regulations are so are so stringent that you know it's like all the stuff like free labor you can't have people it's just it's just asinine it's just stupid so i understand why it is the way it is because if you have you know if you have a calendar and people are supposed to do stuff then the state can say oh we're meaningfully engaging people. But it's not an easy solution at all. But I think more spontaneous activity would truly engage people more spontaneously.

[33:07] Right, right. So it'd be a mindset shift and a reframing as to what activities really mean. I remember when I was visiting my dad another time, I'm, um, I'm the fixer in my mom's home. I was, uh, she's now has passed as well, but my, um, my sister's closet was my, my sister's sorry, shower was broken. My dad, before he moved out, held onto the towel bar as a, as a grabber, right. And you can imagine pulled it off the tracks. And, and so I was the one who said, well, I'll fix that. And so, and I was figuring out how to fix it. And then I had some questions. So when I visited my dad, I was like, this is what I'm thinking of doing. And I drew it out for him and I had pictures and I'm like, can you see like what, this is what my thought process is. And, and he actually guided me with how to fix it. And I went back and I did it his way. Because he did it because he did it so many times before. Yeah. So back to, back to the TowsiTausie. Sure. Yes. Tell me a little bit more of.

Various Applications and Benefits of Tausi Pillow

[34:14] What other applications, I mean, we talked about the back, we talked about the neck. Yes. What other ways have people creatively used? I know Christina and Cindy sometimes come up with some very creative solutions for problems. Are there other applications for people? And then this is a personal question related to me because I'm a side sleeper.

[34:38] So how does it work for somebody who's a side sleeper? Oh, great question. Okay, well, I'll start with Christina and Cindy. For those of you listening, they are the healthcare influencers on Adaptive Equipment and Caregiving Corner. And they have a robust platform and they gave Tausi their seal of approval through a really rigorous testing aspect of it, which made me feel really proud that it was adjudicated to be helpful for people in need of any kind of support. So it's not age dependent. It was started for my dad. So I, what I love about Tausi is that you can strap it to a chair, a lounge chair by the pool. You know, we all roll up our towels behind our neck at a pool. Well, when we, our family vacationed in Maui, we all had Tausis on our lounge chairs. And because we use it for traveling for the airplane, because it fits it perfectly in an airplane seat and you strap it to your headrest, not the whole seat, but the headrest. And and you travel comfortably because the neck pillows frankly I'm gonna say here breaking news they don't work.

[35:49] They don't work. No. And so I know that. I mean, when I use a neck pillow, I flip it up beyond my ears to keep my head in. Right. Because you know that your head needs to have support from side to side. So they don't work. So that's everybody at the pool. Other guests were just like, where can we get that? And the hotel was just like, that's not our thing. So I started to give me out cards. I had cards down with the hotel with me at that point. But so Telsy can be used on an airplane. It can be used while watching TV and your couch might be too low. So you're propping up your couch now. So you have a head and neck support while watching binging TV shows. You can attach it to a lazy boy. You can use it at a, some people use it at a restaurant because the chairs are not comfortable for them.

[36:44] It's been used in a car for traveling. One of my customers had a brain tumor. And so she had to go to weekly appointments and she was at on hospice end of life. And, but she still had to travel 40 minutes to one way to the doctor's appointment. And so in her traveling, it was excruciating pain for her and they used Talsi and she didn't cry anymore in the car because of the cushioning of it. Your head is not encased. It's wide enough. So if you're a side sleeper, which I start out on my side, you can still have that comfort and you have enough space. So as a side sleeper, you still have that gap between your neck and your shoulders. So it fits perfectly in there. And also what I love about Talsi, it's sustainable. It's not a single use product. It's not a neck pillow that you're going to use for traveling and put it in your unpack it and put it away you're going to then say hey i want this for my office chair hey i want this on my couch hey i want this in bed when i'm reading a book in bed and i'm looking for that little extra you put your fist behind your head oh trust me i i have that issue.

[37:53] The mini bonus pillow is exactly what you want behind your head while you're reading a book or watching, you know, your TV from your bed, if you have a TV in your bedroom. So it's, it's something that you will find ways because all of a sudden you realize I could be even more comfortable doing my daily activities. So wind up my, my customers wind up getting a towel seat for, for their, their loved one. And then they're like, I want one for myself. self.

[38:21] This product is stolen all the time by family members and people that we love. So I get when people like reorder, I have a 25% reorder rate because they're like, my cat stole my Tausi, my dog stole my Tausi, my uncle stole my Tausi, my mother stole my Tausi. So it's like people are confessing to me, like all these people stealing their Tausi. And it's kind of, I have a lot of fun with my customers engaging with me about who's using their Tausi and who stole their Tausi. So it's one of those things that's stupid comfortable. And you can unzip the U-shaped foam insert, pull that out, which is covered in antimicrobial, antibacterial fabric, and it's a hyperallergenic foam. So you just wipe that down and then you throw the pillowcase into the washing machine. Into the washing machine. she? Yeah. Well, so for people who are interested in getting one, which should be everyone, and I know what my next present for myself is going to be, where do they find it? Where's the best place for people to order it? Oh, well, hopefully we'll have a link below on this podcast. There will be a link below, but like for other people who are like me, who never go to the links, but always listen to the thing and then go? Fair enough. You go to talsibrands.com, T-A-U-S-I brands, B-R-A-N-D-S.com.

[39:51] And, uh, and then you can look at tells you, and also I'm going to tell your people right here, there is a discount code. I will give your listeners a 20% off. And you can use the code comfy, the number four and the letter U. So comfy for you. C-O-M-F-Y Y4 and the letter U.

[40:17] That's a big deal. That's a great deal. Thank you very, very much. Oh, you're welcome. And you can choose from four colors. It's a luxurious chenille fabric, so it's super soft and comfortable. Yeah. Everybody should go get one, if not for the person that they are taking care of, for themselves. Because I'm going to go get myself one. Awesome. Awesome. Well, then I want to hear your feedback about how you use your Tausi. Because people use it all different ways. Oh, yeah, for sure. I can already tell you where I would be using it. On my desk chair, which came out of the ark with Noah. He has no lumber support at all.

[41:00] Watching my binge Hulu Netflix stuff. I love watching TV. That's my secret poison. Poison and then um on my bed yeah yeah the next time we're cruising the next i want it on every cruise cruise ship i i would love to to see it there i think everybody deserves to be comfortable that's really my mantra you really we we don't have to adjust some something else to get used to what somebody else tells you comfort is you already know instinctively what makes you feel comfortable.

Sustainable and Comfortable Design of Tausi

[41:37] And palsy is the tool to help you just be comfortable in any situation. And my straps are long enough on my horizontal for a hospital bed.

[41:50] Wow. Yeah. So we have vertical, we have horizontal configurations of Talsi. I've got a new product that'll be coming out, which will be a compact Talsi, which is the same comfort, but less pillowcase. So our Talsi is for the standard size pillow at this point. Wow. What an ingenious solution to a very practical problem. You know, we started the episode with talking about walking in, you know you said you walked into your mom all the way bent over 90 degrees at the middle, just because she she had slumped over you know so it's a very practical thing that people have to you know if when you've seen someone like that you know exactly what it looks like and then for for anybody who has a crooked back like a kyphotic back i promise you this thing will be the solution for that particular problem. I can tell you that already. Thank you for teaching me that. Oh, you're very welcome. I'm surprised Cindy and Christina didn't say anything about that. So we're going to end here in a second, but we had Christina and Cindy on an episode a couple of weeks ago. Yeah.

[43:05] There if she, one's a physical therapist, and I can never remember who, one's a physical therapist, one's a speech therapist, and I'm an OT. And when we get together, we always talk about it that, you know, we see the world very differently. And so I'm halfway in between, OT is typically halfway between PT and speech. So we just see it very, very uniquely, each of us have a different.

Enhancing Comfort and Caregiving Time with Tausi

[43:29] And so that was what popped into my mind.

[43:34] Yeah you know I my goal I love that because my goal really with Tausi is to free up caregiving time you know so when you see somebody looking comfortable you one you'll have better engagement with somebody because you're not kind of like internally frightened to be around them because they look pain you know in a painful situation so now you're getting better engagement caregivers and facilities are no longer having to put roll towels underneath somebody's, you know, under, under their arm, prop them up because they will slump over your body weight will fall when you fall asleep and that will take you down. And you can't always be in bed, you know, when you're all day long. So why not have the comfort with you that can strap to a wheelchair, a lazy boy and a lovely chair it's on its own. So if anybody has any questions definitely contact me at talcibrands.com or hello at talcibrands.com i will be happy to answer any questions well thank you so much and what a generous gift it is to give everybody a 20 discount we hadn't discussed that before that is super super sweet thank you so very very welcome and um we will we will have to do this us again when you bring out a new product. I'd love it. I'd love it. Thank you. Remember, comfy for you and your listeners. And we will put that in the show notes for sure.

Conclusion and Discount Code Reminder

[45:01] And thank you for listening to today's episode of Dementia Caregiving for Families. And I hope everybody goes and gets their Tausi pillow.

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About the author

“Think Different” Dementia’s owner, Lizette Cloete, OTR/L graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1992. Lizette has almost 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, the latest being in the home health environment. She enjoys teaching on the topic of dementia, most recently presenting at a national conference on the topic “Dementia Made Simple”.

Disclaimer: These blogs, videos and any work done by Lizette Cloete OT, as a Member of Think Different Dementia, LLC, is given only as educational content and consulting work. This does not create an Occupational Therapist-Patient Relationship. The educational content and consulting work performed should not be considered medical treatment as an Occupational Therapist. The consulting work does not take the place of medical work normally performed by a licensed Occupational Therapist. Please consult a licensed Occupational Therapist for medical advice.

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