Caregiver Stories


When “Friends” Become Too Much

Following yesterday’s blog, “Authentic Independence,” I mentioned being cautious of certain individuals.  First, be aware and beware of individuals who suck you dry emotionally.  Take inventory of who you are around and what they are doing to you, as well as what they are doing to your time.  Their presence in your life may very… Read More

Adding Life to Years

The CARE Act Did you know some 40 states, including Nevada, have enacted the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act? The CARE Act requires hospitals to recognize the vital role of Caregivers when care recipients (of any age) are admitted to a hospital (and after being discharged) by providing Caregivers with resources, training, and information… Read More

Respite Care for Caregivers

The dictionary describes respite as, “A short period of rest or relief from something difficult.” Being a caregiver for an adult, whether that adult is a parent, spouse, child, other family member or life partner, is one of the most difficult tasks that life hands to people. Caregiving is a 24-hour job, 7 days a week.  Taking… Read More

GRIEF AND GRIEVING FROM A PERSONAL VIEWPOINT

The dictionary defines grief as, “Deep sorrow, especially that is caused by someone’s death.”   “Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay.  Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith, it is the price of love.” – Author unknown People grieve in many different… Read More

Why Support Groups Are Essential For Caregivers

Many people are born with an innate sense of selflessness; one that motivates people to go out of their way to help others before they help themselves. We all know someone like this; maybe it’s the neighbor who always shovels a pathway through the snow on your driveway the morning after a storm, that one… Read More

Becoming Someone Else’s Hero

The truth of the matter is, when you are a caregiver, you go beyond your job. You go beyond yourself. You become a nurturer and a healer. You learn how to become empathetic and compassionate to those in need. You learn the virtue of being patient. You learn to be flexible with your time because… Read More