Caregiver Stories


Respite Care and its Barriers

Respite is defined as: for family care partners who provide ongoing care to someone with a chronic or disabling condition or for a family facing undue hardship or crisis. Respite means planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family care… Read More

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care has been defined as “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all appropriate treatment. It aims to control pain, help facilitate communication among treating clinicians and the communication of clinicians with patients and families. It… Read More

Why Support Groups are Important

Support groups can be helpful if you are facing a major setback in life, or if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It is important that you do not go through it alone. Studies have shown the impact on caregivers can be detrimental when they are burnt out and could potentially be… Read More

Preparing for End of Life and Death

End of life is inevitable. We all die, whether it is expected or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love and create the opportunity for end of life and death that maintains self-control. If you are reading these words,… Read More

One Simple Practice

One simple practice a friend shared with me has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into my consciousness, I literally say out loud, “One thing, Vic. Just one thing.”  Hearing that simple phrase re-centers my head and my next… Read More

Therapy Intervention is All About Relationships

Therapy is truly beneficial for your mental health. To ensure that you receive the most benefits out of a therapy session, you must consider the relationship you have with your therapist.  It may be that your care partner will need physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of an intervention to improve and maintain the… Read More

Preventing Financial Scams

There are many kinds of financial scams. Strange calls asking for your Social Security Number. A romantic partner controlling your finances. Caregivers exploiting the elderly. Predatory loans. Someone claiming you have been scammed and they need to verify your bank account number. The Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative was created to help both young… Read More

When “Friends” Become Too Much

When do friends become too much? Following yesterday’s blog, “Authentic Independence,” I mentioned being cautious of certain individuals.  Though they may be friends, 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… Read More

The CARE Act

The CARE Act passed the Nevada legislature largely with help from AARP in 2015.  It employs three simple things to help family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized. First, caregivers are designated in their loved one’s medical record. Second, the caregiver is notified before the loved one is discharged from the hospital. Thirdly, the… 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