As someone who has worked in healthcare for 17 years, let me be transparent and admit that I am 100% guilty of this. Healthcare workers are under immense pressure and understand that is part of the job. They often work long hours, exposing themselves to illness, and emotionally draining situations, and often have an immense […]
Caregiver Syndrome is a real thing and can cause serious burnout. Learn the signs and symptoms of Caregiver Syndrome and how to get the help you need. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get the support you need for yourself and for those in your life. Share this post to help spread awareness on […]
One of the biggest questions I hear from unpaid family caregivers, is how do I actually get paid to be a caregiver? There are programs available For those who are caregiving for family members. However, it’s not an easy system to navigate and it’s often left people feeling confused and frustrated. I’m going to try […]
For those of us who are unpaid family caregivers, we are often at the doctor’s office more than the average person. It’s very important that we trust our providers and are comfortable with them. This doesn’t just include the provider of the person we are caring for, but also our own individual provider if they […]
So today I want to talk about a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart: caregiver burnout. So often this topic is skimmed over and not taken quite as seriously as I think it should be. I want to start by being open, honest, and as authentic as possible. I have definitely experienced […]
Many families struggle with adjustments to having someone they are responsible for moving into long-term care. This would include assisted living, nursing home or group home. I encourage communication with staff, however if you are unable to have issues resolved, it may be beneficial to contact the ombudsman.
The Caregiver Who Is Also Employed Outside The Home. How To Balance Your Life. Many of the patients and families I work with are in a much different situation than I am. Most are retired and they are living on their retirement income and their health insurance is covered by Medicare. When Mark had his […]
I understand how this seems either too easy or impossible if you are a 24/7 caregiver. My own journey has not been seamless and I am a professional healthcare provider. However, I can share with you that either way this is hard! So I chose my “hard” everyday.
So I have been a nurse for 16 years next month. I have been an RN for 10 of those years, primarily working in home hospice. I have given more lectures than I care to recall to caregivers encouraging them to allow others to help. Help with anything! Accept a meal. Let someone come and […]
For those of us who are caregivers for loved ones with any kind of brain injury, including traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, stroke, or any diagnoses that result in brain injury, sleep can be a challenge and a point of frustration. It is one of the most important things we can use to maintain […]