Posts Tagged ‘caregiving’

If the interstate traffic is any indication, people are well on their way towards their Thanksgiving activities. While we’re bumper to bumper today, tomorrow gives us reprieve from everyday struggles. Thanksgiving is the time of year where all of the admittedly difficult, bad, and unjust things are consciously put aside as we focus on the Good.

Thanksgiving is quite possibly my favorite holiday of the year. It’s easy to lose ourselves in the everyday shuffle of life and lose perspective. Homecare can be a difficult journey, and often one we seemingly face alone. We brave the edges of the map, wondering what to do next or if we can give enough. It’s easy to be consumed by the trails and hurdles. However, I think back to a lesson I learned in high school that transformed the way I view the world.

Most caregivers began helping when seeing the unmet needs of a loved one. Responsibilities increase with passing time. Inevitably, a day will come. As you will lay awake in bed, thinking about the To Dos and Could Haves and What Ifs for your loved one, and a troubling question comes to mind: Can I give enough?

Homecare Advocate readers, we are pleased to bring you our very first post by guest blogger, Kate Damron. She is part of our customer service team at our north Knoxville store, and she has a real heart for helping people. Read on as she explains how the act of caregiving embodies the essence of Saint Patrick.

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we couldn’t be more proud of the selfless men and women who devote their lives caring for family members and loved ones. Most caregivers can tell you, caregiving is not for the faint of heart. Caregiving is a demanding job even in the best of circumstances. A common question we hear is how a caregiver can handle someone who has become defiant, confused, delusional, angry, or even abusive. Read on for tips and resources on how to deal with this type of behavior.

Reading “A Journey Through Fire: ALS-Memoir of a Caregiver” that chronicles the struggles & strength of Shirley & Bill as he battles Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Learn about ALS & how to get involved.