Archive for the ‘Caregiving’ Category

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?

As our Homecare Advocate readers know, Joni & Friends is near and dear to our heart at Lambert’s. We participate in Joni & Friends activities and mission trips, and we recently sent our ATP Wheelchair Specialist to Guatemala to assist in distributing appropriately fit wheelchairs to those in need via their Wheels for the World program.

When we came across this moving letter written by Joni’s husband, Ken, on the secrets of being a good caregiver, we knew we had to share it with you. He titles this open letter, “Caregiving: A Cause for Christ”. Visit our blog for the full open letter; you won’t be disappointed.

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.

We have a special treat for our Homecare Advocate readers today! Elizabeth Hogue, an attorney who specializes in home care law, has written an informative piece that addresses the role of the family caregiver when a loved one opts for homecare instead of institutional care. She agreed to share this with our Homecare Advocate readers, which provides great insight on the responsibilities of the caregiver while the patient receives intermittent care at home.

Did you know that 1 in every 4 Americans is providing unpaid care for a friend or family member who is disabled, aged, or ill? These people, called informal family caregivers, do our country a great service and provide an estimated $306 billion of free care each year, saving our Medicare and Medicaid systems tremendously. They are motivated out of love, duty, and responsibility, but the stress can leave them feeling isolated, trapped, and even depressed if they don’t learn how to manage their responsibilities. “Caregiver Burnout” is a significant issue many caregivers struggle with. We need to combat this by caring for the caregiver!

Read the latest Homecare Advocate Post for 7 ways to Care for the Caregivers.

One of the most invaluable components of homecare is the family caregiver. These selfless individuals provide unpaid care for a loved one, assisting with their medical needs and/or activities of daily living. They lovingly donate their time, energy, and resources to care for one in need–and their free care has an economic value of $450 BILLION each year!

It is imperative that our country harness this free service and support the caregivers who are making personal sacrifices to care for one in need. We need greater awareness, resources, support, and communication for caregivers across the country. We need a system that empowers them to keep doing what they’re doing. These are the true champions for homecare. The true advocates for our nation’s elderly and disabled. They are the ones who walk the walk each day, and they need our support.