PAMELA D. WILSON is a caregiving expert, advocate, and speaker offering programming and support for family caregivers and care receivers. Support is provided for professionals in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate, financial planning and healthcare who work with seniors and the elderly. Since 1999, Pamela has been a business owner providing direct service to caregivers and professionals. Her expertise in care management and as a fiduciary in the roles of: guardian, medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, personal representative, and trustee combined with personal life experience offers rare and extensive expertise in elder care. Pamela’s expertise provides confidence, and peace of mind.
Family Caregiver Support
She offers family caregivers with programming and support to navigate the challenges of providing and planning for care. Common caregiving issues include: avoiding making decisions in crises, managing difficult family interactions, and navigating difficult, uncertain, or intimidating situations.
It is common for caregivers to feel guilty, angry, frustrated, or emotionally exhausted by care situations that negatively affect personal health, home, or work life. Family caregivers will continue to assume increasing responsibility for loved ones with chronic disease and the memory loss diagnoses of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
For many, the role of caregiver is uncharted territory and an unexpected role. The unintended consequences of being a caregiver negatively effects caregiver health and the financial ability pay for the caregiver’s future care when work schedules are decreased or when caregivers opt out of the work force to provide care for loved ones. While many caregivers would not choose a different role, it is important to consider the long-term effects of present day choices.
Elder Care Advocate
Pamela advocates for changing the faulty belief that minimum standards of care are acceptable for seniors and the elderly. Pamela advocates that higher standards of care are not only necessary— but are the duty and ethical responsibility of all caregiving professionals serving individuals with chronic health and memory loss concerns. Family caregivers who are more educated are better advocates for loved ones diagnosed with chronic disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Healthcare and caregiving systems are necessary supports operating with internal constraints making it difficult for individuals to receive needed and beneficial care without strong and persistent advocacy skills. Legal advocacy is also needed to ensure that estate planning documents are thorough and consider the wide range of challenges facing seniors and elders.
Support for Professionals Serving Seniors and the Elderly
Pamela supports professionals in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate, financial planning, and healthcare to become trusted resources. She guides professionals practicing in estate planning, elder and probate law, and financial planning to create plans to address unexpected concerns identified in her past role as a professional fiduciary.
Family disagreement is common. The self-interest of adult children desiring a financial inheritance today is in opposition to ensuring that parents receive good care. Financial and emotional abuse occur. Well-meaning individuals cause complications. Thorough and proactive estate plans avoid costly litigation, destruction of family relationships, and ensure that the plans are implemented as intended. Detailed consideration and planning for a wide range of future consideration is necessary.
Healthcare professionals are supported by Pamela’s expertise to increase responsiveness and sensitivity to the extensive range of care challenges faced by care recipients and caregivers. The healthcare system, meaning providers in medical offices, hospitals, in home care, and care communities is disjointed. One specialty does not talk to the other. Coordination, continuity of care and training for employees represents a gap that negatively effects seniors, the elderly, and their caregivers.
Caregiving Expert, Advocate, and Speaker
Pamela’s expertise is authentic, originating from personal and professional experience. She experienced the death of both parents and family members at a young age. Her professional experience in elder care began in 1999 and her expertise has grown through increasingly responsible business leadership roles. She offers caregiving support and programs for family caregivers and care receivers. Professionals benefit from consultation services, programs, and speaking. Click here to read Pamela’s bio.
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The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes®
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“I feel guilty and angry. There are times when I don’t know what to do. I find it difficult to say no. Family members refuse to help. I am trapped caregiving for a parent for whom I have no emotional connection. My physical and emotional health is near breakdown. I have lost friends. I love my husband (or wife) but this is not the retirement I expected; I can’t be a caregiver anymore. The healthcare system is broken; for many it’s just a job and no one cares. Neglect and ignorance result in death. Information is fragmented. I was too naïve to recognize the self-interest and unethical practices until it was too late. Most of us don’t know where to turn for help. What do you mean Medicare doesn’t pay? I didn’t know what I didn’t know; ignorance is dangerous.”
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