PAMELA D. WILSON is a caregiving expert, advocate, and speaker supporting family caregivers and professional caregivers. Since 1999, Pamela has been a business owner providing direct service to families, individuals, caregivers, health and care providers, attorneys, and financial planners in the areas of care management, care navigation, caregiving services and support, elder care, legal and financial appointments and estate administration. Pamela provides expertise, confidence, and peace of mind for caregivers and challenging family and care situations.
She supports family caregivers avoid the heartbreaking experience of 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.
Pamela advocates for changing the faulty belief that minimum standards of care are acceptable. 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. The healthcare and care 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.
Pamela supports professional caregivers to become trusted resources. Many professional caregivers in the health and care industries, financial planners, and estate and elder law attorneys while familiar with the challenges experienced by families are unfamiliar with the challenges of coordinating care, working through family dynamics, the exhaustive responsibilities of being a family guardian, medical or financial power of attorney, personal representative or trustee, and other day to day challenges of working to ensure loved ones receive better than average care.
Pamela’s expertise is authentic and originated through personal life experience of the death of both parents and family members at a young age. Her professional experience and expertise has grown through increasingly responsible business leadership roles since 1999 as a direct service provider for older adults and the disabled of in home care services, care management, care navigation, and fiduciary appointments as court appointed guardian, medical and financial power of attorney, personal representative of the estate, and trustee. This rare breadth of expertise and practical experience offers value and peace of mind to family and professional caregivers that higher standards of care are possible, that advocacy and planning makes a difference, and that being more educated delivers positive results and care for individuals and loved ones.
The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes®
Pamela’s book supports conversations of care that emphasize choice, planning and balance in family caregiving relationships.
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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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