PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA is a national caregiving thought leader, caregiving expert, advocate, and speaker offering online support and programs for caregivers seeking support and advice for the care of aging parents, spouses, and other family members. Pamela supports adults, age 50+, with positive aging advice and programs to increase health literacy and self-advocacy. Collaboration with professionals in the specialty areas of estate planning, elder law, and probate, financial planning, and healthcare raises awareness of and sensitivity to stressful family caregiving and healthcare issues.
Since 1999, Pamela has been a business owner providing direct service to older adults, family caregivers, and professionals. Her expertise includes care management and fiduciary responsibility in the roles of: guardian, medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and personal representative. Her professional caregiving experience combined with personal caregiving losses of a sister, both parents, and a brother offers rare and authentic expertise in the fields of healthcare and aging. Pamela offers experience and empathy in stressful caregiving situations to build confidence and peace of mind in daily caregiving and decision making. .
Online Family Caregiver Support
Pamela offers family caregivers online support and programming to solve the challenges of providing and planning for care. Common caregiving issues include: responding to unexpected crises, managing difficult family interactions, medical decision making, in home care, assisted living, nursing care, palliative care and hospice, coordinating care with providers, and navigating uncertain and intimidating situations.
It is common for caregivers to feel guilty, angry, frustrated, or emotionally exhausted by care situations. Being a caregiver negatively effects personal health, home, and employment. Women caregivers are the most effected by caregiving stress; women work, caregive for children, and caregive for aging parents. 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.
The role of caregiver is uncharted territory and an unexpected role. One day you are living your life. The next day you are a caregiver. The unintended consequences of the role of caregiving are significant. Caregiving results in health declines and emotional trauma and distress. For caregivers who opt out of the workforce to care for aging parents, financial income and savings are negatively affected. Lost income and retirement savings cannot be replaced. While many caregivers would not choose a different role, it is important to initiate conversations and 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. 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 that operate with internal constraints. These constraints make it difficult for care recipients to receive needed and beneficial care without strong and persistent advocacy skills.
A combination of caregiving and healthcare planning, legal planning and financial planning ensure that current and future needs will be met. Legal and estate planning ensure that documents are thorough and consider the wide range of unexpected challenges that may result in litigation. Financial planning ensure that funds are available for care when needed and that insurance policies are available for care needs.
Collaboration with Professionals in Healthcare, Financial, and Legal Planning
Pamela collaborates and 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-interests 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 within and outside of the family cause complications. Thorough and proactive estate plans avoid costly litigation, destruction of family relationships, and ensures 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. Specialties do not coordinate care with each other. As a result, mistakes occur. Coordination, continuity of care and training for healthcare employees represents a gap that negatively effects older adults and family caregivers.
Caregiving Thought Leader, 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 online family caregiving support and programs to build confidence in caregiving abilities. Professionals benefit from consulting with Pamela, special programming, and speaking. Click here to read Pamela’s bio.
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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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