Caregiver Online Support Groups, Programs and Courses
Avoid Surprises By The Healthcare System
Help for caregivers is here with online caregiver support groups and programs that help relieve stress and anxiety. Pamela’s expertise provides support to manage unexpected situations. Managing daily care needs is complicated when caregivers add managing healthcare needs. Caregivers unfamiliar with the healthcare system can be surprised. .
Learning to navigate the healthcare system can be a steep learning curve for family caregivers. Caring for elderly parents or a spouse can result in caregiver stress and exhaustion. Caregivers can feel alone and isolated. Pamela’s expertise puts caregivers and aging adults at ease through online caregiver support and keynote speaking events for organizations.
The benefit of online caregiver support groups and programs is to let caregivers know that hope exists. Pamela helps caregivers identify concerns and create plans to to address concern about helping aging parents or a spouse.
When life changes and being a caregiver becomes a role, caregivers fear making mistakes. Confidence and self-esteem improve through participation in online caregiver support groups and programs. When the list of things that caregivers do feels overwhelming, online caregiver support is here.
The Number of Caregivers is Growing
One in four persons in the United States is a caregiver. The majority of caregivers have responsibility for caregiving for an elderly parent or a spouse. A greater number of younger adults, age 18-35, are becoming caregivers for grandparents and aging parents. Still, the majority of caregivers are between the ages of 40 and 64.
The number of caregivers over age 65 is also increasing as the population continues to age. Many of these are spousal caregivers or adult children caring for elderly parents in their late 80’s and 90’s. Reliable and proven education for caregivers is provided online and through keynote speeches.
Loved Ones With Memory Loss Require Special Care and Attention
Being a caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia is extremely stressful. Pamela’s online caregiver support groups and programs offer peace of mind and comfort for caregivers who may not know how to respond to behaviors associated with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Behaviors are often misunderstood by family caregivers. This video by Pamela offers special insights and caregiver tips to responding to behaviors that may be viewed as frustrating or repetitive.
Work-life balances turns topsy-turvy when caregiving responsibilities grow in number and in time devoted to projects. Working caregivers struggle to keep up with day to day responsibilities and experience emotional and physical stress.
Physical Weakness and Falls Are A Significant Risk for Elderly Parents
Aging adults want to remain independent and fear being a burden to their family. Some aging adults are “elder orphans”. An elder orphan is a person who is widowed, has no children, and has no family available to help when care is needed.
Elder orphans must plan carefully for who will care for them. Living alone without a support system can be difficult and frightening. Until an elderly parent or spouse experiences health concerns it is difficult to know what to do or how to plan.
Physical weakness, balance concerns and falls present a significant risk for older adults who want to remain at home. In this video Pamela shares real-life stories about the risks to elderly parents and loved ones that result from falls. Her keynote speeches encourage caregivers to be more proactive in learning to advocate for elderly parents and loved ones.
Pamela’s online caregiver support provides background into many aspects of caring for elderly family members. A key part of caregiver support is providing insight into the actions and planning that it really takes to help elderly parents and family stay at home. Help for caregivers result from Pamela’s expertise in managing care for clients for more than twenty years.
Aging adults want to stay at home. Information presented in Pamela’s online caregiver support groups and programs help caregivers regain control and work-life balance. Aging adults and elder orphans who want decision-making power over their lives, well-being, and choices also benefit from knowing what happens in caregiving situations.
Help For Time Pressured Caregivers
Time is a concern of caregivers. Attending a caregiver support group may be on the list of things that caregivers want to do. However, the practicality of tasks to be completed and time are limiting factors. The Caring Generation radio program and podcast offer additional support for caregivers that can be listened to wherever caregivers are — in the car, at work, at the gym, or at home.
Driving to a physical location to attend a caregiver support group prevents many caregivers from receiving beneficial support. The outdated idea that groups and meetings must happen in person is giving way to online caregiver support programs by national experts with broad expertise like Pamela.
The Internet makes it possible for caregivers to access online caregiver support groups and programs from home or wherever an Internet connection exists. Programs are offered in a webinar format that may seem initially intimidating but is simple once caregivers learn the steps to participating.
Working Caregivers Struggle to Find a Work-Life Caregiving Balance
Human resource management in companies are realizing the strain that working caregivers experience. Help for caregivers is a broad subject that impacts many areas of life. Pamela offers workplace programs to address caregiver concerns about how to care for elderly parents, caregiver stress, and exhaustion.
Caregiving can be a 24/7 responsibility. When emotions run high, caregivers who have access to online caregiver support programs have the tools to remain confident and manage care. Pamela’s caregiving library, videos, and The Caring Generation radio show offer ongoing support for caregivers with questions about caring for elderly parents, spouses, and loved ones.
Online caregiver support groups and programs are convenient solutions. With an Internet connection and a computer, caregiver support is at fingertip reach. There is no need to dress up, find someone to sit with a loved one and drive to a physical support group or course. Pamela’s online caregiver support programs are easy to attend.
Why is Being a Caregiver So Exhausting?
Caregiving can blow up a well-organized life into many directions. An accident or health emergency of an aging parent or loved one can require immediate and frequent attention. The stress of this unexpected event can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Feeling confused and experiencing life in a state of commotion becomes a new state of mind for caregivers.
Chaos, drama, and emotional ups and downs necessitate finding a new balance in life between the role of caregiving and the role of an employee, parent to young children, a student, and other roles in life. Having a caregiving backup plan for unexpected situations becomes necessary.
Working women caregivers bear the majority of caregiving responsibilities 60% to 40% versus men. Women make both household and healthcare decisions. The risks to working caregivers who do not seek support are physical and emotional health concerns plus the risk of maintaining a career.
Caregivers are doing more and more. In Pamela’s The Caring Generation Radio Program called “Why Is Caregiving So Exhausting?” she reveals how to manage caregiving responsibilities and reveals new responsibilities that caregivers will face. Download, listen, read, and share this valuable podcast with others.
When caregivers do not care for themselves they are unable to care for aging parents and spouses. In these situations the caregiver risks becoming the care recipient. Mid-life women are especially prone to illness and potential disability.
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Caregivers Want to Reduce Conflict
Caregiving stirs up positive and negative feelings from childhood to the present. When adult children come together to caregive for aging parents, childhood rivalries and “who got what,” are suddenly remembered.
Caregivers want to reduce conflict in the family. Loving relationships are preferable instead of scorched earth drama. There are no perfect families.
Pamela’s online caregiver support groups and programs offer practical and proven strategies. Including caregiver tips to navigate through landmines presented by families who don’t get along. Not all family members can put feelings aside to work in the best interest of an elderly parent. .
Stress Relief and Increased Confidence
Confidence is a benefit gained by aging and adults and family caregivers who participate in online caregiver support groups and programs. Caregiving involves the component of managing healthcare. Because the healthcare system in the United States has not focused on prevention, caregivers rely on the healthcare system to do the right thing.
Fear exists about knowing what questions to ask healthcare providers. Healthcare providers are rushed and do not have the time to explain information in a manner that is easily understood. Mistakes and confusion occur.
The healthcare system is making strides to engage and educate patients. These improvements require caregiver and patient participation and willingness to engage in making better healthcare decisions.
Confidence and Self-Esteem
Caregivers want the confidence to manage care for elderly parents and to make the right decisions. Online caregiver support groups and programs for aging adults and family caregivers offer the benefit of improving self-esteem and advocacy skills. By understanding the situations that happen, caregivers are more prepared to respond to unexpected circumstances.
It’s easy to feel alone and paralyzed about making the right decisions. Working with the healthcare system can be challenging when caregivers question their abilities. Caring for elderly parents who are ill and experiencing declining health can be exhausting and worrisome. Pamela’s online caregiver support groups help caregivers identify concerns and create systems and plans to manage care while avoiding the daily ups and downs that often occur.
Caregivers Working Together – Supporting Each Other
Online caregiver support groups and programs offer a safe place to discuss feelings about caregiving. Men and women approach caregiving differently.
Men and women are committed family caregivers. Differences occur when men approach caregiving like a job meaning like tasks completed at work. Men want to fix caregiving situations and manage care.
Caregiving situations usually cannot be “fixed” from the perspective of “fixing” the health of a loved one. At best we can hope for a slight improvement or maintaining a health condition. A fact of aging is that our bodies are not getting younger and it is unlikely our health will improve significantly. Managing and maintaining health is a good goal.
Women as caregivers are the nurturers. It is easier for women than men to talk about emotions and feelings surrounding caregiving. Talking about the emotional and physical stresses of caregiving is important because the stress is real and is damaging to health and well-being. Many caregivers are unsure how to manage when work and caregiving responsibilities collide.
As caregivers, women also complete more of the hands-on work. Hands-on means help with activities of daily living that include: bathing, managing incontinence, help with dressing, and mobility. Men are less comfortable completing these tasks, but if necessary, will do whatever it takes.
Manage Worry About Health Concerns of Elderly Parents
Better than average care for loved ones is not an automatic situation. Better care doesn’t happen without effort and advocacy. When a family member is appointed as the power of attorney, the responsibility of caregiver comes with this appointment.
If you are aware of power of attorney but are unsure of the responsibilities, Pamela’s online power of attorney course may be the solution for you and your family. If your aging parents do not yet have their power of attorney documents and you’re wondering when it’s time to get power of attorney for an aging parent, the answer is now.
Online caregiver support groups and programs help aging adults and caregivers learn the secrets that result in better than average care. The ability to understand a health diagnosis and to ask questions of the healthcare system is important. Many times, the questions asked are the key to helping loved ones receive better care. .
Applying the learning from caring for elderly parents is important for caregivers who wish to improve their health. Caregivers can see their future as individuals who may need care. The experience and insight gained from caregiving for an elderly parent is valuable.
Caregivers Want to Take Care of Family and Me
The role of caregiving throws previous plans up in the air. Time management and finding balance become critical. Gaining inner strength from meditation, prayer, reading inspirational books is what will carry us through days when caregiving feels impossible.
Caregivers want more of the good and less of the bad. More joy from caregiving. Less stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights.
Caregiving for aging parents, spouses, and loved ones is work. It is difficult. Family caregivers caregiving for persons diagnosed with memory loss have the added experience of responding to behaviors that can be unpredictable and threatening.
Online caregiving support groups and courses help caregivers master negative feelings and provide hope that the seesaw of emotional and physical stress can improve.
Time for me and taking my life back are the dreams of many caregivers. Balancing caregiving and life is possible with caregiving support and taking small steps to involve others in caregiving.
If You’re Really Serious – You’re In The Right Place
If you are interested and committed to do what it takes to care for elderly parents, a spouse or a loved one. Pamela’s online caregiver support groups and programs can help.
If you are tired of battling a caregiving and healthcare system that seems to win, help is here. Tired of family disagreements and conflict? Help is here.
If struggle seems to be a daily event, online caregiving support groups and courses can help you reduce struggle and gain inner strength.
If you want to gain confidence in decision making and learn to manage care, advocate with the healthcare system and coordinate with service providers, help is here.
Take the first step today to learn more about online caregiver support groups and programs that are available.
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