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Dear <#LEAD_FIRST_NAME#>:

None of us expects to be a caregiver. When this role becomes part of our lives we may feel as if we are in unfamiliar territory.  Stubborn parents, managing service providers, and considering assisted living may be subjects involved in your daily life. 

 

In this newsletter are 4 articles to share with other caregivers you know:

More FREE articles, videos, and podcasts are available on my caregiver support website at The Caring Generation. Please share this website with other caregivers you know who might benefit from a library of information relating to caregiving.

 


If you are a caregiver looking for a single source of information, my book,  The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life's Unexpected Changes offers helpful advice and recommendations.

 

If The Care Navigator has been of assistance to you, we sincerely appreciate other individuals and caregivers you send to us for assistance. We do our best to make sure that your confidence in us is returned. Please email me at Pamela@TheCareNavigator.com or call me (303) 810-1816 if you have questions about how The Care Navigator might assist you or those you know.  You may also review our list of Frequently Asked Questions. 

 

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AnchorThe Politics of Caregiving: How to Avoid Creating Enemies


By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Politics and politicians—why can’t we do without them?  Especially during periods of election when the media spins stories and it’s difficult to know who to trust versus who not to trust. Caregiving situations where multiple family members are involved, presents a similar situation. There are times when it’s difficult to know the good caregiver from the ill-intended caregiver.

How might a caregiver be likened to a politician? What can be done to avoid a caregiver creating enemies with family and service providers who might be involved in care situations? Honestly there are times when even I look at a situation and see it to be purely without reason or a logical thought process. What might a caregiver embroiled in a political battle between family members do to survive?

Click here to read three tips to help caregivers survive political battles and make friends versus creating enemies.
 


AnchorAssisted Living:  Spousal Relationships and Social Challenges

 

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Couples living together in assisted living communities may presently be a rarity; however the prevalence of couples living in assisted living communities is expected to increase. What challenges do couples experience when moving to and living in an assisted living community?   How might couples with different care needs and personalities live successfully with others in an assisted living community?

Click here to read entire article

 

Caregiving Relationships: My Parent is Stubborn

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

How many times do we hear adult children say “my parent is stubborn” or “my parent is difficult”?  How often is this really an accurate assessment of the true situation?

Does the definition of a “stubborn parent” arise because a parent may be starting to become less physically or cognitively able and adult children desire to step in and take over without consulting the parent? Many times perceived stubbornness can be resolved by having a discussion about the issue at hand and attempting to understand both sides of the situation.

Each situation is different and depends on whether the parents require the involvement of family for support.

Click here to read the entire article
 


Professional Guardianship Standards Series Two: Service Providers, Service Plan Development, and Monitoring

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Almost 
anyone can be a professional guardian. Are the results the same from guardian to guardian or is there a difference between professional guardians who commit to implement the standards of membership organizations?  How might wards benefit from guardians whose actions support a higher standard of care and thorough oversight? Here are a few questions to ponder regarding supervising service providers and developing service plans.
  • Is there a difference between a family member guardian and a professional guardian relative to experience that is beneficial to managing service providers?
Click here to read the entire article


AnchorThe Care Navigator - Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How do I decide if services of the Care Navigator can help me?

Pamela D. Wilson of The Care Navigator offers a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to allow you to present the details of your situation, to ask questions and to determine if The Care Navigator is able to provide support that is a good fit for your situation. The Care Navigator offers as little or as much support as desired -- ranging from a one hour in office consultation to the services of care navigation, care advocacy, care oversight and care coordination, assessments and service as a guardian, power of attorney or personal representative. We tailor our services to meet your needs.

  • What if I don't know the questions I should ask?

The fact that you are asking this question proves that you are aware of the benefits of asking the right questions and the importance of this aspect in arriving at a positive outcome. During the FREE 15 minute phone consultation and throughout our work with you, you will be asked questions to help you understand the complexities of situations so that you become more educated and informed and better able to advocate for your situation.

  • What if my loved one has a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, accessing the services of The Care Navigator is even more important. Understanding the effects of the diagnosis on daily life and making plans for the future are critical to ensure that a loved one's wishes will be fulfilled. Some individuals with dementia experience significant changes in behaviors that threaten or frighten loved ones. Others refuse care. By having a better understanding of the disease process and the options for support you will be able to support needed care for your loved one.

  • How do we decide what support is beneficial?
  • Are you able to work within my budget?

Click here to read all of the answers
 


AnchorHow to Access Information in the FREE Family Library 
 
To visit and check out the FREE information (without subscription) in the Caring Generation Library Click Here.  If you like what you see, I encourage you to subscribe and to share this website with co-workers, members of your community, friends and family.  
 
To access the articles in this newsletter, click any of the “Click here to read the entire article" links above. If you want to read entire articles in the family library, take the next steps:.
 
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Thank you for allowing me to be of service,

Pamela D. Wilson
The Care Navigator, The Caring Generation, and author of the book, The Caregiving Trap

Pamela@thecarenavigator.com
(303) 810-1816

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