I’ve had conversations with a few people about writing for The Caregiver Series.  If they pan out, upcoming blog posts will include the perspective of someone who needed care for a period in her life, some of the legal aspects to caring for a loved one, and dialogue around hospice.

Some of the areas I would like to explore with you include:

  • grief
  • end-of-life decision-making
  • disease states that involve cognitive decline
  • wellness opportunities for caregivers
  • securing financial wellness during or before one becomes a primary caregiver

I’d love to hear from you about what you want to read.  Judging from the stats, you seem to enjoy the personal stories the most.  I will try to get as many of them for you as possible.

If you or someone you know would like to provide one such personal story, email me at krexploringwellness at gmail dot com.

Meanwhile, comment here or on Facebook or Twitter with what you would like to see.  Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, in honor of the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I thought this was a fitting “caregiver” quote from him:

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

 

One Response to “The Caregiver Series : What Do You Want to Explore?”

  1. on 21 Jan 2013 at 5:02 pmSheri Goff

    Am interested in all of the topics you have outlined. Have dealt with elderly parents and dementia and end-of-life situations. My main reaction to it all is Hospice, Hospice, Hospice! They are a great resource for help. We learned that you can be in hospice care and go out of hospice care. It is not just for people on their “deathbeds.” Also, Medicare covers hospice care. Hospice has RN’s who monitor the patient weekly or more often, which is a good thing even when a person is living in a retirement complex with a nurse on staff. Also, hospice provides an aide to come in to bathe and to do light housekeeping tasks (changing the bed, laundry, etc.). There are people who will do exactly those things in retirement facilities that have nursing wings, etc. BUT there’s an hourly fee for that. Hospice is concerned with the caregivers also and encourages them to go out somewhere while hospice is attending to their family member. It would be good to check with your local hospice organizations to verify exactly what is available but this was our experience and I had to fight with my husband as well as his parents to convince them to use hospice! They were not dying so therfore they did not need hospice. Their retirement facility kept bringing it up but did not educate us as to exactly what hospice could do. We all realized after we brought them in that we should have done it a lot sooner! I believe that two doctors have to concur that hospice is needed. Most hospice centers have a doctor on staff who then confers with the patient’s doctor and there are criteria that have to be met medically.

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