Going home

Going home

I've always felt like an outsider. Growing up in the suburbs I always stuck out. I didn't fit in. I didn't belong there. My parents always described me as the black sheep. When I was little, they tried to get me to play nice, wear dresses, do the things little girls...

Going home

Going home

I've always felt like an outsider. Growing up in the suburbs I always stuck out. I didn't fit in. I didn't belong there. My parents always described me as the black sheep. When I was little, they tried to get me to play nice, wear dresses, do the things little girls...

Track Your Caregiving Feelings In a Journal

Track Your Caregiving Feelings In a Journal

Caregiving can be so demanding that we lose track of our feelings. When my husband was dismissed to my care after eight months of hospitalization, I felt a dizzying array of feelings. Of course I was elated to have him home, but I was scared too, and wondered if I had...

Home modification tips and tricks

Home modification tips and tricks

We asked the community if they'd modified their home in order to better accommodate the person they cared for. The most common additions were: Shower bars Grip tape on stairs Bed rails Shower seat Stair lift Elevated toilet seat Video baby monitor Wireless doorbell...

Fly, fly away

There are a hundred reasons why not to holiday abroad with David freezing and lurching as he does. An unwelcome stowaway, Parkinsons finds a way to show up wherever we travel. Guaranteed. So he’s not reported INBBRIATED. Unfit to travel, a constant fear of mine I...

How to Care for an Elderly Hoarder

Have you ever passed by one of those houses where the crooked garage doors are barely holding themselves together over the heaping bulge behind them? Then one day, on your usual stroll of the neighborhood, those garage doors are popped wide open for the whole world to...

The yellow umbrella

Rain. Not the kind rain kids like to run in and lovers like to walk in, but the unkind rain that kids run from and lovers shun. The hard-driving cold rain no one wants to be out in. They were out in it. A mother and her young daughter, alone, at a bus stop, arms...

When caregiving begins

Caregivers come from all ages and walks of life. So many of our community members have been part-time, full-time, long-distance, and professional caregivers over the years. But as Cathy put it so perfectly: It isn't a competition regarding when we started caregiving,...

When I’m 24

When we said "in sickness and in health" we envisioned supporting each other through old age. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uk2LkW2tm8 Even 64 seems pretty young these days. The world has changed since the Beatles were at the top of the charts. When did we expect...

Exhaustion

Exhaustion.  It can hit out of the blue.  You think you’re doing well and handling everything, and you have a hopeful outlook.  It’s not always physical exhaustion.  It can be mental or emotional exhaustion.  But, mental or emotional exhaustion definitely adds to the...

What’s your type?

Moms of special needs kids come in all shapes, sizes and types. What kind of (super) mom are you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpFfP_m6X2s&sns=fb Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr blogs at This Messy Life. This former career-driven mother of three became a reluctant...

Sometimes people don’t know what to say

Sometimes people don't know the right thing to say. In fact, they put their foot in their mouths pretty often. But sometimes they say just the right thing and it makes a world of difference. I asked our community: Was there a time someone said the wrong thing? What do...

Where can you find caregiver support?

We asked our community members what the best source of caregiver support they've found is. While we could all use more support, here's what's helpful. Facebook I am the lone wolf taking care of her now. I feel just left to completely be in a silent world.can't get out...

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We do our best to feed our patients healthy meals, but we may forget to feed ourselves. Here's how other caregivers do it.

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This is what happens when the black sheep comes home to take care of his parents.

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Tembi knew she'd lose her husband to his career as a chef. She didn't expect to lose him to cancer.

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Journaling is a rewarding reprieve for so many of us. Even when no one else cares, the page listens.

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Go beyond the profile picture and get to know some of our community members.

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Bob took care of his wife as she battled cancer. Now he's fighting the battle himself.

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