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— Caregiving crises can erupt with a phone call. For me it happened on a glorious sunny morning in the summer of 2008 with a ring from my sister. Within hours of hearing that Mom’s caregiver needed to be fired, panic and fear rained down on me because we realized Mom would soon have to leave home. Ten years later, when I reflect on that phone call, I still feel the churn in my stomach as I raced across town to …

— Dear So & So, I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but I’d rather you were not my Caregiver this month. I understand, unlike other Long Term Care facilities, the residents of NAME REDACTED Assisted Living Facility have the right to accept or reject an assigned Caregiver.  I sure hope so, because I pay over $6000 a month to live  here. At that rate, I’m sure you’d agree, I should be able to call some of the shots.  After all, …

— I had just finished reading an interesting story on Yahoo News, and went to breakfast in the dining room anxious to tell my table mate, George, about it.  After I prefaced my retelling, I couldn’t remember the story I wanted to tell. Yet . . . . . . The other night, I was reminiscing about my undergraduate days as a student actor, playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice: Hath not a Jew eyes, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— My wheelchair and I have spent over a decade together. Wait a moment. That’s not quite true. Since a cushion first accepted my butt upon which to repose and with which to travel, I have had two wheelchairs, five cushions – and two backs. I highlight the backs because my new one, with curved sides to deter my dextroscoliosis, cost five hundred dollars or so.   A spendy assemblage, but consider: I spend all my waking hours in my chair. How …

— I had just finished reading an interesting story on Yahoo News, and went to breakfast in the dining room anxious to tell my table mate, George, about it.  After I prefaced my retelling, I couldn’t remember the story I wanted to tell. Yet . . . . . . The other night, I was reminiscing about my undergraduate days as a student actor, playing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice: Hath not a Jew eyes, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; …

— “Which shoes,” the caregiver asks? We have come to the final step in getting me dressed. I’ve engaged in this morning ritual for twelve years with many diverse caregivers. Before I became disabled in 2005, and compelled to live the ALF life, (Assisted Living Facililty) I’ve had many decades of putting on and tying my own shoes.  I’ve also had over fifty years of putting on and tying the tiny shoes of twelve children. So, I had pre-conceived notions of what …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— It was a strenuous effort to get out of bed, but the rise was self-executed; however, the shine requires help – a caregiver. After seating myself in the wheelchair and putting around with my computer, a caregiver knocks, enters and gets to work. She pushes my wheelchair into the bathroom, where she pulls down my pajama pants and guides me to the hard plastic seat.  No longer does she leave the apartment and say “just pull the cord” (the stand-off I …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …