Updated: Nov 12, 2018
I'm at round 5 on building a website for Caregivers. Any sane person would have thrown in the towel. Family caregivers and what they go through are a pretty spectacular lot. I'll try not to break my arm patting myself and you on the back. Care giving is hard. It is certainly the hardest thing I've ever done.
That brings me back to the website.
In my own care giving experience, I was constantly amazed at how hard it was to get the help I needed without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. It felt like the doctor's visits were endless, but all ended with take this medication, or we'll do this test. Was I really expected to understand how to take care of a feeding tube or pict line with a single walk-through by a nurse in a hurry? How do you get a person with no short-term memory to remember to take their medicines? What about transportation to a doctor's office? If I didn't qualify for any social services, why not? Was there any way around all these no's?
Once I started consulting, I realized it wasn't just me. Every family, as they enter the world of care giving was confronted with the same lack of information and guidance. Each family had to reinvent the wheel from scratch.
Not any more.
I want to bring what I've learned to as many people as I can and save you all from struggling any more than is absolutely necessary.
I hope you all will help me build this site by sharing your own struggles so I can guide you to the answers you need.
A word of caution: I cannot save your loved one from dying. Nothing offered here by me or anyone else is a substitute for seeing the appropriate professional: doctor, attorney, or accountant. However, I can cut the phone calls down from fifteen to one or two, steer you to the appropriate kind of professional and tell you what to ask for in that phone call. I can explain how I or other's got past that hurdle or give you three approaches that worked for other families. And I can remind you over and over again that what you are doing is the highest form of love and that your are brave beyond measure.
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Please keep coming back. I'm almost done building the functionality of the website (as of 11/15/18). I am adding more content every day: articles, videos, forms, worksheets, you name it!
If you are completely overwhelmed and need help right now, make an appointment with me.
I can't wait to hear from you!