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Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’ve explored: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab takes on the topic of guilt. Oxford Dictionary defines guilt as …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our …READ MORE

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. I know that all you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In …READ MORE

The Heart of Caregiving

On the first Sunday of March, family, friends, and team members gathered at Blakeford to hear the reading of names and the ringing of a bell to honor and remember each of those residents who had passed in 2015. Ceremonies like these can be an important part of the healing process when one faces a loss. This …READ MORE

How To Create Meaning in Dementia Care

One of the most important things to a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s is to know their loved one is happy. However, they are often so overwhelmed by the responsibility of caregiving, that the fun of being together is lost. All engagement tends to be for survival and not for enrichment. This often results in …READ MORE

Is It Time to Hire a Professional Caregiver?

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. – National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009 If you’re …READ MORE

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