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Webinar Follow-Up: How Can We Help You Build Your Team?

truth-mdOur free monthly webinar, Telling Your Truth to Build Your Team, took place yesterday. During the webinar, I helped you tell the private truth (the one you wear on your heart) in order to understand the help you need. Once you understand the help you, you can build a team. (Miss the webinar? No worries? You can enjoy the archive here.)

So, I’d love to know: What’s your private truth? And, how can we help you build your team? Please share in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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    My private truth is that I haven’t “given up my life” to care for my mother as she sometimes tells people. I feel like I’m fighting for my life. I want to grow my writing career and build an online business. But almost every day I spend a good part of my day at doctor appointments with my mother (radiation, chemotherapy, hospital, dialysis, etc.). When I’m home, I have trouble switching gears to sit and gather my thoughts to do something for my career.

    I want someone to be able to either go to her appointments (even though she only feels comfortable with me as her advocate) or come to the house 1-2 times a week for 3 hours so I can go to the library with my laptop (even though she doesn’t want someone “sitting around her.”)

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      Hi L’Tanya–I feel your pain. It’s incredibly frustrating to fight for your life.

      When you tell your mom that you need help in order to continue helping her, how does she respond?

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        She knows I need help and I think she is just resigned to accept whatever I come up with even if she doesn’t want to. I guess what I’m trying to say is that she is open to it some but it depends on the kind of help. For example, I contacted the American Cancer Society about their transportation service to cancer-related appointments. But there are so many details involved other than just transportation that I started to doubt its convenience. Details are related to advocacy — I answer all questions about her meds, remember complaints she’s had. Her short-term memory isn’t good and she gets so overwhelmed that she kind of shuts down. So while I could have someone take her to her appointment, who will help her when she’s with the doctor? Am I just over-thinking this whole thing?

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          Hi–The good news is that she’ll accept the help.

          I don’t think you are over-thinking. I think you are thinking it through–a big, important difference.

          If she had transportation to a doctor’s appointment, would you be able to have a phone call with the doctor before and after the appointment? Perhaps phone conversations would make this kind of help seem possible.

          I also would ask the ACS how other family members use the service and still make sure they have a voice during the appointment. Talk out your concerns with the ACS staff and see what suggestions they have for you.

          Would you feel comfortable talking to her doctor and following up with ACS to see if this service would work for you?

          If you decide it doesn’t (and it may not), we’ll keep brainstorming ideas.

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    L’Tanya……same here…I do feel like I’m fighting for my life and balancing my new duties as caregiver. I’m currently talking to home health care agencies to see if they can come out to help. As of right now we are waiting till April when her ins kicks in for some assistance. I do hope you are able to balance both and get some help too!

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      What kind of assistance will the home health care agency give?

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        Hi–A home health aide can help with personal care, light housekeeping, meal prep and transportation (like to the doctor’s office). You could hire a home health aide a few days a week to give you a break.

        What do you think?


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