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Caregiving Garage Sale is May 10 and 11

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What’s in your caregiving closet that you no longer use? No longer need? Do you wonder what in the world to do with those books, CDs, supplies, equipment, gadgets? Sell them in a Caregiving Garage Sale! We’re holding garage sale on CareGiving.com on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. In order to sell your goodies in our sale, you’ll want to place a free listing in our Caregiving Directory by May 10. Be sure ... Read More »

Because You Care, Wear Green Today

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I continue to think more about the loneliness and isolation that can be common when you care for a family member or friend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow spot another family caregiver in the crowd? So, let’s try it. Today, wear green to bring awareness to the family caregiver experience. Use your green as a conversation starter. If you see a colleague or stranger or co-worker wearing green on April 11, strike ... Read More »

Available: Virtual Caregiving Conference Archive

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Thanks so much to all who made today’s Virtual Caregiving Conference such a success!! We had a few glitches (such as our chat crashing which caused a few other problems) but technology problems couldn’t stop the wonderful information and inspirations shared. Thanks so much to our presenters: Holly, @roaringmouse, @jbones1961, @tneumann, @g-j, @trish @kreisler, Robert and @pamthorson. I do believe Robert stole the show. I learned so much from each presentation. And, I just love ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Janet McCaskill

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m proud to feature the story of Janet McCaskill, who cares for her husband, Al, who has permanent brain damage due to a subdural bleed. He is presently bed-bound, 75% fed with a feeding tube and incontinent. Since 1992, Janet has been manager of Cheer East, a cheer and dance supply company. ... Read More »

Because You Care, Wear Green on April 11

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I continue to think more about the loneliness and isolation that can be common when you care for a family member or friend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow spot another family caregiver in the crowd? So, let’s try it. On Friday, April 11, wear green to bring awareness to the family caregiver experience. Use your green as a conversation starter. If you see a colleague or stranger or co-worker wearing green on ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Michelle Kuehn

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Michelle Kuehn, a licensed professional counselor who cares for her mom. Michelle is part of the “sandwich generation”; she and her husband also raise their two young children. Michelle’s mom moved in with her family in 2008. “It was a struggle to figure out how we ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference Presentation: Applying the Principle of Triage

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Pam Thorson, who cares for her son, will share a principle she learned as a nurse which she applies in caring for her son. She’ll discuss the principle of “triage,” used in emergency medicine, in my duties as a caregiver. About Pam: Pam Thorson is ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Lisa Howard

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Lisa Howard. Lisa is single and works for Customs and Border Protection. She drives from her home to her parents every day and spends every weekend with them. “I am blessed to have my parents. So although it’s tiring, I just don’t take the time to ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Kelly Krei

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I delighted to introduce you to Kelly Krei, a working family caregiver. My questions and his answers follow. CareGiving.com: We often hear that caregiving responsibilities negatively impact productivity in the workplace. How do you think your caregiving experience has made you more productive? Kelly: My wife and I have twins, both endowed ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference Presentation: Finding Peace and Joy

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Holly Eburne, who cares for her husband, will open our conference at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT) with a presentation entitled, “Finding Joy and Peace Along the Caregiving Journey.” You know Holly from our monthly discussions on Your Caregiving Journey. With ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Reflecting, Two Years After a Diagnosis

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Tami Neumann will reflect on the first two years after diagnosis. When her son was diagnosed at the age of 12 with Type 1 Diabetes, their world turned upside down. Knowing what she knows now, she’ll reflects on what would have helped her to ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Chris Gunderson

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers. We begin our series today by profiling Chris, a member of CareGiving.com who cares for her husband. You can connect with her on her profile, @oscargal, and her blog.) When I wrote 10 Reasons Family Caregivers Make Awesome Employees, I thought of the family caregivers I know who work, especially Chris Gunderson. Chris volunteers to help me ... Read More »

Working Family Caregivers: Tell Us Your Story

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Do you juggle a career and caring for a family member or friend? I’d love to profile you and tell your story on CareGiving.com as part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign. To be considered, simply answer the questions in the form, below. I’ll be in touch if your profile will appear on CareGiving.com. Reminder Make a difference! Download a daily log to track your day’s responsibilities, tasks and reminders. We’re collecting daily logs ... Read More »

10 Reasons Family Caregivers Make Awesome Employees

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We often hear that an employee’s productivity takes a hit during a caregiving experience. I think the opposite can happen–that caring for a family member or friend makes an employee more focused and more determined to do well at work. To prove my point, I came up with 10 reasons family caregivers make awesome employees. 1. Rather than gathering at the water cooler, a working family caregiver refills the water cooler. A working family caregiver ... Read More »

Hire Someone Skilled in Caregiving: They Care About More Than Making a Living

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A 2012 report released by AARP found that 42% of U.S. workers provided unpaid eldercare for a family member or friend over the last five years. And, 49% expect to do so in the coming five years. And, these statistics only reflect those caring for aging family members. We know a caregiving experience involves children, spouses, siblings and friends. Caring for a family member or friend can be stressful, sad, overwhelming, heartbreaking and frustrating. On ... Read More »

Resources to Help Working Family Caregivers and Employers

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We compiled resources which help working family caregivers as well as employers. Please free free to add additional resources in our comments section. Help for Employees Who Care Articles, podcasts and videos for working family caregivers Care.com Caring in Place eCare Diary eCareTeamConnect Juggling Work and Caregiving, a free eBook from AARP Unfrazzle The Working Family Caregiver, a free eBook Help for Employers Our Corporate Caregiving Program Webinar Archive: Managing the Working Family Caregiver How ... Read More »

Meet Our Slogan Winner: Donna Embray

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On Tuesday, we announced that Donna Embray (@donna) created the winning slogan (“Hire Someone Skilled in Caregiving: They Care About More Than Making a Living”) for our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign. Through our campaign we want to encourage employers to hire family caregivers as well as retain them as employees. Donna lives in St. Joseph, Mo., with her husband and twelve-year-old son. She has been a caregiver for her husband since his brain injury ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Five Tips for Calm

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. I’ll present a session on how to stay calm. Each day, you’ll face situations which could put you into a panic. If you panic, though, you could make a snap decision or jump to the wrong conclusion. You also may miss important information which ... Read More »

And, the Winner Is…

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The winner of our Caregiving Slogan Contest: Hire a Family Caregiver is… Donna Embray (@donna) for the slogan “Hire Someone Skilled in Caregiving: They Care About More Than Making a Living.” For her winning slogan, Donna receives: $100 cash $100 gift certificate to NorthShore Care Supply for incontinence supplies; $50 Target gift card from CaringInPlace.com; $30 Amazon.com gift certificate In the next week, look for an interview with Donna about her caregiving situation and her ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Organizing Medical Paperwork

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. @jbones1961 will present a session about the binder system she developed to track of all the papers relating to her daughter’s medical issues. She’ll show us how she organizes her system as well as her medical notebook that she keeps with her. About Jane: ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Traveling with Your Caree

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. @G-J and @Trish will co-present a session to help you plan and take trips with your caree. Traveling can be a challenge as can caregiving. Put them together and it can border on a nightmare! Together, Trish and G-J will share what they have ... Read More »

Vote for Your Favorite Slogan: Hire a Family Caregiver

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On CareGiving.com, we regularly discuss what it’s like to juggle caregiving responsibilities and a career. We’ve talked about the fear of disclosing a caregiving responsibility to a new employer and how some have lost a job because of caregiving responsibilities. Our non-profit organization, The Center for Family Caregivers, works to embrace, employ and empower family caregivers. On a regular basis, we’ll launch a social media campaign to get the word out about a specific issue ... Read More »