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Tell Us: Has Social Media Helped You Get Better Care?

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It can be hard to trust that a service provider, like a home health agency or skilled nursing facility, will do what you need them to do–provide quality, timely, professional care. When you hire help, you can feel like you’re not just stepping into a pool but diving straight into the deep end. You take a deep breath as you take the plunge. The worry, of course, is that something will go wrong and you ...

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Call for Entries: Innovation in Caregiving Award

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The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging invites creative caregivers to apply for the fourth annual Innovation in Caregiving Award. Up to three award winners will each receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000. Awards will be presented at BRIA’s annual conference in November, 2014. Applications for the award are available online at www.benrose.org/award by calling 216-791-8000. Deadline for applications is June 30, 2014. The Innovation in Caregiving Award recognizes adults (age 18 and ...

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Climbing Everest for Family Caregivers

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By Kuntal Joisher Growing up not too far from the Himalayas, climbing Everest has always been a dream of mine. But, it wasn’t until five years ago that I decided to pursue the challenge and begin training for the journey of a lifetime. As expected, the physical training has been anything but easy. However, the emotional toll I have taken during this time often feels infinitely harder than climbing any mountain peak. Almost seven years ...

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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 ...

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Health Care Happens in the Family; Let’s Tally Your Caregiving Years

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We think of the health care system as compromising hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors, rehabilitation services. Sure, these are part of the health care system. Health care, though, happens in the family. Hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors and rehab services provide once-in-awhile care. Family members, like you, provide all-the-time care, day and night, day after day. You change wounds, dispense medications, monitor health, provide activities, prepare special meals, keep health care professionals up-to-date, research options, advocate for ...

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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 ...

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Video Chat: Caring for Mum

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During this video chat, Martyn ( @zkidookreativ ) joins me to talk about caring for his mum and how he uses social media to help other family caregivers. Related Articles Friday Video Chat: What If Employers Offered a Caregiving Leave? (caregiving.com) Video Chat: How Do We Define a Primary Family Caregiver? (caregiving.com) Vidoe Chat: Caregiving Then and Now (caregiving.com)

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Tell Us: When Have You Deferred on a Doctor’s Recommendation?

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Recently, during one of our member chats, we discussed a doctor’s recommendation that you knew was not right for your caree. You may have understood the reason for the doctor’s recommendation and you knew you had a better solution. Which leads to quandary: Follow the doctor’s advice or follow your gut. So, I’m curious: When has a doctor made a recommendation that you knew wouldn’t work but you followed anyway? Or, when did a doctor ...

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On November 8, Let’s Disrupt on Twitter

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You are a disruptor. Typically, disruption takes place from technology. I believe technology will impact our health care industry. It’s a group of individuals–like you–who will transform it. Because of your role in your caree’s care, you disrupt the health care system because you become the provider. You are as valuable in the health care industry as the doctors and nurses, as the hospitals, home care agencies, long-term care facilities. You provide a great value ...

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Thank You And Our Winners

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This past week, we celebrated CareGiving.com’s 17th birthday. We also disrupted–by taking action to impact others, ourselves and each other. Thank you all for such a special week. I loved all your comments and tweets and Facebook posts and stories and risks. You made this week incredibly special. Here’s what our week looked like: –On Sunday, we disrupted by inviting others to join in our birthday celebration; –On Monday, we honored your carees by sharing ...

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