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Poll: What’s Your Greatest Challenge Today?

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The challenge of a caregiving day is managing all the challenges of a caregiving day. I’d love for you to tell us which challenges you are facing today. Please select the challenges(s) you’re facing today in our poll, below. You can select as many as you’re facing. And, feel free to share your thoughts about your challenges in our comments section, below. Create your own user feedback survey

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Poll: Would You Pay $199 for a House Call?

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I read an article this morning on CNN about new apps which schedule physician house calls (House Call Apps Bring a Doctor to Your Door). The apps borrow a page from companies like Uber, which makes transportation more convenient. Companies like Pager and Medicast bring health care back into the home. Currently, insurance companies do not reimburse for house calls so using one of these services will cost you $199. Would you use such a service and pay ...

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Poll: How Would You Like Technology to Help You?

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Yesterday, I participated an event in Palo Alto, Calif., to discuss how technology can help family caregivers. The National Alliance for Caregiving (the “Alliance”), in partnership with Rajiv Mehta of Bhageera Consulting and Richard Adler of People & Technology, sponsored the event, “Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregivers.” As a result of the meeting, the Alliance will release a White Paper, which I’ll share with you when published, to raise awareness of how to develop ...

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Tell Us: Do You Want to Know the Final Departure Time?

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This morning, I wrote a weekly comfort called Depart, which talks about making memories. We can’t know the day and time of a caree’s final departure–we can only do our best to make today count. Which makes me wonder: Do you want to know the day and time of the final departure? Would you want to know when death will arrive–for your caree, for yourself or for other family members? What are the advantages of ...

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What’s Your Color Today?

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How are you feeling today? We’d love to know; just complete our poll, below. And, if you’d like, share how you’re feeling (and why) in our comments section. (If you choose “Other” in our poll, please write in your own answer in the blank field.) Today, My Color Is… Related Articles After the Dementia Diagnosis: What Now? (caregiving.com) Write (caregiving.com) Poll: Would You Take a Position as Family Care Manager? (caregiving.com) A Caree Shares His ...

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Poll: Would You Take a Position as Family Care Manager?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post exploring the idea of a designated family caregiver in every family. (Read “The Future of Caregiving: A Designated Family Caregiver?“) In essences, families pool their money to hire another family member to be that family unit’s primary family caregiver. I call this position a Family Care Manager. Today, I’d love to know if this position appeals to you. For the purposes of this poll, please make some assume that your ...

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Where Do You Shop for Caregiving Supplies?

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About eight years ago, I met with a larger retailer (think bull’s-eye) and an incontinence product manufacturer. The manufacturer suggested that the retailer become a more attractive shopping experience for family caregivers and asked me to meet with their staff to share ideas. We talked about products to add and a store layout to modify so shopping with a caree in a wheelchair could be easier. Nothing changed in the stores as a result of ...

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Poll: Does Your Doctor Know You Are a Family Caregiver?

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I’ve been enjoying Trish‘s comments to my post, “A Theme for You.” Each of her comments has given me food for thought. Her last comment also gave me the idea for this week’s poll. I wonder: Does your doctor know you are a family caregiver? Meaning, have you told your doctor that you care for a member of your friend or for a friend? Please vote in our poll, below. And, if you have additional ...

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How Do You Rate Against Non-Caregiving Peers?

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The New York Times Old Age blog featured an interesting story yesterday (Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits). Caregiving has some interesting benefits. Consider: 1. Family caregivers have a lower mortality rate than non-caregivers. 2. Family caregivers are physically stronger than non-caregivers. 3. Family caregivers scored better on memory tests than non-caregivers. 4. Caregiving can lengthen your life. (You can listen to my 2009 talk show interview with the researcher who research offered this conclusion here.) Let’s do ...

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Poll: What’s Caregiving’s Worst Side Effect?

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It would be wonderful if caregiving came wrapped with a label, like the one the pharmacist attaches to all medications, listing all its possible side effects: Caregiving can cause weight gain. Caregiving can make friends and family disappear. Caregiving can interfere with your ability to enjoy down time. So, in this week’s poll, I’d love to know: What’s the worst side effect of caregiving? Please vote (you can choose as many options as you’d like) ...

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