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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 »

At Least I’m Consistent

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My late grandmother got sick in 2003. My mother and grandfather lived with her and so were her main caregivers. I also helped with her to take some of the load off them. For a while I worked until she kept having recurrent health problems and had to go in the hospital one time after another. At Christmas 2003 she had to be transferred to a hospital an hour away. I needed to be more ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

A Cheat Sheet: Your Boss Follows Your Blog

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(Editor’s Note: Recently, we began a new series called “Cheat Sheets.” We’ll share easy-to-remember tips to help you through caregiving’s most hair-raising and patience-testing moments.) On a whim, you started a blog about caring for your in-laws. You began by treading gently into the unfamiliar territory of sharing your private life in a public way. You fretted about the first few posts: What would others think? Would anyone leave a nasty comment? With each blog ... 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 »

Keep Going…

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I’ve been struggling to decide whether to blog or not. Things with Marc have been going well. He’s doing good with his recovery. There are some things that I worry about but nothing so much that I’m overly stressed about it. I keep an eye on him, as always, making sure he’s doing what he needs to and getting him used to doing things for himself again so that I can hopefully go back to ... Read More »

Podcast: Table Talk with Trish

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Trish joined Denise on Saturday, Feb. 8th, to discuss caregiving issues while working. As always I love listening to @Trish. I can relate to her about writing and I know sometimes I get so caught up in just living day to day life that I forget about writing and how much I love it. Be sure to listen below and as always make sure you leave a comment. Hugs:o) Jane ~ The Roving Reporter New ... Read More »

Friday Video Chat: Re-Entering the Workforce

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What’s it like to look for a job during a caregiving experience and after a career as a stay-at-home mom? On Friday, our video chat will focus on @G-J, who cares for her husband, and her job search. We’ll be joined by Harriet Di Cerbo, a life coach who will offer tips and suggestions to help G-J. To watch our discussion, just come back here on Friday, February 7, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. ... Read More »

Friday Chat: Paid Family Leave Overview

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In this Friday Video Chat, I discuss of paid family leave with Matthew Cain, Online Campaigner, Caring Across Generations. Matthew has run email advocacy and fundraising campaigns for nonprofits, candidates and elected officials. He coordinated an online campaign that collected tens of thousands of petition signatures and ultimately led to the passage of New York City’s paid sick leave law in 2013. According to National Partnership for Women and Children, a national paid leave program ... Read More »

How Does Caregiving Make You an Invaluable Employee?

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On Sunday, I announced that I’m planning a social media campaign that encourages employers to hire family caregivers as well as keep them as employees. The campaign will highlight what makes family caregivers truly valuable employees. With your help, we’ll promote that message across social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn. (I’d love your help in creating the slogan and tag line; be sure to enter our contest to find the best slogan ... Read More »

Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers?

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Our Friday video chat happens at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT) on January 24. Cali Williams Yost, author of TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, joins me to discuss this question: Could a “caregiving tract” help working family caregivers? Would a “caregiving tract” be a way for family caregivers to stay in the workforce, maintain their skills and professional relationships while having more flexibility to manage caregiving responsibilities? ... Read More »

Caregiving Slogan Contest: 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 »

Podcast: Table Talk with Trish

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Denise was joined by Trish today and talked about the idea of a support group for caregivers in the work place. Denise also asked Trish the question which is harder cargiving or your career. Want to know the answer? You will need to listen to the show. I think in some cases caregiving is harder than parenting especially when you have to combine the two. Another awesome show with Trish so make sure that you ... Read More »

Video Chat: Family Caregivers Talk Career and Caregiving

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On Friday, January 10, four family caregivers will join me to talk about juggling their career and their caregiving responsibilities. To watch our discussion, which takes place at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT), just come back here. Joining me will be: –Chris, who works for a social service agency and cares for his partner. Chris blogs on CareGiving.com and on his website, The Purple Jacket. Follow Chris on Twitter: @TheBowTieGuy –Heather, a ... Read More »

A Cheat Sheet: Yes, You Did Just Say That Out Loud

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(Editor’s Note: On Saturday, we began a new series called “Cheat Sheets.” We’ll share easy-to-remember tips to help you through caregiving’s most hair-raising and patience-testing moments.) You’re in the middle of a tussle with your caree. Unfortunately, the tug-of-war didn’t end at home but follows you to work. Which means that your caree now bombards you with email messages full of reasons why wearing incontinence briefs at night will not work. And, that makes you ... Read More »

A Cheat Sheet: Your Boss Wants You to Manage His Mom’s Care

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(Editor’s Note: On Saturday, we began a new series called “Cheat Sheets.” We’ll share easy-to-remember tips to help you through caregiving’s most hair-raising and patience-testing moments.) You thought it best to keep your boss abreast of your caregiving responsibilities simply because you can’t predict how your spouse and your father will be from one day to the next. On a regular basis, you share about the services and solutions you use so your boss knows ... Read More »