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Our Mini Respite

We arrive in Santa Cruz, Ca.

If you have not figured out by now with the many Twitter and Facebook posts, @Trish and I decided to take a few days (three to be exact) and take a mini respite to one of our favorite spots, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Robert is due home Wednesday from the skilled nursing facility (SNF). Our tip combined celebrations–our upcoming 17th anniversary and my birthday. It’s really a “mass mini holiday respite.” We left last Thursday morning just after nine ...

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Ask Denise: How Do I Tell Her I Don’t Need Her Help?


Dear Denise, I’m looking to find someone to sit with my mom for a couple weeks. One friend offered her services in the evening and another during the day. Unfortunately, Mom doesn’t like the the one who wants to help in the evenings. How do I break it to her that we wouldn’t need her, even though I DO need someone in the evenings? Signed, Getting Away Dear Getting, I’m so glad you are getting ...

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Ask Denise: Should I Go?


Dear Denise, I have been caring for my spouse for the past several years, with the past few years being the most intense. I have missed two of my grandson’s birthdays and have yet to see my son’s new home. I want to go in October for a weekend for my grandson’s birthday. My caree is encouraging me, and told me to make reservations and even if he’s in the hospital to go. He doesn’t ...

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Take’s StayCation Challenge


It’s one more thing to give up because of caregiving: A vacation. Just because you stay home, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. And, just think, the fun comes without having to pack, unpack, organize, schedule, fret, worry, cajole and leave. And, to encourage you to have some fun, we’re sponsoring a StayCation Challenge. From now until July 12, take a staycation, even if it only lasts for five minutes. Think you ...

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A Cheat Sheet: Your Friend Tags You in His Vacation Photos


(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.) This really could be the worst week of your life. Nothing is going right. You can’t get to work on time, you can’t find a home health aide who knows how to care for your caree, you can’t get to the store to buy groceries, you can’t sleep. You’re surviving ...

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Caregiver Respite


I’m stuck. I’m so stuck, I don’t really know how deeply stuck I am. So this is my attempt to dig out. And it might have to come in small shovel fulls. Respite was a very welcomed and much needed time last November. Several months prior I had made arrangements to do the thing we warn our children not to do. Never travel anywhere unfamiliar alone. Never meet anyone from online, and especially never go ...

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Video Chat: A Cruising Break


We’re having a video chat today at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. PT) with @kathy, @trish and @kreisler, who will share what it was like to get ready for our cruise, how they adjusted to their life after the cruise and how the break felt. Related Articles Video Chat: Caring for Mom and Brother-In-Law ( The Test … of a Marriage ( Farewell ( 10 Tips for Family Caregivers: Beating the After-Break ...

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Are We Doing the Right Thing?

Robert loves pizza

Are we doing the right thing Is going on this cruise something we should be doing right now? Should we wait until things clear up? Or should we go? Understand that we have been the primary caregivers for my mother who has or had COPD, lung issues, stroke, heart valve issues, heart vales (x2) replaced,both knees replace (one of them twice) and is having problems with it and is now going through a pretty major ...

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Respite, Act 3


When I was a young girl I used to love to visit the local park. The playground had a merry go round there. Not the carousel type with the horses but the colorful one that had the rut all the way around it where we ran while holding on to get it to spin, then we would jump on for the ride. If we were lucky we could get an adult or another person to ...

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Join Us! We Set Sail November 11


We’re less than 60 days away from our Caregiving Cruise and we’d love for you to join us. We set sail on November 11 for a four-day cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky. We leave from Miami and then head for three stops in the Bahamas before returning to Miami. This cruise is for those currently caring for a family member or friend and for those who’s caregiving experience has ended because of their ...

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