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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Are We Doing the Right Thing?

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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Can I Pull Off Vacation?


A couple of months ago Hubby asked “So how long has your mom been here? About a year now?” “No,” I replied, “It’ll be three years in October.” His eyes widened, “You gotta be kidding me!” No I wasn’t kidding. In that two plus years he has had eight weeks of vacation from his job. In the same time I have had exactly two days off. Hospitalizations don’t count as far as I’m concerned! For ... Read More »

Grandma’s Rules


(The following is a loose paraphrase of a conversation I had with Grandma.) “Rule #1,” Grandma said emphatically. “Don’t rush me. I’ll get there.” We were at the breakfast table, talking about my upcoming visit to the Dominican Republic. I’ve been preparing Grandma for this trip for the last few days, reminding her that I would only be gone for a week. “Who’s going to take care of me while you’re gone?” she asked. I ... Read More »

Tell Us: What’s Your Perfect Staycation?


Because our StayCation Challenge ends Friday, I thought it would be fun to inspire you to take a StayCation in the next few days by sharing our ideas of a perfect staycation. So, when you can’t leave your house or your town and you need a vacation, what would be your perfect staycation? In our comments section, below, please tell us: What’s your perfect staycation? Related articles Take’s StayCation Challenge ( How Do You ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Getting a Break: Ideas for a Week Of Respite


@G-J shared a story with me about caring for her father about five years ago during our Sandwich Shop talk show in January. After her mother died, G-J’s father moved from Arizona to her home in California. After a few months of living together, G-J invited her father to join her husband and son on a long-planned week-long vacation. His response: Absolutely not. I’m not going. But G-J couldn’t not go. It had been a ... Read More »

Getting a Break: Ideas to Get a Day of Respite


In my post on Tuesday, I suggested ideas so you can take a break for a few hours. Those few hours can be feel great until you think, “I need more! I need more time away!” So, let’s take a look at how you can arrange to take time away from caregiving for an entire day. Adult day services: While you take a day off, your caree attends an adult day service, which provides activities, ... Read More »

On TableTalk, Trish Takes Us On Her Trip


On Saturday, Trish joined me for Table Talk to discuss her recent European vacation. You can listen to our show via the player below. During our show, Trish talked about getting ready for her trip, how she told Robert about her trip, and how she and Richard, her husband, managed his chronic pain during the trip. You also can read more about Trish’s trip on her recent post here. Trish joins me on Table Talk ... Read More »

Chronic Pain Rears Its Ugly Head


Sand, meet ostrich. Yep, I can be an ostrich when it comes to my husband’s chronic pain. Before I go any further, though, let me be clear about a few things: 1. I love my husband; 2. I had a fantastic vacation of a lifetime (of which I hope there are many more!); 3. Husband (also known as Richard who sometime blogs here and cares for his mom) has given his permission for me to ... Read More »

Traveling and Caregiving: Yes, There are Similarities


I had an amazing vacation (and can’t thank Other Brother enough for his help in “underwriting” this trip).  If only I could have brought back one of these delicious and artful gelatos for all of you!  (Who am I kidding – I wouldn’t have because this deliciousness was too wonderful!).  I did miss everyone though! I did realize, however, I am a terrible traveler. It’s not that I don’t love traveling because every time I ... Read More »



Sheesh, after all the planning and prepping and packing and organizing, I need a vacation! Oh, wait . . . Yay!  I am going on vacation! This isn’t going to be any vacation, either, but a vacation of a lifetime.  Both daughters graduated from college this year and have planned a trip to Europe as a celebration for years. Hubby and I are tagging along (partly due to a generous gift from Other Brother and ... Read More »

Facing Reality After a Break


Wow, did I get behind!! I meant to post a recap of Saturday’s talk show on Sunday. Well, just for a few moments we’ll consider today to be Sunday. So, yesterday (wink), Holly, who cares for her husband, joined me for our monthly chat as part of Table Talk on Your Caregiving Journey. Last month, Holly and I talked about taking a break and really taking a break, without packing along worry. As we ended ... Read More »

When Was Your Last Day Off?


In the summer, we all think of vacation, a break, a day off. I wonder, though: How often can you take a day off? Please vote in our poll, below, and share any additional thoughts in our comments section. Resources We’re taking submissions for our Caregiving Art Show and our Help book! Be sure to share your art and your story with the world. Our 2011 Family Caregiver Survey report offers a snapshot into the ... Read More »

Talking the Reality of Breaking


This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Holly, who blogs about caring for her husband, Dave, joined me for Table Talk. Holly recently took a weekend trip with girlfriends so I suggested we talk about the trip and how she leaves without taking guilt. You can listen to our show via the player, below. To help manage her time away, Holly breaks out the trip into three parts: The planning, the trip and the return. For ... Read More »

Talking Candy, Help and Bands


I had two guests this morning on Table Talk: Bette, who cares for her mom, and Marah, Bette’s nine-year-old daughter. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of the post. When we announced our CareGifters initiative (we raise money to fund caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time), Marah said she wanted to help. So, she’s been selling candy, ordered through Hershey’s Fundraising. By next weekend, she will have ... Read More »

Take Our Facebook Fan Page 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 of the fun you’ve reserved to enjoy during that week away. From August 22 until August 27, take a staycation, even if it only lasts for five minutes. Think you can’t? We’ve got some ideas to help you know you can: buy a lounge chair and sit in your backyard ... Read More »

Come to Our First Annual Caregiving Conference!


Image via Wikipedia In honor of National Family Caregivers Month (November), we’re getting together in Chicago! We’ll meet for two days of learning, sharing and comforting on Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, at Sunrise Assisted Living, 2710 N. Clark St., Chicago. Sunrise is donating its meeting space and will provide a continental breakfast and lunch on both days. The facility has a beautiful meeting room with adjoining deck and garden. (I’m hoping we’ll ... Read More »