Managing the care of a family member and the responsibilities of a career call for meaningful solutions and support. According to research from Caregiving.com, individuals who care for a family member with a disease, disability or chronic illness (family caregivers) rate their stress as 4.14 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most stressed. In addition, 62% of working family caregivers worry about whether to quit their job because of their caregiving responsibilities.
To help family caregivers manage their responsibilities and priorities, Caregiving.com has launched a Caregiving Support Benefit to serve any family caregiver, including those who also work.
Caregiving Support, a voluntary employee benefit and a direct-to-consumer solution, offers monthly small group discussions with Certified Caregiving Consultants™, individuals who cared for a family member and have completed our training to support those who currently care. During the small group discussions, family caregivers will connect to support, resources and insights to help them cope and manage the responsibilities and priorities of working and caregiving.
Throughout January, family caregivers can enroll in our benefit through Caregiving.com for a monthly cost of $19.95, a $5 savings. In addition, those who enroll in December will receive our Caregiving Comfort and Courage PDF Pack. and can join our Caregiving Co-op for only $19.95, a $30 savings.
Benefit participants can also tap into additional support including:
- 20% off one-on-one consultations with Certified Caregiving Consultants.
- an annual consult with a CCC to complete a Family Emergency Plan, which helps the working family caregiver put a plan in place to manage the potential crisis.
For family caregivers who may not be able to enroll in the benefit through an employer, the Caregiving Support Benefit program will be available through Caregiving.com.
Certified Caregiving Consultants™
The Provider Network of Certified Caregiving Consultants™ available through our Caregiving Support Benefit features consultants who have an expertise in caring for a family member with dementia, managing the challenges of caring for a family member while raising children, and caring for family members from a distance. The growing network of our initial consultants includes:
Jessica Dugan, who cares for her parents from a distance. Jessica completed her CCC training in 2018 after working 14 years in the educational system and four years in the health care system. Jessica specializes in helping family caregivers build healthy habits and improve self-care skills, particularly family caregivers at-risk of diabetes or other chronic diseases. Jessica launched her business, Bright Impact, LLC, in 2017.
Dannelle LeBlanc, who merges personal experience as a family caregiver for her father-in-law with Parkinson’s disease with her 20-plus years experience in health care, patient support services, and corporate training. Dannelle specializes in community education for family caregivers, with a focus on care planning and connecting caregivers to practical, purposeful support resources. She also helps those in a culturally diverse caregiving situation. Dannelle launched her business, Caregiver Transitions, in 2018.
Jeff Peterson, who works with family caregivers to develop a customized plan to cope with the stresses, fears and realities associated with a family member’s chronic illnesses. Jeff also works with teenagers and young adults impacted by a family’s caregiving situation. He was the primary caregiver for his wife Cherie for 10 years and is the father of two adult daughters. Jeff launched his business, One Love Coaching and Consulting LLC, in 2018.
Kristen Roden, who works with those caring for their spouses, a family member with ALS, or a family member while also raising a young family. She focuses on developing a positive mindset and practices of gratitude, as she firmly believes these methods can empower family caregivers through unlocking their own inner strength. Kristen cares for her husband, Adam, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. She and Adam also are raising their two young boys. Kristen launched The Thriving Caregiver this summer.
Louisa Stringer, who supports family members of cancer patients. In November of 2010, Louisa’s youngest daughter, Sephine, who was 4 at the time, was diagnosed with a rare form of stage 3 cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Because of the hardships and the pain interwoven in her life, Louisa learned how to find joy and strength not only in her journey as a family caregiver but in her life beyond the role. Louisa launched her business, Your Caregiver Journey, in 2018, and supports family members of cancer patients at Cape Wellness Collaborative.
“I’m thrilled and honored that our Certified Caregiving Consultants™ will be offering their insights and support to family caregivers,” said Denise M. Brown, founder of Caregiving.com and the Certified Caregiving Consultant training program. “Each CCC has transformed their own personal caregiving experience to make a difference in helping others while also running their own small business.”
To enroll in our Caregiving Support Benefit, visit caregiving.com/enroll.