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Denise
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Apr 3, 2019 9:54 am  

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Melody Ringo
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Nov 14, 2019 2:30 pm  

I want to start a movement that advocates for regularly scheduled respite time for family caregivers.

I believe that full-time, unpaid family caregivers deserve regular respite time so they can renew, refresh and recharge their caregiving "batteries".

This change is important to me because I spent fourteen years as the sole caregiver to my first spouse who was paralyzed from the shoulders down after a freak accident. He needed care 24/7, 365 days a year. During those fourteen years, I've since calculated that I had approximately seven days total away from the responsibilities of caregiving. I lived in an isolated rural area, had no family nearby to help and zero resources to hire any help. As a result, I lived in burnout mode for years and ultimately, my own physical and mental health suffered. Eventually, our marriage ended (in part) because I just couldn't do it all alone anymore. 

I plan to help lessen burnout for full-time family caregivers by blogging, writing books, essays and articles that include this topic. I am also planning to conduct letter-writing campaigns, and speak at events to educate the general public, government officials and the media on the rapidly growing, critical need to fund respite services in every community.

I am currently writing a three-book series that will provide caregivers with roadmaps to healing body, mind and spirit. I address issues surrounding respite care (and the lack thereof) in my book series. Book one is written and is currently in editing mode. I plan to self-publish it in the first quarter of 2020. 

To learn more about me, my personal caregiving story and join my advocacy movement, visit my blog at: www.melodyringo.com A good place to start is with my blog post entitled, Hurricanes and Halos.

(Do any of you care for a paralyzed person in your family? If so, please friend me here on Caregiving.com. I'd love to get to know you and learn about your experiences as a caregiver in that space!) 😀 


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Ingeri Belill
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Nov 27, 2019 2:03 pm  

Hi Melody,

 

First of all...what an angel you are!  I love your movement and I am in the beginnings of wanting to start something similar for the Alzheimer's/Dementia caregivers as well.  I am looking at signing up for some facilitator courses...so much out there, I'm trying to focus...hahah

I wish you all wonderful things!

Ingeri Belill

 


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Melody Ringo
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Nov 30, 2019 5:49 pm  

Thank you for the kind words, Ingeri. I wish you and your efforts all the best too! 😀 


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