NCC18 Presenter: Beth Suereth


NCC18 Presenter: Beth Suereth

Join Beth for her sessions during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

How to Help your Loved One in the Hospital: You Can Make a Difference on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.
When a loved one is in the hospital, it’s overwhelming. Get practical tips and tricks for managing the hospital experience. Learn how to be your best self by balancing your needs with those of your caree — so you don’t become a patient yourself.

Hear Beth’s caregiving story, find out what to expect in the hospital, and learn how to:

  • Keep track of all the details.

  • Prevent common hospital mistakes.

  • Plan for care at home after the hospital stay.

    • Let your loved one and the doctor know how much time you can be available after discharge, what care you can and can’t take on, and who else may be able help.

  • Share your loved one’s personal goals with the doctor.

    • For example, you could say, “Dad wants to walk my daughter down the aisle in the spring. Is there a way to fix the problem so he can do that?”

A hospital crisis brings turmoil to your entire family. When you know what to expect, you're better prepared to manage the complexities of your loved one's hospital stay and recovery at home. When you're better prepared, it's easier to cope with the myriad emotional and practical challenges you'll encounter. ~ Beth

When the Care Plan Becomes an End-of-Life Plan on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.
When a loved one is near the end of life, it’s challenging to even think about being your best self. But if you learn how to prepare for the final days, you can better help your loved one when the time comes. Preparation will make it easier to handle your feelings, your family members, and the way you care for your loved one physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Hear Beth’s story about her father’s end of life, and learn about:

  • Palliative care: Anticipating, preventing, and treating long-term pain.

  • Hospice: When should I ask about it? (Your doctor may not mention it.)

  • End-of-life planning: How can I help my loved one create a detailed plan?

  • Making the most of the time that’s left and minimizing regret in the future:

    • Find out what's important to your loved one and focus the remaining time on that. It may be something you never realized before.

    • Design a legacy project: Create videos, letters, or scrapbooks to help share your loved one’s collective wisdom with family members and future generations.

    • Ask your loved one how he or she would like you to manage the final days and moments, from family logistics to spiritual elements to physical care.

Plan and prepare or react and regret? When a family member faces the end of life, actively planning the time remaining helps bring peace of mind for your loved one and your entire family. Preparing for the final moments lets you put your precious energy toward carrying out a thoughtful plan rather than endlessly second-guessing yourself...and later wishing you'd done things differently. ~ Beth

To learn more about Beth, watch our video discussion about finding our best, which aired as part for our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.

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We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:

~ AARP ~

~ Seniors BlueBook ~ Seniorlink ~ Henry Ford Health System CARE Program ~

~ Society of Certified Senior Advisors ~ Mindlight ~