The Friendly Website created by a Caregiver for Caregivers
Glenn, is an author, publisher, entrepreneur, caregiver and student of life.
His happiness comes by living life to the fullest and giving back to others in any way possible.
I have become enthralled with personal development and living a more meaningful life and want to pass along my insights so that I can help others as well.
When I am not spending time with my family I enjoy volunteering and advancing my community however I can.
Hi I'm Glenn,
Its great to meet you. My vision is to help fellow caregivers achieve meaning and purpose in their environment and offer resources that may smooth the often difficult road of caregiving itself.
In return its hoped you will experience a renewed feeling of energy, purposeful action and positive momentum.
For the socially active visitors we need your valuable feedback in order to reach out to fellow caregivers who may be struggling somewhere in their daily labors.
"Together we can do this"
There are various ways we can improve our lives and those around us.
Proper education is paramount and even something as minor as getting enough sleep can make a difference, to those around you.
Here are 3 awesome ways to get help and share with others.
Share with one another what has worked for you in the past
Think you have nothing to share - think again.
Many people would love to benefit from your knowledge and experience.
They would gain so much from it.
Locate valuable resources for yourself or client base.
Discover things online or in your own community that may save a lot of time.
Free tip sheet for Home Care laborers
Its true - Home Care is always searching for hard workers, but what about future options including building some financial stability in your future?
I put together several exciting ideas in a free tip sheet, that other caregivers have used to stay healthy and increase their income - all while still working from home or office!
"I keep coming here for important information I need occasionally "
"I find it so helpful having someone in my court once in a while. This website is a fantastic resource and I often recommend it to my friends!"
Everyone has a questions- see our new FAQ section-coming soon!
FAQ link coming shortly
I am almost willing to bet that you didn't know that I have a new series of books (coming soon) all about Home care!
They are meant to take a caregiver quickly through the various stages of home care. This could be caring for an elderly friend, spouse or someone fresh out of the hospital and give the potential caregiver some background information to smooth the road for a faster recovery of the patient.
Or you may be considering a home care employment position and like a preview of what to expect short or long term.
Book 1 is hot off the press and can be ordered through Amazon. Here are a few extracts from Book 1.
The Ultimate Caregiver at Home Manual Book 1
1. In the beginning its hard to know what should be the first steps taken for someone about to enter the Caregiving world, whether you're a patient or caregiver.
Don't worry - Chapter 1 is designed to bring you up to speed.
On page 20, I discuss how most medical care professionals choose to begin the process.
Often its best to contact an home care business, especially for someone unfamiliar with the changes in the medical community over the last 5 years.
Quoting from Book 1, " I recommend that you enlist help from this type of organization to help yourself and your loved one live a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
However, before calling anyone, you should consider making a "list" of what assistance you and the patient may require and the skills which may be needed so you can clearly communicate your needs to the organization to ensure they understand what is considered necessary.
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If you are far too busy to start this process or are unable to determine the current needs of your loved one, I would advise that you first hire a personal care manager (also called geriatric care manager, elder care manager, or aging care manager depending on the area of the country you live in) whose job is to simplify your life by providing his or her expertise to help start the process for you and keep it functioning, if desired, in a safe and disability-friendly environment.
A care manager or geriatric professional is someone hired by you or your health care insurance to take over for a patient when the family is unable to do so by providing services like the assessment and offering recommendations for managing the patients daily activities, living arrangements, home care suggestions, and providing referrals to therapists, doctors, dentists, and day care programs.
Often this care manager becomes a priceless asset to you and your loved one later on by nature of his or her extensive medical knowledge and social work experience and is an excellent advocate to go to bat for your patient by resolving a doctor-associated issue or a facility- related issue, possibly helping to resolve family conflicts, managing care for out-of-town families, and assisting with the Medicare or Medicaid qualification and application process. " end of quote.
2. What many people don't often realize about caregivers in general, is your personal health can sometimes be put into jeopardy if you're not being careful.
As duties climb your own mental and physical health are sometimes taxed to the limit and beyond.
Learn critical warning signals along with methods other caregivers have successfully combated stress and burnout in the beginning of Chapter 2.
In the book on page 25, I discuss ways Caregiving has changed and why its so important to care for yourself, and how to find help with the many tasks.
Quoting from Book 1, " Caregiving at home is very different from what it was in the past.
Today we often have huge responsibilities in addition to caregiving such as full-time employment, a demanding boss, meeting deadlines, commuting in rush-hour traffic, and supporting various community responsibilities.
Often in the background for Caregivers are university level studies, children, and a rewarding career that needs support.
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In previous times, families lived much closer together and caregivers didn't generally work outside or far away from home.
A doctor making a home visit could easily spend a couple of hours working with a single patient of theirs if required, meaning much less pressure for caregivers not that many years ago.
Today, it’s often a huge responsibility, and unfortunately, family caregivers sometimes lack emotional detachment from their loved one and become so deeply involved in basic caregiving tasks that they may become physically and/or mentally ill themselves and even subject to bouts of depression or worse, affecting their day-to-day life.
If there are others living in the household, they should be expected to participate or contribute in some way, even if it’s not helping to perform actual personal care for some reason.
Whether it’s simply helping out with household chores, running errands, preparing meals, setting appointments, making phone calls, or even sitting bedside if needed, they are still helping you and the patient in some way.
If it’s possible, have a dependable relative or friend occasionally fill in, giving you a scheduled break.
Once someone is available to stand in for you, don’t hesitate to ask for help, especially if a sudden time out is needed.
It may actually help to identify everyone who may be able to help, then build a master contact list of people and places you can go to for resources when needed with the time and days that they can assist, and then add to it the local community and volunteer organizations, churches, along with your doctors contact information and local hospital and health-related agencies.
After making this first list, consider starting another list with tasks of things that you can no longer handle either at all or at least without help.
Every time you think of something that needs doing, put it down on the list. When people come over for a visit, they can check the list to see if there’s anything they can help with. End of quote.
To see more about Book 1 or order a copy go to the Bookshop.
Can't Wait? Get the book now (from Amazon)
Again, I sincerely wish you a cordial Welcome.
If you have ever been a caring Caregiver you may have felt underappreciated at times.
Out of all the various career paths I have set upon, caregiving has the highest rewards. It also has very difficult moments.
We often must do what we can and hope for the best!
My vision is that this "website" will help All Caregivers come together and help each other. Its definitely a work in progress or "WIP" and everyone is welcome to toss in their 2 cents worth.
How to contribute? Well, there is a blog that needs posts and a Facebook group that needs support if you feel drawn that way and would like to share valuable contributions.
My only rule is to keep everything safe and respectable for the family's reading, so pretend you're talking to your mom while writing. No offensive remarks in other words.
Next - most things here are "FREE", by design. I have met very few wealthy caregivers and live a simple un-adorned life myself, and grasp the fact that we need to help ourselves quite often.
So go ahead and take full advantage of everything here you can, - its created for and by Caregivers, just like yourself.