FCA Blog

11/17: FCA Family Consultant Christina Irving’s Experience With Caregivers of Veterans in American Samoa

As a contractor with Easter Seals for the VA’s National Veteran Caregiver Training Program, FCA staff has had the opportunity to meet caregivers from across the U.S. and its territories. In March of 2015, I traveled with FCA’s Director of Operations Leah Eskenazi to American Samoa to lead six self-care courses for family caregivers of American Samoa’s Veterans.

11/16: FCA Caregiver College

“How do I help my dad get out of the tub with out hurting either of us? Should I help my partner floss or should I just let it go? What can I do about my mom’s refusal to sleep in her bed? She prefers the reclining chair in the living room. My wife asks the same questions over and over and over again and it’s driving me nuts. I feel overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and resentment and I feel guilty for feeling these feelings!” 

11/15: FCA Safe at Home Video Series: The ABC Method

“Changing one’s surroundings is easier than it is to change another person’s behavior.”

11/14: My Story About Becoming a Passionate Advocate for Family Caregivers Everywhere

FCA’s 30 Days of Caregiving blog features stories of caregiving as submitted by families across the country. Family caregivers are invited to send a story and a picture, and share their experiences with others through FCA’s website.

FCA thanks all the caregiving families that have shared their stories of love, loss, bravery, triumphs, community, humor, and sadness. These stories and tips for coping truly help others.

11/13: FCA Fact Sheet Spotlight: Relocating Parents, Downsizing a Home, and Hospital Discharge Planning

As individuals take on the role of family caregiver, they must often give a great deal of thought to where caregiving will take place and how one’s surroundings will affect the delivery of care—a consideration that is further complicated by financial matters, safety precautions in the home, the degree of flexibility at work, and juggling other family obligations, among still other issues.

11/12: Straight Shot from Here to There

As part of FCA’s 30 Days of Caregiving blog during National Family Caregivers Month, former FCA staff members were asked to be guest bloggers as part of a unique “Throwback Thursday” series. They were asked to address how FCA has influenced their work in their current positions, what they learned at FCA that they have carried forward, and if they were King or Queen for a day, what they would make happen for family caregivers.

11/11: FCA is Grateful to Military Veterans and Family Caregivers of Veterans—Today and Always

In honor of Veteran’s Day we salute the men and women who have served our nation so ably, at home and afar. For those who return home with injuries, both visible and invisible, which require care, we honor and recognize you; wives, girlfriends, husbands, partners, parents, children, relatives and friends who find yourselves caregiving.

11/10: Lifespan Respite–A Lifeline for Family Caregivers

Respite, as promoted by the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), is the theme for National Family Caregivers Month—and rightly so! At least 85 percent of the nation’s 43 million caregivers do not use respite. The challenges and barriers to respite are many–cost, limited options, too few well trained providers, not knowing where to go to ask for help, reluctance, and guilt. We know that respite is most beneficial when “respite time” is meaningful for the caregiver.

11/9: Family Caregivers Treated to 3 Days and 2 Nights of Relaxation and Rejuvenation

This year marked the 13th year that Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) coordinated a very special respite retreat for caregivers at the historic and luxurious Claremont Hotel Club and Spa in Berkeley, Calif. Each year this unique respite opportunity is generously sponsored by Richard Essey, a former caregiver, board member, philanthropist, and chairman of TemPositions.

11/8: Care Ecosystem Provides Personalized Help for Caregivers and Patients

Most patients with dementia receive care and support from spouses, children, or other caregivers, but caregiving for a patient with memory or behavior problems is incredibly challenging. Some caregivers feel reluctant to ask for help, some do not know what they need or where to look, and sometimes there is just not much help available.