FCA Blog

Day 15: “Family Caregivers Go on Strike, Stealing Attention Away From NBA Strike”

What if Family Caregivers Went on Strike?

November 15, 2011

By Sean Coffey, Policy Specialist at Family Caregiver Alliance

Day 14: Participant Direction is Growing

November 14, 2011

By Elizabeth Maguire, MSW, Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services

Have you heard about the emerging model of home and community-based services for older adults and people with disabilities? This model is called participant direction (sometimes referred to as consumer direction or self direction) and it gives people enrolled in programs control over their services- they decide who will help them with their personal care services.

Day 13: The Best Decision I made as a Caregiver

November 13, 2011

By Lucy Lazarony

My mother Jean has been attending an adult day center run by Alzheimer’s Community Care in Boca Raton, Fla. since June 2006.

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in September 2005 and choosing to enroll her in a specialized adult day center is the best decision I have ever made as a caregiver.

Day 12: Caregiving in the LGBT Community

November 12, 2011

By Scott French, SAGECAP Program Manager (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders) CAP (Caring and Preparing)

Caregiving takes many forms. While we might think of caregivers as paid aides, in reality, the majority of caregiving in the U.S. is provided by informal caregivers, usually a spouse or child. In the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, it is important to realize that many LGBT older adults do not have the same familial supports.

Day 11: 2011 Marked Milestones in VA’s Recognition of Caregivers

November 11, 2011

By Deborah Amdur, LCSW, ACSW, Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work, Department of Veterans Affairs

Day 10: The Immense Value of the Family Caregiver Support Group

November 10, 2011  - By Lois Esobar, MSW, Family Consultant at Family Caregiver Alliance

The role of a family caregiver is difficult. Aside from taking care of their loved one, they must also continue to lead their lives, which includes working, caring for family, grocery shopping and a seemingly endless list of potentially stress-inducing responsibilities! Many family caregivers need time to vent in a safe place. Caregiver support groups allow caregivers to have that special time to be with other people who have similar issues.

Day 9: Helping Those Who Help Others

November 9, 2011

By Enid Kassner, Director of Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports at the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Day 8: Holiday Time, Siblings and Parent Care

November 8, 2011

By Leah Eskenazi, MSW, Director of Operations and Planning at Family Caregiver Alliance

Are you looking forward to getting together with your parents and siblings for Thanksgiving? Maybe not. Sibling relationships and parent–child communication can be complicated. Should one or both of your parents also suffer from a progressive chronic illness, then the holiday chit chat with your siblings will most likely be about your parent's needs and how to navigate for their care and well-being.

Day 7: Caregiver College

November 7, 2011

By Michelle Venegas, LCSW – Director of Programs and Services at Family Caregiver Alliance

“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!”

Day 6: Caregiving from Afar

November 6, 2011

By Sean Coffey

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