JULY 30, 2020

STANDER'S TOP 10 FOLLOWS

FOR CAREGIVERS

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Being a Caregiver for a loved one can be an overwhelming task for many. Often times, caregivers are working full-time jobs and taking care of their own families while managing to care for an aging parent, grandparent, or child. It can be lonely, depressing, frustrating, and rewarding all at the same time. As a caregiver, you may feel like no one understands what you do or can empathize with how you feel.

 

For most, the art of caretaking is a learned trade. Being a caregiver may never stop being overwhelming, but the amount of up-front learning and research that is required is exceptionally remarkable. Fortunately, there is a substantial amount of resources available online for beginners, intermediates, and expert caretakers alike. We have compiled a list of 10 of our favorite resources online that you should be following if you’re not already.

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1. CARING.COM

 

Founded in 2007, caring.com is the leading online resource for anyone looking for information and support as they care for loved ones. From their website: ". Caring.com’s carefully researched and expert-reviewed content includes advice from a team of more than 50 trusted leaders in geriatric medicine, law, finance, housing, and other key areas of healthcare and eldercare." Caring.com's mission can be summarized in three key points:

  • Provided thousands of consumer reviews to help families research and choose the right senior living community and in-home care agency
  • Referrals from Family Advisors to select services and product providers best suited for one's needs, budget, and preferences
  • A nationwide team of Family Advisors and senior care professionals at your disposable for advice and assistance in senior care

2. TRANSITION AGING PARENTS

 

Transition Aging Parents is the masterpiece of Dale Carter, who gained firsthand experience in caregiving as she become a long-distance caretaker for her mother. Carter began writing her blog to share her experiences and the lessons she learned while caring for her mother. She, so many caretakers who are thrusted into the calling, knew little about caring for an aging parent when she first began her journey.

 

Carter has a myriad of resources available on her website, including her own book, "Transitioning Your Aging Parent: A 5 Step Guide Through Crisis & Change." Other resources include her blog, e-course, radio show, and ezine articles. 

3. BOOMERS WITH ELDERLY PARENTS

 

Boomers with Elderly Parents is a unique resource that provides a platform for caregivers to unite and converse. Its Caregiver Forums are designed for support groups and individuals to share stories and ask questions. The forums are a place to vulnerable, personal, and venting is "definitely allowed."  As described on its home page, Boomers with Elderly Parents has forums to deal with specific topics, such as:

  • Caregiver anger, concern with siblings and resentment
  • How to broach the subject of Dad or Mom not driving anymore
  • Financial Discussions (will there be enough money to last?)
  • Senior Insurance - are they covered? 
  • In Home Care Insurance, Reverse Mortgages pro's/con's
  • Activities such as easy crafts, free internet games and ideas to help caregivers when creating activities for Mom and Dad 
  • Assistive technology (medical emergency alarms, home alarms, fall prevention) to help keep Mom and Dad in there home longer

4. THE ORGANIZED CAREGIVER

 

The Organized Caregiver was born out of personal experiences and trials experienced by Lynda Shrager. Over 24 years ago, both Lynda and her daughter were simultaneously diagnosed with life-threatening conditions. After battling through the difficulties, Lynda realized that it was her organizational skills that helped her manage the situation. Her mother was later diagnosed with cancer, and by this time Lynda had become an expert in organizing the necessary tasks to tackle a serious health condition.

 

Apart from her blog, Lynda is also the author of her book, "Age in Place - A Guide to Modifying, Organzing and Decluttering Mom and Dad's Home." While also being a survivor of breast cancer, Lynda has also authored, "Otherwise Healthy® - A Planner to Focus Your Thoughts on Organizing Life after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer." 

 

Lynda combines her expertise as an Occupational Therapist and her organizational skills to provide a unique perspective that is valuable in learning how to manage caregiving responsibilities.

5. THE FAMILY CAREGIVING ALLIANCE

 

The Family Caregiving Alliance (FCA) has been around for more than 40 with a mission to "improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care." They focus on providing support and resources to caregivers caring for family members with cognitive disabilities, such as Parkinson’s, stroke patients, Alzheimer’s, and other types of dementia. While the FCA has a large focus on caregiver services, policies, and research, it also has an extensive support network of Caregivers sharing their stories, camps, and classes.

 

For more information on the Family Caregiving Alliance, check out this video.

 

6. CAREGIVING.COM

 

Having launched in 1996, caregiving.com now houses one of the largest online libraries of caregiver stories. It is nearly impossible not to find a relatable story or experience that has been shared on its platform. Apart from its member groups, caregiving.com makes excellent use out of various technologies to provide caregivers with support and information. Blogs, podcasts, videos, webinars, virtual support groups, and even weekly Twitter chats are all utilized to support caregivers.

 

Caregiving.com also provides a network of Certified Caregiving Consultants, or CCC's for short. Over 200 individuals have enrolled and been certified in the CCC program. These CCC's are available for hire to help you manage your caregiving and after-caregiving situations. You can choose your CCC, or get matched up with a CCC here.

 

7. AARP RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS

 

While most people are familiar with AARP, few people know that they offer resources for caregivers and their families. AARP may have the most detailed and extensive articles available online, ranging from topics of aging in place at home and nursing home care, to finding a balance in life as a caretaker. AARP also has weekly COVID-19 updates with recommendations on how to best manage your caretaking responsibilities in relation to the Coronavirus. 

 

One of our favorite features of AARP's Caregiving site is its step-by-step instructions for building a Care Plan. Care plans are essential, especially for new caregivers. AARP's care plan instructions provides meaningful assistance to help plan the finances, build a caretaking team, address safety concerns, and care for yourself.

8. CAREGIVER WARRIOR

 

Susanne White, the founder of Caregiver Warrior, started the website to share her caretaking experiences with her parents. What sets the Caregiver Warrior apart from other blogs is its focus on emotional support and helping caregivers fight for quality of life during their caretaking journey. 

 

After Susanne's experience of caring for her own parents, she wrote a book entitled "The Caregiver's Little Guide to Survival: 7 Fail-safe Tips for Caregivers." In her book, Susanne shares tips and information for caregivers who may need to feel comfort or relief. You can download the free eBook here.

 

9. CONFESSIONS OF A MALE CAREGIVER

 

Offer another unique perspective on caretaking is Marc Lawrance on his blog, Confessions of a Male Caregiver. Marc writes from his first-hand experiences caring for his wife who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while also caring for his daughter. Marc's intended audience is primarily men who are caregivers to family or their partners, as he "does not intend to suppose all issues that a female caregiver faces."

 

Whether male or female, Marc's blog posts are personal and relatable, and offer a unique perspective that is both fresh and honest.

 

10. KAPOK MULTICULTURAL CAREGIVING

 

Wrapping up our list is Kapok Multicultural Caregiving. It was started by Angelica Herrera Venson, who is a gerontologist with 16 years of experience with caretakers. Kapok has a strong multicultural focus, placing value on ethnicity and understanding the role it plays in caregiving.

 

Angelica is the main contributor, but features other guest writers who tackle difficult subjects such as how to deal with stubborn family members, handling caregiver resentment and anger, and how to talk to seniors of end-of-life concerns.

While these are just 10 caregiving-focused websites and blogs, there are hundreds more with particular niches and specialties that are just as helpful. We consider ourselves fortunate to live in a time with such information and support available to us that enables us to provide the best care for our aging loved ones. We also recommend checking in on our blog, Life without Limits, for weekly updates on caregiving tips. 

 

Did we miss any of your favorite online blogs or resources for caregiving? Let us know in the comments below!


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