Life Group Gives New Meaning to TGIF (or how Rachel gets ‘respite’)

‘Respite,’ or the opportunity to take breaks from caregiving, whether formal or informal, can be hard to come by for family caregivers.

When I first started taking care of my grandma, my life looked like this: (more…)

My CCC Webinar: Reach for the Star: Integrating Supports for Caregiving

This past week, I had the honor of presenting a webinar on

In September, I began the Certified Caregiving Consultant training offered by We had a check list of activities to complete before we could become officially certified. My final task to become certified was to host a webinar

Caring for someone 55+? Switch to T-Mobile and you both can save!

My grandma’s companion, Karen, is a T-mobile subscriber and a few months ago, she shared the T-Mobile ONE plan with me.

With the T-Mobile ONE plan, for anyone over 55+, you get two lines a for a total of $60 a month (before taxes) with automatic payments. All you have to

Sometimes you have to outsource #WordlessWednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Compromising my Values

Always buy two if you can afford it.

My Caregiver Survival Kit: The Top Ten Tangibles #manicmonday

Over the past few years with my grandma, a few things have become essential to my survival as her primary caregiver. There are tangible items- that is, goods and services I can go out and pay for- and there are intangible items that you can't just find anywhere. In this post, I will share with you the things that I can physically hold or access through technology that have made my life easier.

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Caring Village: An Answer to Prayers of Family Caregivers Everywhere

I, like all other family caregivers, I am always looking for tools to help me manage my caregiving role. Like most missions, caregiving means employing a combination of strategies to achieve success.

I have been using a combination of the following:

a very large calendar,
written notes, menus, and schedules on dry

#ManicMonday: Managing Grandma’s Medications

As we get older, sometimes we require medication to help with health issues. Medication can be intimidating, especially if you are not used to taking it yourself.  I even have trouble remembering to take prescriptions when the doctor gives it to me. Unfortunately, when you are responsible for another person,

Manic Monday: Building a routine for your sanity

My grandma and I have a routine.

I was telling someone the other day that when she was in the nursing home for rehab, I took notes. They have a monthly activity schedule with various types of activities, and they create menus.

Nursing homes do have one thing going for them– they

Manic Monday: Grandma’s Daily Organizer

My friend asked me a couple years ago to recreate an organizer she had found online. After my grandma had been home for a few months after a 9 month series of hospitalizations and rehabilitation stints in skilled nursing facilities, I learned a few things. I couldn’t keep it all