What do you believe about most caregivers?
Answers: James I believe that most (not all) caregivers really care about the care receiver. I believe that most caregivers need support, encouragement, and rest. Many need money or financial assistance. Most are unappreciated. Most use their own resources to make things happen for their loved one. I believe that most caregivers are not abusers. We have people who make bad decisions and use people for their own gain in every category of work and service in life. Each person will have to talk with and answer to their own God. I love caregivers. Caregivers who do not have the best interest of their loved ones at heart should be doing another task, because caregivers are special people. You just can’t stereotype and put everyone in the same category.
March is Colorectal Month! Caregivers are so busy sometimes we even forget to use the bathroom! Well, just speaking for myself. I think that keeping our colon and regular bowel/bladder care is key to health. Caregivers sometimes hold their urine too long, while caring for others. We just neglect ourselves. So, this month, be sure to go get your colonoscopy and necessary gastrointestinal tests, especially if there is a family history of colon cancer. I love you, and I want you around, and I want to stay around too! Do it today, do it now. Love yall!
Hello everyone, I hope and pray you are off to a great year! Mine has already been quite challenging. Many of you all know that I own a child care facility: Caregiving Kids Academy. It is very rewarding but very stressful as you care for families, mostly single parents and their children. There is a new generation of how parenting should go these days. As a caregiver of the elderly, disabled and children, you need to know that to care is to care. Regardless of who you are caring for, you should be giving 100%. Pray for me as I live a life of daily challenges as I seek to make a difference affecting and shaping the lives of little ones!
Caregivers need to keep a daily journal, especially if you are taking care of someone. That journal should include the care aspect and the coping of life as a caregiver. I would definitely keep a private journal. Be careful to acknowledge what you really feel, because we know, you know, and caregivers know that some days are not always full of joy!
There are challenging days ahead, in fact, you are probably struggling right now with an issue or two. Caregivers are so often exhausted that we forget ourselves. This must change. I must change. I must find time to exercise, eat healthily, and live what I know about caregiving. So journaling helps me to do just that. Just try it, it’s very therapeutic and who knows…it could become a book one day! Peace!
Happy Valentines Day from Clarissa Smith….I love you!
Don’t forget February is American Heart Month. Take care of yourself! Caregivers, for the most part, feel a calling to provide care. Obviously, we have caregivers who may not do the right thing when they should. Every field has their share of people who violate, abuse and take advantage of others. So, this month, I want you to focus on doing things not just out of obligation, but because you love what you do and you really do care about those receiving care from you. Love really does make the caregiver’s world go around!
Caregivers, don’t forget about adapting your homes and fall prevention. Remember falling down with injuries is the number one reason for nursing home admission. If you intend to age in place, you must be willing to help your parents or loved ones modify and adapt the home. This can be done inexpensively. In addition, knowing when mom or dad can no longer live at home or be cared for at home is another discussion. We have many other options today. Either way, we need nursing homes, in my case, my mom wants it to be the absolute last resort when I can no longer care for her.
This week, find someone to help. Once you do that, find a place to go get a massage or a good foot rub. I love foot rubs. There is nothing as soothing to me after a long days work. My mother is 77 years old and suffering from dementia. You must know that I am really tired these days. God has carried me this week, with periods of needing more respite and relaxation. Whatever your spiritual belief system, you need to find solace in knowing you are not alone. We are here to support each other. Love will find a way. Have a great week!
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has a birthday today. What I love about caregiving most is that it does not discriminate. Caregiving crosses all boundaries of racism, ageism, inequality, and other “isms” because everyone will eventually become an older adult. At some point regardless of how much money you have, where you live, who your parents were, your college degrees, level of poverty, it doesn’t matter. You will need someone, some day to care for you. Ironically, it may not be your own family. It behooves us all to treat one another with dignity and respect. Avoid burning bridges. Whatever a man sows, that shall he reap! So be nice. Have a great week!
I hope everyone is doing well. Please log onto the show listing to follow my show on The CW21 weekly. January has several observances. Cervical Health Awareness Month, National Birth Defects Prevention Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, and National TBI Awareness Month. Both professional and nonprofessional (lay or family caregivers) affect the lives of caregivers around the world. Since there are over 65 million caregivers and this number is growing, it is high time we discuss the national financial impact. Family caregivers help those with glaucoma to perform activities of daily living, those with special needs and serve those with national birth defects. I am never shocked about how caregivers give so much of themselves, often self-sacrificing.