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Fearless Caregiver Newsletter
 Tuesday August 16, 2011 - Issue #47

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief An Interview with Kathy Greenlee

Kathy J. Greenlee was appointed by President Barack Obama as the fourth Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and confirmed by the Senate in June 2009. Ms. Greenlee brings over 10 years of experience advancing the health and independence of older persons and their families. Assistant Secretary Greenlee served as Secretary of Aging for the state of Kansas. the Long-Term Care Ombudsman in Kansas, and the state’s Assistant Secretary of Aging. She also served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations for then Governor and now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

Gary Barg sat down with Assistant Secretary Greenlee for a wide ranging conversation about the role and needs of the family caregiver.

Gary Barg:  We were so happy that you were able to join us at the Fearless Caregiver Conference in Port St Lucie, Florida this past December. You mentioned that after hearing the family caregivers in the morning Q&A session, you threw out your speech and spoke extemporaneously. I was wondering what you heard from the caregivers that prompted you to do that?

Kathy Greenlee:  There was one woman who was caring for her loved one, who stood up and was in tears about the struggle and the isolation. That seemed to be a thread, because after she did that, another woman in the audience physically got up and reached out to her and said, “I was isolated, I was you and I am not anymore.”...continued

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Gary Barg
Editor-in-Chief
gary@caregiver.com


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Feature Article

Tapping the Wellspring of Time and Energy 

By Dr. Marie DiCowden 

Being a caregiver makes demands on your body, mind and spirit. Failure to take care of ourselves results in a failure to be able to care of others.

Caregivers commonly explain that there never seems to be enough time. Ironically, though, the more we take time to take care of ourselves, the more time we will have for what we need to do for ourselves and for others. If you don't believe it, let me suggest you consider an experiment...continued

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Guest Column

Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers:
Why Work through an Agency?
By Rona S. Bartelstone, LCSW, BCD, CMC

One of the greatest long-term needs of older adults and those with chronic illnesses is for in-home, custodial care services. These workers are often referred to as home health aides, certified nursing assistants and custodial care workers. These in-home workers make it possible for people with functional limitations to remain at home in a comfortable, familiar environment...continued


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Caretips

What to Look for in a Nursing Home

Use the following checklist to assist you in assess nursing homes. If possible, both the caregiver and care recipient should be involved in the decision making process. The more an older person participates in the planning process, the easier it will be to adjust to the new environment....continued
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Carenotes

I have been taking care of my dad for five years. He has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and had a stroke. In the beginning, I would leave work and go straight to his house, only to find out from neighbors that he had been trying to get into parked cars. I know he was looking for his car. He also was found on the highway after leaving his girlfriend’s side for a moment. We found him three days later at the hospital. That’s when I decided to move in and leave my job. I have exhausted all my money and wonder why I have done this. I know I promised my dad I would never put him in a nursing home. His girlfriend left to stay with her daughter in Florida and then passed away from emphysema. Never told my dad because he never asks about her. It’s sad because he does not know what is going on. He does not wander now that his mobility is getting worse. He fell on Mother’s Day when the aide was trying to get him out of the bathroom. His knees are real bad. I don’t know if I should still make him walk the short distance to the bathroom, but I don’t want him to be completely bedridden.

Does anyone take care of someone that is totally bedridden? I need suggestions on how to take care of him in that way. He has the hospital bed and air mattress. I am just so afraid if he stays in bed more he will start getting bed sores. I know it will eventually happen as he is getting weaker.
 
S.

 

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
An Interview with
Kathy Greenlee

Feature Article
Tapping the Wellspring of Time and Energy 

Guest Column
Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers: Why Work through an Agency?

Caretips
What to Look for in a Nursing Home  
Carenotes
 

 

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