When we launched our new website in July, 2021, we told you that a new team was on its way to you. Well, the time has finally come, and the synchronicity of all of this is making my heart sing! Our new team members are here, and we are over-the-moon excited about the caliber of the people joining us as well as their credentials and expertise in their fields.
What I've learned since then is that caregiving IS improv. Moods change, aging parents sometimes lose track of the here and now, young children resent it when they don't feel heard, and nobody likes hearing "no." Improv isn't a total cure-all, but its core is cooperation. Being a partner - a teammate - to the person you care for is infinitely preferable to being an authority figure or dictator, which is a role too many of us slip into.
When I was a caregiver for years for my mom and brother, I realized I was in uncharted territory, but the moment I connected with other caregivers, my life shifted. Whether it was hearing about emotional issues or discussing navigating healthcare, the connection piece became a powerful lifesaver. That experience is the core of why I started Breathing Spaces years ago. I wanted to offer a connection for others from a place of understanding, and the knowledge that voices must be heard, and stories must be told.
‘Dignity Pajamas’ was born out of a need to help my parents retain their dignity while traveling through the end journey of their long lives.
It is always a good idea to be prepared for when your loved one returns from the hospital or care facility with things they may need.
I think back to the days when I was caring for Mom and seeing her mobility decrease. She was fortunate to never incur a fall that disabled her.......
Many family caregivers take on the responsibility of caring for their loved one’s themselves for various reasons which I understand.....
Whether you are currently a family caregiver or have been, don’t forget the importance of caring for yourself.
Hope begins when you’re standing in the dark looking out at the light.
Every day a new experience happens. Some good, some bad and some appear to be status quo.