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This Month It’s All about You
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This Month It’s All about You

November is National Family Caregivers Month and in observance we’ve put together a list of some of the events, pages, and articles we think you’ll find most helpful to your needs. Whether just beginning or nearing an end, the road we travel is winding and more often than we’d like to admit the weather is foggy. We usually can’t travel at a high rate of speed for very long before we are forced to a crawl. That’s the nature of caregiving. Fortunately, there’s a lot of help offered by a lot of people to guide us safely and we’ll share some of the best with you here.

 

 

Attend from home or office

An event I’m really looking forward to is the AARP Family Caregiving Virtual Fair which will be held on Thursday, November 19 between noon and 4:00pm EST. It should be well worth our time as they promise to give us an “opportunity to connect and share with other family caregivers, connect with professionals, learn more about health, financial and legal matters and ask questions during our live chats!”

17 exhibitors will have their displays in the virtual hall while 10 unique presentation sessions scheduled at different times will inform us on issues from finance to cooking and from support to planning. Amy Goyer, AARP’s caregiving expert, blogger, and author will be holding a group open chat throughout the fair to answer questions and listen to our stories. Registration is free at www.aarp.org/familycarefair or call 1-877-926-8300. You will need to register even if you can’t attend on the 19th so you can access the archives.

 

There are always new resources

Do you want to know how your loved-one is doing without having to call anyone while you’re at work? Are you curious about their ability to continue living alone? Could you use a webinar on preventing accidents involving medications? The Family Caregiver Toolbox on the Caregiver Action Network website (formerly The National Family Caregivers Association) has the resources that provide answers to these and many more of your caregiving questions. It is one of the most complete toolkits we’ve seen and they won’t waste your time by making you slog through a quagmire of entries. This list is simple to follow and leads you step by step so you don’t get confused.

While you’re on the Caregiver Action Network website you might want to check out a few of the posts in their Forum. It’s an active forum with nearly 190 topics and over 1200 users which gives you some assurance that if you need help with a problem you’re having and don’t know where to turn, someone is likely to have been where you are now and will gladly offer their insight and support.

If you have the time and are interested in learning all you can about caregiving and caregiving related news, interests, and resources, MedicareInteractive.org and the National Caregivers Library are for you. They have extensive lists of links for almost everything you can think of including research and news. In addition to a vast amount of information for caregivers, the Library covers guidance and resources for employers and caregiving ministries. It even has a Speakers Bureau made up of executives and professionals from for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, human and social services, and academia to address groups or act as resources for writers and others involved in media.

 

Want to verify doctor or hospital credentials?

Caregiving always involves health care facilities and doctors and for many of us, especially when we first begin taking on responsibility for the care of another, there is a lot of confusion about how to find the right doctor, hospital, rehab center, etc. for our loved-one. Not only are we inexperienced about locating providers that are a good fit for our particular circumstances but we even need to learn how to talk with them. We want good answers but all too often we don’t know what good questions to ask. Health care providers are constantly pressured for time so it’s imperative that we be prepared before we go in for appointments. USA.gov is the place to locate health care providers and services, check accreditations and certifications, and learn about everything medical through links to places like HealthFinder.gov, the American Medical Association, and LongTermCare.gov. It also gives us a link to a publication called, Talking with Your Doctor containing over 40 pages of relevant information even experienced caregivers can learn from.

November is also special for two important days, Veterans Day (November 11) and Thanksgiving (November 26 this year). We are most thankful to be living in a country dedicated to preserving everyone’s rights and we express our heartfelt gratitude to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard) for their sacrifice and service. The adage that, “Freedom isn’t free” is true. We sincerely say, “Thank you” to every veteran and those currently serving, for the sacrifices they and their families endure for our sake. Also, let’s not forget the parents, children, spouses, siblings, and all who take on the role of caregiver for a veteran; they can be uniquely challenged.  We acknowledge our debt of gratitude to all of them.

The Veterans Administration is continually improving programs and offerings for caregivers. Their website, VA Caregiver Support links caregivers with latest services, information, and support personalized for anyone taking care of a veteran. Please take full advantage of all of the help that is available to you.

If you have a favorite resource site please let us know in the comments.

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