In addition to my 33+ years as an RN—many spent in patient homes as a hospice nurse—I was the primary caregiver for my own mom for many years.
Mom lived in her own apartment at one end of our home for nearly ten years, which was a blessed season for all of us.
In the final four years of her life, she required increasing levels of care and support as her health declined.
On May 29, 2015, Mom died peacefully in the comfort of her own bed with me by her side.
In the agile caregiving resources you’ll find here, I share my expertise, experience and faith about how to embrace and cherish your season as a family caregiver—while caring for yourself in the process.
Getting to take care of my mom in her final years was one of the greatest privileges of my life—and the many precious memories we created together are treasures I’ll forever cherish.
While the caregiving journey brings many blessings, it can also be overwhelming at times, too.
Fortunately, there is a growing array of caregiver resources available and my intent is not to compete with them.
Instead, the offerings I’m developing here take a unique approach, because they:
- are created by a seasoned healthcare professional;
- are created by a daughter who has traveled a similar journey;
- take a simple approach to seemingly complex problems;
- are organized to help make the most of your limited time and energy;
- are grounded in a faith-based approach; and
- embrace a new mindset that I refer to as agile caregiving.
One of the greatest challenges that family caregivers face is figuring out how to have the time and resources to care for a loved one while also attending to a myriad of additional responsibilities.
The resources provided here will help you to think outside the box in a creative manner to help identify new solutions that may be more accessible than you think.
In fact, Random Acts of Caregiving™ is a new initiative I’m starting that will hopefully make a major difference in how Boomers both give and receive care.
Laced with empathy, authenticity, humor and faith, the resources here will provide practical tips about caregiving, as well as insights about how you can adopt an agile mindset to best care for your loved one—while also caring for yourself.
I’m always developing new resources, and would love to hear from you about what topics you’d like to see covered next. If you’d like to add your two cents, please head over to the contact page and let me know what you need!