Welcome to Caregiving TV on the Roku Channel and Your Host Pamela D. Wilson
Caregiving TV on the Roku Channel is the solution for caregivers, aging adults, and care receivers seeking answers to common and complex caregiving problems. Caregiving is a subject missing from family conversations until an unexpected event occurs that turns family members into caregivers and needing care in the blink of an eye.
Pamela D. Wilson MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA shares real-life experience of more than 20 years as a court-appointed guardian, medical and financial power of attorney, the personal representative of the estate, trustee and care manager. By watching Caregiving TV, viewers of all ages will find valuable information to navigate the unexpected world of caregiving.
Caregiving Represents the Unexpected
All it takes is a single turn of events for us to need care and the help of loved ones. Aging parents don’t want to be a burden to their families.
A single car accident, sports injury, an on the job injury, a fall, hip fracture, a heart attack or a stroke — something you never expected changes your life. Life is turned upside down and the struggle to find balance occurs.
Many caregivers are ill-equipped to respond to the responsibilities and demands of caregiving. Adults, both young and old, struggle to adapt to life and lifestyle changes that result in needing care.
If you are a caregiver you already know about the lack of balance. If you need care you already know how it feels to rely on others for help.
The unexpected events of life don’t feel fair. Choices become limited when we are unprepared.
Caregiving May Feel Like A Never-Ending Struggle
Caregiving may feel like a struggle. You experience stress, anxiety, burnout, and sleepless nights. You may be an aging adult worried about your health and wondering who will care for you.
How much worse are you willing to allow the situation to get? How much longer are you willing to postpone taking action? What will life be like in a day, a week, a month, or a year from now if you do nothing?
Caregiving and needing care don’t get easier. You don’t have to do it alone. Caregiving TV is the solution to protect yourself and your family and to become more informed. Pamela’s expertise will help you will learn about steps to take to make caregiving easier and less stressful.
Let’s Be Honest — We’d Rather Not Talk About Caregiving
Aging parents hesitate to talk to adult children about needing care. Most adults don’t want to be a burden to their family when care is needed but they don’t have definite plans to stay at home and remain independent. No one wants to live in a nursing home.
It’s easy to wish that caregiving will go away. It won’t. Caregiving lasts for years depending on the care needs of loved ones.
We All Need A Caregiving Plan and a Back-Up Plan
“Solo agers,” — people who are single and have no children or who become single through divorce or the death of a spouse — feel more uncertain about who will care for them. This group, more than others, has to plan ahead for unexpected situations because family is not readily available.
Married couples need a backup plan for when one spouse needs care. It’s not if this will happen, it’s when this will happen. What then happens when mom or dad is alone? Who then will be the caregiver? An adult child? A friend?
Don’t take the chance of something happening and being unprepared. Be proactive. Take the next step to learn from a caregiving expert.
Caregivers Lose Balance In Life
Adult children and other family members who become caregivers are torn between the responsibility of taking care of loved ones and trying to maintain balance in life. There is an increase in the number of younger adults, age 18-35 who become caregivers for grandparents and aging parents.
Caregiving, working, going to school, and trying to raise a family feels like a train wreck when the care needs of loved ones continue to increase in time, frequency, and required effort. Some caregiving situations result in a need for 24/7 care when physical needs are high or a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia is present. These are the most stressful caregiving situations.
Be Prepared Not Shocked
Here’s the dilemma, Loved ones don’t want to ask for help or be a burden on others. Caregivers suffer burnout. Why? Because caregivers don’t want to ask for help either. It may also come as a surprise that not all families get along. Not everyone wants to help.
Caregiving TV on the Roku Channel helps caregiving families become aware of the shocks of caregiving so that they can be more prepared. Many caregivers focus on the “today” without realizing that “tomorrow” will bring more problems and complications.
Pamela D. Wilson Is the Caregiving Expert Who Can Help
Pamela D. Wilson is the caregiving expert that single adults, spouses, aging adults, and married couples have trusted for more than twenty years to manage care situations. On the ground experience in hospitals, nursing, homes, care communities, in client homes and working with healthcare providers has proved valuable in helping caregivers and care receivers avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.
Pamela provides practical and tested solutions to ease the stress experienced by caregivers and aging adults. She helps all involved in caregiving learn new skills, gain confidence, reduce feelings of depression, and feel less isolated by caregiving responsibilities through online support groups and programs available through her website.
While many learn caregiving through “trial and error” because this is how we think it should be, this doesn’t always result in the best care for aging parents, spouses, and other family members. Better ways exist.
Online Caregiving Support Groups and Programs
Pamela D. Wilson MS, BS/BA, CSA, NCG works with individuals and families to make the best decisions about care situations that include how to keep loved ones at home and why everyone needs a power of attorney.
Support is available through online programs. Programs include live support groups, a monthly newsletter, a blog, Pamela’s book The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes®, and Pamela’s advanced caregiving library, The Caring Generation®. The library features timely articles, videos, podcasts and more.
Visit Pamela’s website to take advantage of information and programs at https://www.PamelaDWilson.com.
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Managing Caregiving Emotions & Responsibilities
Pamela’s Caregiving TV segments address the wide range of emotions associated with caregiving by helping viewers be more aware of how caregiving affects the caregiver and the aging parent, spouse, or loved one who needs care. Pamela’s segments help viewers make plans to manage and feel more in control of caregiving. The benefit is reduced stress and anxiety about the unknown or unexpected situations sure to arise.
Caregiving may begin as a little help here and there. Over time caregiving, can be all-consuming, especially if 24/7 care is needed. This is when caregiving burnout, feelings of being a burden, and guilt are common. We love our loved ones but sometimes caregiving becomes too much.
Caregiving burnout, feeling like a burden and guilt are common in caregiving situations. These emotions and feelings are experienced differently by aging adults and parents and by caregivers.
How Aging Adults Feel
Pamela eases conversations about the realities of needing care in the segments on Caregiving TV. Aging parents want to know who will care for them but are hesitant to talk to adult children. Health emergencies happen that result in needing care and the necessity of talking about and making important health decisions.
Having plans avoids the healthcare system making decisions for you. A basic factor in caregiving and needing care–that most individuals lack awareness of — is the importance of having a “power of attorney in fact” to help you and a living will that outlines your care wishes in the event of serious health declines. Pamela’s process, which is more than downloading forms off the Internet or seeing an attorney, allows you to be in control and manage your health, your life, and your decisions.
Adults who need care grieve many losses. These include friends, activities. good health, physical and mental abilities. Daily activities that once were easy become difficult. A health diagnosis may result in physical limitations that make it difficult to drive and remain independent. A previously large word becomes confined to the four walls of a home. Isolation and loneliness result in depression and greater health declines. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia can drastically change daily life.
While most adults don’t want to be a burden on the family, few make plans not to be a burden. Aging adults want to remain at home instead of having no option but to move to a care community or nursing home. By knowing what it takes to remain independent, aging adults can experience positive aging instead of poor health and quality of life.
How Caregivers Feel
Many caregivers readily accept the responsibility to care for a loved one from a sense of duty, love, and the acknowledgment that parents raised adult children and now it’s time to repay in kind. The challenge is that there is no life training for what it takes to be a caregiver or what a caregiver is to do.
While conversations about caregiving should happen early in families — they don’t. No one wants to talk about aging, needing care, or death. These subjects, while uncomfortable, are an eventual reality for all of us.
Individuals who were previously living relatively stable and routine lives before caregiving are thrust into the role caregiving with all if its crazy, unpredictable, frustrating, and exasperating situations. The needs of aging parents, grandparents, and other family members can be demanding and result in feelings of overwhelm.
Family members can be disagreeable and refuse to help, making you the only person willing to care for a loved one. The health declines of loved ones are concerning when you’re not sure what to do. Trying to navigate the healthcare system, insurance, doctors, tests and more can be frustrating. On any given day you’d like to throw up your hands and say, “I don’t want to be a caregiver anymore.”
I Know . . . I’ve Been Where You Are
I experienced family losses of a sister, both parents, and a brother before I became a caregiving expert. Twenty years of experience caring for aging adults and thousands of unique situations has made me an expert in problem-solving and managing simple to complex caregiving situations. My one-of-a-kind experience can help you as you plan for aging, as you need care, and when you become a caregiver.
I know what happens. I can help you avoid the pitfalls and unknowns associated with caregiving and needing care.
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Blessings to you in the caregiving journey, let me know how I can help.