Caregivers need a place to find answers such as Becoming a Family Caregiver.

"BECOMING A FAMILY CAREGIVER" Helps You FIND ANSWERS To How, What, When, Where, and Why!

“Becoming A Family Caregiver” Bridges the Gap Between Healthcare and Homecare
By Being Your One-Stop Resource for Answers to Questions Caregivers Frequently Need

Have No Time To Look Up Information?

That’s What “Becoming A Family Caregiver” Is All About—Saving You Time

A family caregiver researching on her own questions when she could find those answers using Becoming a Family Caregiver's website.

Request a Free Copy of a "Medical Pre-Registration Form"

Do you ever get tired of repeating the same information over and over at the doctor’s office?  I do.

Therefore, I designed a pre-filled form that has all our information available to the healthcare provider on-demand. With each medical appointment, I confirm nothing needs updating, print it off, and hand it to the intake nurse on arrival at our appointment. Piece of Cake. 

Would you like to have that same convenience?  You can.

In appreciation for your interest and support of “Becoming a Family Caregiver,” request a free copy of the “Medical Pre-Registration” form below. 

Front page of medical pre-registration form.
Front page of Medical Pre-Registration Form
As mobility becomes difficult, ramps help caregivers get family members in and out of the house.
As mobility becomes difficult, ramps help caregivers to get family members in and out of the house.

Sharing Experiences Blog Library

Look through hundreds of blogs Donna wrote during her time as a caregiver to gain insight into challenges faced and triumphs achieved. Donna doesn’t sugarcoat how it feels to be a caregiver caught in the middle of doing it all. If you feel alone, you’re not. Hopefully, by reading about someone else’s experience, you’ll see how someone like you survived. 

Statistics related to the number and types of caregivers in the United States in 2020 published by AARP
Statistics related to the number and types of caregivers in the United States in 2020 published by AARP

Caregiving Data

Find out details about caregivers in the United States –  who they are, what they do, the challenges they face, and what they need  – based on the “National Data on Caregivers Survey”  results.

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Need Help Finding an Answer?

Submit a request for information or assistance on the Contact Page if you need help with something specific.  If you don’t have a specific question, “Becoming a Family Caregiver” provides information caregivers want to know in the way they want to receive it – in one place, easy to understand, to the point, and geared to home use. You’ll find information on how to troubleshoot caregiver problems at home when medical offices are closed or when the directions you received from the doctor’s office are confusing.

"Planning care" when first discharged from the hospital can be confusing for first time caregivers.
"Planning care" when first discharged from the hospital can be confusing for first time caregivers.

Planning Care

Caregivers often perform treatment procedures at home and manage complex medical conditions. Researching information takes time that caregivers can’t spare. The “Planning Care pages help those starting their roles obtain a foundation of essential home health information. Save precious time as you become a family caregiver and avoid frustration using this resource to acquire the knowledge you don’t have initially!

Identifying "Resources" that can help you figure out what you need and where to find it can take hours of work. Something caregivers don't have time to spare.
Identifying "Resources" that can help you figure out what you need and where to find it can take hours of work. Something caregivers don't have time to spare.

Resources

Save time in another way! “Resources” supplies contact information for valuable resources and support organizations dedicated to specific medical conditions or special interest groups. In addition, frequently visited government agencies and organizations’ web links appear in alphabetized lists with direct access to their content.  As an added benefit, links to businesses providing services, supplies, or resources that support the needs of caregivers or patients are available as a way to help you reduce time locating products needed. When AARP surveyed caregivers, they responded that knowing where to find resources was one of their greatest needs. Check this section often as new links are frequently added.

"Emergency Preparedness" helps you to be ready in the event of a disaster.
"Emergency Preparedness" helps you to be ready in the event of a disaster.

Emergency Preparedness

It’s too late to begin to prepare for an emergency when you are in the middle of one. Emergency Preparedness needs to happen before you need it. Learn how to prepare for natural disasters as well as how to perform emergency rescue techniques.  You can even get a 10% discount on an online CPR course!

Caregivers must learn new "Skills" when family members come home with wounds or tubes. They may provide the same care given by nurses in the hospital but provided now in the home.
Caregivers must learn new "Skills" when family members come home with wounds or tubes. They may provide the same care given by nurses in the hospital but provided now in the home.

Skills

Many patients leave the hospital with medical equipment or go home before wounds heal completely. Family members become responsible for helping them get better after discharge. How do they learn to troubleshoot problems when home alone? What if they lose their instructions? The material presented in the “Skillssection provides information on many common caregiving topics and medical conditions that can help caregivers learn what they need to know to deliver safe and competent care.

"Emotions" can become overwhelming at times. Caregivers need support systems.
"Emotions" can become overwhelming at times. Caregivers need support systems.

Emotions

Emotionally charged situations can be difficult to manage and drain every ounce of energy a caregiver has somedays. Information on potential triggers, coping with reactions, and tips on preventing meltdowns make these pages some you won’t want to miss.

"Immobility" challenges can present major huddles to caregivers when traveling.
"Immobility" challenges can present major huddles to caregivers when traveling.

Immobility

     Each major system in our bodies works better when we are mobile. As each system becomes impaired by the effects of immobility, the decrease in how well it functions impacts the other organs’ ability to do their job.  Therefore, immobility has both a singular and cumulative effect making the effect particularly troublesome. Find out more about the challenges of immobility and the importance of skincare when immobility is present. 

"Finances" are significantly impacted by caregiving. Social Security provides both retirement benefits and disability income.
"Finances" are significantly impacted by caregiving. Social Security provides both retirement benefits and disability income.

Finances

    Forty-five percent of caregivers report a financial impact related to caregiving. Many take on additional debt while others cut back on necessities to pay bills. At some point, most caregivers interact in some way with either Medicare or Medicaid and, in some cases, both.  Furthermore, if an adult oversees the care of another adult unable to care for himself, the need to identify a power of attorney for the one receiving care. Gain insights into each of theses topics under “Finances.”

Becoming a Family Caregiver Is Under Construction

Although the website might be under construction, please feel free to look around and take advantage of any of the resources you find useful. I encourage you to subscribe as a follower because I’m adding new content all the time.

I don’t know the official launch date yet for the website. Unfortunately, my caregiving duties often create a challenge in competing with the time needed to work on the website; however, I work on it every week. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with questions and suggestions.