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Dangerous Caregivers: Few Agencies Screen Workers

Posted on 07/11/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingThe person you hire from an agency to take care of your ailing, aging family member — shouldn’t that caregiver have passed a federal background check? Or drug testing? Or be screened for skills and training? Unfortunately, the chances are the agency did none of those things. A troubling new national study finds that nearly half of the agencies that send caregivers to help vulnerable seniors do a poor job of recruiting, screening, testing and training the caregivers they hire. …

4 Tough Decisions I’ve Made as a Caregiver

Posted on 03/27/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAs a caregiver, I make a hundred decisions on my parents’ behalf every week. Whenever possible, I make decisions with my parents – but many times I am forced to make decisions for them. Some are easier than others. Sometimes I take it in stride…other days the stress piles up and an implosion is inevitable. Some decisions are made quickly in the spur of the moment – like deciding whether to take time to stop and take a walk with Dad and Jackson, …

Widowers Stick Together

Posted on 02/21/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen you’re a man grieving the death of your wife or partner, casseroles just don’t cut it.  They have to deal with their loss and adjust to a different life. In the old days, if you were a guy, you toughed it out by yourself until you “got over” it. Women more typically vent and share their anguish through established venues like support groups. Sure, men can attend too, but often don’t return, finding themselves outnumbered by females and uncomfortable …

Part II: A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on 12/14/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhile the intangibles in my Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List post last week are at the top of my list, there are, of course, some pretty darn tangible items I’d also love to have as a caregiver! Here is a sampling of items most caregivers yearn for, Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney with these goodies: 1. A new car (might as well start big!): OK I’d love to have a new little red sports car, but what I need desperately …

The Best Cars for Caregivers

Posted on 10/3/2011 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Home & FamilyThis is a guest blog post from Jamie Page Deaton, the Managing Editor of the U.S. News Best Cars rankings. Having owned everything from mid-eighties Volvo station wagons to BMWs, pickup trucks, and classic Corvettes, Jamie is passionate about the cars and technology that move us. AARP estimates that in 2007, over 34 million family caregivers provided care at any given point in time, and about 52 million provided care at some time during the year. That’s a lot of Americans in caregiving …

Caregiver Meltdown

Posted on 07/20/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThere I was in the middle of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, when I was told I was 8 minutes too late to check my bag for the flight. I was trying to get to Indianapolis for a memorial service for my uncle. Missing a flight would upset any traveler, but my reaction surprised even me. Total and complete meltdown. You know the kind — sobbing uncontrollably to the point where the airline attendant had no idea what to do. …