5 Tips to Help with Long-distance Caregiving

by Janna Kontz, MDiv Caregiving is rewarding, and it’s also a tough road to travel. When you are unable to be physically present with the person you are helping care for, it’s even tougher. Many families these days are spread across the country or globe. Physical distance can make a challenging situation even more overwhelming …

Checklist to Prepare & Protect Your Family/Household in an Outbreak

During a public health crisis, there are actionable steps you can take to protect yourself, loved ones and the public. One of the most important things to keep in mind is not to panic, instead be mindful in preparing your household to weather the uncertain times as best you can by following some best practices. …

COVID-19: Recommended Steps to Prevent Illness

As COVID-19 spreads, experts indicate many people will not have or exhibit serious symptoms even if they contract the disease. However, there are two groups of people who are especially at risk, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. Older adults and people who have serious underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung …

How to Talk with Children about Serious Illness & Death

When someone in your family has been diagnosed with a serious illness or is dying, it can be difficult to come to terms with what’s happening. It can be even more challenging when children are involved. Even in the face of a such a difficult situation, being open and honest with children is always the …

5 Practical Suggestions for Caring for a Loved One Who Can’t Communicate

by Heather Larson, LSW, CT Caregiving for a loved one comes with its own set of rewards and challenges. When your loved one is unable to speak, the situation can become more complicated. Witnessing your loved one lose their ability to speak takes a toll, not only on the individual, but also the caregivers. It …

Signs of Compassion Fatigue & How to Cope with It

by Staci Metzger, LMSW Caring for a loved one can be fulfilling and one of the best gifts you can offer. Along with the rewards, caregivers face many challenges and stressors, including compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is a special kind of burnout that happens to caregivers as a result of providing care to a person who …

5 Self-care Tips to be an Effective Caregiver

An American author and public speaker Jim Rohn once wrote, “One person caring for another represents life’s greatest value.” This value is instilled within many individuals who are responsible for caring for a loved one with a terminal diagnosis. For many, it may feel like a privilege and a reward to be entrusted with such …

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A Caregiver Checklist: 5 Things to Prepare When Caring for a Loved One at Home

As Rosalyn Carter noted, “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need a caregiver.” Understanding that caregiving is a universal experience means that we don’t have to view it as uncharted territory. We …

10 Tips for Families on How to Handle the Death of a Loved One

by Cathy Miller, LSW I was 30 years old and faced with the sudden reality that my parents may not live forever. My dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 55. After an 11-day hospital stay, he said, “I am never going back there again.” He opted to spend his time hunting and fishing rather than …

5 Conversation Starters to Talk about Death, Dying & End-of-Life Preferences

by Brenda Iverson I am a planner. Simple things, like planning out the week’s meals for our family, help me feel prepared for the hustle and bustle of the week ahead, especially with two teenagers in the house. We also make plans for many significant and life-changing events in our lives, including weddings, babies, vacations …