By: Diane Keefe, Geriatric Care Manager
Are you taking care of a parent or other loved one? Are you looking to learn more about the senior environment and how to be a better advocate? Do you enjoy working with older adults? Then you are in the right place.
This website is designed to help caregivers and aging adults through the complex environment of aging issues, geriatric services and resources.
Here is what we offer you:
- Objective advice based on education and experience both personally and professionally
- Insight and guidance from someone who has been there and can enlighten you on your alternatives and the consequences of those choices
- Help recognizing the signs that your loved one needs help
- Direction to appropriate resources and services thereby saving you time and money in researching them
- Education on the complex maze of senior services
- Peace of mind that you have done everything you can do!
- Coaching for caregivers with loved ones with dementia on how to manage behaviors, communicate and create memorable moments
- Coaching on how to talk to your loved one about when they need to stop driving because they are no longer safe on the road
- Tips on taking care of yourself as a caregiver
- Coaching on what is required to be a good advocate and more…
We will attempt to answer questions important to you. We have introduced a new program called Caregiver’s Club to provide a one stop solution to support you on your caregiver journey. Caregiver’s Club offers 2 programs which provide email access to a Geriatric Care Manager with caregiving questions, a Yahoo Group for caregivers to share challenges and solutions with each other, access to all the videos, the Blueprint for Care book and workbook, special articles and more all for a low monthly cost. This service is invaluable if you are in the midst of a challenging situation! You have a Geriatric Care Manager who can guide you and tell you what you can expect from certain alternatives. Look for the Caregiver’s Club tab on the main navigation bar.
Blueprint for Care: A Practical Guide to Managing Care for Your Loved One ($14.97) is available on the website as well as on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. There is a companion workbook ($9.95) (available on website only) that will facilitate collecting of information you need in a non-emotional way to honor your loved one’s wishes through end of life. Purchase your copy now so that you will have this practical information at your fingertips to get the services you need for your loved one. No regrets or wishing that you had known about something!
Check out our caregiver webinar videos! Click on the Webinar button to the right to access the FREE 60 minute webinar 3 Mistakes Children of Aging Parents Make That Keep Them Anxious, Overwhelmed & Worried Sick! To further your education,we offer Talking To Your Parents About Driving, ($49.97) and Caring for A Loved One With Dementia ($49.97) webinars. A mainstay 6 lesson series Confident Care for Aging Parents teaches caregivers about the physical, social, emotional, housing, legal, spiritual and cognitive elements that go into a Care Plan so that you can be better prepared to meet your loved one’s needs.
Diane Keefe hosts a Caregiver Talk Show on BlogTalkRadio called Caring for Parents Together which features professionals in the field of aging who provide services and resources for the elder population. Ms. Keefe also interviews caregivers about their issues and challenges. To access the show, click on the link in the right sidebar of this page under the media player. Click on Show Index on the Menu bar of this website for a complete list of programs, topics and upcoming guests. These programs are available to caregivers when they need them by clicking on the links of previous shows! Listeners can call in with questions by dialing: 646-915-8572. This program airs every Wednesday at 4 p.m. and links can be accessed to archived programs anytime. Join us!
Caregivers have a tough job to do and we want to support them. Seniors are also navigating a difficult time in their life that includes losses (financial, social, friends, health and family, etc.) and many adjustments. We want to honor you and offer some tips to help you face these challenges with grace and dignity.
If you need more support, Diane Keefe is available for an individual consult at $100/hr and also available to organizations for speaking. For more information, look under the Services tab
Tips From the Experts 2-DVD set ($29.95) offers interviews with experts and organizations who provide services. They tell you firsthand what you need to look for when selecting a service and what you can expect from them. This is an invaluable resource since you would not be able to get this information without hours of interviewing. Now at the click of the mouse, you have the information at your fingertips!
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Helpful Resources on the Menu bar will connect you to other websites that you will find valuable. From time to time, different professionals will be invited to share their knowledge and experience. i.e., dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic disease management, etc. We hope you will find this helpful.