Caregivers With Hope Blog

You Can’t Play A Piano With Clenched Fists

Caregivers and Resentment Resentment seems to be a regular companion for caregivers.  Often stemming from a deep-seated belief of obligation, caregivers drive themselves mercilessly with such internal commands such as, “I have to, I must, I’m supposed to, and I need...

A Conversation With Jane Heller

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jane Heller, called the show to share her journey as a caregiver. Her new book bears the most hilarious title, and it's one that caregivers will quickly understand. You’d Better Not Die Or I’ll Kill You: A...

Tell them, “Give Me Solutions!”

This simple statement can better equip caregivers to detach from onlookers who point out an obvious problem. Caregivers are often put on the spot to somehow fix whatever happens to be the crisis of the day —or the hour.  Some people feel free to stress the...

You Can’t Drive A Tuna Casserole To Work

Struggling with her husband’s significant medical issues, a woman I know felt burnout and worn paper-thin. Furthermore, while trying to hold it all together, her car broke down. In addition to all the other burdens she carried, transportation soared to the top of the...

Discussing Traumatic Brain Injury With Adam and Kevin Pearce

Approximately 1.7 million each year sustain a traumatic brain injury. Superstar snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, suffered one on a practice run preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Kevin, along with his brother, Adam, called the show to discuss their story...

It’s Stewardship Not Obligation

“I’ve Got To...,” “I Need to...,” “You Don't Understand, I Have To...." "It's My Obligation to ..." These are all statements made by all caregivers at some point, and, sadly, all too frequently.  The feeling of obligation drives us to push ourselves to...

It’s Not Just Care, It’s WHOLE Care

For more than twenty years, Elizabeth Moss, CEO of Caregivers By WholeCare, has provided exceptional care to families in Middle Tennessee.  With her background as a nurse, Elizabeth understands first hand from a professional viewpoint the need.  From her...

Don’t Believe Everything You Think!

"My Mind Is A Dangerous Neighborhood to Walk in Unaccompanied!" Physical Isolation is one of the most challenging issues Caregivers face, but our thoughts become isolated, as well.  In those lonely moments, our minds can play tricks on us, and take us down...

The Amazing Attendance Record of Caregivers

Caregivers Performance vs. Attendance Record All too often, Caregivers judge themselves mercilessly over their performance.  With a supremely critical eye, we berate ourselves, while also allowing others to do the same.  If we choose to judge...

A Fifty Year Journey Like No Other

On Sunday, 7/30/1967, Lyndon Johnson served as President and the national debt was 330 billion.  Six months into his first term, Ronald Reagan served as governor of California. Overseas, Vietnam drained our country's youth and unity, while domestically,...

“Dentistry Isn’t Expensive; Neglect Is!”

In my book, 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them, the first landmine is Ignoring Personal Health Needs.  Sadly, all too many caregiver put off preventive care services as they care for a vulnerable loved one.  Dentistry care is one of those important...

America’s Healthcare Plan from a Caregiver’s Viewpoint

A Caregiver's Perspective Of the Healthcare Debate The wall of noise from Washington over the healthcare debate continues to bombard America’s senses and sensibilities. With President Obama’s plan clearly circling the drain, Democrats still seem willing to defend the...

Music & Memory: Providing a Therapeutic Play List

When's the last time you listened to a song, and it instantly took you back in time? Hymns, concerts, favorite TV theme songs can all  instantly engage our hearts and transport us. Describe a memory triggered by a favorite song by the original artist. Imagine a loved...

Why Is Regions Bank an Autism Friendly Place?

Did you know our branch is autism-friendly?—Regions Bank During a recent trip to my local bank, I noticed signs displayed stating the branch is autism friendly. Displaying a message so prominently indicated a story behind the campaign.  Because my curiosity spike, I...

Protecting The Endangered Dignity of Caregivers

Many caregivers nobly work to protect the dignity of their loved ones. Yet, few discussions occur regarding the dignity of a caregiver that is often trampled underfoot in the course of the caregiving journey.  A demoralized caregiver is an at-risk caregiver While...

The Delta Doctrine for Caregivers

THE DELTA DOCTRINE One day, while flying to Atlanta on Delta Airlines, (Duh,Everything Leaves Through Atlanta), I discovered that flight attendants state the best advice for caregivers—all day long: “In the unlikely event of the loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks...

Jim Breuer talks Fathers, Caregiving, and Baseball

Saturday Night Live Alum, Jim Breuer, called the show for a special Father's Day episode. In our more than four years on the air, Jim's interview soared up to one of my all time favorites. Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over...

Caregiving Doesn’t Have To Mean Solitary Confinement

"We caregivers tend to hurl ourselves recklessly at caring for a vulnerable loved one—and assume the entire burden of their well-being on our shoulders alone." Even as I wrote that statement, I had to let it sink into my own heart. This isn’t theory to me—it is...

Jeff Foxworthy Calls The Show

Superstar comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, called the show to celebrate our 200th episode.  Sharing his own journey as a caregiver, he also voiced his support for fellow caregivers and affirmed his love of our show.  Jeff also took some time to poignantly share moments when...

Caregivers Often Fight the Worst, But We Don’t Have to Fear It

Fight What's Closest Rather Than Fear The Future For more than twenty-five years, my wife, Gracie, has been an amputee. Over the years, the subject of “phantom-limb pain” found itself in many conversations. Amputees can often feel the pain of a limb that is not there....

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