Our generation is the first to face caregiving to such an extent.  Today people live longer than ever before, growing frail and needing care for years, not months.

Dora Hutchens, Explorer Consulting; Dealing With Caregivers in a Family Crisis; Dementia; PTSD; TBI; Veteran Caregivers; Elizabethton, Tennessee

Dora Hutchens

I am a baby boomer. Our generation is the first to face caregiving to such an extent. Today people live longer than ever before, growing frail and needing care for years, not months.  This web site helps the caregiver with Alzheimers, dementia, stroke, mobility challenges, cognitive challenges, caregiver stress management, and caregiver burn out.  Although my customer base is located throughout the United States, I am based out of Elizabethton, Tennessee.

 

A lot of us don't live near our parents because we have moved away to try to find someplace "better".  Women have been the traditional caregivers, but now more men are providing care. And yet, all of us have to work, in or out of the house.  There are no rules or role models for us, and I suspect we will make our own.   As an occupational therapist, I have also worked with individuals in long term care facilities and home health agencies and understand the stressors of going home after illness or injury.  Someone once told me "you cannot give except out of your excess".  Throughout my life I have found this wisdom to be entirely true.  When we care for someone we also must take good care of ourselves. 


Providing care can be easier when we know:

 

--How to make the home environment safe and functional for our loved ones

 

             ENVIRONMENT

              

 

--How to deal with behavioral changes

 

                BEHAVIOR

             

   

--How to take care of ourselves so we can continue to take care of them

                        CARE

              


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I wish you all the best in your journey!

Dora