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Join Amy Zellmer as she chats with with Kristen Schreier, MA, CCC-SLP about caregiver support.
“It is hard to be a patient with a brain injury, but it is harder to be a caregiver, “says Kristen Schreier, MA, CCC-SLP, speech pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River.“You cannot expect yourself to be able to take care of someone if you are not well yourself, or at the top of your game.”
Kristen has been a speech pathologist with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, New Jersey since 2007. Kristen received her master’s degree from The College of New Jersey. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and is the hospital’s program champion for the brain injury program. In January 2016, Kristen became a facilitator to train other healthcare professionals to obtain brain injury specialist certifications. She also works with Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey as an adjunct professor and clinic supervisor. Kristen is dedicated to educating patients, families, and other clinicians about brain injury diagnoses, recovery, and the necessity of therapy.
Are you a caregiver? Need help? Join us for a caregiver support marathon. Our guest expert(s) show line-up answer these questions:
1. How do you prepare to be caregiver?
Expert: Michael Neuvirth
2. What can you do as a caregiver to remain physically healthy?
Expert: Christopher J. MacLellan
3. How do caregivers remain sane when faced with the added stress of being a caregiver?
Expert: Sherri Snelling
4. When should caregivers seek help?
Expert: Donna Seebo
5. When you ask for help, and no one responds, then what?
Expert: Hal Chapel
6. How do you recover from being a caregiver?
Expert: Lori La Bey
Click this link to see a detailed program guide. Connect with all our guest to access a bounty of caregiver resources.
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“What seems to be true is that caregivers belong to a secret club. Once we begin to talk openly to one another, expressing our feelings, hopes and desires will we begin to come together,” explains host and caregiver expert Dr. Eboni Green. This podcast, “Why caregivers need support” is the introduction to a series of caregiving related topics to support our nation’s caregivers. Join us every last Monday of the month at 11:00 a.m. CST to interact with other caregivers who are providing care to a loved one, neighbor, or client and melt away some of your stress by expressing your thoughts to the caring ears and expertise of Caregiver Support Services, www.caregiversupportservices.org.
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Caregiver Wellness: Are you headed toward spiritual distress?
Caring for a loved one or client suffering from a debilitating or terminal illness can be distressing. The feeling of distress often compounds when there is little hope that your loved one’s suffering will be eased or that her condition will improve. The resulting long-term emotional strain can lead you to question of the general the meaning of life and result in spiritual distress.
It is important to recognize that there can be serious implications for your health and relationships if you are not spiritually well. Spiritual wellness does not necessarily relate to religious activities or rituals; rather spiritual wellness focuses on the activity of adding meaning to your life and those for whom you care. In fact, spirituality can serve as a positive coping mechanism, as it is associated with better mental health, and linked to less depression. Some researchers also suggest that spirituality might serve as a protective factor against negative health outcomes among caregivers.
Join us on October 29th at 11:00 a.m. CST as we continue our year long-series of exploring the nine components of the Caregiver Wellness “U” Model. Our caregiver expert, Dr. Eboni Green whose credentials include the co founding of Caregiver Support Services and is a professor for two major universities and is the lead instructor for family caregiver training program at Caregiver Support Services will educate us on what it means to be spiritually well as a caregiver.
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The following quotation is from a family caregiver: "I am very isolated, can’t really leave the house and get very little relief. The friend that calls me the most is not the friend I feel most comfortable with. The amount of family support is minimal." (A Caregiver Support Services Caregiver) The term social wellness refers to the number and quality of social supports available to caregivers. Social wellness includes interpersonal relationships and access to support from family, friends, church, and community. Please join us on April 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. CST as caregiver expert Dr. Eboni Green defines and discusses social wellness as a component of the Caregiver Wellness "U" model.
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This is the introduction to a year long-series, offered on Caregiver Support Radio which will explore the nine components of caregiver wellness. The live radio show is free and held on the last Monday of the month at 11am (CST). Please join us on Monday, January 30th at 11 a.m. or call in to speak with co-hosts Terrence Green and Dr. Eboni Green, toll-free at (877) 904-1575.
This show will feature Dr. Green providing an overview of what and how her Caregiver Wellness "U" Model works for today's frontline caregivers. Each of the nine dimensions of the caregiver wellness model will be defined and the rationale for its inclusion explored.
This Episode: Skip Cohen talks about the importance of being involved in a caregiver support group. His experience with Paula Falk and the Sarasota Friendship Centers' team was invaluable during his mother's illness. Caregiving is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities most of us experience in a lifetime.
Each week Paula Falk moderates a support group of caregivers dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's. She's helped to provide guidance and a constant reminder to each member they're not alone, that it's okay to feel frustrated, sad, angry, but to not lose sight of their own health and mental wellness.
Many members of this support group have become good friends and provide a support network. Now, we want to share what we've learned in a series of short podcasts, each one about a tip to help you stay focused on your own health and well-being, as well as the loved one you're caring for.
Paula Falk is the Director of the Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) and Adult Day Service Program at The Living Room at Senior Friendship Centers’ Sarasota campus. The Caregiver Resource Center is a community collaboration bringing together agencies and businesses offering services and products to help caregivers through one of life’s more challenging times. For more information, call 941.556.3270, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www. friendshipcenters.org.
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Caregiver Wellness: When guilt becomes an unhealthy emotion Are you feeling guilty? The truth is it is not uncommon for caregivers to experience some level of guilt even when they know they have done all they can to support a sick or disabled loved one or client. Join us today where we will discuss guilt and explore strategies to work though guilt as a caregiver. Guilt impacts psychological wellness, which is a part of the Caregiver Wellness: U model, a conceptual model that incorporates the movement toward social, psychological, physical, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and financial wellness, while also incorporating the empowerment and resilience necessary to take charge of one’s health on a holistic basis. The components are not chronological; rather, they represent collective components. According to the Caregiver Wellness: U model, being psychologically well means that a person has adequate coping skills to deal with the sometimes competing emotions associated with caring for a sick or disabled loved one or client. Join us on September 24th @ 11 a.m. as caregiver expert Dr. Eboni Green discusses what it means to be psychologically well.
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The term empowerment is defined as the ability to engage in and execute behaviors for successful caregiving. It is a significant force that helps the caregiver with the tasks associated with caring for a sick or disabled loved one. In fact, once a caregiver is empowered, the caregiver is better able to help a loved one live life with greater fulfillment.
Also empowered caregivers are more likely to take self-responsibility for their health and wellness, in addition to the well-being of their loved one. In fact, in a recent study, employed caregivers were found to have higher healthy behavior index scores than noncaregivers (Coughlin, 2010). Coughlin has suggested that the higher healthy behavior index scores among employed caregivers might be related to the caregivers being empowered to make healthier lifestyle decisions such as not smoking, exercising regularly, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a more consistent basis.
Join us on February 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. CST as caregiver expert, Dr. Eboni Green discusses the profile of an empowered caregiver and how we as caregivers can take responsibility of self-empowerment and strive for optimum wellness.
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