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How Reframing The Way You Look At Caregiving Can Reduce Your Stress – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Most people who are caregiving for a loved one feel like they don’t have a choice.  They made a vow when they got married to take care of their spouse in sickness and health.  They say there’s nobody else who would provide care for this person.  They would feel guilty if they didn’t serve as a caregiver.  But what if you looked at caregiving as a choice you are making?

Check out Jen’s latest video on how changing the way you look at caregiving can help you reduce stress:

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

How To Handle Being In Second Position – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Maybe you aren’t the primary caregiver for your loved one.  Maybe you are just “helping out” with your mother-in-law or you live at a distance from your sister who needs care.

Check out Jen’s video on how to gracefully be a secondary caregiver:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs8S96QCljA&t=2s

 

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Should You Ever Reason With Someone Who Has Dementia? – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Most of us want to reason with someone when they don’t understand us.  We want to present our case.  Explain the facts.  Caregivers do this all the time when someone they love has dementia.  Is it ever ok?

Check out Jen’s video on this topic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlD4SEAbhlA&t=67s

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Entrepreneurs Who Are Also Family Caregivers Series – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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This article is the last in a series about successful entrepreneurs who are crushing it in their businesses but also managing the challenge of caring for a loved one.

Fresh Insight On Self-Care From The Entrepreneur Caregiver

          Ann Zuccardy

Caregiving experts—including me—are constantly encouraging busy working caregivers to practice better self-care.  Ann Zuccardy, a two-time Tedx Speaker, author and humorist has been a caregiver while growing her business.  Here’s what she has to say about self-care:

“I’ve learned that self-care is not selfish.  Self-care is about more than getting a pedicure or a massage – it’s about daily routines of meditation, prayer, physical movement, setting boundaries, creating unstructured quiet time for myself, and learning to say no more.  Increased self-care in this way leads to better physical health and stamina – which I need to be a good caregiver. “

Growing a business while caregiving is an enormous undertaking.  As Ann says, don’t make it about the occasional spa appointment—make it a daily intention.  What daily self-care strategy can you commit to today to keep your strength up for both caregiving and business?

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.

Entrepreneurs Who Are Also Family Caregivers Series – By Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

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Three Ways The Caregiver Entrepreneur Gets Ahead and Stays Sane

This article is the fourth in a series about successful entrepreneurs who are crushing it in their businesses but also managing the challenge of caring for a loved one.

Throughout Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, I repeatedly emphasize the need to take care of yourself and establish a caregiving crew of people who will help you and your loved one.  This week’s blog features two female business owner caregivers who share their experiences on maintaining a business while taking care of yourself and allowing others to help you.

      Elaine Pasqua

Elaine Pasqua, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is the author of #Mom I Got This: Building Your Legacy In College and Beyond.  She speaks professionally to colleges, high schools and pro sports teams about high-risk drinking and sexual assault prevention.  She has also been a caregiver many times to loved ones including her parents, her aunt and a cousin.  Here’s her advice on how to build a business while caregiving:

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it’s almost impossible to do it alone! Be creative, you have come up with a plan that works for everyone. You should never give up your goals, dreams, and years of hard work. You might have to adjust expectations and make modifications to satisfy the dual roles of caregiver and business person. Family and commitment to care should be valued above everything else in life. However, you also have to make a commitment to care for YOU, the caregiver. Take time to nurture yourself along the way; you will need it so you can continue to have the stamina and emotional reserves to juggle both.”

           Nora A. Burns

Speaker Nora A. Burns, owner of HR Undercover, a human resources consulting firm concurs.

“I think it’s important to allow yourself some grace and recognize that perhaps the years when you are caregiving are not likely to be your most profitable years and that’s okay.  I would give anything for one more day with my mom, even if it meant losing my dream gig in order to make that happen.”

While taking care of her Mom and sister-in-law who were ill, Nora often had to fly from her home in Colorado to Wisconsin. “While in Wisconsin, friends would periodically lend me their vehicles so I wouldn’t have the expense of renting a car for that 1-3 week period – how awesome is that?”  Further, friends back in Colorado were kind enough to watch her dog Bella so she did not have to pay anyone to do that.    

What can business owners who are caregiving learn from Nora and Elaine?

  1. Temper your expectations for business growth while you are in the eye of the caregiving storm.
  2. Consider creative ways your friends and family can support your efforts to be a good caregiver and business owner.  Ask for their help.
  3. Remember that while business and work are important, people you love should still be your priority.

Join us next week for our final article in this series about successful business owners who are also caregiving!

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.