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How to Have a Happy Caregiving Holiday

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How can you take extra time to make the holidays merry when you already have so much to do as a caregiver? Sometimes, it may seem like an impossible challenge, but it can be done. To do so, however, the most vital task may be to shift the way you think, because how you think about the holidays affects how you enjoy the holidays. So take a moment and consider, what do you enjoy about the holiday season: time with family, time with friends, buying presents, getting presents, decorating, holiday foods, singing carols, viewing Christmas lights, watching holid  ...read more

Making Time For Gratitude

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November, the month of Thanksgiving, is an ideal time to consider how giving thanks can improve our lives. As caregivers, gratitude comes in many flavors. Our loved ones may thank us for our loving care of them or they may feel thankful while no longer being able to speak to share those feelings. Alternatively, perhaps our loved ones are suffering and forget to thank us. Maybe they are not even aware of the thank yous in their hearts waiting to be shared. The same may be true of us as caregivers. Who would you like to thank today or do you wished you had thanked in the pa  ...read more

It's A Kick-Ass Kinda Day

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"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."—J.K. Rowling October 27, 2005—The day that changed everything. The peak of the mountain—or was it the bottom of the sea? I had two lives with Don, and this day was the dividing line. Nearly thirteen years later I welcome the on-sale day for my memoir, Kick-Ass Kinda Girl. There are no words to express my gratitude for the amazing support I have already received from my family and friends. Early readers across the country have found hope in my words and that is truly humbling.   ...read more

Moving Caregivers from Surviving To Thriving

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Moving Caregivers from Surviving to Thriving by: Kathi Koll on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Moving Caregivers from Surviving to Thriving Caregivers often fall into existing in either crisis mode or chronic mode, according to Dr. Lee Baucom, author of “Thrive Principles” and “The Immutable Laws of Living.” With crises at the fore, caregivers are moving from emergency to emergency and not taking time for themselves. For caregivers in chronic mode, the focus is on constantly caring for another’s needs and not caring for one’s own. “They set as  ...read more

“Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love & Caregiving”

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I did it. I never thought I could, but I have! It's hard for me to believe, but after more than four years, my book, “Kick-Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love & Caregiving,” about my life and its caregiving journey is finished and will be published this fall. It's a bit scary sharing my life story, but I'm hopeful that it will help continue the work I began with the Kathi Koll Foundation—supporting caregivers who are in the depths of their own journeys. My hope is that by hearing about both my good times and hard times, from falling in love with my husband  ...read more

Some need something a little different....

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While most caregivers request aid with basic expenses or specialty items like wheelchairs, some need something a little different, including two of our recent recipients. Teresita Alcantara is the full-time caregiver of her 80-year-old husband who struggles with deteriorating health due to a car accident. In addition, her sister in Las Vegas is now a caregiver for her husband, who was hit with a stroke. Teresita sought travel funds to go to Vegas to help and support her sister and also enliven her husband, who had become depressed and enjoyed the company of his nieces and nep  ...read more

CAREGIVING 101: Tips for New Caregivers & Their Loved Ones

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CHAPTER ONE Entering the Medical World As a Caregiver When you are suddenly thrust into life as a caregiver, handling a loved one's medical needs can be one of the most confusing things to manage. Unless you have a medical background, you'll be learning all sorts of new vocabulary and medical processes. You may be interacting with multiple doctors about varied medications and treatments, all of which you need to oversee. You may need to perform a litany of tasks at home, ranging from administering injections to monitoring blood oxygen levels, while also assisting with baths an  ...read more

Bringing Technology to Caregiving

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Just as new technology has changed television and telephones, it’s also changing caregiving. For busy caregivers who need time to work or relax while their loved ones stay home, technology can provide an answer. For example, caregiver Peter Rosenberger, who hosts a caregiving radio show on IHeart radio, uses technology frequently to make his life work better as he cares for his wife, Gracie, who lost her lower legs in a car accident more than 30 years ago. “Caregivers are known to be resourceful and adaptive,” Rosenberger said. “Using technology to help is a growing trend.”   ...read more

Series: Expert Caregiver Tips from Peter Rosenberger

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This year, I will be sharing insights from other caregiving experts like Peter Rosenberger, who I met when he interviewed me on his radio show in October. Like me, Rosenberger has a spouse who has extreme caregiving needs. Here’s his story: Peter Rosenberger began his married life as a caregiver. When he met his wife, Gracie, she was a fiery singer who bowled him over with her beauty, talent and personality. She was also the survivor of a horrendous car accident that left her as a double amputee. When he said “I do” 32 years ago, he not only became her husband, he also became   ...read more

Helping Caregivers Through Their Challenges

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Kathi’s Caregivers would like to share a couple of favorite stories of recipients who have received gifts from us in this first quarter of 2018. Sometimes life’s little things are hard to manage. For example, Jess Esquivel’s grandmother needed wheels and a basket for her walker, but the family couldn’t afford the $66 to buy them.A $299 bath transfer chair was also out of the question. Then the Kathi Koll Foundation stepped in to make these needs a reality. The wheels “help grandma safely navigate and turn in the bathroom—turning was a challenge,” Esquivel said.   ...read more