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The Upside of "The Upside"

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Caregiving is rarely the subject of a movie, but this year's “The Upside” delves into the ups and down of an unexpected caregiving relationship between Phillip Lacasse, a rich quadriplegic (played by Bryan Cranston), and Dell Scott, a struggling ex-con (played by Kevin Hart). The comedy/drama, which is based on a true story, delves into the bond that develops between the two main characters, and in the process, it illuminates many aspects of caregiving. For example, the movie makes clear that caregiving is not for the faint of heart. Dell has to take on nursing tas  ...read more

Bringing Love to Your Caregiver

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February is the traditional month of love. Stores leap at the opportunity to offer candy, flowers, and jewelry to lovers. While these are all special ways of showing love, they are not the only way. Some of the most tender love streams between caregivers and the people they care for. About 43 million people across the United States regularly show love by ministering to a loved one in need. This type of love is so special in part because it cannot be reciprocated, at least not in the traditional sense. The caregiver is bestowing a gift of love each time she helps her  ...read more

New Year, New Caregiving You!

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How to Make New Caregiving Choices for the New Year A new year can provide a special opportunity to reevaluate one’s life and make some new choices. Are you devoting so much time or energy to caregiving that your health, happiness, or well-being are suffering in small or large ways? If so, maybe this is a time to change that and give a gift to yourself that can not only help revitalize you but also help you become a healthier, happier caregiver who can be there for your loved one over the long haul. Remember American culture has instilled in many   ...read more

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