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Family & Caregiving: A Thankful Combination

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family connections. However, for caregivers, family relationships can be complicated. Sometimes, resentment may arise when one or two family members take on most of the caregiving duties. The reasons for such inequality may be understandable. Perhaps parents and one sibling live in the same town while other siblings live far away, so they can’t provide as much in-person assistance. Or maybe one sibling is single while the others have multiple children and competing demands on their time. Or perhaps, a spouse is reluctant to as  ...read more

Tackling Fear in Caregiving

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Caregiving can be scary—not in the way a Halloween horror flick provokes fear—but instead the way real life does. Caregiving often involves loss and perhaps some unexpected changes. For me, it was my husband’s stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Starting with that moment, fear became something that we both had to address. Other emotions were also woven into the situation, such as hope, love, and anger, but fear was there too and could be one of the most challenging feelings to address. Fear can paralyze you. When my husband first became ill,  ...read more

The Power of Caregiving Friends

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Before reading my blog I need your help! The 2019 Kathi Koll Foundation Capital Campaign is winding down. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today and helping a caregiver in need. Please go to http://www.kathikollfoundation.org/donate to make a contribution and help a caregiver in need. Thank You! —Kathi Koll The Power of Caregiving Friends: Kinship and Connection Through Support Groups When I was my husband’s caregiver, I wish I could have more easily connected with others experiencing similar issues. Now, many res  ...read more

Are you a caregiver sandwich?

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As the summer comes to a close and the school year revs up, one category of caregivers faces unique challenges: Caregivers with Children. Are you a caregiver sandwich? Caring for both an ailing parent and your children puts you smack in the middle! While the school year may provide parents a break during school hours, the after-school demands of homework and activities can add to their burdens. Providing care to both growing children and ailing parents can become a non-stop task that fills every moment of one’s day. On the other hand, there can be benef  ...read more

Vacationing for Caregivers

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Vacations and caregiving may not seem like natural partners, but they can be. Almost everyone needs an occasional break from their every day lives, and for caregivers and their loved ones, these breaks can be of vital importance to both mental and emotional health. Caregiving often drains the wells of resiliency causing both physical and mental ailments, so taking a few days away may be one needed step toward healing. In addition, many loved ones who suffer from a health issue may also have a corollary depression, and a change of scene might be the perfect antidote.   ...read more