We are daughters, sons, spouses, parents, grandchildren, friends, and others committed to doing our best to care for a family member or friend due to aging, chronic illness, or differences in ability.
We rarely begin our journey calling ourselves “family caregivers”. We care because we love, or perhaps due to family obligation. We may begin by “just helping out”, or due to a medical crisis.
Before we know it, we can be overwhelmed by the responsibilities and stress of managing a family member’s personal, medical, home, legal, financial, and social care needs.
As the foundation of our health care system, family caregivers provide an estimated $35 billion in care annually here in Texas (estimated over $470 billion nationally). To sustain our healthcare system, we need support beyond direct care services to manage the impact on our physical, emotional, workplace, and financial well-being.
CareGiver Transitions provides purposeful resources, training, and tools to help individual family caregivers, community organizations, and businesses manage the impact in each stage of caregiving.
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The Caregiving Navigation training series helps prepare for transitions in caregiving, including our purpose, tasks, questions, support, challenges, and resources in each phase when caring for an older adult in North Texas.
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In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, it was an honor to share stories of endurance, hope, and extraordinary care from family caregivers across North Texas!
This special series features individuals who live and breathe the daily joys and challenges of caring for a family member due to aging, chronic illness or differences in ability. Be inspired by their endurance, hope, and extraordinary care.
The sacrifices we make in our personal lives to care for aging parents is exemplified by Tammy, who essentially runs her own assisted living residence for family members.
Tammy's heart for service has extended to helping others through a support group at her church, and other faith based community activities.
Watch Tammy's story here.
Wilma cares for both her mom and husband, while also working outside the home. In spite of every effort to be and do it all, she began to burn out from the stress of around the clock care.
Watch Wilma's story of perseverance, love, and hope.
Watch Wilma’s story here.
When Nancy, a physical therapist, began caring for her mom with white matter disease, she never expected the journey to become a marathon.
Through 8 years of caregiving, she’s learned the profound grief of watching her mother’s decline could not keep her from finding joy.
Watch Nancy’s story of endurance, and the wisdom of letting go.
Watch Nancy's story here.
As a licensed clinical therapist, the physical and emotional toll of caring for a newborn with critical care needs as well as acutely ill parents was no less overwhelming for Kylie.
Through her journey she learned techniques and skills to help others through the challenges of both family and professional caregiving.
Watch Kylie's story here.
It's been a tough road to find peace for Martha, who cares for her husband with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Hear how she fought to find a diagnosis, and how she learned to empower herself in her caregiving journey.
Watch Martha's story here.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges that require collective determination and cooperation to overcome. To respond effectively, it's critical to follow the guidelines of health care experts.
As communities mobilize to fill the gap in resources for healthcare professionals, family caregivers are simultaneously challenged to find and mobilize resources needed to care for older, chronically ill, or disabled family members.
The following links include national resources as well as information specific to North Texas.
Resources, Information and Community Meetings serving adults age 60 or older and their caregivers in the following counties:
Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise
Resources, Information and Community Meetings serving adults age 60 or older and their caregivers in Dallas county:
For FAMILY CAREGIVERS:
For HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS and RELATED SERVICES:
We're committed to assisting both healthcare professionals and family caregivers impacted by COVID-19 in North Texas.
CareGiver Transitions can help make a difference by supporting discharge planning for North Texas families. Contact us for details. Email: Dannelle@CareGiverTransitions.com
Household checklist (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/checklist-household-ready.html
North Texas Aging & Disability Resource Center: nctadrc.org/
Resources for Older Adults, Caregivers & Health Care Providers (John A. Hartford Foundation): https://www.johnahartford.org/dissemination-center/view/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-resources-for-older-adults-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers
Get the free 150+ page CAREGIVING COMMUNITY GUIDE - a comprehensive directory of caregiving resources customized for 12 North Texas counties + National Edition (select your county when you subscribe).
The National Caregiving Conference was an incredibly empowering, informative, and fun experience! It was wonderful to be in the company of so many compassionate, determined, beautiful souls.
To stay connected to the insights and innovation behind the National Caregiving Conference, follow Denise M. Brown at her new site the Caregiving Years Training Academy
Thank you to all the participants, presenters, sponsors, and Denise M. Brown for your amazing work!
Good Days Patient Assistance programs provide financial help for people who battle a chronic illness or life-altering condition.
Clients not only receive help with many of the financial costs of care, but also connections to resources and community partners for additional support.
Learn more about Good Days Patient Assistance programs in support of people battling a chronic or life-altering illness, and their caregivers here.
Executive Director of Good Days Clorinda Walley interviews Peyton Manning.
The 2019 Good Days Exchange brings awareness and celebrates those who work in relentless support to address the impact of chronic illness.
The Exchange welcomed guests from across the country, including those who have received life saving help from Good Days assistance programs.
Jake Olson, Courtney Clark, Naomi Judd, and keynote Peyton Manning each shared their inspiring story overcoming a chronic or life-altering condition.
Our congratulations and heartful thanks to Clorinda Walley and her amazing team!
Thank you to all who joined us for the Inaugural Regional Caregiving Conference Southwest in Wimberley, Texas!
Attendees participated in educational and inspired caregiving sessions throughout the day, and had the following to say about the conference:
"Emotionally and intellectually supportive, meaningful. Insightful. Encouraging and spiritually enlightening. Filled with practical ideas and delicious food! Thanks!" - Diane
"Thank you so much for putting this seminar on for us caregivers. What an incredible source of information and encouragement. For bringing such solid and informed speakers, many of them walking the same or similar caregiving roles." - Gail
"Outstanding!! Motivating! Great learning experience. Eye-opening content. Well organized, excellent food, good networking opportunity. Thank you!!" - Rosa
Conference highlights included keynote speaker Bruce McIntyre, who delivered his presentation "Thrive Anyway: 12 Lessons After 12 Years of Chronic Illness and Caregiving."
We are so grateful to all of our exhibitors, volunteers, and sponsors including American Advisors Group (AAG), TBI Warrior Foundation and Alexis Point Senior Living.
As part of our full day of caregiving sessions, attendees enjoyed a fantastic presentation from local expert Martha Fiddes with North Texas Qi Gong (featured above).
It was an honor for Caregiver Transitions to serve as co-host and organizer. A special thanks to our co-hosts Debbie Howard and Denise M. Brown.
To stay connected with events like the Regional Caregiving Conference Southwest, follow:
McKinney, Texas 75071, United States
We look forward to hearing from you!
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