This Caregiver Life

S1E3: Life After Sepsis

An episode of This Caregiver Life

By Mary Hahn Ward
Jennifer Mackinday and Mary Hahn Ward are long time caregivers. 'This Caregiver Life' podcast will explore the journey of caregivers from all walks of life. Jenn and Mar are caregivers to veterans, and have been caregivers to non-veterans. They will share others stories, their stories, and explore current events as they relate to this important topic. According to a Rand study the Elizabeth Dole Foundation commissioned there are 5.5 million military/veteran caregivers, imagine just how many caregivers there are in total? So many. Let's help each other out and share our best practices!
S1E8: Carrying On with Caira Benson
Caira Benson is a seasoned professional in the nonprofit community, a homeschooling mother of five, and caregiver for her disabled veteran husband and three of their children. Her dedication to providing the best quality of life to her clan is inspirational. Join us as we learn about Caira's journey as a Hidden Hero, and we learn how she manages to even make time for herself.  Caira is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow, proudly representing South Dakota.  This is real life. This is Caregiver Life.  
May 8, 2019
S1E7: Veteran Directed Care - A Call To Action
Our guest today is Karee White, an Army veteran, married to an Army veteran for 30 years, mother to nine children...yes you read that correctly, and a caregiver to her daughter Kimmy. Kimmy is a wounded veteran with a severe traumatic brain injury. Veteran Directed Care is a VA program Kimmy is part of, and Karee almost can't live without.  Veteran Directed Care (VDC) is: The Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS)  program is designed to allow veterans who are potential candidates for  nursing home placement to receive that level of care in their homes,  their caregivers' homes or in non-supportive, independent living  communities (not assisted living residences). The program provides  veterans with a budget and allows them to choose their own care  providers in place of receiving care services from the VA health care  system. In some cases, family members of the veteran can be paid for the  care they provide. (
April 30, 2019
S1E6: Caring for Our Kids - Asthma & Food Allergies
  Megan Smith is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow and joins us today as our guest. Megan is a caregiver to her husband who was injured in Afghanistan, and a mom of two boys. In addition to her beloved role of mom to her sons, one of them requires additional care. Her oldest has severe myopia, asthma, and food allergies. Megan is kind enough to give us an inside peek at how she juggles her responsibilities while also being a mom.  
April 23, 2019
S1E5: Cherish The Moments
Lara Garey is our guest on this podcast. Lara is the spouse, and caregiver, of an Air Force veteran with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS. Lara is also a newly appointed Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow. In this podcast Lara does not hold back on how deep she is into the care giving role. She fit in this interview while her husband, Tom, was in ICU. 
April 16, 2019
S1E4 Self Care: Good for Body & Soul
What is self-care and why do we need it? Is your go-to self-care healthy? Is it working? Explore all things self-care in this episode of This Caregiver Life, and visit our Facebook page www.facebook.thiscaregivelife where you can ask questions, share ideas and learn more about caregiving. This is real life. This is our caregiver life.
March 12, 2019
S1E3: Life After Sepsis
A sepsis survivor and a caregiver of a sepsis survivor have an unfiltered conversation about sepsis survival. Jenn is a sepsis survivor of two and a half years. Mar's spouse, Tom, in addition to having ALS for eight and a half years, recently survived sepsis.
February 12, 2019
S1E2: ALS - Roasting for Research
This Caregiver Life podcast today focuses on a unique fundraising effort for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Roasting for Research. Please join us to learn more about this exceptional campaign that raises awareness, and funding, to help beat back ALS. 
January 20, 2019
S1E1: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Bathroom
In their opening 'This Caregiver Life' podcast Jenn and Mar, caregivers to their veterans, share their thoughts on Chicago O'Hare's new, accessible bathroom: “Changing Places Restroom”. 
January 10, 2019
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