Jennifer Mackinday and Mary Hahn Ward are long time caregivers. 'This Caregiver Life' podcast explores the journey of caregivers from all walks of life. Jenn and Mar are caregivers to veterans, and have been caregivers to non-veterans as well. We will share the stories of other caregivers through interviews & explore current events as they relate to the caregiver space. According to a Rand study the Elizabeth Dole Foundation commissioned there are 5.5 million military/veteran caregivers plus the many more who are civilian caregivers. Let's keep each other company as we live the caregiver life!
Welcome to our last episode of Season One. Marjorie Pennington, author of "Bring Home the War: The Life of a Military Caregiver", joined us for an in-depth conversation about being a military caregiver to her husband. "Bringing Home the War" is a powerful story of faith, and commitment.
Marjorie says this: "This book is the culmination of a long journey. It wasn't a journey my husband or I can say we chose, but rather it was one that chose us nonetheless. I decided to write this book as an insight into the life of being a caregiver for military soldiers injured by war. I wanted to share our journey so that it could inspire others going through similar battles and also provide some insight into how to cope when the going gets rough, as it inevitably does."
As we close out Season One we thank all of our listeners for following us. We will be back in August with a kickoff to Season Two. To follow us on Facebook look for This Caregiver Life where we post articles, resources, and items of interest to caregivers throughout June and July.
Jean Montjoy joins us today in a candid conversation about burnout. Jean holds a masters in Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She chats with us today about burnout from a professional caregiver perspective. She shares with us her journey as a social worker, how burnout sneaks up on her, and how she has addressed it. She is kind, compassionate, transparent, and overall good human.
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.
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. (https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/longtermcare/resources/veterans-directed-hcbs.html#title3)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.