An estimated 65% of aging adults rely on family and friends for their care
1 and 39% of adults in the United States have risen to the challenge of family caregiving.2
Caregiving can be challenging work; nearly half of family caregivers perform medical and nursing tasks in the home.
Caring is at the heart in the home
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to Mary Dieter, an Illinois resident who began caregiving when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary took on additional caregiving responsibilities when her husband was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
When Mary’s husband lost the use of his limbs, she bathed and fed him and tended to his skin to prevent painful infections and bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers. “It made me feel like I was doing a good job,” Mary said.
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At Sage, we make patient hygiene and pressure ulcer prevention products that are designed to make caregiving easier so you have more time to focus on what matters most—your loved one.
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How do we learn best, if not from the stories of others... taking in their wisdom, noting their mistakes made, using the resources they stumbled upon along their journey's path?
Sage is helping practiced family caregivers share experiences with those new to caregiving—a life task that can often feel quite isolating.
We've invited caregivers from all over to tell us their personal caregiving stories. What better way to learn about caring for our loved ones if not from those who have done it before you, or are doing it with you?
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Kathleen M. Vollman
MSN, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN
At shopsageproducts.com, you’ll find educational tools including videos from Kathleen Vollman, an advance practice clinical nurse specialist with over 32 years of nursing experience.
Reference: 1. Women and Caregiving: Facts and Figures. Family Caregiver Alliance. https://caregiver.org/women-and-caregiving-facts-and-figures. Published December 31, 2003. Accessed October 23, 2014. 2. Family Caregivers are Wired for Health. Pew Research Center. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/06/20/family-caregivers-are-wired-for-health/. Published June 20, 2013. Accessed October 17, 2014. 3. New Report Finds Almost Half of Family Caregivers Perform Medical and Nursing Tasks. http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-10-2012/New-Report-Finds-Almost-Half-of-Family-Caregivers-Perform-Medical-and-Nursing-Tasks.html. Published October 1, 2012. Accessed October 17, 2014.