How To Be a Caregiver Who Makes a Difference

with Donna Deos

If you’ve ever wondered if, when the time comes, you’ll be able to be a caregiver who makes a difference, this conversation should be of great comfort to you. Donna Deos is a professional “transition expert” whose business specializes in helping families learn how to care for their loved ones in the varying stages of injury, declining health, chronic illness, and old age. With all of her experience both personally and alongside her clients, Donna’s a wealth of knowledge who can help anyone who is facing the task of caregiving. In this conversation Donna covers how to be a caregiver who makes a difference, so be sure you listen.

This is the biggest mistake that caregivers make.

When you are serving a loved one or family member as a caregiver there is definitely a lot on your plate. But you can’t allow all of the responsibility – which is very real – to overshadow what is really important: the time you get to spend with the loved one you’re caring for. In this conversation, Donna Deos shares how she’s seen caregivers get caught up in the “doing” of their role while the very person they care so much about is languishing, almost alone, nearby. It’s a tragic result of a misunderstanding of the role of caregiver that Donna tries to clear up in this conversation.

How can caregiver know if they are heading toward personal burnout?

The issue of self-care is vitally important for caregivers. But the urgency of the practical needs of those they are caring for often overshadows the very real needs the caregiver has themselves. In this conversation Donna Deos shares some warning signs that caregivers should watch for that may indicate that they are on the way to burnout. She also gives some practical advice about what can be done to prevent a burnout crisis. If you are the primary caregiver for someone you love this portion of the conversation could be a true lifesaver for you, so be sure you set aside some time to care for yourself by listening, learning, and applying what Donna has to share.

Should you place your loved one into a long-term care facility?

The struggle to decide what is best for an aging or debilitated loved one is never a pleasant or easy task. So many issues go into a wise and good decision. After walking the road alongside many families as a transition specialist, Donna Deos has seen many great examples of how to make the decision regarding long-term care options. But she’s also seen some horrible mistakes. In this conversation Donna shares what she’s learned about how to talk about long-term care possibilities in ways that the entire family can be comfortable with. Her advice provides a very refreshing and hopeful perspective that should be very helpful to you.

How you can get past the awkward difficulty of hard conversations about caregiving options.

Often an elderly or disabled person is defensive or responds in hurt to suggestions about long-term care possibilities. Understandably so, it’s hard for any of us to admit that we are no longer as capable as we once were. It’s hard to let go. One of the questions Donna Deos was asked during this conversation had to do with how an individual can get past the difficulty of broaching the subject of long-term care options. Donna had many suggestions about how family members can ease into the subject over time, laying the groundwork for healthy conversations in the future when the issues will surely be more pertinent. You can hear Donna’s advice and approach to these hard conversations in this conversation.

What You’ll Discover in This Interview:

  • How Donna Deos developed her company to guide people through the eventualities of life..
  • The mistakes Donna has made and sees in caregiving.
  • It’s important that the elderly or dying participate in play.
  • Indications that a caregiver is on the way toward burnout.
  • Advice for families who are deciding on long term care issues.
  • The financial considerations for in-home care.
  • How to get past the difficulty of the hard conversations that need to happen.
  • Caregiving issues to consider surrounding holidays.
  • Differences between caregiving in a crisis and caregiving long term.
  • The best next step caregivers should take.