|Lynn Wilson, Founder of|
The CareGiver Partnership
The interview begins at 27 minutes and 56 seconds into the show.
The 30 minute discussion covered a wide range of caregiving subjects including the growth of the senior population and its effect on the availability of long term care facilities. Lynn points out that the majority of seniors want to remain in their own homes. Figures by the #1 senior care housing provider in the U.S. claim that only about 15% of seniors wish to leave their homes.
Most caregivers are women 48+ and they're taking care of grown children and parents - hence the term sandwich generation.
Safety is the number one concern. 80% of admissions to facilities are driven by falls. Lynn pointed out that her Mom suffered a fall when her walker got away from her. Unfortunately, Lynn and her family didn't have the 'what if' discussion before the fall, so like many introductions to caregiving begin in a crisis mode.
"Live long enough to be a burden on your children" is a phrase sometimes used to describe getting older, suggested Evan.
Caregivers don't always take care of themselves - they're frantic and frazzled Lynn tells Evan and Deb. Support groups, exercise, shopping or employing groups such as Visiting Angels can be helpful. Caregivers should ask for help before they run into trouble.
Lynn shared her caregiving responsibilities to both her Mother who lives 200 miles away as well as caring (part time) for her two grand daughters. Caregiving is not just about seniors.
Lynn mentioned The CareGiver Partnership and shared why she founded it and what products and special services they offer caregivers and their loved ones. Evan agreed that most caregivers are thrust into their role on an emergency basis and a service like Lynn's could be helpful.
Both Evan and Deb were astounded when Lynn mentioned that they offer over 500 different incontinence products alone. Who would have thought? The ladies at The CareGiver Partnership take the time on the phone to explain what might work best.
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About The CareGiver Partnership. The CareGiver Partnership helps caregivers and their loved ones with answers to their caregiving questions, including information about home health care products and supplies, from our Wisconsin-based team of Product Specialists who are all current or former caregivers. The company’s Web site provides the largest online library of resources on subjects most important to caregivers — from arthritis to assisted living, and Parkinson’s to prostate cancer — as well as access to more than 3,000 home care products for incontinence, skin care, mobility, home safety and daily living aids. The CareGiver Partnership was founded in 2004 by Lynn Wilson of Neenah, Wisc. Visit http://www.caregiverpartnership.com to learn more or call 1-800-985-1353.