With 30+ years of caregiving experience, Peter Rosenberger discovered firsthand that caregivers themselves also had needs to be met. He is now speaking out to give other caregivers practical advice and support.
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Here’s What to Expect in This Episode
- A lot of people’s are caregivers without them realizing it
- Baby Boomers that are growing old and they need to be taken cared of
- People are sandwich into caring for their parents and their own child.
- Care givers are affected in 6 different areas (Acronym HELP ME).
- Care givers are put into an enormous amount of stress and relentless crisis that goes on all day long on a constant state whereas most people get a break
- Detaching is needed so you don’t lose your identity. You don’t need to attach your self worth and well being to the one being cared for.
- Change the word obligation into stewardship.
- Recommendation for Caregivers
- 1 Counselling Session with a qualified mental health professional who can help you
- 2 support groups per month
- 30 days a year in church and place of worship where you are connected to a community
- Three I’s that caregivers encounter
- You lose your independence. You can’t just drop everything and go to a movie when you want to.
- You become isolated. You’re stuck away from community somewhere.
- You lose your identity.
- You make a lousy caregiver if you are miserable, worn out and unhealthy care giver
- Get Healthy
- 1 Flu Shot per Year
- 2 Regular Visits to the doctor
- 30 minutes per day of something physical
- Care givers need care as well. Don’t be a martyr – it’s not all on you.
- Three P’s in dealing with a doctor
- Polite – Give them the respect they deserve
- Prepared –
Selected Links from the Episode
- Peter Rosenberger’s Website
- Hope for the Caregiver: Encouraging Words to Strengthen Your Spirit (Book)
Peter Rosenberger has authored a book, writes blogs for AARP, speaks at numerous events and leads worship at church. Rosenberger also hosts a radio show, tackling controversial issues such as the use of medical marijuana for those who are in pain. At home, he is a caregiver.
Before he met his wife, Gracie, she was in a car accident at age 17 that led to the removal of both her legs. Since then, she has seen more than 60 doctors in 12 hospitals, and she has had 79 operations.
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