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Wednesday July 14, 2010 - Issue #494

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From The Editor

Gary Barg - Editor-in-chief 

The Key Question

I always save the driving questions for the last 25 minutes of the Q&A session at our Fearless Caregiver Conferences because once that Pandoraís Box is opened, no other topic gets any airtime. 
I know that none of you have any challenges getting a loved one to stop driving when they are becoming a danger to themselves and others, but please indulge me the following.
We have heard some really ingenious methods that caregivers employ when faced with the driving issue; among them:
Donít make your decision solely on age-based concerns. A driverís age is not reason enough to revoke their license.
Find out what the laws in your state allow in these instances; sometimes you can make an anonymous call and the driverís bureau will call your loved one in for retesting...continued 

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Feature Article

Tools For Starting a Caregiver Support Group

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW

Starting a caregiver support group takes time, energy, organization and an ongoing commitment. It is not a one-person job but it does usually need at least one energetic, organized person to start the group and share enthusiasm for its success. Here are some useful suggestions for developing your own caregiver support group: ...continued

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Guest Column

The Professional Care Manager As A
Family Caregiver: Unique Challenges

By Rona S. Bartelstone, MSW, LCSW, BCD, CMC
CEO, Rona Bartelstone Associates, Inc.

Care Management is probably the most holistic and consumer centered approach to the provision of services for frail and vulnerable populations.  Care Management is a process that looks at medical, social, emotional, spiritual, safety and functional needs of an individual and his/her family and support systems...continued



Don't Get Mad, Get Funny
By Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant, M.P.H

No matter how much we love them, caring for family members can be a very stressful job.  And all that stress can take its toll on our health and make our role as family caregivers even more difficult....continued



I'm not sure where the best place I can find information regarding a certain situation that's recently come up at my workplace that's troubling me and I was hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction.  

I have been a caregiver for over 15 years and I've never had a problem like this before. One of my patients is an elderly man whom I've been caring for in his home for over 5 years now. He's always been the type to casually bring up topics every now and then about things of a sexual nature. I usually handle it by not encouraging or engaging in the subject further by changing the subject, which normally works despite my uncomfortableness without incident. Recently he really crossed that line where he attempted to slip his hand under my shirt to touch my breast. I know there is probably several ways to handle this, and looking back I know I should've handled it differently, but I was so shocked and taken back by his inappropriate behavior that my first reaction was to quickly pull away and leave immediately. I know I should've said something while pulling away to make it clear to him right then, that what he did was unacceptable and I will not tolerate it! But in the moment, all I did was react. I contacted his son right after the incident and said I needed a few days off, with the possibility of not returning.

I am so torn with conflicting emotions about this and if I could ever feel comfortable going back even if the situation was addressed. Nor do I want him to feel that way around me, whether or not he's confronted with what he did. Please help. Ive been asking around for advice, but evidently this doesn't seem to happen around here, and Im really uncomfortable talking about it. Any input or advice you could throw my way would be so greatly appreciated!!!!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to listen.

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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor

The Key Question

Feature Article

Tools for Starting a Caregiver Support Group
Guest Column

The Professional Care Manager As A Family Caregiver

Don't Get Mad, Get Funny




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