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 December 11, 2013
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Gary Barg • Editor-in-Chief • gary@caregiver.com

Gary BargBoard of Directors:
In-Home Care

For many of us, the opportunity to spend time during the holidays with family members who live far away is an absolute blessing. And yet, for so many, those get-togethers can be a time fraught with fretting, fighting, fuming and even fracas food-fights. Regardless of the family dynamics that you find in your Christmas stocking this season, I think you should consider these times together as an opportunity. Now wait. Before you start tossing turkey legs at me, consider the following.


The holidays offer the best opportunity to hold Caregiver Board of Directors’ Meetings. By that, I mean calling to order the adult members of your families, who will be sharing your holiday tables, and finally having meaningful discussions about any specific topics of concern that everyone has been avoiding. It only makes sense that if you are the CEO of Caring for My Loved One, Inc., your family members who are not involved with the day-to-day details of caring for your shared loved one are, in effect, your Board of Directors (for better or for worse).

Like so many of us, it would be great to be able to have some in-home help as we care for our loved ones. But as well as any possible resistance to such care from our Board of Directors, the biggest roadblock to securing help can sometimes be our loved ones themselves. They can make it impossible for us to consider getting in-home care, even from the best sources. Although as a Fearless Caregiver, you are an equal and extremely important member of your loved one’s care team, the fact is that the most significant partnership you need to have might actually be with the loved one for whom you care.

Your loved one’s resistance may have more to do with not understanding that these days in-home care can take a wide variety of forms. The first step is to find a credible and reputable in-home care agency with which to partner and discuss your situation. They can help you craft a plan to ensure your loved one’s safety, living in your home or even by themselves.

Some available care options include:

  • Companion Care

  • Personal Care

  • Live-In Care

  • Transition Assistance
    (after hospitalization)

  • Sitter Assistance

  • Respite Care

By the way, if any of your long-distance Board of Directors members offers resistance to reputable and appropriate home care where your loved one presently lives, your response could be, “Terrific! I’m so glad that you are willing to have our loved one move into your home where you will care for them personally. In fact, I can get them packed so you can bring them home with you when you leave after the holiday.” 

You may just find out how fast this board member changes their vote on home care. And who knows? They might even want to pay the first month’s bill themselves as they find some excuse to beat an early and hasty retreat home.


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