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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Caregiver Support Groups and Courses
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Pamela D. Wilson -- Caregiving Expert, Advocate & Speaker Pamela D. Wilson -- Caregiving Expert, Advocate & Speaker
Golden , CO
Thursday, June 20, 2019


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Golden, Colorado – June 20, 2019

Caregivers have as many questions about caregiver support as they do about caregiving. Many are hesitant and afraid to ask questions. Instead, caregiver support groups and programs are dismissed by fearful caregivers as situations that take time and show few results.

For caregivers who participate in caregiver support groups and programs, high praise is offered. Mentioned as the benefits of attendance include increased confidence and self-esteem, knowledge of health conditions, the ability to perform new caregiving skills, hope that situations will improve, and meeting others in similar situations who understand.

Caregivers Want to Feel Understood

Judgment and criticism are common in caregiving. Caregivers are made to feel guilty for not being able to do it all. These judgments and the resulting feelings lead to the hesitance that caregivers express about asking for help and asking questions. Aging parents and loved ones discourage caregivers from seeking help and pour on the guilt about time spent away from the caregiving situation.

Appreciation is lacking in caregiving. Caregivers are led to believe that whatever they do is not good enough. And that enough is never enough. Feelings of embarrassment and low self-esteem are common among caregivers.

Caregivers Need Hope, Help, and Love

Caregiving is a challenging life role. The responsibilities continue to build. The tasks feel never-ending. Instead of feeling beat up and exhausted, caregivers need hope, help, and love to survive this life-consuming role.

Many caregivers feel hopeless and helpless. These feelings are substantiation for four frequently asked questions about caregiver support

1 How Will Caregiver Support Help My Situation?

This is a great question and the reason why caregiver support programs can be disappointing. Many groups are non-specific offering emotional support but no factual or specific support to resolve problems. The better groups are led by caregiving experts with broad expertise and the ability to help caregivers solve specific problems.

2 How Do Online Caregiver Support Groups Work?

The answer to this question depends on the source offering the caregiver support groups. Different types of groups exist. As a result of advanced technology, live caregiving support groups are easy to attend.  

The majority of online support groups are not staffed, and responses are provided by course participants. While this may provide a sense of being understood by other caregivers, the responses may be nice but not helpful. More advanced groups are staffed by caregiving experts who respond to questions through chat modules. The better groups are in a live webinar format where caregivers can interact personally with the caregiving expert hosting the group.

Pamela's website features a page called, "What is a Caregiving Webinar?" This page answers common questions about caregiving webinars and hosts three instructional videos. The videos show how to sign up for a webinar, how to use the chat modules, and how to raise a hand to speak live during a caregiving webinar.

3 How Do Online Caregiver Courses Work?

This answer is similar to the support groups in that some courses are fully recorded with no live interaction. Because of technology courses with a recorded and a life component are available today.

Providing caregivers with a live opportunity to interact with the instructor and other students receives the most positive responses. Meeting students and the instructor in a live webinar raises interaction, and the benefits of the course are more closely aligned with the needs of the participants.

4 What Will I Learn That I Already Don't Know?

This is one of Pamela's favorite questions. Because of more than 20 years' experience as a court-appointed guardian, medical and financial power of attorney, the personal representative of the estate, trustee, and care manager, Pamela has rare expertise to solve caregiving issues.

Her knowledge surpasses what most caregivers think they know. She works with caregivers to assess situations and to identify problems that caregivers cannot anticipate. There are few caregiving situations in which she has not been involved.

Pamela's mission is to reach as many caregivers and aging adults as possible to offer hope and help for all situations and to prevent caregiving disasters. Because she has seen the best and the worst of caregiving, Pamela knows what happens. She helps caregivers avoid unexpected issues, to gain confidence, and to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with caregiving.

For more information about caregiver support programs and courses offered by Pamela D. Wilson,  including the most commonly asked questions, CLICK HERE

 

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Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA, a National Certified Guardian and Certified Senior Advisor, is a caregiving thought leader, elder care expert, advocate, and speaker. Pamela offers family caregivers programming and support to navigate the challenges of providing, navigating, and planning for care. She guides professionals practicing in estate planning, elder and probate law, and financial planning to create plans to address unexpected concerns identified in her past role as a professional fiduciary. Healthcare professionals are supported by Pamela’s expertise to increase responsiveness and sensitivity to the extensive range of care challenges faced by care recipients and caregivers. Contact Pamela HERE

 
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Pamela D. Wilson, Inc.
Golden, CO
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