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SOURCE Karen Winston
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Also known as the "substitute caregiver," not all caregivers are equal in their interest to serve in the role. In the U.S. at any given time, 20% of the population is serving in the role of caregiver for a loved one – and not always enthusiastically. Based on family dynamics and the cost of assisted living and nursing facilities, many families choose to share the role of caregiving for a loved one until such time that the loved one needs greater ongoing medical oversight than the family is capable of providing. This interim stage of at-home caregiving can offer time for enjoying cherished moments and connection with the loved one, but is often also seen as a time of hardship and resentment by family members who may not be wholeheartedly willing to take on the role of caregiver. For the reluctant caregiver, these five essential tips and one fundamental reminder may help:
REMINDER: Be kind, you may need someone to do this for you some day.
In the new book, HIYA: Patient Advocacy was Her Calling and Salvation, an inspired biography about a woman who redefined caregiving, by Karen Winston (www.karenwinston.com), a vice president with the internationally recognized regional business accelerator CONNECT in La Jolla, CA and a certified clinical nutritionist, the critical role of patient advocate is explored through story and best practice tips. This poignant and disturbing biography characterizes the life of a San Diego woman (Hiya) known personally to the author, who fought in the most personal sense to survive with cancer and other diseases, but without health insurance or medical treatment until she turned age 65. She not only applied tenacity for achieving good outcomes based on thorough research for her own care, but also throughout her life for those she cared for most.
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