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Aimee's Blog

A resource for caregivers





AimeeHello,

My name is Aimee Henry and I have been invited to begin a Caregiver Blog for the residents of Waukesha County. I am a retired Social Worker who focused my career on helping families as they embarked on the roller coaster ride of caregiving. Over the years I have also experienced the caregiver role first hand, on many levels – from caring for aging in-laws and relatives battling cancer and dementia, to caring for a spouse during a three year fight with end stage kidney and liver failure, to my current role as a long distance caregiver for my aging mother who is homebound and blind. So as you can see, I have walked in your shoes!

Caregiving involves many challenges and you must make many difficult decisions while feeling multiple emotions at one time.

This Blog will not only be informative, but designed to help you maintain your personal well-being (which is paramount!), and a place to share supportive information and ideas for options and resources related to caring for an aging loved one. You should never provide care alone – you need a network of support – and your network starts here.

We will discuss:

• Difficult emotions and how we can learn from them.
• Personal stress, what causes it and how to cope with the ups and downs of being a caregiver.
• How to take care of yourself and how self-care affects the level of caregiving you can provide.
• The importance of communication with yourself, health care providers, family members and those you are caring for.
• How to set up a care plan and resources in the home.
• How to participate in activities to ensure good quality of life for your loved one.

I am very excited about this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings with you and I hope that you will share your ideas and special moments with me.

I am always open to content suggestions, so let me know what you are thinking or looking for.

Have a blessed day.
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  • Wheelchair Etiquette

    At a recent social event I attended with my 89 year old, wheelchair bound mother I noticed there were very different ways people would approached her. I remembered a training I had attended years ago that was helpful for me and I thought it might be helpful to share some of the

  • Traveling with a Care-receiver

    I just returned from a family wedding in another state.  Watching my caregiving sisterprepare and work with my mother who is blind and wheelchair bound was inspirational . I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of her travel tips. 

  • Low Vision & Blindness

    It is reported that nearly 3.5 million Americans over the age of 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older. My mother suffers from vision loss after a stroke

  • 6 Must-Have Legal Documents for Family Caregivers

    Medical Documents • HIPAA Authorization • Healthcare POA • Advance Healthcare Directive Financial Documents • Financial POA • Trust • Will An elder law attorney can assist with the preparation of these documents, as well as provide valuable guidance to help you plan for the future, given your loved one’s

  • Helping Someone through the Denial of a Diagnosis

      This past week I have encounter two families where a loved one was denying their medical diagnosis. This situation seemed to overwhelm the caregivers as they were not sure how to handle this fact. Sometimes, though, a short period of denial can be helpful. Being in denial gives your

  • The Importance of Social Engagement for both Care Partners

    What is social engagement and why is so beneficial to both caregiver and care-receiver? A social engagement program provides social opportunities, activities and discussion between care-partners and dedicated program coordinators and volunteers. These programs have multiple physical, behavioral and emotional benefits. These are programs that keep people connected to their

  • Creative Storytelling

    Creative Storytelling An enjoyable way for care partners to engage is through the use of creative storytelling. Creative storytelling has no rules, no structure, it is just the use our imaginations. Stories connect generations, help us explain our life history and pass values across time. In 1998, Anne Bastings Ph.

  • Caregiver 2016 Resolutions

      The holidays are now coming to a close and many caregivers start to think about their New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Take some time to think about changes and adjustments you can make for the new year to simplify and maximize your caregiving. Here are some suggestions to get

  • 2 Presents Caregivers Do Not Want To Receive

    There are two “presents” that are not welcomed in this time of holiday giving…Stress and Depression! With schedules changing, expectations are high, too much to do, caregivers often fall victim to these difficult emotions. How can we avoid unwrapping and opening ourselves to these feelings? # Try to let go