As a caregiver I’m honored to have this journal, “Caregivingly Yours” recently added to the “resources” links of the Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (CARES) of the Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina. “… Dedicated to serving social work practitioners and decision makers who work with older and disabled adults and their families.”
Reading from their Spring 2007 Adult Services Practice Notes (ASPN) I could not help but notice, remember, and “feel” some excerpts:
“Negotiating the change from caring for people at home to caring for them in a facility has its own steep learning curve and emotional heavy lifting …”
“… Family caregiving doesn’t end with the care recipient’s entry into a facility, and making the transition can be difficult not only for the people making the move but for the caregivers. The transition usually brings with it new challenges and stresses for everyone concerned. …”
Kudos to the University of North Carolina! CARES is addressing and making available knowledge and learning that IS and WILL BE needed for families everywhere.
I am neither that naive nor vain to believe this journal’s growth and recognition has to do with my attempts as a wordsmith. It is “our family’s story” of living with Multiple Sclerosis, joined by the cyber neighborhood of the hundreds who read each entry, the dozens and dozens of emails, and the wonderful handful who comment regularly. Any link to “Caregivingly Yours” is a welcome to this caring neighborhood.
Caregvingly Yours, Patrick Leer