Giving to L’Tanya

(Update: We gave to L’Tanya! I sent $500 to L’Tanya today, November 12. Thanks so much to all who gave! You guys are great. L’Tanya will join me for Table Talk on Saturday, November 24, at 10 a.m. ET. Listen here.)

Through our CareGifters program, we fund caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time.

This month, we’re funding solutions for L’Tanya, who cares for her mom while raising her two sons, ages 7 and 17. Bette and I spoke with L’Tanya over the phone and chatted with her on Friday during our Sandwich Generation chat.

She’s completed her CareGifters application, explaining that the funds will be used hire an organizing and cleaning company. “Having the house clean and clear of clutter is the one thing I can do that I know will do what none of her doctors or medications can — make my mother feel better,” L’Tanya wrote.

In her application, she explained her three greatest challenges:

1. Maintaining a clean and clutter-free home.

2. Meal prep specifically for diabetics/cancer patients. My mother’s has such a poor appetite and rarely eats the meals I prepare. As a result, she continues to lose weight.

3. We have one car, a van in need of maintenance.

In an email to me today, L’Tanya wrote, “”She started cleaning (the closet) out, but ran out of energy. Organizing and clearing her closet clutter is the first place we’ll start.”

Today, we’re raising $500 to help L’Tanya, who will be our ninth CareGifters recipient. You can donate via the button below. You can donate as little (just $5) or as much as you can–we are very grateful for any contribution you make. After L’Tanya receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on our websites (Caregiving.com and CareGifters.org) and on Your Caregiving Journey talk show. You can donate below.

CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

Thanks so much to all who help!!!




Giving to Teresa

(Update: We reached our goal! I sent $500 to Teresa on October 22! Thanks to all who gave!)

Teresa and her mom.

During our most recent chat on Twitter (next one is Sunday!), one of our regular participants, Teresa, shared that her last week had really been rough. We asked her to tell us more and then offered some suggestions for resources. Teresa had explored all the resources we suggested. I told her I would keep her mind if I could think of another organization that could help her.

And, then it finally occurred to me that we have help for her! I suggested she apply for help through our CareGifters program, which she did. So, beginning today, we’re raising money to help Teresa.

In her application, Teresa described caring for her mom, who is mentally ill and has diabetes and seizures, and their struggles:

The priority is seeking out urgent dental consultation so I can begin to stabilize my own health to be stronger for my mom’s care and my own. I do not have any other means or familial support.

The money will allow me to save some in the case of an emergency to use for transportation, such as when my mom will be in-patient for neurological tests. She would be able to attend a program. I would be able to attend a support group. We could also visit my grandma.

It will also assist with household supplies, over-the-counter medications, an assistant to help me clean to maintain our apartment and do laundry, and make sure our cell phones are reliable rather than ones that do not work. It will help more in the long-run, however will make a huge difference now.

I have learned to be very creative and crafty with budgeting. It will make a HUGE difference for my mom and me.

My self-care has been neglected, which worsens my chronic illnesses. I am in urgent need for a dental consultation to assess oral disease and infection. I only have ten teeth with no partials. I must be healthy to care for myself and mom.

Managing my household on my own with an aging parent who is ill is not easy. Much has fallen to the wayside, especially household chores, such as deep cleaning and large lots of laundry. Unexpected expenses of breaking appliances and technology, which I rely on seem to be adding yet one more thing to my “to-do” list.

I am not capable of doing deep cleaning on my own on top of my caregiving responsibilities. If I could pay another to help or do it for me, it would be a blessing!

Lastly, the cost of transportation is a great issue for Mom and I. I like to have a reserve of cash saved for unexpected trips using Para-transit Disability Services. We have not been able to visit my grandma in the nursing home due to distance. It is hurting all of us and creating more feelings of hopelessness. In addition, a support group and program that would help my mom greatly is not being utilized because our fixed budget does not allow for it.

Today, we’re raising $500 to help Teresa, who will be our eighth CareGifters recipient. You can donate via the button below. You can donate as little (just $5) or as much as you can–we are very grateful for any contribution you make. After Teresa receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on our websites (Caregiving.com and CareGifters.org) and Your Caregiving Journeytalk show.
You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)
Thanks so much to all who help!!!



CareGifters: Raising Money to Help Janet

Janet and her husband in healthy times.

(Update: On Monday, June 18, I sent $500 to Janet. Thanks so much to all for your generosity!!)

On Friday, Janet McCaskill, one of our Facebook fans, posted a request for help:

“I have been caring for my husband on a full-time basis since 2005. He has permanent cerebellum damage and is not very ambulatory. It is exhausting and getting home health assistance has been a battle. I am getting ready to have a hysterectomy (cancer) and will not be able to lift him. I cannot get assistance for less than $15 per hour. It will drastically deplete what savings are left during that month after my surgery. I thought I had exhausted all the known sources of help but Medicare just ended PT for him and wound care only comes once every 10 days. Any suggestions?”

I suggested Janet complete an application to receive funds through our CareGifters program. As you know, through CareGifters, we raise $500 to help a family caregiver in need.

Janet completed her application on Friday and provided the following additional information:

CareGifters: How will the money we raise for you be used?
Janet: It will be used to pay for someone to assist in his daily needs such as bathing him, transferring him and changing his diapers.

CareGifters: What are your three greatest challenges?
Janet: Financial burdens are huge! Time to allow me to relax even if for an hour a day. Giving him the proper care each day that he needs without any added stress.

Janet will have her surgery on June 29.

(Janet has been in touch with her community organizations, such as Catholic Charities. We also suggested she contact her local Area Agency on Aging.)

Today, we’re raising money to help Janet, who will be our seventh CareGifters recipient. You can donate via the button below. You can donate as little (just $5) or as much as you can–we are very grateful for any contribution you make.

After Janet receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on our websites (Caregiving.com and CareGifters.org) and Your Caregiving Journey talk show.

You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

Thanks so much to all who help!!!

And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.

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We Raised $500 for Teri

Bette organized a yard/bake sale yesterday which raised $135 for Teri, our sixth CareGifters recipient.

We had a great day yesterday, which means today we have $500 to give to Teri, our sixth CareGifters recipient. Your donations will ensure Teri and her husband (and her caree) can travel to see their son graduate from high school. Left-over funds will help with the costs of oxygen supplies and medical bills. (You can read about Teri’s need here.)

A large donation ($100!!) and a yard/bake sale held by Bette (she raised $135!!) helped us reach our goal.

Thanks so much to all who helped! It’s another way you disrupt.

(If you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.)

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Giving to Teri

Teri

As often as we can, we raise money to help a family caregiver in need through our CareGifters program.

Today, we’re raising money to help Teri, who will be our sixth family caregiver we’ve helped. She’s been caring for her husband, Mark, for the past five years. You can read her blog here.

Our goal is to raise $500 to help Teri, who writes, “The first thing that any received money would do, would be to enable us to make the trip to see our boy graduate from high school. I feel with the decline in hubby’s health that this trip is more important than ever. (We have not been able to see our son in about a year and a half due to Mark’s health and our lack of finances). Any funds that would be left over from this would go toward money due for oxygen supplies and medical bills.”

Mark

You can help with your donation of $5. (If you can give more, that would be awesome.) To donate, just click the Donate button below.

I’ve asked Teri to share her three top challenges; they are (in her words):

1. Housing: We are having to live with family due to finances, hubby’s illness, and my unemployment.

2. Our son’s graduation: Family dynamics have caused our son to live in Tennessee for the past 3 1/2 years. We are trying to be able to make this trip to see our boy graduate. We have not had finances to be able to see him in 1 1/2 years.

3. Ongoing medical costs for hubby: Oxygen, medication, copays, and gas prices all add up to take a good portion of any finances we do have each month from hubby’s disability.

After Teri receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on CareGifters.org and Your Caregiving Journey talk show.

You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

Thanks so much to all who help!!!

And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.




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Giving to BreeAnna

BreeAnna, with her husband, Shane, and their two children, cares for her mom. BreeAnna and Shane also help his parents. BreeAnna is part of Faces of Caregiving on Pinterest.

(Update: On March 19, we sent $500 to BreeAnna. Thanks so much to all who give!)

As often as we can, we raise money to help a family caregiver in need through our CareGifters program.

Today, we’re raising money to help BreeAnna, who will be our fifth family caregiver we’ve helped. BreeAnna is a member of the Sandwiched Generation, caring for her mother while raising her children. She’s also a long-term family caregiver, having been in her caregiving role for more than 10 years. You can read her blog here.

Our goal is to raise $500 to help BreeAnna, who will use the money to build a ramp on her home. She writes, “The money will go directly into buying wood for the ramp and if any is left over, it will go to the other medical supplies.” You can help with your donation of $5, below. (If you want to give more, we’ll take more.)

I’ve asked BreeAnna to share her three top challenges; they are (in her words):

1. Building a ramp to get her in and out of the house;
2. Getting other medical supplies such as blood pressure monitor, thermometer, pulse oxidation monitor, adult diapers and wipes;
3. Expanding doorways and creating a small ramp into her room, which involves moving her closet to a new location.

After BreeAnna receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact both here and on CareGifters.org.

You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

Thanks so much to all who help!!!

And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.

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Giving to Amy

As often as we can, we raise money to help a family caregiver in need through our CareGifters program.

Today, we’re raising money to help Amy, who will be our fourth family caregiver we’ve helped. She’s been caring for her parents since 2002. Prior to caring for her parents, she lived with and cared for her grandmother. Amy is 31-years-old. You can read her blog here.

Our goal is to raise $500 to help Amy, who writes, “I would love to be able to pay off most of the small medical bills that my parents have and also be able to get a check-up for myself so that I can be my best to care for them. I am doing all I can but it seems to keep getting harder to do. So any help would help. Thank you for this opportunity to get my story out there.” You can help with your donation of $5. (If you want to give more, we’ll take more.)

I’ve asked Amy to share her three top challenges; they are (in her words):

1. Money for medical bills.
2. Money for my health care becasue my parents need 24-hour care. I am unable to work.
3. Facing eviction.

After Amy receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on CareGifters.org and Your Caregiving Journey talk show.

You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

Thanks so much to all who help!!!

And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.

It’s Liliana Day!

Liliana with her mom.

Today, it’s Liliana Day! Liliana cares for her mother, who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2009. She’s also our third recipient of CareGifters, an initiative that funds caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time. Through CareGifters, we work to give $500 to a family caregiver so he or she can resolve a challenge.

Our goal is to raise $500 today to help Liliana, who would like to return to college this fall to get a degree in social work and gerontology. We’re at 47% of our goal—we need $266 to send $500 to Liliana today.

Liliana also will receive an additional $140 raised by Bette‘s daughter, Marah (see photo, below). Marah raised the money by pounding the pavement to sell candy. Marah, who is nine-years-old, has raised $280 to benefit CareGifters through her candy sales; you can learn more here.

In total, we hope to give Liliana $640.

I’ve asked Liliana to share her three top challenges; they are (in her words):

1. My dad has been laid off from his job off and on for the last two years. He has not been working for the last six months. Unemployment has recently cut down on his benefits and we are scared they will soon cut him off completely.

2. Since mom is only 52-years-old and only worked around four years she does not qualify for Social Security. She has no income and is no longer able to work.

3. My dad recently filed bankruptcy and we will soon be moving to an apartment. I am currently the main provider for the house and scared I won’t be able to make ends meet yet I am trying the best I can to go back to school.

I also asked Liliana how the money will help:

I was recently denied financial aid and if I were to receive that money I would be able to pay for some of the tuition or even books if I am able to come up with the rest of the money.

If unable to go to school this semester, I will be using the money to pay for some of the months rent. If my dads unemployment cuts off I will be paying the rent, bills, food, etc.

After Liliana receives her $500, she’ll share how she used it and its impact on CareGifters.org and Your Caregiving Journey talk show.

Marah presents me a check for $140 to help Liliana.

You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)

And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.

1. To donate $5, click below.


2. You can also can buy one of our “I CAN!” wrist bands for $5; proceeds go toward helping Liliana. You can buy by clicking below:


3. Purchase a t-shirt, mouse pad or mug with the Caregiving.com logo at our CafePress store; keep us with you always. Buy here. (Proceeds from the profits help Caregiving.com and CareGifters)

Thank you for your help! You are a gift to a family caregiver.