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Caring for Mom

Caring for Mom

Above is a photo of me and my mother, Naomi, on February 1, 2018; my last birthday with her. By Melody N Monteiro, MA, MSW, LSW I reflected on this past Mother's Day with gratitude. Caring for my mom was a good experience with some lessons learned and truths. One...

Choosing Home Healthcare: Expert Tips

Choosing Home Healthcare: Expert Tips

Dr. Jeanne Porter King, featuring Dan Franklin Last week I discussed my personal journey with choosing home healthcare as a caregiver. Dan and his company Essential Healthcare have been such a blessing as my family cares for my mom.  Dan has so much knowledge that I...

Choosing Home Healthcare: My Journey

Choosing Home Healthcare: My Journey

By Dr. Jeanne Porter-King As many of us know, there is no guidebook on caregiving. We have all stumbled through it and done the best we can. Choosing home healthcare was one of the many challenges we had to navigate on our caregiving journey as a family.  When my...

Maintaining Emotional Strength

Maintaining Emotional Strength

by Dr. Patrica Jones-Blessman Are you a Black woman caregiver feeling run down and emotionally drained while struggling to maintain your emotional strength? You're not alone! Studies show that Black women caregivers experience significantly higher levels of stress and...

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for the Caregiver

Caregiving can bring about a roller coaster of feelings. You are grateful but also overwhelmed. You can experience both joy and sadness, hope and helplessness, all on the same day. There is a tactical side of caregiving–from coordinating nurses and doctors visits, to...

“Playing Hurt” Hurts Us All

“Playing Hurt” Hurts Us All

A lot of athletes think "playing hurt" is a badge of honor. In fact, athletes in my family took it even further. Let me explain. My cousin Norm VanLier was a popular basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and top defensive player in the NBA in the...

Self Care is an Ethical Act

Self Care is an Ethical Act

I had never thought of Self Care as an ethical act! That is until today and now I can't stop thinking about it. I'm taking an ethics course as part of my continuing education requirements for maintaining my board coaching certification.  One of the text books for...

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