Caregiving Basics

In any caregiving situation, there are four basic guidelines to help ensure that you offer loved ones the attention and support that they need.

Below are some additional resources that can be applied to many caregiving situations (Don’t see what you’re looking for here? Enter in a topic in the search button on the top right-hand side of this page or ask Karen):

Don’t Talk Down to the Elderly


Letty Pogrebin in her book, How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, gives advice on how to care for a sick friend. Her advice can be applied to all caregiving situations. One of her suggestions is: “Don’t infantilize the patient. Never speak to a grown-up the way you’d talk to a child. […]

Tips from a Young Widow: How to Help Those Who are Grieving


Debbie was a stay-at-home mom of four young boys when her husband passed away unexpectedly. At 35, she was thrust into widowhood. “In an instant, my worst fear became my reality. An unchangeable reality,” writes Debbie, in this blog post. Debbie, who is a fitness coach, recalls the weeks immediately following her husband’s death as […]

Walk and Talk


I was depressed.  I could not get myself to do what I knew would help me. If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.  ~Raymond Inmon I knew that a good brisk walk would give me energy and lift my spirits, but as  […]

Groceries Delivered With A Smile


When I was ill with a terrible cold—the kind that makes you feel miserable and you can  barely move your body from one room to another—a friend called and said, “I am at the grocery store, what may I pick up for you?” I responded, “Oh I would love some orange juice and three cans […]

A Healthy Riddle


What can you give someone that is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, non-fattening, no preservatives and 100% wholesome? It is also free and the supply is endless, and it lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, which cuts the risk of heart disease. I am wondering… can you solve this riddle? Oh by the way it […]

Be Real. Be Honest.


One day Larry George told me that some dear friends had just learned that their son had died from an overdose of drugs. Larry wondered what he could say to this mom and dad. What can one say in a situation such as this? Charles Swindol offers some advice: “Be real. Admit your honest feelings. […]

Leave Your Advice On The Shelf


What is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give another person?

You don’t have to go to the mall to buy it. It’s free, and it is one of the most powerful ways to be God’s “light” to those who are suffering. What is this wonderful gift? It is listening, really listening to another person. Hearing his or her story and helping the person tell his or her story.

4 Hugs A Day


The power of the human touch is vital. Several sources suggest that everyone needs at least four hugs a day for healthy survival, 8 hugs a day for emotional strength and 12 hugs a day to really grow. Start hugging. Start by hugging your children and your spouse. . . .12 hugs a day! What a difference you will make in their lives.

Pray For Your President


When my calendar announced that February 16 is Presidents’ Day, I asked myself: How can I use this designated American holiday on Wisdom of the Wounded, a caregiving program? Swiftly, the answer came: I should do a program on caring for our President!

How can we care for our President? Again, the answer came quickly, we can pray.

Who Can Resist A Chocolate Chip Cookie?


Who can resist freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies (or any kind of cookie, for that matter?) How do you like to eat your chocolate chip cookies . . . Warm? With a glass of cold milk? With a cup of coffee? But guess what? You could enjoy those cookies even more if you share […]

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