#ElderCareChat 10/3/12 Recap: Quality of Life for Caregivers

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 05 October 2012

Quality of life is not something that is easily put into words, but we certainly know when we don’t have the quality of life we want, or when someone else’s quality of life is not what it should be.

In caregiving for all ages and through all stages of life, awareness of the quality of life for you as the caregiver and the person you’re caring for, is vital. Beyond those two important people in the caregiving equation though, an awareness of environmental factors (particularly for people with physical or cognitive disabilities) affecting quality of life is necessary too. Another issue we discussed: protecting quality of life for children involved in a caregiving situation. Caregiving definitely has a ripple effect. What quality of life looks like to you may change over time, and it may also look completely different to others in your caregiving circle.

The following questions guided Wednesday’s real-time discussion on Twitter:

1. What’s important for a family caregiver’s quality of life?
2. What’s important for a working family caregiver’s quality of life?
3. How do we protect quality of life for children involved in a caregiving situation?
4. What’s important for a direct care worker’s quality of life? (Direct care worker = Home health aide, CNA)
5. How can we have quality of life at end of life?
6. How do we protect quality of life for those who have physical disabilities?
7. How do we protect quality of life for those who have cognitive impairments?
8. How do you define quality of life for yourself?

Here are a few highlights (but be sure to review the full transcript for more):

For more insights, check out the full transcript (thanks to @ctffox of The Fox Group for furnishing this service); click here to review and share it. Analytics are available too; click here for the “chat stats.”

Don’t miss our next chat: Wednesday, October 17th at 1pm ET. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Anyone who is interested in and passionate about eldercare issues can join us — anytime. Prior participation is not required, nor is there a need to stay for the full hour.

If the “real-time” frame doesn’t sync with your schedule, or if you feel that your question or idea requires well beyond 140 characters, start a discussion thread on our LinkedIn page or use the #eldercarechat hashtag. The LinkedIn group is also a great place to continue previous discussions, connect with those who share similar interests, or talk about the services you — or the company you represent — have to offer.


There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Kaye Swain says,

    Thanks for another great #ElderCareChat – always fun, interesting, and informative. And with GRAND hosts, I might add. Have a blessed and beautiful and AUTUMN-al week.


    on 05 October 2012 / 2:13 PM

  2. You’re more than welcome, Kaye! Thank you so much for those kind words about the chat (and its hosts)! I am so thankful to be part of such a caring, engaged and innovative community of elder care professionals and advocates, which includes you. Thank you — you do the same!


    on 05 October 2012 / 2:44 PM


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