Why Is CareGiver Reality Different?

Because we

  • Listen to family caregivers
  • Understand their needs
  • Provide solutions

CareGiver Reality is different because every Unpaid Family Caregiver (UFC) is different . . .

  • Every CGR team member is or has been a hands-on UFC.
  • Over the past 30 years, we have worked side by side with other UFCs to develop a comprehensive approach to family caregiving that works because it can be customized to meet the unique needs of every family caregiver.
  • We don’t replicate the information you will find on millions of internet pages, but we’re do help you learn how we to sort out the useful information from the superficial, ineffective, and untrue.
  • This practical problem solving approach integrates clinical and nonclinical care in the context of the practical nonclinical decisions UFCs have to make.

We start by focusing totally on the Unpaid Family Caregiver.

UFCs are the foundation of both clinical and nonclinical care delivery in the United States and, largely, in the world as a whole.

  • Clinical care systems focus on short-term, acute care needs, and chronic clinical care leaving long-term care support for the 85% of care that is not clinical to the family.
  • The few hours a year that physicians and other health care and service providers spend with care recipients may lead to a plan for providing essential clinical care, but those clinical care plans do not address the reality of how those needs can be met once a care recipient leaves a facility or a physician’s office.
  • Who picks up the prescriptions and makes sure they are taken properly? Who makes appointments and ensures that patients visit physicians? Who makes sure home care workers do their jobs? There is only one answer to these “Who Makes It Happen?” questions: The Unpaid Family Caregiver.

We pioneered nonclinical family caregiving.

Like all UFCs, Caregiver Reality’s professional team have all faced the need to discover how to do family caregiving for ourselves.

  • We began as individual UFCs, having to solve our own caregiving problems without little or no help from others.
  • We learned everything we could about clinical care delivery in the home and the kinds of nonclinical (practical) decisions that had to be made to meet both clinical and nonclinical care needs in a home care setting.
  • Over the decades, we reached out to other UFCs, working with them to fine tune an approach to problem solving that focuses on key processes that UFCs have to follow to be effective.
  • In support groups dedicated only to resolving the challenges of family caregiving and through individual advisement, we have discovered what works and what doesn’t work and how each UFC learns how to make critical decisions, even in crisis.
  • This knowledge-based approach has led to our developing a decision making process that has been proven to be effective.

The efforts of organized care have focused on clinical care and using a medical model dedicated to curing or managing illness and disease. All other aspects of care, including how to make sure clinical care needs are met in the home, rely on family members (or friends) to make sure nonclinical family caregiving succeeds. It is the UFC who ensures the ongoing quality of care even when resources are limited and care is required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Because we listen to UFCs every day and work with other professionals who share our devotion to supporting UFCs, we are able to refine our practical problem solving approach by incorporating tools for understanding contemporary clinical knowledge and new resources for meeting care needs (from new support programs to new technology). The decision making model we use is guided by this knowledge and its practical application in the context of practical family caregiving problem solving.

  • Every family is different.
  • Every family caregiving situation is different.
  • And every Unpaid Family Caregiver is different.
  • Every day we enlarge our understanding of UFC needs because we listen to what UFCs say.
  • Everyday we examine our own approaches to supporting and training UFCs to ensuring that the practical problems they have to solve can be solved in ways that help them attain peace of mind.

We are different because every Unpaid Family Caregiver is different.