Our Caregiver Case Studies

Informal Caregiving: The Real Costs, Risks and Considerations

The role of “caregiver” can sneak up on us.  It’s not necessarily something we plan to do. But when a parent grows old and needful, a spouse has a sudden health setback, or a friend/neighbor is visibly struggling, it’s both easy and natural to offer support.  It may begin with an hour or so per week, and slowly blossom into 20, 40 or even more hours of care. Quite unexpectedly, and with little or no planning, we find ourselves in the role of informal caregiver. Read more…

The Only Child of an Only Child

Nancy calls Lifecare Innovations about once each year. She struggles to care for herself and her adult disabled son. John is 6’2 and weighs 220 pounds. Nancy is about 5’2” and in her 70s. The physical task of tending to his needs is very nearly beyond her capabilities.Nancy acknowledges that she needs help, she reaches out and asks for it, and then immediately refuses it. Nancy is in a bind. Read more…

Behind Closed Doors: A Story of Hidden Decline

When Donna moved to the big city with her sister as a young woman, eager to leave the farm and small town where she grew up, she never imagined she would one day have strangers at her door, deeply concerned about her welfare. Read more…

Learning to (Moon) Walk: How a Young Man’s Life was Changed by His Caregiver

Bobby’s mom was worried. She was 80 years old and a widow.  Bobby, her only child, was 35 and lived with her all his life. Bobby’s mom, Alice, laid awake nights wondering what would become of Bobby, a severely obese young man with Down Syndrome, when she could no longer care for him? Read more…