The Fearless Caregiving Gary Barg joins us to tell us how to take the best care of your loved ones and still have a life of your own. He is the editor of todays caregiver and the author of “The Fearless Caregiver”. Gary is also the founder of the original caregiver community, caregiver.com.
Wriggling: Why it is important for caregivers to become ‘fearless’ caregivers?
Gary Barg: You are the most important person on your loved ones care chain. You are the boss and manager of services. What I wanted to do is make sure all caregivers know that they make the decisiosn and that they need to have all the information and advice necessary, and that they need to be treated as an equal member of their loved ones care team. They need to be fearless in caring for themselves as well.
Wriggling: What made you decide to become an expert at caregiving?
Gary Barg: I always say every single caregiver is an expert at caregiving for their specific loved one. That’s why they are the manager and boss. What happened is that I was in Atlanta setting up to do work and I came back to Florida to help my mom for what I thought a week or two, and as I stepped into the abyss of ‘wriggling in the middle’ I realized that this is such a bigger thing that all caregivers do and that people that are not caregivers have no idea what is involved.
Wriggling: What made you use the term ‘Fearless’?
Gary Barg: We were trying to get a handle on the contants we picked up over the last two years. When the word fearless hit, it just stuck – that was exactly what we were trying to say. You are the manager, boss, CEO, you are fearless. As we’ve been going around the country it is a word that has resonated with caregivers, even as an aspirational construct.
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