A little about us

My name is Peg Crawford and I live in the Midwest.  I was blessed to take care of mother for several years before she passed.  During that time, I learned a lot about what does and doesn’t happen with our current system.  I am starting this blog to help others through the maze of information out there.  Taking care of our parents (or other aging people) is both rewarding and scary.  There are many decisions to make.  Several of the things I assumed were not right and had I known this, I would have made other choices.  I will post weekly about subjects including, legal, financial, medical, veteran’s benefits, what Medicare does and doesn’t cover, etc.  I encourage anyone to ask questions.  I am NOT an expert but will do my best to find out the information you need.  As you can tell, this is something I am very passionate about.

Along with that, I also am very involved in several groups including veterans organizations, caregiving, animal care, essential oils, writing and many others.  I do some couponing and feel strongly that going back to the “old way” of doing a lot of things is a good idea.  This will give me a broad range of subjects to write about.

My name is Diedrae Ramsey.  My family includes my husband, who is a disabled veteran, and 5 kids ranging in age from 16 years to 7 months. We have an amazing diversity of needs around here. I myself battle some significant medical conditions. We live on a little hobby farm so we do enjoying the outdoors alot to relieve the stress and get my husband out and moving. He does not require a full time caregiver right now but there are alot of the times that he does not feel like getting up and moving due to chronic pain. Having something to do in the yard helps both of us to get up and moving.

While my Mom cared for Grandma I saw the toll it took on her and watched as she struggled thru all of the other aspects of being someone’s caregiver. It is not just the day to day caring that is hard,  it is all of the other work, including making sure that the legal aspects are covered, fighting with the insurance companies to ensure that they are covering everything that they need to be and, in some cases, monitoring the nursing home to ensure that they are providing the necessary care to the patient. Unfortunately, there are many short term nursing homes that are not adequately staffed so the necessary care is not being done to ensure that your loved one can make as complete recovery as possible.

We are all growing older. It is not just older people who may need caregivers.   Someday we will probably be taking care of someone and/or someone will take care of us.  Let’s be prepared as much as possible.

This blog covers subjects that appeal to caregivers of all groups.  There are a lot of caregivers who are caring for children, veterans, sibling and spouses.

Please email us if there is anything we can help you with.  We want this to be as helpful to as many people as possible.

My email is pc43522@windstream.net.  To make it easier to separate your questions, please put – Life’s a Lesson on the subject line and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  We do not have all the answers but will try to point you in the right direction.

Have a terrific day!

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