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Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living Professional

Oregon City, Oregon
After spending the past 20 years as an owner and operator of assisted living communities, I have... Full Bio
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Caregiver Stress by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You recognize the feelings of fatigue and not having enough time for yourself. You might even realize that you’re a little more short-tempered than usual, and you don’t hav ... Read on »
Caregiver Stress study confirms daily family experience by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Today's Washington Post article titled " When the caregiver becomes the patient" put numbers to what caregivers - both professional and family caregivers - experience every da ... Read on »
Caregiver tip of the day – slippery jammies by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Vickie Young shared her favorite caregiving tip today: silky pajamas. We were talking about the value for family caregivers to taking a caregiving class – something re ... Read on »
Caregiver Training – access and quality make all the difference by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia At the first of this year we launched our newest online caregiver training course:  the Personal Care Aide Certification course offered through our licensed career school, t ... Read on »
Caregiver training essential by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Training is essential for good caregiving. Yes, you can love the person in your care. You can be compassionate and caring by nature. You can be dedicated to providing the ... Read on »
Caregiver training essential to delivery of quality care by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You need to hire a caregiver for a loved one. Perhaps you have a niece or nephew who needs a job, and who would love to help you. Maybe someone you know has recommended a go ... Read on »
Caregiver Training worth the investment by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I noticed an announcement about a caregiver training course being offered – free – in a community in the mid-west. That’s not really breaking news, but the part of this sto ... Read on »
Caregiver Turnover - an Expense We Cannot Ignore by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Do you realize that the turnover rate for CNAs in nursing homes today stands at over 70%? That means in a given year 7 out of 10 caregivers will leave their jobs – and the p ... Read on »
Caregiver's Language of Caring by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Clearly the topic of the words we use in talking about caregiving is a concern to many. Roy G. Gedat wrote, This came up as a priority at the recent Direct Care Allianc ... Read on »
Caregivers at the holidays - a brief word of advice by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Holidays. The time of year when we’re all supposed to be jolly, worry-free and generous. In reality, many families find it a time for stress. The pants fit too tightly; ... Read on »
Caregivers don’t need to go it alone. by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Some days you know that you should just sit down and shut up, because someone else is able to express exactly what you’re thinking, but in a much clearer way. That’s how ... Read on »
Caregivers get increased training requirements but may also gain in status with Washington’s new... by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia This month’s election has produced results that will change the face of our nation – and I don’t mean that as literally as a lot of political pundits do when they talk about t ... Read on »
Caregivers Need a Break by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Family caregivers, especially adult children caring for aging parents, need a break. We've known for years that caregivers have a higher rate of illness - even death - th ... Read on »
Caregiving at one degree of separation by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My neighborhood has a women’s book club that includes about a dozen of us who live within 2 blocks of each other. Some of us have lived on the same street for more than 20 ye ... Read on »
Caregiving concerns are ultimately personal concerns by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Every 8 seconds another baby boomer turns 50 in America. Having completed that right of passage myself, it’s not all that painful. After all, 50 is the new 30, right? ... Read on »
Caregiving for parents: the blessing path by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Here’s a great article on Oprah.com titled “ How to care for your parents and keep your sanity. ” Just the title alone got my attention. If you’ve ever cared for a parent, y ... Read on »
Caregiving hits sandwich generation hard by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Everyone I know is a member of the sandwich generation today. My friend, Melanie, spent the week at her father's bedside in the hospital, juggling her work, husband, friend ... Read on »
Caregiving is the Buy of the Century by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Last weekend we traveled to Chicago to visit our middle daughter who is studying and working at an internship there. It was my first trip to this city, and, not knowing whe ... Read on »
Caregiving takes an emotional toll on the whole family by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My friend Vickie came into my office today for a meeting. We had a chance to catch up after the meeting and I asked Vickie about her current work/family situation. “I’m ... Read on »
Caring for a difficult parent – Brooke Shields shares by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Her name was Kathy, and she visited her father, faithfully and unfailingly three times each week. Her father had advanced COPD, which meant he lived on oxygen, and frequent ... Read on »