Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/ en Support for Parents and Caregivers of Seniors https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/support-parents-and-caregivers-seniors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Support for Parents and Caregivers of Seniors </span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/harnessg-0" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">harnessg</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/02/2021 - 13:10</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/3385" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Support for Parents and Caregivers of Seniors "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Health &amp; Wellness</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Tap into resources to help you in your roles outside of work.</p> <ul><li>VUMC employees can receive subsidized backup child care through Care.com. <ul><li>Care.com: Sometimes emergencies happen – sick children or school closings – that cause you to need backup child care. VUMC offers employees a benefit through Care.com that gives you several options for backup care. With the Care.com benefit, VUMC employees receive up to 20 days (per fiscal year — July 1 through June 30) of subsidized backup child care at home or at local, vetted child care centers. Visit the <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/news/vumc-employees-can-receive-subsidized-backup-childcare-through-carecom-0" target="_blank" title="HR Website">HR website</a> for more details about costs and how to enroll and access the service.</li> </ul><ul><li>More than just child care: With Care.com, you have unlimited access to the largest online community for part-time and full-time care, including nannies and sitters, special needs and senior caregivers. You can also use Care.com to find helpers, such as dogwalkers, sitters and groomers; house cleaners; tutors; personal assistants and even errand runners. For more information about Care.com and other resources for families, visit <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/cfc" target="_blank" title="hr.vumc.org/cfc">hr.vumc.org/cfc</a>.</li> </ul></li> <li>Sitter Services: The Vanderbilt Sitter Service is provided as a service to the Vanderbilt Community. The site allows you to contact VUMC students and employees are available for babysitting services. <a href="https://hwip.app.vumc.org/hwip/cfc_sitter.jsp" target="_blank" title="Click here to search.">Click here to search</a>.</li> </ul></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=193" hreflang="und">Child Back-up Care</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=194" hreflang="und">Child Care</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 02 Sep 2021 18:10:20 +0000 harnessg 3385 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Addressing Cancer: Resources for Employees & Supervisors https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/addressing-cancer-resources-employees-supervisors <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Addressing Cancer: Resources for Employees &amp; Supervisors</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/25/2015 - 13:23</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2629" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Addressing Cancer: Resources for Employees &amp; Supervisors"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="AddressingCancer-ResourcesforEmployeesSupervisors.jpg" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/AddressingCancer-ResourcesforEmployeesSupervisors.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 166px; margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <p>All of us have been impacted by cancer. Perhaps it has been you, your spouse, your child, a family member or a friend. You probably realize that cancer takes a toll on us physically, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Many cancer survivors continue to work or return to work after treatment. Some do not because they lack support in their workplace. Caregivers of cancer survivors also face their own issues at work as they use significant time to meet the needs of their loved one, causing difficulties with balancing personal and workplace requirements. Lastly, co-workers and managers of cancer survivors can be overwhelmed or confused about how to react to the needs of cancer survivors in the workplace.</p> <p>So perhaps you have been diagnosed with cancer, have found the right treatment team, but are asking yourself, "What happens with my workplace?" "Who do I tell, how do I do that, what can I expect from my co-workers, what about when I need leave, and do I have some workplace protections?"</p> <p>Work/Life Connections-EAP strives to help all VUMC employees who are touched by this disease to find resources to guide them through the process of living and working, successfully, during this difficult time. You will find the following links informative as the patient, as the manager/co-worker, or, as the caregiver.</p> <h3 class="ms-standardheader"><strong>Resources for Employees &amp; Supervisors:</strong></h3> <p><a href="http://www.vicc.org/" target="_blank" title="The Patient and Family Resource Center">The Patient and Family Resource Center</a> located in 1700 AB The Vanderbilt Clinic, has free resources available to anyone (not just Vanderbilt patients) and the information covers disease specific information, symptom management, cancer related magazine, end of life resources and many more topics.​</p> <p><a href="http://www.cancerandcareers.org/en/at-work" target="_blank" title="Cancer and Careers">Cancer and Careers</a>: A collection of resources for creating action plans, going back to work, legal and financial concerns, and getting organized.</p> <p><a href="http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/cancer.cfm" target="_blank" title="Equal Opportunity Employment Commission">Equal Opportunity Employment Commission</a>: Information on employees dealing with cancer in the workplace. </p> <p><a href="https://stupidcancer.org/building-a-family/" target="_blank" title="Stupid Cancer">Stupid Cancer</a>: A charity focusing on resources for young adults with cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://gildasclubmiddletn.org/" target="_blank" title="Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee">Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee</a>: A gathering place for people with cancer, their families, and their friends.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/service/cancer-support-services" target="_blank" title="Local Support Services">Local Support Services</a>:  Offers free online educational programs, including:  I Can Cope, the Cancers Survivor Network, and MyLifeLine for people diagnosed with cancer, their families, and their friends.</p> <p><a href="http://www.caringbridge.org/" target="_blank" title="Caring Bridge">Caring Bridge</a>: A free website helping connect friends and family to share medical updates, photos, and videos.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cancer.org/treatment/understandingyourdiagnosis/talkingaboutcancer/whensomeoneyouworkwithhascancer/when-someone-you-work-with-has-cancer-what-supervisors-can-do" target="_blank" title="What Supervisors Can Do">What Supervisors Can Do</a>: Information from the American Cancer Society helping workplace supervisors know what to expect when an employee has been diagnosed with cancer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/files/health-wellness/public_files/PDFs/wlc/wlcAnEmployersGuidetoCancerTreatmentandPrevention.pdf" target="_blank" title="An Employers Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention">An Employer's Guide to Cancer Treatment and Prevention</a></p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=190" hreflang="und">Cancer Prevention</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=200" hreflang="und">Counseling</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=228" hreflang="und">Medical Care</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:51 +0000 admin 2629 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Reaching Out to Others Experiencing Loss https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/reaching-out-others-experiencing-loss <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Reaching Out to Others Experiencing Loss</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 12/19/2013 - 09:34</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2512" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Reaching Out to Others Experiencing Loss"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dealing with loss, due to whatever circumstance, is difficult. It can be particularly difficult, however, to know how to interact with others who are experiencing a loss. Responses to this type of situation can range from avoidance to becoming overly-involved. The best response is somewhere in the middle.</p> <p>People often hesitate to offer support or condolences out of fear of saying the wrong thing. Saying nothing at all, however, may be interpreted as the person not caring about his or her friend, family member, or colleague who is experiencing loss or significant disappointment. On the opposite end of the spectrum is saying too much or becoming too connected, personally, to a situation that may affect you but is not about you. Without intending to do so, focusing on the injustice or sadness of a situation or moving into “fix it” mode minimizes what the other person thinks or feels.</p> <p>One way to help find the right balance in how to respond to others experiencing loss or disappointment is to imagine if the roles were reversed. Ask yourself, what kinds of support would I want? Would I want someone asking a lot of questions about the situation? Would I want to be left alone for a while? Would I want someone to try to figure out ways to fix the situation? Would I want someone to listen to what I think and feel?</p> <p>By asking yourself questions about what types of support you would need in a similar situation, you can start to determine what the other person may need. Support is not about changing the situation or getting angry or sad for the other person. Instead, it is about acknowledging that something has happened and expressing that you value the other person’s friendship, contributions to the workplace, or presence in your life.</p> <p>If you are a person who feels you must “do something” in order to be helpful, then focus on what the person actually needs and not on fighting his or her battles, righting perceived wrongs, or healing emotional wounds. The following is a list of ways you can stay connected without becoming overly-involved in the other person’s pain:</p> <ul><li>Send flowers or make a donation to charity in the name of the person who was lost.</li> <li>Send a note a few weeks after the loss. People tend to flood a person experiencing loss with support and attention immediately following the loss, but recovery from a loss is an ongoing process. Show a person you care by acknowledging that pain last longer than a few days.</li> <li>When reaching out to a former colleague who may have lost his or her job, ask him or her join you for coffee, a meal, or an activity. Try to keep the focus on how the person and not on work-related gossip, problems, or other things that will either hurt or anger the person.</li> <li>Simply say, “I know this is a hard time,” or “Let me know how I can help.”</li> </ul><p>By acknowledging that there may be pain or letting the person know you are willing to help, you invite the person to tell you how he or she thinks or feels. It is best to not assume you know how the other person is feeling.<br /> There are often no right words to say or actions to take when a person for whom you care is going through a loss of any kind. Not saying or doing anything, however, can leave a person feeling alone or isolated. It also can leave you feeling guilty or like a bad friend or uncaring former colleague. On the opposite side of the coin, smothering a person with attention may shut a person down, emotionally, rather than help a person feel better. It is best to work towards a balance of compassion and action and to be mindful of what is helpful and what could be hurtful.</p> <p>It is normal to want or to expect a person to bounce back from a loss or disappointment. The most important part is to not push the person into bouncing back because you think it is time for him or her to do so. There will come a time when the person will need help finding or learning resilience skills, but it has to happen after the person has experienced the emotions associated with loss. It is best to give people time to recover without dictating how it should be done or in what timeframe. You can accomplish this by staying connected, offering support without prescribing support, and by listening to the needs of the person who has experienced loss.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=221" hreflang="und">Grief</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=240" hreflang="und">Resilience</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=249" hreflang="und">Stress</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:34:52 +0000 admin 2512 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Legal Documents Every Family Caregiver Needs https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/legal-documents-every-family-caregiver-needs <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Legal Documents Every Family Caregiver Needs</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 06/21/2012 - 08:32</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/2359" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Legal Documents Every Family Caregiver Needs"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As a family caregiver, you are responsible for taking care of your elderly loved one. This includes providing assistance with activities of daily living like eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and other household chores. Family caregivers should be sure to have in place legal documents important to the lifelong care of the elder. Having access to important legal documents will help make caregiving easier for family caregivers.</p> <p>The most common legal documents that every caregiver should have are:</p> <ul><li>A <strong>Will</strong> is one of the most important legal documents family caregivers should have. This legal document should lay out everything about what the senior wants to do with his or her property, including how and when the assets will be distributed among the heirs.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Advance Health Care Plan </strong>is a document that tells your doctor what health care you want. It will only be used if you get too sick to decide for yourself. The Plan says what kind of care you want and don’t want. An advance care plan helps to solve problems you can see coming.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care </strong>is an important document that gives a family caregiver the right to make health care decisions. This legal document takes effect when a loved one becomes mentally incapacitated and is unable to make his/her own health care decisions. This document gives the person designated as your agent the power to make health care decisions for you. Your agent must act consistently with your desires as stated in the document.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Durable Power of Attorney for Finances </strong>allows a family caregiver to manage their loved one’s finances, including access to bank accounts, properties, and other assets. This takes effect when a loved one becomes incapacitated and no longer able to pay the bills, file tax returns, manage investments and make other important financial decisions. Be sure to have this document notarized;otherwise, it will not be valid.</li> </ul></div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=209" hreflang="und">Eldercare</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=225" hreflang="und">Legal</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:32:32 +0000 admin 2359 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness FMLA https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/fmla <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">FMLA</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=138" hreflang="und">Occupational Health Clinic</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2267" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to FMLA"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Occupational Health Clinic</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img align="right" alt="" class="alignright size-full wp-image-2313" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/news/files/ohcFMLA.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 167px;" title="FMLA" /></p> <p>The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave when they or certain family members have a serious health condition.</p> <p>Qualifying family members include:</p> <ul><li>Spouse</li> <li>Parent</li> <li>Dependent child</li> </ul><p>Steps in the Vanderbilt FMLA Process:</p> <ol><li>Notify your supervisor that you need to request medical leave.</li> <li>You or your supervisor submit the form from the FMLA HR website. (University employees use <a href="https://hr.vanderbilt.edu/fmla/" target="_blank" title="this link">this link</a>; VUMC employees use <a href="https://hr.vumc.org/fmla" target="_blank" title="this link">this link</a>)</li> <li>The FMLA Coordinator determines if you are eligible for FMLA and sends you and your supervisor the Notice of Rights and Responsibilities and Medical Certification form.</li> <li>Complete your portion of the Medical Certification form and have your medical provider (or the provider for your family member) complete the medical information.</li> <li>The medical provider should submit the completed Medical Certification form to the fax number provided on the form.</li> <li>Once your Medical Certification form is received, it will be reviewed for a determination to be made if the condition meets the FMLA definition of a serious health condition. You will be contacted if more information is needed to make this decision.</li> <li>The FMLA Coordinator notifies you and your supervisor by email whether your medical leave determination was approved or denied.</li> <li>If approved, the FMLA coordinator will provide you and your supervisor an approval letter stating the provisions of your leave.</li> </ol><h3 class="ms-standardheader">Additional information:</h3> <p><a href="https://hr.vumc.org/fmla" target="_blank" title="FMLA information">FMLA information</a> on Medical Center HR Website</p> <p>In 2009, the FMLA was updated to include <a href="https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fact-sheets/28m-fmla-military-family#:~:text=The military family leave provisions of the Family and Medical,to care for a servicemember" target="_blank" title="Military Family Leave Entitlements">Military Family Leave Entitlements</a>.</p> <p>Keywords: FMLA, Family Medical Leave Act, health condition, certification, determination</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=235" hreflang="und">Pregnancy</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=241" hreflang="und">Return To Work Program</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=260" hreflang="und">VU</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:18:10 +0000 admin 2267 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Vanderbilt Home Care Services https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/vanderbilt-home-care-services <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vanderbilt Home Care Services</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/29/2011 - 18:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2222" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt Home Care Services"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Vanderbilt Home Care Services offers a variety of skilled and non-skilled services to meet the needs of the clients and their families at home or in the hospital. We provide private duty services that include nursing, home health aides, companion care and inpatient sitter services 24 hours a day.</p> <p>For more information <a href="http://www.vanderbilthealth.com/homecare/" target="_blank" title="visit">visit</a> the Vanderbilt Home Health Care Services website or call 615-936-0336.</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:18:05 +0000 admin 2222 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Caring for Aging Parents https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/caring-aging-parents <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Caring for Aging Parents</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2011 - 22:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2201" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Caring for Aging Parents"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img align="right" alt="wlcCaringForAgingParents.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/sites/vumc.org.health-wellness/files/public_files/wlcCaringForAgingParents.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 94px; margin: 5px;" />As parents age, it is important for the whole family to discuss financial issues, health needs, and other important lifestyle decisions. While these can be difficult conversations to have, it is important to pro-actively make plans before a crisis necessitates action..</p> <ul><li>Encourage parents to share financial information with you. It is important to know their fiscal fitness status to begin considering realistic options for care well into the golden years.</li> <li>Know the location of important papers. Having a fully-executed Living Will, Power of Attorney for healthcare, and Power of Attorney for financial matters is critical. Additionally, it is important to know the location of insurance papers, life insurance policies, birth certificates, stocks, military records, safe deposit box, and other important records.</li> <li>Discuss lifestyle in terms of preferences. It is important not to box yourself in with promises which do not take into account realistic options or financial realities. Siblings need to discuss how they can share responsibilities. Caring for an aging parent at home can add as much as $15,000 – $25,000 annually to household expenses and even more if one needs to discontinue employment to take on care-taking duties.</li> <li>Gather health care information including the names and offices of health care providers, medical history, and medications. Keep these lists current.</li> <li>Consider adding the signature of a trusted family member to the safety deposit box and checking accounts in the event that someone will need to assist in bill paying.</li> <li>Use gatherings to capture the richness of your family history so that it doesn’t get lost with fading memories. Photos with identifying information and video/audio recordings of family gatherings can be priceless for future generations.</li> </ul><p>Keywords: Eldercare, Aging Parents</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=209" hreflang="und">Eldercare</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:18:54 +0000 admin 2201 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Adoption https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/adoption <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Adoption</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2011 - 22:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/2198" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Adoption"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Adoption is one of the most unselfish acts a birth parent can make for a child when the birth parents, for whatever reasons, are unable to raise the child themselves. It is never an easy decision. It is never without pain. Putting a child’s welfare ahead of one’s own feelings is a true act of love. Adoption means placing a child legally and permanently with a family who will raise the child as their own. In some cases the birth parent(s) select the adoptive parents whom, depending upon their mutual, wishes they may or may not actually meet. In other cases, the birth parent(s) place the child with an agency which will take care of the arrangements to place the child with a pre-approved family.</p> <p>Although there are many children available for adoption, there are hurdles to jump through in order to meet the requirements of the various agencies and the legalities involved. In the United States, there are older children, international children, bi-racial and special needs children who are immediately available to adopting families. There are fewer Caucasian infants (birth to one-year-old) in the United States waiting for adoption.</p> <p>The couple who considers adoption may be dealing with infertility issues but desire parenthood. There is a grieving process associated with those infertility issues. The adoption process is often long and filled with ups and downs which may feel like an emotional roller coaster. There are many issues which can be emotional, spiritual, physical, legal and financial which will be involved in making this lifelong decision and commitment.</p> <p>Couples considering adoption need to be fully informed about the options available for them as well as the requirements. It is important to be well informed early in the decision making process as to the legal issues and requirements . While most couples utilize adoption agencies to help them navigate the red tape, some couples take the path of private adoption.</p> <p>When a child is placed with a potential adoptive couple there is a “waiting period” that allows the birth parents (depending upon state law) up to 30 days to reconsider. While legal guardianship is established with physical custody granted, the legal finalization of the adoption process, following the official home study, is usually completed at the end of one year.</p> <p>While it seems as if the process leading up to the final adoption is a monumental ordeal, the adoptive parents quickly learn the trials and tribulations of being a parent. Since these issues are complex at best, remember that the Work/Life Connections-EAP is a resource for faculty and staff that offers assessment, brief counseling or referral information concerning community resources. For an appointment, call 615-936-1327.</p> <p>Keywords: Adoption, Family</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=215" hreflang="und">Family</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:18:53 +0000 admin 2198 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Children with AD/HD https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/children-adhd <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Children with AD/HD</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2011 - 22:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/blog-post-rss/2197" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Children with AD/HD"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Parents are often distressed to receive a note from school saying that their child “won’t listen to the teacher,” “won’t sit still in class,” or “causes trouble in the classroom.” It certainly can make a parent feel guilty and responsible and feel that “I’m not being a good parent.” Although some children can, but won’t pay attention, others can’t and don’t. The latter group of children may be suffering from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This disorder is characterized by impulsive behavior, the inability to pay attention to things they need to, difficulty making transitions from one activity to another, acting before thinking, difficulty waiting turns, frequent blurting out of answers, difficulty making and sustaining friendships, and excess restlessness.</p> <p>“It is also characteristic that these children have no problem playing computer games, Nintendo, or watching TV since there is immediate gratification and the activity holds their interest,” notes Jim Kendall, LCSW, Manager for the Work/Life Connections Employee Assistance Program. “Inconsistent performance makes it difficult for parents and teachers to know whether these children can’t do something or if they are just being oppositional. It is important, when possible, to discern if the child <em>can and won’t</em> or if they <em>can’t and don’t</em>.”</p> <p>There are no magic cures for ADHD. The first step in helping your child is a professional evaluation by a qualified mental health professional with input from parents and teachers. Other emotional and behavioral disorders may seem similar but require a different course of treatment. Once a diagnosis is made, the decision of how to treat it faces parents. Counseling, medication, family therapy, and dietary modifications are all options that are considered by various parents. There are other alternatives such as EEG Biofeedback, available in certain areas, which show promise as well.</p> <p>Few issues in child psychiatry have raised such talk show controversy as that of the use of medications with this group of patients.<span> </span>Approximately 80% of young people diagnosed with ADHD respond favorably to medication so that they can perform to their potential. Medication works best as a component of a comprehensive approach including family therapy and education, school involvement, and individual work with the child. “It is not an easy decision for a parent to initially consider the use of medication; yet when you see your child having successes instead of being yelled at, the decision becomes much easier.” adds Kendall, also a parent of a child with ADHD. “We all want the best opportunities for our children to develop and grow to their potential. Medication may help maximize our children’s ability to succeed in school and with other relationships. It is a tool like eye glasses are for those having problems with vision.”</p> <p>It is also important for parents and teachers to become partners. (Teaching any ADHD child is a challenge, but imagine having several in a class of 25 to 30 in a small space.) Classroom modifications such as desk placement in the front to reduce stimuli, an extra set of class materials at home, and additional communication about homework assignments can go a long way in helping the child’s ability to learn. Parent, teachers, and siblings also may need support. It has been said, “It takes a village (community) to raise a child.” Nowhere is that more true than when raising a child with an Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.</p> <p><a href="http://www.chadd.org/" target="_blank" title="Learn">Learn</a> more about ADHD by visiting the <strong>Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder </strong>(CHADD) website.</p> <p>Keywords: Hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD, Attention, Ritalin</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=195" hreflang="und">Child Development</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=230" hreflang="und">Mental Health</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:18:53 +0000 admin 2197 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness Types of Abusive Relationships https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/resource-articles/types-abusive-relationships <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Types of Abusive Relationships</span> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=159" hreflang="und">Caring for Children, Parents and Other Loved Ones</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=139" hreflang="und">Resource Articles</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?cat=155" hreflang="und">Work/Life Connections</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/health-wellness/index.php/users/admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/27/2011 - 22:18</span> <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/blog-post-rss/2195" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Types of Abusive Relationships"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="field field--name-field-barista-posts-author field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Work/Life Connections</div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Abuse in relationships is any behavior or pattern of behavior used to coerce, dominate or isolate the other partner. It is the use of any form of power that is imposed by one partner over the other to maintain control within the relationship. Abuse includes, but is not limited to:</p> <ul><li><strong>Physical Abuse:</strong> Hitting, choking, slapping, burning, shoving, using a weapon, physically restraining; intentional interference with basic needs (e.g. food, medicine, sleep).</li> <li><strong>Isolation</strong>: Restricting freedom, controlling contacts with friends and family, access to information and participation in groups or organizations, locking up in a room/restricting mobility, monitoring telephone calls.</li> <li><strong>Psychological &amp; Emotional Abuse: </strong>Constantly criticizing, ridiculing (self, family, friends, past), trying to humiliate or degrade, lying, undermining self-esteem, misleading someone about the norms and values of the gay/lesbian communities in order to control or exploit them.</li> <li><strong>Stalking/Harassing Behavior: </strong>Following, turning up at workplace or house, parking outside, repeated phone calls or mail to victim and/or family, friends, colleagues.</li> <li><strong>Threats &amp; Intimidation: </strong>Threatening to harm partner, self or others (children, family, friends, pets); threatening to make reports to authorities that jeopardize child custody, immigration or legal status; threatening to disclose HIV status; threatening to reveal sexual orientation to family, friends, neighbors, and/or employers.</li> <li><strong>Economic Abuse: </strong>Controlling or stealing money, fostering dependency, making financial decisions without asking or telling partner.</li> <li><strong>Sexual Abuse/Harassment: </strong>Forcing sex or specific acts, pressuring into unwanted sexual behavior, criticizing performance.</li> <li><strong>Property Destruction: </strong>Destroying mementos, breaking furniture or windows, throwing or smashing objects, trashing clothes or other possessions.</li> </ul><h3>Additional information:</h3> <p><a href="http://www.ywcanashville.com/" target="_blank" title="YWCA Nashville">Young Women's Christian Association-Nashville</a> (YWCA) – <span class="baec5a81-e4d6-4674-97f3-e9220f0136c1" style="white-space: nowrap;">615-269-9922</span></p> <p>Vanderbilt University's <a href="http://www.vanderbilt.edu/projectsafe/" target="_blank" title="Project Safe">Project Safe</a> - 615-322-SAFE (7233)</p> <p>Keywords: Abuse, Domestic Violence, Stalking</p> </div> <div> <strong>Tags</strong> <div> <div><a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=259" hreflang="und">Violence</a>, <a href="/health-wellness/index.php/resource-articles?tag=261" hreflang="und">VUMC</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:18:52 +0000 admin 2195 at https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness