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Trump ‘Apprentice’ alum Leeza Gibbons on the importance of informal care

 

Leeza Gibbons may be best known for her co-hosting role on “Entertainment Tonight” or for ” winning “The Apprentice” in the last season that the Donald Trump-hosted, but now, they make a name for themselves in the medical space due to the increase of the awareness for the carers.

“I think caregivers are heroic, and I see the resilience and the fierce optimism which they need in order to that deed of love, every day,” said Gibbons FoxNews.com’s Dr. Manny Alvarez during a recent Health Talk, tune November is National Family Caregivers Month. “As a society, we don’t really look, we see it not.”

According to the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), more than 65 million Americans, or 29 percent of the U.S. population, the care for a family member or friend who is handicapped or chronically ill, and an average of 20 hours per week to do. That free assistance is estimated to be $375 billion a year, or twice as much as what is spent annually on home care and nursing home services combined ($158 billion), according to CAN.

Through its foundation, Leeza’s Care Connection, Gibbons, 59, has aimed to help serve caregivers through connections with other people like themselves for the past 14 years. For example, with the help of the project, the services, the parents of autistic children can connect to, such as adults who care for a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, or a friend caring for a loved one with multiple sclerosis (MS).

“It is a place where people can begin to answer that question, what now?” she said. “Our job is to help connect you with your own power and ground, so that you have the energy to get through this marathon.”

In the two physical locations, in Burbank, California, and Columbia, South Carolina, the network offers support groups and classes, such as yoga therapy, and yoga.

“It is easy to see the glass [as] that is completely empty, but the reality is that your glass,” Gibbons said. “You own, so you must be responsible for what is in that glass.”

Gibbons offered a handful of tips for caregivers to help fill that glass on their own:

1.) Take your oxygen first
While stressed, many people tend to take shallow breathes, but Gibbons advised the opposition to that tendency by the use of a mantra.

“If you can do it, the mantra” Breathe, believe, receive, ” I think are three very important things to slow your heart rate [and] to lower blood pressure.”

She has also recommended the opening of yourself to help, either by channeling your inner strength, or looking to a higher power.

“Stop the reach [and] start to receive for a little bit,” she added. “People really want to help.”

2.) Talk as a family
“[As a caregiver], nobody sends you a card saying, ‘Way to go, good luck with the volunteer thing,'” Gibbons explained. “We tend to isolate and walk a very lonely road.”

Instead of isolating yourself, which can contribute to depression, let everyone in your family has a voice, Gibbons suggested. This can help banish feelings of guilt, resentment, and guilt about not being able to resolve a loved one’s health or the level of care you would want.

“Just that family check-in, or it is [by means of] Skype, Facetime or conference calls … so that everyone feels valued and heard,” she said.

These conversations can help all parties involved feel regarded— especially caregivers, who may not feel recognized for their work.

“If there are people who do this work, and there are 65 million of us, just give to someone:” Gee, I know what you’re doing is difficult, but you’re doing great,'” she suggested.

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3.) Integrating technology
Not all caregivers provide continuous care in person, including Gibbons, who is an external facilitator to her father. Gibbons live in Los Angeles, while her father lives in South Carolina.

With the help of the technology made it possible to stay connected to her father, and in turn, They feel more secure of his welfare.

“I was worried myself sick about the Number 1 of the care, and administer medications … with my father,” she said. “I nagged him, and I nagged him, and I did to he is a medical alert device.”

Gibbons described the device, a Phillips lifeline, as a belt. Two years after they gave him the technology he had when he fell after a heart attack. The device detected help.

“I said, ‘It’s not for you, Dad’— because he does not want, is the ‘for me’ … and it really did give me an incredible peace of mind,” she recalled.

Today, she is grateful she took advantage of technology in her caring role.

“Without that, I wouldn’t have my father,” she added.

To learn more about how you can support caregivers or get more advice if you are a carer yourself, please visit http://www.leezascareconnection.org.

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