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My name is Diane Carbo. I’m a licensed registered nurse with over 50 years experience. I have worked in a variety of community settings and organizations. I have always been an advocate for older adults and their families.

IMG_5447My passion is to help people plan for long term health care needs. This includes helping families with crisis management that requires long term health care. My goal is to assist individual’s to remain independent in their homes for as long as possible.

My commitment is to enhance the lives of aging adults. This comes, not only from my clinical experience, but from personal experience. caring for my father and mother in law.

As a very young woman, I saw the decline in my grandmother, when her sons placed her in a nursing home. I vowed to do everything in my power to assist my aging loved ones to stay at home as they aged.

My father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. He was given hospice as his only option. My father was man of modest means, but he had a timeshare in Hawaii. He saved and planned his vacation there every other year. This was the year he was to go to Hawaii. His first thoughts were that he would have to cancel his trip.

I asked my father to wait and see how he was feeling before he cancelled his trip. I explained the role of hospice was not so much about dying, as it was about how you chose to live your life before you die.

A few weeks later, my father spent 6 weeks in Hawaii on hospice. His mental, emotional and physical health improved so much the first week. The hospice nurses felt that he no longer required their services.

My dad started feeling sick they, before he was to return home to the mainland. He died at home several weeks later surrounded by his family and friends. I believe he lived as long as he did because he was uplifted by his ability live out his dream

I have a passion for helping aging adults realize their goal of remaining at home as they age. I have a strong belief that aging adults do better, surrounded by their loved ones. Living in familiar surroundings. My work in various settings made me aware of the struggles family members face caring for some one at home. Many that have a loved one with dementia struggle. They feel misunderstood, alone and unsupported.

I came to understand the frustration so many experience along the caregiving journey. With this knowledge and my passion to help others, I decided to make it a goal to help family caregivers.

I hope to support caregivers to  enhance the care partner/care recipient  relationship.

Caregivers of a family member diagnosed with dementia often feel alone and isolated. As the dementia progresses, it is my goal to help them develop a trust and confidence in the care they provide. So that they will communicate to build the dementia patient’s sense of well being.

There are many effective ways to overcome the challenges of  communicating. Dementia patients loses their ability to remember thing. They lose the ability to organize, or express their thoughts. With the right approach, communication technique help you limit behavior issues and stress.

I look forward to working with you. I want to make your caregiving journey the best possible experience it can be. Please do not have delusions, there are some very difficult times ahead.  Together, we can create  an experience that will enhance the relationship.

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