In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we spent time getting to know leaders who are making a difference in their community, and we want you to know them too. Roz Jones is a professional caregiver, coach, speaker and author based in Jacksonville, Florida. We highly recommend tuning in to her Clubhouse sessions or checking out her YouTube series!
1. Who do you care for (now and/or in the past)? What is your role/relationship?
Currently I am a CNA [certified nursing assistant] who owns a Non-Medical Home Healthcare business. I do what I do to help the caregiver on their journey to reduce the S.O.S. on their journey. The relationship I have to my clients is a supportive companion for sharing stories, interests, and activities.
2. When did you start to realize you were a caregiver?
I wasn’t even familiar with the term, to be honest. I didn’t understand the term until the nurse at the hospital told me I was giving great care to a patient who wasn’t related to me. The person I was advocating and caring for was a member of my church who asked me to go to the hospital with her while she was having surgery.
3. What helps you when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities?
I learned to speak new languages (hahaha). I also take naps.
I not only teach, but practice meditation in my club on Clubhouse. The club was initially a hobby for friends, but turned into a safe place for caregivers to discuss their needs for caregiving. And also self-care needs for themselves.
4. What advice would you give to family caregivers in this situation?
Know and understand what you are saying YES to before you say YES. Be flexible and do your research on the diagnosis of the one you are taking care of to understand the accountability and responsibilities. Also, be honest when you are no longer able to provide care.
5. What is the one thing you know now that you would tell new family caregivers?
It’s ok to say NO. It’s also ok to ask for help. Incredible things happen when you ask for help.
6. How has caregiving changed you?
Having the spirit of service and nurturing.
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