Tonya Thompson: The Caregiver Expert
Hi. I’m Tonya Thompson aka “The Caregiver Expert” and I know exactly what you’re going through.
When my mom was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) over 15-years ago, my whole world changed, and unfortunately finding anyone who could teach me to become a caregiver to my mom was almost impossible. I would later become the primary caregiver to my dad (seen in this photo). Caregiving is not easy and unless you’re in it most people don’t get it.
If I knew then what I know now I would have saved thousands of dollars in unnecessary purchases along with an untold number of sleepless nights trying to figure out doctors’ appointments and medications. Being a caregiver is hard work and at times it can be scary, physically exhausting, emotionally draining, and confusing. It is especially hard when you feel that everything has been placed on your shoulders. But a funny thing happened along the way, I began to discover that I’m pretty good at this.
Soon nurses and other families began to ask me about my techniques on how I stayed so organized, how I was able to get my family members to help, and how I was able to save so much money on caregiving costs. Before I knew it, people were calling and emailing me to speak with their relatives and parents who had become first-time caregivers.
Helping to educate families on how to care for their loved ones isn’t just a job to me, it’s a calling. I am prayerful that you will find this site helpful in your efforts to gain a greater sense of confidence regarding the care of your loved one.
Tonya Thompson aka “The Caregiver Expert”