Advocating for Your Loved Ones: Caregivers Speak Up!

by Roberta Carson, Zaggo, on January 23, 2017

Advocating for a loved one can make a huge difference in their comfort and care. Sometimes you learn the hard way that your loved one could be suffering unnecessarily. It happened to us. We got the call that nobody wants. Our 95-year-old uncle developed pneumonia and may not make it through the weekend.

My husband and I flew to the Midwest the next day to visit him in his nursing home. It was a difficult visit, seeing our beloved uncle so close to death. Equally upsetting was realizing that he was alone in this experience. Our uncle has no family nearby. Although he was being cared for by loving nurses and aides, it became quickly evident to me that he would be significantly more comfortable if he had someone advocating for him.

There’s room for improvement.

Roberta Carson

Roberta Carson

Founder and President of Zaggo, Inc.

Roberta Carson started Zaggo, a non-profit organization, to help patients and family caregivers manage illnesses and injuries, after her experience as caregiver for her teenage son Zachary during his 27-month battle with terminal brain cancer. Zaggo’s mission is to provide patients and families with the educational information, tools, and resources they need to become empowered, engaged, effective members of their medical teams for the best possible care.