June 23, 2015
Diane Carbo RN and CEO of MyVitalAlert.com and CareGiverRelief.com who works with seniors to remain at home for as long as possible joins eHealth Radio and the Senior Care and Travel Health Care Channels. She and her team identified a need for a simple to use Medical ID system that provides specific health information for aging seniors.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Diane Carbo discuss the following:
- Can you tell me why personal health information is important when traveling?
- What is considered important personal information?
- What important information should be included?
- Who do you share your personal medical information with?
- How should a person store their personal health information?
My name is Diane Carbo. I’m a licensed registered nurse with over 39 years experience practicing in a variety of organizations and community settings and as an advocate for older adults and their families.
My 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. The goal is to assist these individual’s to
remain independent and in their homes or a familiar surrounding for as
long as possible.
My commitment to enhance the lives of aging adults comes not only
from clinical experience, but from personal experience while caring for
my father and mother in law.
I was a very young woman, when I saw the mental and emotional decline
that occurred in my grandmother when my father and his brothers decided
it was time to place 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. When
he was told that hospice was his only option, he was devastated. 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
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
that the nurses felt that he did not require their services. My dad
started feeling sick they & just 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 lasted as long as he did because he was
mentally, spiritually and emotionally uplifted by his ability live out
his dream of taking his last trip.
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, live longer and
healthier lives surrounded by their loved ones and familiar
surroundings. My work in senior behavioral health, Assisted Living, Long
Term Care and Home care made me aware of the struggles family members
caring for some one at home with dementia struggle and feel
misunderstood, alone and unsupported.
I came to experience and understand the frustration so many
experience along the caregiving journey. From this knowledge and my
passion to help others, it is the goal of this site to help family
caregivers and individuals suffering from dementia have an experience
that will enhance the care partner/care recipient relationship. As the
dementia progresses, it is my goal to develop a trust and confidence in
the care partner so that they will communicate effectively to build the
dementia patient’s sense of well being. Person centered care,
activities, mindfulness and validation therapy are all effective
approaches to use as the increasing challenges of communicating. The
person with dementia progressively loses the ability to remember
things, to organize, or even to express their thoughts. I look forward
to working with you 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 you and for your family member with dementia.
Websites: MyVitalAlert.com | CareGiverRelief.com