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Caregiving can be damaging to their own personal heath with Diane Walker of Griswold Home Care

September 7, 2013

Diane Walker, Vice President for Quality, Compliance and Outcomes at Griswold Home Care, a national non-medical home care referral company joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care Channel. She discusses how caregiving can be damaging to the caregiver’s own personal heath.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Diane Walker discuss the following:

  • Caring for someone with dementia is perhaps one of the most challenging roles a spouse or family member can assume.  What makes this role so challenging?
  • Caregiving can be damaging to the caregiver’s own personal heath. What causes caregivers to develop poor health or chronic illness?
  • What are 5-6 important things caregivers can do to maintain their health?
  • What role do support groups have in helping caregivers to live healthier lives?
  • If a caregiver will allow it, how can respite care for their loved one be supportive? 

Duration: 14:04

Diane has been with Griswold Home Care since 2000. She is responsible for developing and monitoring franchisee compliance with the company’s quality standards.  She prepares Directors for licensure in regulated states including developing policies and procedures to comply with state regulations. Diane is a faculty member for Home Care Academy where new franchisees learn how to operate using the Griswold model.  She is the editor for CARINGTIMES©, a blog and website for family caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Diane received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Duke University and a Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  She is a John Dystel Nurse Fellow with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and a Certified Senior Advisor®.  Prior to joining Griswold Home Care, Diane held progressive management positions in hospital, home care and hospice administration. She has extensive experience in building customer service programs gained as a management consultant with the Einstein Consulting Group. She held a faculty appointment at Ohio State University and adjunct faculty appointments at Trenton State, The College of New Jersey and Penn State University.

An avid gourmet cook and purple martin landlord, Diane lives at the New Jersey shore where surf fishing and boating fill her free time. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society and received the MS Leadership Award in 2002. Diane co-authored a book on personal renewal and has published several articles in nursing journals. She serves as a Griswold Cares Foundation board member, was a past President and officer of Springfield Rotary, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.


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