10 episodes

Welcome to Caffeinated Caregivers, with your hosts Erica Stearns and Alyssa Nutile, two caregivers and parents to medically complex children who are out here, ready to build a community of caregivers to empower each other and advocate for better support — for themselves and those they care for.Each month, we'll bringing you stories, research, resources, and hopefully a few laughs too as we chat with medical professionals, disabled adults, AND other caregivers who are laugh-crying their way through life.To stay up to date with episode releases and to join our community of caregivers, follow us on Instagram @caffeinated_caregivers or visit our website www.caffeinatedcaregivers.com. We're so glad you're here.

Caffeinated Caregivers Erica Stearns & Alyssa Nutile

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Welcome to Caffeinated Caregivers, with your hosts Erica Stearns and Alyssa Nutile, two caregivers and parents to medically complex children who are out here, ready to build a community of caregivers to empower each other and advocate for better support — for themselves and those they care for.Each month, we'll bringing you stories, research, resources, and hopefully a few laughs too as we chat with medical professionals, disabled adults, AND other caregivers who are laugh-crying their way through life.To stay up to date with episode releases and to join our community of caregivers, follow us on Instagram @caffeinated_caregivers or visit our website www.caffeinatedcaregivers.com. We're so glad you're here.

    Ep 9: Mental Health Vibe Check: The State of Caregiver Mental Health & the Supports That Keep Us Going in 2024

    Ep 9: Mental Health Vibe Check: The State of Caregiver Mental Health & the Supports That Keep Us Going in 2024

    Hey caregiver. How are you doing? No, we mean, how are you *really* doing?Because according to the research (both our informal research and the many published academic studies), mental health for caregivers isn't great. The "why" probably isn't surprising: lack of support, stress, poor health for our children, lack of time, and a ton of other barriers that keep us from accessing the mental health support that we need. But what can help to improve our mental health might surprise you a little ...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 8: Facing Uncertainty in Caregiving: IEPs, Social Security, and In-Home Nursing, Oh My!

    Ep 8: Facing Uncertainty in Caregiving: IEPs, Social Security, and In-Home Nursing, Oh My!

    When it comes to being a caregiver to a medically complex and/or disabled child especially in 2024, life can feel.... uncertain. Covid-era legislation that helped caregivers in many states is now being rolled back, support that our families and children need to thrive can be taken away at a moment's notice, and the threat of unexpected changes can make planning for our children's futures incredibly difficult. And these aren't just random examples. Erica and Alyssa are both navigating th...

    • 45 min
    Ep 7: The State of Caregivers and Careers & Why That Matters For Our Medically Complex Kids

    Ep 7: The State of Caregivers and Careers & Why That Matters For Our Medically Complex Kids

    When it comes to the careers of caregivers… things are complicated. While some caregivers are able to maintain a wide variety of careers with the help of flexible work, home health nursing, understanding employers, and other supports, it’s not like that for every caregiver, including those who need income desperately.And on the other hand, the systemic supports in place to support caregivers and their families, whether they wish to continue their careers or devote all of their time to caring ...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 6: The Caregiver Continuum: This Is Why We’re Always Tired

    Ep 6: The Caregiver Continuum: This Is Why We’re Always Tired

    The Caregiver Continuum. The continuum on which we as caregivers find ourselves looping around and around… and around again. We’ve gone through it. We’ve watched our fellow caregivers go through it. And today, we’re giving it a name.On this episode of Caffeinated Caregivers, we’re explaining what the Caregiver Continuum is, why it’s such a powerful tool for understanding both your journey and your capacity at any given time in your life as a caregiver, and how you can use it to give yourself ...

    • 50 min
    Ep 5: Surviving Thanksgiving (literally), Holiday Hot Takes, and an Idea-versary

    Ep 5: Surviving Thanksgiving (literally), Holiday Hot Takes, and an Idea-versary

    Today’s conversation is a little lighter than usual becaaaaaaaause Erica and Alyssa are both still recovering from the holidays. Alyssa, because she always travels on holidays, and Erica, because she was literally sick the whole week. But don’t worry, this conversation is still packed full of holiday thoughts for you. Erica and Alyssa both share glimpses of what their holidays often look like (and let’s just say, their holidays look very different.) They also share their favorite ho...

    • 48 min
    Ep 4: Did we invent a new term?! (Or why are so few professionals disability-informed?)

    Ep 4: Did we invent a new term?! (Or why are so few professionals disability-informed?)

    Disability-informed… If you’ve been following us, you’ve heard us use this phrase non-stop in the last month. So, you would expect that to be a common phrase, right? After all, the idea seems relatively self-explanatory. Well, hold on tight friends, because once again, the disabled folks are being overlooked and under-consulted. We’re about to share some wild statistics on just how bad this situation is. In this episode, Erica and Alyssa are breaking down all the parts of what it me...

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

bmalcox ,

Like having coffee with your best friends

As a mom and caregiver to a child with a rare disease, I feel like this is the fun & sassy show my brain has been craving. It’s intellectually stimulating in helping me evaluate and understand my role as caregiver within the home and in our culture. I also appreciate the candor and the perspectives of the hosts! Keep it up ladies!

Tyson turbo ,

I also need caffeine :)

As another rare disease momma and caregiver, I am so excited for this podcast! I love your content on Instagram and share it both with other caregivers and my friends who aren’t to help them understand all the things I face caregiving with my daughter and how to sprinkle humor into it. Looking forward to more episodes!

laugeri ,

Love love LOVE

First of all I love Instagram and I’m so glad you guys are just sticking to that. Second, I love memes and the laughter they create which is so needed for me in my new role as a caregiver to my son who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. It has been a wild ride in the first year almost two years of his life. I’ve never felt so alone before and it is so great to hear your experiences and humor about your caregiving journeys. Thank you for creating this!

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