42 episodes

The Caregivers is a podcast hosted by Lon Kieffer, aka, DOC, the Defender Of Caregivers. Inspired by Lon’s journey as a professional Caregiver, Speaker and advocate featuring Caregivers of all kinds because, after all, You Might be a Caregiver too!

The Caregivers Lon Kieffer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

The Caregivers is a podcast hosted by Lon Kieffer, aka, DOC, the Defender Of Caregivers. Inspired by Lon’s journey as a professional Caregiver, Speaker and advocate featuring Caregivers of all kinds because, after all, You Might be a Caregiver too!

    Joe Tanner (Personal/Family Caregiver; Virtual Caregiver Influencer; Comedian)

    Joe Tanner (Personal/Family Caregiver; Virtual Caregiver Influencer; Comedian)

    Joe Tanner is a natural!  He is the middle child of 8 that together maintained a rigorous schedule of visiting their mom while she was a resident in Senior Living.  So that he could remember his mom he started doing videos with her; to encourage and support others he started a Facebook page group for Caregivers called "You'll Always Be My Mama" that gained a worldwide following.  You have to listen to the podcast to learn why I have come to think of him as the Forest Gump of Caregivers because his Caregiver Personality keeps finding him successes on many different fronts. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mike Williams (Professional Caregiver; SeniorLiving CEO/Co-Founder)

    Mike Williams (Professional Caregiver; SeniorLiving CEO/Co-Founder)

    Mike is a 3rd Generation Professional Caregiver who tells the story of his youth growing up and around "Caring" environments.  He shares his Entrepreneurial efforts in other industries before returning to his roots of SeniorLiving and helping other organizations operate successfully before stepping in a CEO/Co-Founder of English Meadows, a small struggling Assisted Living community only to grow it into a successful company and "family" serving more than 500 Seniors all across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    • 1 hr
    Anastasia Valentino - Millennial Caregiver/Registered Nurse

    Anastasia Valentino - Millennial Caregiver/Registered Nurse

    Anastasia Valentino is a Millennial Caregiver/Registered Nurse and that was the topic I planned to discuss but that's not how this episode played out.  Anastasia works as an Intensive Care Unit nurse and as it turns out, she is truly a Corona Warrior as she gave me a lesson on what it is like to be on the forefront of Caring directly for people that have been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    • 54 min
    James Hamilton, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner; Person with Vascular Dementia)

    James Hamilton, CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner; Person with Vascular Dementia)

    James might disagree, but he is a Caregiver.  His background is too complex to summarize here but suffice it to see he has been a lifelong leaner and student, an educator, a professional stand-up comedian and now, he is an Certified Dementia Practitioner and person living with Vascular Dementia.  You may never hear a more honest, positive and eloquently expressed perspective of what it is like living with dementia... and having an imaginary Hippopotamus!

    • 54 min
    Kay Frances (Personal/Family Caregiver; Speaker/Author; Funny Motivational Speaker)

    Kay Frances (Personal/Family Caregiver; Speaker/Author; Funny Motivational Speaker)

    Kay is one of my favorite people and she means a lot to me, even though we have only met in person twice!  Widely known as "America's Funniest Stressbuster" Kay earned her chops from real life.  As a successful (and self absorbed) professional touring comedian she returned home for her father's funeral and saw that her mother was also failing in health.  She became her mother's Personal/Family Caregiver for 7 years and was forever changed.  Now she is a successful touring and "Funny Motivational Speaker" and she once rescued me when I felt like an impostor... and she did it again on this podcast  This was a treat and I hope you will enjoy this episode.

    • 56 min
    Val Howell (Personal/Family Caregiver)

    Val Howell (Personal/Family Caregiver)

    Val was recommended to us as a guest because of her true Caregiver Personality and sense of humor from a previous guest of the podcast.  Val is "just" a Caregiver... and that may be one of the greatest compliments I could pay a person because she offered some incredibly insightful and helpful commentary on what it is like to truly Care for others!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

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I Might Be A Caregiver!

Thanks for a great lesson in awareness! Thank you for Caring!

coloradobackyardgardener ,

Good place for caregiver to find wisdom

After 10 years of caring for my mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s, I can say this podcast would have been a nice addition to my own self care rituals. The host does a great job and I like his use of humor. And, I’d like to hear more from the guest and a bit less from the host.

Skybird and Bluebird ,

Frances Drost

I really enjoyed the warm personality of both Lon and Rachel as they talked about caregiving. Well done! Keep up the great work.

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