Caregiving Consultant

If you’re a caregiver trying to “put on your own oxygen mask”, think of me like a stewardess.

I know what it’s like to be in a “buckle up” kind of situation.

My hope is “to help people help their people” by serving as a caregiving consultant to those seeking assistance in taking care of their loved ones.

Jody Susan of and Jody Susan Writes LLC
Helping people Help Their People Assisting Others in Sharing Their Stories And Typing A lot Along the Way

I am not a licensed healthcare worker and have no formal education in that arena, but have served many friends and family members in a caregiving capacity.

My goal is to “take care of caregivers”, so they can have an easier time taking care of those they love.

I enjoy seeking solutions for simplifying daily care and coordination among family members.

Facilitating communication among the different members of the “care team” can be a challenge, since every person has their own perspective and concerns. My hope is to help families face difficult conversations and decisions.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “You’ve got to take care of the caregiver”.

In the midst of exhaustion, that seemed like one more thing I was failing to finish on my never ending To-Do List.

I’d also hear, “You need to put your own oxygen mask on first.”

I wanted to say, “But what if my tube is all tangled up with other people?”

If you’re feeling exhausted, please know that you’re not alone.

It’s so common to feel overwhelmed (caregivers are just usually too busy to go to coffee to commiserate about it).

Consultation Services

Caregiving can be exhausting, but there are ways to smooth the journey some. My goal is to spare families from undo tension, which often comes from team members getting too tired or burdened down.

I have a brief survey that I like potential clients to fill out, so that I can get a good idea of what kind of help they are seeking. I prefer that each person involved in care answers the questions for themselves, because I find that everyone involved has individual concerns, desires – and frustrations.

This questionnaire helps open the way for dialogue, so that the whole team can work together towards the same goal, and everyone can have a voice.

Upon request, I can email this survey to the person requesting a consultation, so that they can distribute it to team members. This protects the care recipients privacy from others outside the circle contacting me, seeking information and cuts down on confusion.

Consultation Fees

One hour Zoom call, including up to four people: $125.00 ($25.00 per each additional person).

The lead contact will be sent the link and can distribute it to the people they select.

One hour in person consultation: $200.00

The lead contact will select the time and place and send invitations to the other caregivers. Those who cannot attend, but would like to participate on Zoom or Facetime are welcome to do so, so long as their is an internet connection in place.

Consultation Billing

The point person scheduling the consultation will be sent an invoice through QuickBooks. Payment options will include:

Payment options: Apple Pay, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Bank, PayPal, Venmo

Payment is due within fourteen days of requesting a consultation.

Subsequent Meetings

Because care is ongoing, and multiple team members are involved, only one caregiver will act as the point person. That is who I will communicate with regarding things like scheduling and billing. Otherwise, things can get too confusing.

Following the initial consultation, the team can decide whether or not to retain my services. Rates for meetings will remain the same and be billed accordingly.

If it is decided that outside phone calls and emails are also desired from the point person, I would request a retainer fee, so that a separate bill would not need to be sent every time contact is made. If that amount is not used within six months time, it will be returned, upon request.

Am I Currently Offering Individual Care?

Due to time constraints and my focus on writing (with the hope of helping a broader range of caregivers), I am not currently taking on new clients needing direct care.

This was a hard choice for me to make, as I know so many are in need, but this is part of me needing to put on my own oxygen mask after a long season of caregiving.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 🌷

– Jody Susan🌷