• About Caregiver Crossing

    Did you know that 1 in 3* of us in the U.S. is caring for an aging or disabled loved one?

    Caregiver Crossing is a radio program designed for all of us who are caring for a loved one or who one day will be.  Whether that care is provided for an aging parent, a child born with a lifelong disability or a friend undergoing treatment for cancer – we are all caregivers.

    Each week our co-hosts, Tina McIntosh and Terri Stacy, are joined by guest experts to discuss the many aspects of caregiving, while also exploring how our relationships evolve and how we navigate the range of options and emotions that come with this care.

    If you are a caregiver, join us on Caregiver Crossing. We invite you to spend some time here on this site and email us with questions and suggestions for future segments We also want to hear about your personal experiences.  Caregivers always hear the words “you’re not alone.”  We want you to know that this is true.  We’re in this together.  And together we can make a difference with some honesty, compassion and simple good humor. We’re glad you’re here!

    Where can I hear Caregiver Crossing?

    Caregiver Crossing can be heard on air on 93.1 WIBC Saturday mornings from 8-9am.  Missed the show live?  Podcasts can be heard by clicking here.

    *The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP (2009), Caregiving in the U.S. National Alliance for Caregiving. Washington, D.C. Updated: November 2012

    12 Responses to About Caregiver Crossing

    1. Mike Perigo
      (Sep. 28, 2013) at 4:18 pm

      Are podcasts of this show available? I would like to send a link of today’s show (9/28) to my cousin in FL who is dealing with her elderly father who lives in MD. I appreciate this show as I am going through all of this. In fact we did move Mom into Rosegate Commons, whose Mktg Dir Mark Wallis was featured on today’s show. It is a great community. Mom’s doctor highly recommended any American Senior Communities.

      • (Feb. 12, 2015) at 8:29 pm

        Hi Mike,
        Thank you for tuning in each week and for what you are doing to support your cousin. You can find the podcasts for past shows at http://www.wibc.com/blogs/caregiver-crossing-0. In the mean time, we are working on getting a copy of the show that you requested and will send it over to you as soon as possible.

    2. Dawna Morrissey
      (May. 28, 2014) at 1:23 pm

      Within the last month or two, I heard you give the information on what to do to help prevent identify theft for deceased loved one (my mother passed away last fall). I would like to have all the credit agencies know she is deceased. (She didn’t have an estate, but I have been closing up her financial affairs)
      I have looked up “opt out prescreen” & have the addresses for those companies. Would the addresses be the same to tag her as deceased & that no new accounts should be opened for her?
      If you can direct me to the information or the podcast I would appreciated it.

      • (Feb. 12, 2015) at 8:53 pm

        Thank you for tuning in and for reaching out. The best step for you to take, would be to speak with the state Attorney General’s office. Michelle Mayer, has joined us in the past with ways to avoid identity theft and fraud. The number for the office is (317) 234-6668, and the web address is http://www.IndianaConsumer.com. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.

    3. Howard Hoover
      (Jun. 7, 2014) at 6:53 am

      My mother has Dementia or Alzheimers, I read about it. Anyway her husband was leaving her home alone to go to the bar to get drunk. My Aunt & Uncle told me that’s how I found out, but to make a looong story short I’ll have to leave out alot. I finally found her home alone called the police to get a report for an eventual court date. He threatened to kill me because I called the police on him for drinking & driving & leaving her home alone. Finally get to court & he admits to leaving her home alone, “apparantly there wasn’t a 24 hour care order in place”, admitted to riding her around on his motorcycle & he even admitted not having a license to ride one. Judge still gives Guardianship to Stepfather even though he had a previous felony from a dui that caused bodily injury to another person but we didn’t have the proof in court.

      Anyway the judge granted me visitation rights at the next court date since he was preventing me from seeing my mother. He has since put her in a nursing home and has told them I carry a gun & the nursing home called me to ask me about this. He has done this to try & prevent me from seeing my mother once again, there is no reason I need to carry a gun in a nursing home & can’t think of one. I do have a lifetime carry permit so that should tell you i’m felony free & wish to stay that way. He is just mad that I keep taking a picture of my Mother & two of her best friends to the nursing home for my mother to see, “they testified against him in court” I just thought the picture would be good for her & she did recognize it. He never even bothered to take anything to the home that would remind her of home until he sw the picture I took & then he threw it away & took a picture of him & her on the motorcycle out there. Riding the motorcycle is not something my mother would have done normally, he just put her on it.

      Anyway at this point he is harassing me, I guess I may have to take him back to court.

      I’m rarely up in the am to listen to your show but would be more than happy to talk to you if you have any questions for me. I need all the help I can get in this matter.
      Thank you Howard Hoover
      317-518-2935 cell
      Indpls. IN.

      • (Feb. 12, 2015) at 9:12 pm

        Thank you for sharing your story with us. Unfortunately, we are unsure if there is much that you will be able to do other than return to court, because your mother’s husband is her Guardian. It appears that the nursing home has it’s hands tied and is following the rules that her guardian has put into place. It may be best for you to reach out to an elder law attorney for legal advice. Tammy Stevens and Carol Applegate are both local and as we have heard, both have great reputations. Tammy can be reached at (317) 915-9900 and Carol can be reached at (317) 522-1325.

    4. Robert Parish
      (Aug. 9, 2014) at 12:12 pm

      Did Tina go to Manual High school in Indianapolis? If so, I went to school with her.

      • (Feb. 11, 2015) at 5:04 pm

        No, Tina attended high school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    5. Carl
      (Sep. 23, 2014) at 5:04 pm

      Not sure you can help with this, but I listen to the and thought you might be able to point us in the right direct. My wife’s family has a friend who in her 60s. She has never held a job – she took care of her parents until they passed, did some baby sitting and lived off a small inheritance. Come to find out she has less than $1000 to her name and the house she inherited is in need of repair. She has no social security benefits. Her siblings are all out of state and washed their hands of the situation. She has not had a physical in years but other then dental problems seems to be in decent health (physical and mental). They are reaching out to the welfare office in the area, is there any other group that would be able to help figure out how to handle this that you would recommend? They are in Vincennes Indiana.


      • (Feb. 12, 2015) at 8:43 pm

        Have her (or a representative) contact the Vincennes-area AAA (the CICOA for that area), Phone: (812) 888-5880 – they should be able to help at least guide her and get her in touch with the necessary agencies. She should also be able to draw on Social Security if she is now in her 60’s – she can probably contact the local SS office to see what she is eligible for. She should also apply for Medicaid as she has no income, so that she can have some sort of health benefits – that would cover a physical/dental. Medicare should also be kicking in, due to her age. She is lucky to have someone looking out for her best interest, thank you for that.

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      • (Feb. 11, 2015) at 4:50 pm

        Thank you for the kind words. We’re happy to be here each week and that you are able to join us.

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