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Caregiving: Insights Into Respite & Home Care

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Caregiving: Insights Into Respite & Home Care with Lakelyn Eichenberger, Ph.D. Gerontologist and Caregiving Advocate for Honor and Home Instead Inc.

Caregiving can be a balancing act. How can we support our own health as caregivers, find respite, and also provide support for our aging loved ones? My guest today is Dr. Lakelyn Eichenberger. She is a gerontologist and a caregiving advocate for Home Instead and Honor, the world's largest provider of home care.

Lakelyn plays a crucial role in educating professionals, families, and communities about the unique challenges that older adults and caregivers face. Dr. Eichenberger is an international speaker on the topics of caregiving and aging services and is a go-to resource in her field. She has been featured on shows like Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz.

In today's discussion, we delve into common challenges faced by caregivers of older adults, strategies to alleviate these challenges, the concept of respite care, and how to support caregivers and older adults. We will also examine misconceptions about respite care, factors to consider when inviting care professionals into our homes, and the best service options available.

Lakelyn also shares how care professionals can collaborate with caregivers to foster holistic environments, the process of integrating someone into our homes for support, and the essentials to keep in mind during the process. We talk about available resources that assist caregivers in navigating the financial aspects of home care and respite.

Emphasizing the significance of effective communication, we see how Honor and Home Instead support older adults with education. Home Instead has a wonderful new podcast titled "Caregiver Chats," we'll learn more about its focus and where to tune in. Thank you, Lakelyn, for your kind and encouraging voice in this space!

Listen to our episode HERE.

Lakelyn shares about:

  • Her story, her role of being a caregiver advocate, provider of home care support, and educational speaker

  • Addressing common challenges faced by caregivers of older adults

  • Understanding respite care and its importance

  • Supporting caregivers and older adults through challenges

  • Debunking misconceptions about respite care

  • Choosing the best support option for in-home care

  • Collaborative approach: care professionals & caregivers creating holistic environments

  • How to navigate financial aspects & resources for home care and respite

  • Where we can learn more and listen to Caregiver Chats, a wonderful new podcast by Home Instead

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About Lakelyn Eichenberger, Ph.D. and Home Instead, an Honor Company

Lakelyn Eichenberger, Ph.D. serves as gerontologist and caregiving advocate for Honor and Home Instead Inc., the world’s largest provider of home care. Lakelyn began her career in a local Home Instead working one-on-one with aging adults. Today, she works to educate professionals, families and communities on the unique challenges older adults face and the resources available to help them thrive. Lakelyn earned a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the topic of caregiving and aging and serves as a resource to major media including Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz. Lakelyn has a passion for helping others and giving back to her community.

Caregiver Chats Podcast:


Home Instead, Inc. and its parent company, Honor, are expanding the world’s capacity to care. With the world’s largest home care network and the most advanced care platform, Honor and Home Instead are revolutionizing care for older adults, their families, and Care Professionals. Home Instead, Inc. is the premier home care franchisor through its network of independently owned and operated Home Instead franchise businesses. Combined, the network has more than 100,000 Care Professionals across 13 countries, meeting the growing needs of millions of older adults and their families worldwide. For more information, visit and

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