Radio Show Host & Caregiver Advocate
Toula Wootan is a dynamic pioneer, dedicated to the mission of “caring for the caregiver.” She is in the forefront of caregiver issues. Toula is recognized by community leaders as a trusted spokesperson for those seeking direction and support. Elected, appointed and business leaders seek Toula’s advice and support on issues relating to caregivers. She holds herself accountable to the caregivers she represents, and constantly re-dedicates herself to exceeding their expectations. Read More >
Caring for a loved one can be very demanding physically, emotionally and spiritually. All caregivers reach a time when they feel overwhelmed. Comfort, encouragement and inspiration are needed to keep serving and to avoid caregiver burnout. With love as the foundation, Toula offers practical and inspirational ways to “keep on keeping on,” that which we call “perseverance”. Toula draws from her own personal caregiving story caring for both parents, and shares the Bible verses and words of comfort that keep her going! She also offers other ways to receive needed encouragement.
Caring for a loved one with any form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, presents a unique set of challenging and ongoing stresses. As the loved one loses the ability to think, remember, and even bathe and dress, the caregiver finds it difficult to accept; after all, their loved one looks the same. Caregivers often feel isolated and alone. They can develop feelings of anger, resentment, guilt, and hopelessness. Toula offers practical and proven methods for caregivers to get through their day without losing their sanity. She presents proven coping mechanisms, such as “therapeutic lying”, and tips for self-care, in a caring, understanding way so that caregivers can stay healthy and strong.
Over seventy percent of caregivers in the United States work full time, then go home to spend another 20-24 hours a week caregiving for a loved one, typically an aging parent. This juggling act affects the caregiver’s physical health, emotional health, family plans, finances, social life and more. They remain concerned about job security, fear identifying themselves as caregivers. In this presentation, Toula offers advice, practical tips, and resources for the working caregiver. She provides practical tips for talking to employers. She shares new trends on how and WHY many employers are now open to supporting these employees. Toula guides the working caregiver through this journey so they can truly balance both roles.
There are over 44 million caregivers in the United States. Seventy percent of them work full time, then go home to care for an aging relative for an average of 24/hours per week. Research shows that over fifty percent of them choose not to tell their employer about their caregiving role. Toula speaks to the reasons behind this, offers pointers to help the employee stay engaged at work and get assistance. She offers practical advice to help employees talk to their employer about workplace benefits. She also discusses the cost to employers each year and describes initiatives many businesses have put in place to support these valuable employees.
"I have been impressed by Toula’s innovation and problem-solving skills, her vision for change and her follow-through and mostly by her impact on those around her."
"… I know the work Toula does matters a great deal. I often find myself quoting her or referring someone to the resources she supplies. She was an innovator in this space and continues to lead the way…"
"Her personality and character project the insight and wisdom that energize and galvanize her professional peers and those they serve to assist and support the elderly, caregivers of chronically or terminally ill individuals of all ages…"