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Shield HealthCare Launches 18th Annual Caregiver Contest

Brooke Phillips, CWCMS
Editor | Shield HealthCare
11/05/19  3:00 PM PST
Caregiver Contest 2019-2020

Share Your Tips for Finding Life Balance As a Caregiver!

Shield HealthCare, a leading provider of home-delivered medical supplies, is launching its 18th Annual Caregiver Contest by asking caregivers: “What Are Your Tips for Finding Life Balance As a Caregiver?” Our annual Caregiver Contest is an opportunity to honor all those who support and care for loved ones managing chronic medical needs. The contest runs from Nov. 5, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

Last year, we asked caregivers for their best tips for care at home and received hundreds of outstanding entries. Based on entry criteria, we had the difficult task of selecting 40 finalists to give to our independent panel of judges (read more about our 2018-2019 contest judges here), who in turn selected three grand prize winners and five runners-up. You can find the winning stories here: Grand Prize Winners Linda, Kathy and Grace; and Runners-Up Emma, Linda, Gail, Jayne and Valentina.

2019-2020 Contest

This year, we are asking all caregivers – both paid and unpaid, professional and family – to share their tips on how to balance the needs of caregiving with other life needs. You may have heard the phrase, “put the oxygen mask on yourself first.” Finding balance is not always the easiest thing to do when caring for a loved one, and despite best intentions, our needs may take a back seat to the care we provide to others. But juggling numerous responsibilities can take a toll over time on caregivers’ physical and mental health. Whether you are a professional caregiver or caring for a loved one at home, finding time to recharge your batteries is essential.

As a caregiver, how do you balance the needs of caregiving with other life needs?

  • What are some of the ways you practice daily/weekly/monthly self-care?
  • How do you balance caregiving with other life needs, such as time with your friends, children or significant other?
  • In what ways do you share the responsibilities of caregiving with other family members or healthcare professionals?

These are just some suggestions – please tell us in 150 words or more how you find life balance as a caregiver.

The top three Grand Prize Winners of Shield’s caregiver contest will each receive a $250 Visa Gift Card and an engraved wall plaque. Five Runners-Up will each receive a $100 Visa Gift Card and a personalized award certificate. Shield will publish the tips that caregivers share on Shield’s community site, a widely-visited educational resource for caregivers, patients, and healthcare professionals. For the full contest details, online entry, and official rules, please visit www.shieldhealthcare.com/caring.


About Shield HealthCare

Shield HealthCare’s mission is to serve the medical supply needs of patients at home with compassion and exceptional customer service. With more than 60 years of medical supply experience serving the caregiving community, Shield HealthCare is a recognized leader in incontinence, urological, ostomy, enteral nutrition, wound care, and breastfeeding supplies. With eleven sales locations serving Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and Washington, Shield HealthCare engages in local communities to educate, inspire, and support caregivers and families with chronic medical needs. Across the country, Shield runs a National Medical Supply Program, serving customers covered by Medicare, as well as select Medicaid, Managed Care and private insurances.

You can enter here: http://www.shieldhealthcare.com/caring

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