Elizabeth Shean, Caring.com contributing editor


Elizabeth Shean is Registered Nurse and professional writer who won the 2010 Online Journalism Award for "Best Commentary/Blogging." In "Dad Has Dementia," she chronicled her all-too-brief journey of caring for her dad as he rapidly declined and died.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Week 27: Suddenly, Dad Is Dying — Jul 16, 2010
It's going to be difficult to summarize this in 500 words or less, so bear with me. When I returned from my disastrous trip to the family home after Father's Day, I discov...
Today I Declare My Independence From... — Jul 05, 2010
...caregiver guilt. On this 4th of July, 2010, I declare I will no longer feel guilty for: 1. Making Dad do things (like bathe!) that he doesn't necessarily want to do; 2. ...
Week 20: Power Struggles — May 28, 2010
As I look back over these past 20 weeks of blogging, one thing becomes clear: I'm having a lot of trouble finding the positives in taking care of Dad at home. So far, I've ...
Week 18: First, We Make a Hole in the Dirt — May 14, 2010
Today, Dad and I are planting flowers in containers. I've purchased more ceramic pots and annuals this year than ever before in my life because gardening has always been on...
Week 3: The Hard Costs of Caregiving — Jan 29, 2010
When I think about caring for my dad in my home, I tend to group the associated costs into three basic categories: Soft costs. These are the incidental costs associated w...
Week 1: Dad Moves In — Jan 14, 2010
It started with a frantic phone call from my mother. "Your dad just threatened to kill me." I tried to remain calm, asking Mom what, exactly, Dad had said. "He barged int...