Hello, I’d like to introduce myself and tell you about what I do and how that came about. The Caregiving Cornerstone concept is the culmination of my life’s work. Please allow me to explain…
I help caregivers work through the complex issues they face so they can move forward and thrive during and after caregiving. It’s that simple. I want to bring joy back into the lives of people who take care of other people.
My name is Patricia Pugliese and I live in Los Angeles, California. I have created my service as a result of my own experience as a caregiver for three loved ones; my husband, a dear friend and my father. My friend had Alzheimer’s disease and I managed her care for ten years until her passing in 2007. My husband was nearly deaf and became totally blind in 2005 just as congestive heart failure and kidney problems developed. He passed away in early 2010. My father developed Parkinson’s disease late in life and passed away in 2013, at the age of ninety.
Until the last two years of my husband’s life I ran my own business. I owned a franchise and was a financial advisor with American Express/Ameriprise Financial Services. I sold my practice in early 2008 so I could stay home and take care of my husband full time.
For nearly three years after my husband’s death I did all the things I never previously had time to do. I read tons of books, spent time with family and friends, took art classes, started learning to speak Italian, took a course on wine making and traveled. I really traveled.
When it comes right down to it, I’ve discovered what I enjoy most in life and my life’s purpose. I love meeting new people and want to hear their stories. I like to discover who they are and hear what’s frustrating them. I may be able to help. As an outsider, one can often see the big picture most clearly. My training in financial planning (stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities), insurances, taxes, real estate, Will & Trust issues and how they all relate to each other allows me to help caregivers manage these matters quickly and efficiently. When one is satisfied that he/she has been successful in attending to responsibilities it’s easier to move on in life with optimism and peace of mind.
I look to bring a sense of security and optimism to caregivers. But, more than that, beyond the usual services that are everywhere and focus on particular aspects of care or organization, I help people find themselves again. You can experience beauty in the day to day while living your own life that includes dreams and plans for your future. Together we discover passions lost and move past the feelings of guilt caregivers have when taking a little time for themselves. Ask any caregiver what haunts them and I bet they say guilt. Been there. But I worked past it and recognized it for what it was. I came up with ideas that kept me out of depression and aware that I had a life to live, too. No doubt, I had a few very good people around me. It’s a joy to pass on what I learned from those people. I’m looking forward to hearing your story.