Nicole M. Clagett - Contributor for ABC11 WTVD
Specializing in social work, long-term care, education, business development, national replication, and healthcare administration. Experienced in social work in a clinical capacity and in a macro role working with systems by being a change agent. I am the co-founder of Guiding Lights www.guidnglightsnc.org in the (Triangle market known as Transitions GuidingLights, an affiliate of Transitions LifeCare) a charity that supports caregivers who are providing care to adults, typically older adults with chronic conditions with information, referral, education and support at no charge.

Serving as an advocate for individuals afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease and those suffering from chronic conditions is a passion of mine. As a member of the long term care community for over 20 years I have personally witnessed the impact (socially, emotionally, and economically) that caregiving has on families.

Working with older adults and their caregivers continues to be my focus and I believe in the 'law of plenty' as evidenced by breaking down the silos of health care organizations and creating and participating in consortiums of healthcare providers that actively discuss issues facing the older adults that they are serving and how this underserved population can have a better quality of life through education, resource sharing, and problem solving refuels my internal energy to continue my work.

Working with various media outlets through broadcast journalism by using my voice and expertise to educate by raising the base knowledge of the community as a whole is a gift that I am so grateful to have been given. The use of media empowers the community to know what options exist to support them in their caregiving roles.

My perspective on what it is like to be both a professional and personal caregiver (having cared for my grandfather and a friend) serves as a constant reminder of why I get up every day to continue to do the work that I do to serve our community.

When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my four children in our beautiful blended family living with my husband Todd. I can be found playing with our flock of chickens, checking on our bees, tending our organic garden, riding around on our ATV... gazing at the moon and stars, and can even at times be seen on the back of a motorcycle!

I look forward to supporting you during caregiving journey.

Nicole's Stories
Wake County Meals on Wheels launches Frozen Meal Delivery program
Meals on Wheels launched their newly adapted Frozen Meal Delivery program servicing home-bound older adults, persons with disabilities and seniors.
Caregivers Corner: 4 steps to protect those who are elderly and at risk during the novel coronavirus outbreak
Older adults are more vulnerable to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) due to compromised immune systems and underlying health conditions. Seniors, loved ones, caregivers, and the community at large plays a vital part in preventing the spread of disease and protecting seniors from coronavirus.
Caregivers Corner: Grieving over the loss of your loved one? Be gentle with yourself
If you are trying to support someone who has lost a love one, please try to not judge how a person experiences their grief, as each person will experience it differently.
Caregivers Corner: Grief is like emptying a storage cabinet
No matter how many times you have experienced losing a loved one in the past, each new encounter with grief is a different experience.
The financial toll of caring for someone
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Caregivers Corner: How am I supposed to do this alone? You're not
Suddenly caregiving, or perhaps in the throes of this for months or years now and you are wondering to yourself, how am I supposed to do this alone? The short answer is, you're not.
Post holiday season, contemplating the journey ahead as a caregiver
The holiday season has come and gone, and you have suddenly found that that the world as you knew it just a few weeks ago is somehow different. Spending time with aging loved ones often reveals changes in their health that you may not want to see.
Caregiving is Vulnerable
Caregiving can be incredibly vulnerable. The Caregivers Corner is a great resource to get helpful tips and support that will aid you in your caregiving journey.
11 ways to manage caregiving stress during the holidays
As a caregiver, you have to manage your regular jam-packed schedule, but you also have to live a double life as a super-hero caregiver and a magical spouse, parent, employee, and even friend.
Caregivers Corner: When is it dementia and when is mom just being difficult?
In this Caregivers Corner, we discussed topics ranging from dementia, to skills training for family caregivers, to the importance of caring for yourself along the way!