Defender Of Caregivers is creating a dialogue in support of Professional and Personal Caregivers
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My name is Lon Kieffer and I, I am a Caregiver!  I have spoken those words on hundreds of stages to thousands of Professional and Personal/Family Caregivers over the past 10 or so years that I have been a professional speaker in the Senior Living and Caregiver Industry; and it has never gotten an applause. 

The Caregiver community is unique; whether Professional Caregivers of Personal/Family Caregivers most individuals who find themselves in this role focus on their failures, dismiss their successes and Care more for Others than they do for themselves.  Their only satisfaction is in pleasing Others and therefore; they are extremely unlikely to seek or accept help and will, in fact, sabotage positive relationships in support of the status quo.  Further, I have watched far too often where Professional and Personal/Family Caregivers, each with the intent to do the right thing, simply get it wrong!  Conflict and Competition becomes the daily interchange and all parties (and residents, patients) suffer.  My goal is to help forge a PRO-PER collaboration between PROfessional and PERsonal/Family Caregivers.

That is why I launched the "Defender Of Caregivers" mission several years ago and that is why I am here on Patreon.  Over the past years I have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, speaking and consulting fees and candidly, I have plowed almost all of back into this mission.  Large venue speaking engagements pay well but are extremely competitive and do not allow the platform to do the real work of sharing a message that is not always popular or in the case of my speaking style, humorous.  Small venue speaking engagements are highly emotional and impactful; the meaningful work happens at these events, but the industry is reluctant to commit resources to them and has no clue how to promote them... as a result, I often give away my message in an effort to further the mission.

At every event I am approached by Professional Caregivers who want me to coach and train their people (but this is not a one-time event and it is too costly to do so live or in-person over time); Personal/Family Caregivers want specific advice or just attention and understanding of their issues or specific concerns; this is both unrealistic from a time perspective and inappropriate from a therapeutic perspective due to a lack of intimate knowledge of their specific case or family dynamics/local resources.

Facebook algorithms have squelched the ability to consistently reach an audience without paying for boosting and thus devaluing the message as it appears to have an intent of "sales over service" and the same can be said for my books; without self-serving promotion they never reach a broad audience.

Patreon appears to be a format where small contributions can result in huge offerings to the Caregiver Community as we are on our way to creating a true non-profit organization and I thank you for your support and I promise to continue to create meaningful content and share it in creative ways that will serve the greater good of Caregivers.

Thank YOU for Caring!
Tiers
DOC Supporter
$1 or more per month
No Tangible Rewards You Just Want to Support Defender Of Caregivers
DOC Member
$5 or more per month
1.  Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Personal
$10 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Defender
$20 or more per month
 

1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Professional
$35 or more per month
 

1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 1)
$50 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 2)
$150 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

7. One fifteen minute one-on-one call with Lon per month.

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 3)
$300 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

7. TWO fifteen minute one-on-one call with Lon per month.

8. Sanctioned use of DOC as professional designation after minimum of six-months.

Goals
0 of 100 patrons
When we reach 100 patrons I will perform/provide my one-man comedic/dramatic play "Defending the Caregiver" for FREE* in an ALF/SNF chosen by our members or to benefit a Caregiver Advocacy Non-Profit Organization
*Some transportation costs may apply.
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My name is Lon Kieffer and I, I am a Caregiver!  I have spoken those words on hundreds of stages to thousands of Professional and Personal/Family Caregivers over the past 10 or so years that I have been a professional speaker in the Senior Living and Caregiver Industry; and it has never gotten an applause. 

The Caregiver community is unique; whether Professional Caregivers of Personal/Family Caregivers most individuals who find themselves in this role focus on their failures, dismiss their successes and Care more for Others than they do for themselves.  Their only satisfaction is in pleasing Others and therefore; they are extremely unlikely to seek or accept help and will, in fact, sabotage positive relationships in support of the status quo.  Further, I have watched far too often where Professional and Personal/Family Caregivers, each with the intent to do the right thing, simply get it wrong!  Conflict and Competition becomes the daily interchange and all parties (and residents, patients) suffer.  My goal is to help forge a PRO-PER collaboration between PROfessional and PERsonal/Family Caregivers.

That is why I launched the "Defender Of Caregivers" mission several years ago and that is why I am here on Patreon.  Over the past years I have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue, speaking and consulting fees and candidly, I have plowed almost all of back into this mission.  Large venue speaking engagements pay well but are extremely competitive and do not allow the platform to do the real work of sharing a message that is not always popular or in the case of my speaking style, humorous.  Small venue speaking engagements are highly emotional and impactful; the meaningful work happens at these events, but the industry is reluctant to commit resources to them and has no clue how to promote them... as a result, I often give away my message in an effort to further the mission.

At every event I am approached by Professional Caregivers who want me to coach and train their people (but this is not a one-time event and it is too costly to do so live or in-person over time); Personal/Family Caregivers want specific advice or just attention and understanding of their issues or specific concerns; this is both unrealistic from a time perspective and inappropriate from a therapeutic perspective due to a lack of intimate knowledge of their specific case or family dynamics/local resources.

Facebook algorithms have squelched the ability to consistently reach an audience without paying for boosting and thus devaluing the message as it appears to have an intent of "sales over service" and the same can be said for my books; without self-serving promotion they never reach a broad audience.

Patreon appears to be a format where small contributions can result in huge offerings to the Caregiver Community as we are on our way to creating a true non-profit organization and I thank you for your support and I promise to continue to create meaningful content and share it in creative ways that will serve the greater good of Caregivers.

Thank YOU for Caring!

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Tiers
DOC Supporter
$1 or more per month
No Tangible Rewards You Just Want to Support Defender Of Caregivers
DOC Member
$5 or more per month
1.  Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Personal
$10 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Defender
$20 or more per month
 

1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. FREE Membership to ALL "Defender of Caregiver" conferences and performances.

DOC Professional
$35 or more per month
 

1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 1)
$50 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 2)
$150 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

7. One fifteen minute one-on-one call with Lon per month.

DOC PRO-PER Caregiver (Coaching Tier 3)
$300 or more per month
1. Monthly Q&A with Lon LIVE on YouTube.

2. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "You Might be a Caregiver if... You Give Yourself to Others and Wonder what Happened to YOU!

3. An electronic (PDF) copy of my book, "Get Out of Bed and Go to Work!"

4. A hard copy of my book, "The Caregiver Dilemma:  How to Engage, Retain, and Attract a Caring Senior Living Workforce!"

5. Monthly Q&A with Lon on YouTube (exclusive to Professional Members)

6. Monthly Q&A with Lon on an interactive Webinar (exclusive to Coaching Tier Members)

7. TWO fifteen minute one-on-one call with Lon per month.

8. Sanctioned use of DOC as professional designation after minimum of six-months.