Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman, is Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate. I am an Author, Educator, Speaker, Consultant. As a registered nurse by profession, one would think caring for a loved one in the home would be simple. One would think my expertise as a nurse well-equipped me. Yes, my nursing career provided guidance, but 24/7 care in the home uncovered more than staying on top of activities of daily living(ADL).