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Senior Times - October 2020Caregiver's
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         It has been a long few months as I am sure most family caregivers would agree. With the changes in our world and not being able to get out as we normally would, life has been such a challenge to be creative with communi- cation and seeing others.
as creative as we can with our advice and what steps we believe you can take when you are providing care for others.
 This month I will take you on a jour- ney that my family has been walking for a few months (well actually years) now. My sister, Suzanne, who has had many health challenges for the past
The area that always suffers the most is the self-care for the family caregiver. Kacee was no different and neither are the others in my family who are the pri- mary caregivers. No matter how much we talk about the benefits of taking care of yourself FIRST, we are stubborn humans and think nothing will happen to us. What if it does happen, what if you do not take a break (physically and mentally) to recharge yourself?
18+ years has been mainly hospitalized since December 20.
She did get to be
home for a few
The biggest benefit that you will see is you will provide
 days; other than
that, it has been a
hospital or skilled
nursing facility.
What she did not
have, especially
since March, were
the visitors she
could normally
have. What she did
have was a family
caregiver who put
in endless hours of
maneuvering the ins
and outs of health care.
Her daughter, Kacee, who is mid-thir- ties, has been her main caregiver for years, no formal health care training but she has learned to take care of every medical form of care her Mother has needed. It was not just Band-Aids and making sure she ate, it was wound care, watching her heart, diabetic care, and the list goes on.
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   Suzanne was one of the members
of my family who has needed care. Someone who loved her beyond imagi- nation gave it freely. There were others as well. During this time of crisis, my family has had to split who could help in order to avoid spreading of germs to one another and those who, medically, were compromised. Kacee was a one in a million caregiver who made sure, even until Suzanne’s last day on earth, that she was cared for in the best way possible – even if it was through a window.
here, winter is around the corner, and we still have limitations for indoor activities available. I challenge each and every one of you to find a time for some self-care each and every week. Summer has not been the easiest on
you due to the state of our world, win- ter tends to be harder on us in normal circumstances, but you do have some control over what you can do to take care of yourself. For everyone involved, please take care of you!
I tell you this because I hear some caregivers and their frustrations and we, at Senior Health Partners, want you to know we hear you. We try to be
I am so very proud of the job my niece did in taking care of my sister. When the tough decisions came, as much as she hated it and felt bad, she did what was right for her Mother. She took care of herself so that she could have a better mindset when making decisions (another very important rea- son to make sure you are taking care of yourself).
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To all you family caregivers: fall is
Kacee – Job Well Done, so very proud of you! Suzanne – Rest well, always remembered & loved.
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ed, there is more than one person assigned to every-
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