Posts Tagged ‘respite’

A Caregiving Comfort: Retreat

You’d love an escape. The escape, though, eludes. If you leave, who will pick up the pieces? If you take off, where will you go? If you drive away, how you will sleep at night? You can’t even get a break while you daydream about your escape because of yet another demand for your time (“I need you!”).

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Lessons on Happiness

I recently read a terrific book called “Happiness is a Choice You Make.” Author John Leland is a NY Times Reporter and he was given the assignment to follow 6 New Yorkers over the age of 85 for a year and chronicle their lives.  John is also the caregiver for his own mother and like…

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Marriage Interrupted — A True Catch-22

My mother Mildred moved in with us after living alone in her own apartment in an adult community.  I would go every weekend to shop for her and then we’d eat dinner together in their dining hall. During the week, she managed on her own and ate with her group of friends. It therefore came…

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How Do YOU Define R-E-L-I-E-F?

For the past 15 years, I have been in charge of a nonprofit program that provides free respite to Alzheimer’s disease caregivers once per week in their homes.  We train volunteers about dementia and communication techniques and then they are matched with caregivers living at home with a family member.  The volunteer spends time with…

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Get a Break: Join Us at NCC17

We’d love for you to attend our Second Annual National Caregiving Conference. How can you get a break and get care for your caree so you can attend? Heather Resnick, Caregiver Specialist with North Shore Senior Center, and Chelsea Hawkins, Countywide Caregiver Coordinator, AgeOptions. will share information about programs which can help you get a…

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Take Our Staycation Challenge for a Chance to Win $100

It’s one more thing to give up because of caregiving: A vacation. Just because you stay home, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. And, just think, the fun comes without having to pack, unpack, organize, schedule, fret, worry, cajole and leave. And, to encourage you to have some fun, we’re sponsoring a…

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Respite and Rock Stars

This past memorial day weekend the Alzheimer’s Association granted us a five day break with a respite grant to the facility of our choice. Oh Happy Day. R E S P I T E, I sang to the tune of Aretha Franklin’s R E S P E C T. Mom’s hospice nurse put the request…

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11 Reasons to Take a Pass on Sunday

Every Sunday, beginning October 25, we’re going to take a free pass–even if for just a few moments–on what feels like caregiving drudgery. Oh, no, you may think. I can’t do that. I’ll get so far behind and it will all pile up and I’ll be up all night doing what I didn’t do. I…

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“Hello, Ladies. I’m Checking In”

And, that’s how my dad announced his arrival as we talked past the nurse’s station to my mom’s room in the nursing home. On Wednesday, my dad began his seven-day respite stay with my mom as his roommate. The road to his respite stay almost seem predetermined. As my dad and I toured the nursing…

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My $100 Summer Vacation

In June, on a particularly hot afternoon, the little girl for whom I babysit looked at me with her big brown eyes and asked, “Can we go to the pool?” Of course, I replied. Last summer, I put my swim suit in my trunk so I would be ready to head to the pool with…

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Respite, Long Overdue

So last week, I took off on Tuesday morning to meet my friend in the wine country of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley, and specifically, Elkin, N.C. This is my first alone respite in four years of caregiving. I have not had more than two nights apart from Mom for four years, so this was…

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A Dream

“Wouldn’t it be great if there were such a thing as a caregiver retreat? Carees go one way and family caregivers go another. There are many complications and details that would need to be worked out. Wouldn’t it be great if family caregivers could get away with other family caregivers for a weekend of encouragement,…

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