Wednesday February 22,  2006, Issue #263

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From The Editor

The Soapbox

Itís been a while since Iíve stood on this particular soapbox, so forgive me if I am not as subtle as I could be when I say that the notion that you are no longer a caregiver when your loved one is living in a care facility is pure Poppycock! (Please forgive me for the profanity). 

At a recent event, I heard from a caregiver who had been slapped in the face with this thoughtless opinion from some of her relatives. So, let me reiterate, over 90% of all caregiving happens at home, but once appropriate facility placement is made, you are not only still your loved ones caregiver, but you may have added to their lives as well as saving your own.  The other thing you have accomplished is to add members to your loved ones care team.

As far as I am concerned, you are still the captain of that team, responsible for seeing that your loved one receives the best care possible from the facility. But the value you have added by your carefully determined decision is the realization that it sure would be nice to be able to spend some time with your loved one as loving son, daughter, husband or wife again, as opposed to emergency medical expert, pharmacist, nutritionist, as well as incontinence specialist.          

Take care
Gary Barg


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Feature Story

The Summer I Took Care
of Grandpa Golden

by: Carolena Lapierre

In my 17th summer my Grandpa Golden had a stroke that took away his health and ability to walk or speak, but worst of all, his pride. . ..Continued

Additional Articles::

Moving Right Along
by Jennifer Wilson, Staff Writer
Among the many challenges caregivers encounter≠- from daily grooming regimes to health and safety strategies-...Continued

Helping From Far Away
by Kate Shuman

Because Americans have become such a transient culture, adult children are now finding themselves having to deal with an ever-growing crisis:...Continued


Guest Column

Hiring Private Duty Home Care Workers:
Why Work through an Agency?

By Rona S. Bartelstone, LCSW, BCD, CMC

One of the greatest long-term needs of older adults and those with chronic illnesses is for in-home, custodial care services.......Continued


Home Care Tips for Elderly Loved Ones 
by Jennifer B. Buckley

If you are caring for an elderly loved one at home, you should make them as comfortable and safe as possible. This can reduce stress for you, as well as, your loved-one....Continued


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My boyfriend is a paranoid schizophrenic . I have been his caregiver for 3yrs now and lately things just seem to be getting worse. He used to help around the house and do little things. Now all he does is sleep. If I ask him to do something he always tells me he will do it tomorrow but tomorrow never comes for him.
I have tried almost everything I can think of including telling him if he would do one thing I ask of him a day then we would do something special each week.
His daughter is here but she doesn't realize or just doesn't want to know just how bad her dad is ( I think she is scared of him).

I am so frustrated with trying to get him to do anything that I find myself getting mad at him, so I go out for a walk or into another room just so I can calm down.
Any suggestions anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated. I am not expecting him to do a lot at first I just want him to get out of bed and start living again. I am worried about him...I am starting to think that he is giving up on life.


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Inside This Issue:

From the Editor
The Soapbox
Feature Story
Grandpa Golden
Guest Column
Hiring Private Duty Homecare Workers

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