FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN / Only
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I would like to share with you a few things
I have learned and in which I truly believe:
I believe that there is a true stream of
Good Guys around your town and around the nation dedicated to
supporting the work of family caregivers.
I believe that each and every family
caregiver plays an integral role in the care of his or her loved
ones in need and deserve as much care, support and respect as
possible from friends, family and the healthcare system.
I believe that a small group of dedicated
people can move mountains and that family caregivers move more
than his or her share of boulders on a daily basis.
And most of all, I believe in you and the
fact that the world would be a much poorer place without you in
it caring as you do.
I also think that as the manager of your
loved ones healthcare needs, you can get family members to help
during the holiday season (donít laugh). Here are a few tips to
help you get the help you need this holiday season:
the talents of those who will be entering your house this
holiday season and put them to task. If your brother is a
good carpenter, let him look at that squeaky door. Is your
sister a great cook? Assign her to the kitchen for some of
the holiday meals.
Get away for a while. Make sure your
loved one is in trusted hands and step out of the house for
a few hours to take care of you. Go to the museum, shop for
yourself, get a manicure or just find a comfortable
place and read a steamy novel.
Take your cue from your loved one regarding his or
her ability to participate. Involve them as much or as little in
the celebrations solely based upon what they can handle
physically, mentally or emotionally.
And most important