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The Bob Goen Interview (Page 3 of 3)

An Interview with Bob Goen

GB:  What caregivers often don’t realize when thinking about placing a loved one in a facility is that they are still in charge; it’s just their role that will change.

BG:  Mom did that; she really took charge of how the facility dealt with Dad and she was over there two or three times a week. I’m not sure how it all evolved, but the people at this facility really embraced us as a family because we were so unified in what we were doing. We’ve got a really strong bond and love each other dearly. I think they related to that and they appreciated it, and they loved to see the support that we gave. Mom would go over there and it would be like the president had come in to town; she was always welcomed with open arms and enthusiasm. It was the right scenario and it made a huge difference for us.

GB: What advice do you have for family caregivers? 

BG:  If they’re dealing with Alzheimer’s, get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Foundation immediately because they can direct you to where you need to go. Or contact the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation because she set up that organization to do just what I needed—to be there, to be a clearing house of information, and to give sympathy and understanding out of one, central place. Boy, had I known about Leeza’s Memory Foundation back then, it would have been the first phone call I made. She’s lived through it and she knows what she needed when this whole craziness first began with her mother, and she has set up the foundation to respond to those needs. 

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