Barg: Congratulations on the 25th
Anniversary of the Rosalynn Carter
Rosalynn Carter: Yes,
Gary Barg: It’s a
milestone, especially in caregiving.
When we started in the mid nineties,
you were one of the few lights out
there talking about the caregivers
and their needs.
Carter: I think we were one of the
very first. When we started, we had
the idea and then I called a lot of
organizations, 36 or 37, like the
American Cancer Society, Lung
Association—the different diseases;
but also the American Nurses
Association, American Medical
Association and other professionals.
Nobody was working on it, but they
all said we needed it.
Barg: Could you talk a little bit
about the goals of the Rosalynn
Carter: Our main goal is to reduce
the burden and depression among
caregivers, and try to help them
have some quality of life. What we
want them to do is to take care of
themselves; because if caregivers
don’t take care of themselves, the
quality of the caregiving is
diminished. But also, besides that,
we work on policy efforts. We have
programs across the country. We work
with different organizations and
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have just moved in with
my mom after her hip
surgery. We purchased a
hospital bed for her,
but it doesn’t have
rails along the entire
length of the bed—just
at the head. She
tries to get out at
night when she wakes up
and keeps me up all
night because she is
restless. Does anyone
have any ideas of what
to put along the open
section to keep her in
bed? We have looked at
kids’ sides for twin
beds, but they are too
big for the hospital
bed. Has anyone come up
with a great fix to this
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