Summer of Respite 2014
It’s time to roll out our fourteenth annual
Summer of Respite series. Since we first announced our Summer of
Respite 2001, each year’s series has been a smashing success. Every
summer, we encourage caregivers to continue helping each other by
sending in your respite tips and techniques. This summer, it is more
important than ever for each and every one of us to avail ourselves
of the benefits that respite offers
We caregivers need to really celebrate ourselves
this year and take advantage of the respite
opportunities that will make our lives less
stressful and more productive. This is the “Summer
of Respite 2014” and each week, we will feature
Respite Highlights for you to consider utilizing.
These highlights will consist of ideas, tips and
proven techniques for achieving respite during each
week of the summer
National Hurricane Awareness Week
By Angela Medieros, Staff Writer
Hurricane season is here again.
Individuals who are caring for loved ones must plan as far ahead as
possible. Regardless of how many hurricane seasons weathered, current
knowledge is literally a lifesaver. The season lasts from June 1st to November 30th
I'm Fine, Thanks
By Pat D’Andria
That is the life of a caregiver.
You are always fine because the focus is always on the
person that you care for. You are “just fine” because
if you think of allowing yourself to be anything other
than fine, your legs will come out from under you. You
just keep moving along, all the while knowing that the
person that you are trying to convince that you are “just
fine” is you ...more
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Leaving Your Loved One Home Alone
If it has not already been debated,
the possibility of leaving your loved one alone in your
home is certainly bound to occur. You will no doubt have
many questions to ponder as you decide upon the prospects
of leaving them such as, will they attempt to go outside?,
will they hurt themselves?, or will they need emergency
assistance? This difficult question involves you the
caregiver, and your loved one, who was once an independent
By Joanne Ethier
The old man shuffles down the long
corridor of the nursing home
Doffing his hat
to the wheel chair bound blind lady
Offering a mumbled
“Good morning’ to the deaf man
His sadness causing a frail birch bending of his
His granddaughters round the corner.
He pulls himself to his
diminished height and
Braces against the handrail
for the hugs of tiny girls
that could send him reeling
And smiles as if all is right with the world.
Outside on his favorite bench
by the fountain,
He turns his face to the sun and says,
“It’s so good to be outside.
This reminds me of
Lucid remembrances are interrupted
Who can be shooed away by gentle redirection to the
The young girls run barefoot
through the perfectly
squealing delight in the joy of movement.
Grandfather calls them to him.
“Line up over here, you three.”
He stands on unsteady, egret legs.
We’re going to have a race.
“On the count of three…”
The mother of the young girls screams.
He has forgotten for one glorious moment that he cannot
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