In honor of Labor Day, we salute family caregivers. It’s always shocking when we read stories of an elderly person suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease, who wanders away from home and enters into harm’s way.
Dementia patients, those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or some other illness which causes dementia, are often the victims of crime and tragedy. When anyone not dealing with the stress of caring for a loved one reads about these incidents, even though they are sad to read about it, may allow the suffering of others to fade from their memory as quickly as the headlines fade. Family caregivers, however, do not have the luxury of forgetting. They are caught in a 24-hour, seven day a week struggle to provide adequate support to their loved ones and still retain some sanity for themselves.
Even the best, most devoted family caregivers can’t be expected to do it all alone, and yet even the most devoted often live with guilt for not having done enough. We all must consider what part we can play in making their job easier. We can no longer afford to throw the newspaper away and deny the reality around us. Some day the “stranger” will likely become our own family member or we will need to be cared for ourselves. Now is the time to support an atmosphere of admiration and support for those who unselfishly serve, that will carry on for years to come.
At Champion Home Health Care, we recognize that family caregivers have one of the most difficult tasks any of us will ever be expected to perform. We would like to take this space to simply say, “Thank you and hats off” to all family caregivers who so sacrificially give of yourselves to love and care for family members. Thank you for all of your labor. The world is a better place because of you.
Jan Robson is the owner of Champion Home Health Care, a Nurse Registry, covering Martin and North Palm Beach Counties. For assistance and advice, please feel free to call her office at 772-287-5432. She or another staff member will be happy to answer any
of your questions.