We don't usually do blog posts back to back on the same subject, but this wonderful letter from Rebecca Hedrick points out another very important benefit to the Friendship at Home program, a little respite for the caregiver.
As a caregiver, you can't take care of your loved ones and do a good job, if you don't have time to take care of yourself. That includes time during the day and week to just recharge your battery and give your mind a rest.
Most important of all, a program like Friendship at Home helps each member of the community who is involved and to remember they're not alone. Help is just a click or phone call away!
I am a senior citizen with two family members in wheelchairs full time. There were several years that I could not leave my home due to the cost of hiring nurses, etc.
Once in Sarasota I felt welcomed and cared about. I think caregivers are given as much responsibility as the patients themselves, just in a different way. With no time for a break and no way to re-charge your mind, soon you feel as though you need to be a patient as well. After receiving this program my life is better and I am able to give more quality care to my family with a more uplifting attitude. For the first time in years I feel hope and peace.
Also, we have had a wonderful aid coming to help with showers and helping me by staying with my husband, while I get to my doctors appointments and grocery and medication shopping. This is a big deal in a caregiver's life. I had stopped all medical care for myself years ago. We appreciate the supplies that are coming in monthly. Our medications are quite expensive because we have so many to buy and this helps us keep our limited budget on track. Thank you.
Please do all possible to keep the program going as this will help many families in need. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for accepting us into your program.
Rebecca Hedrick and Family