Care Partners face challenges and changes in their daily lives. Now more than ever, especially during this pandemic, they need your help.
The Matching Gift Campaign is a fundraising campaign to help support our local programs, which provide our Care Partners with much needed relief and supports.
Ground Effects Ltd. has once again pledged $50,000 to ASWE if generous donors like you can collectively raise that amount by January 31, 2021.
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This is Janet. Janet and Tom have been married for 58 years. Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015. Tom also has COPD and Parkinson’s.
A positive quality Janet possesses, as a Care Partner is her willingness to forgive. She believes that forgiveness is really needed, and reiterates, “It is not them, it is the disease”…
Janet believes that the most rewarding part about being a Care Partner to Tom is that no matter what transpires, at the end of the day Tom always gives her a hug and kiss. He never misses the opportunity to tell Janet that he loves her.
Remaining upbeat and healthy is a challenge for Janet. She also struggles with getting enough rest.
Being a great Care Partner means that Janet is meeting Tom’s needs, and praying that she is always going to do just that.
One tip Janet has for a new Care Partner is to take care of yourself first. “I am no good to Tom unless I take care of myself. Don’t feel guilty for it either, it is needed.”
Janet said about Tom, “he is every breath I take, he is the reason I breathe.”
This is Janet.
This is John. He and his wife Loretta have been together for 25 years, and married for 10 years. John has been a Care Partner to Loretta for three years.
The most rewarding part about being a Care Partner to Loretta is the trust she has in him. It makes John feel good when she trusts him and allows him to guide her.
The most challenging part about being a Care Partner for John is the initial moment Loretta is trying to process what he is saying to her. It is a daily process to communicate effectively.
When asked what being a great Care Partner means to John, he simply replied with “I wish for all my granddaughters to be loved the way I love their grandma…”
This is John.