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A mom who stands by her son

Valisa and Jason’s Story

It’s the dreaded phone call no parent ever wants to get—and there’s no easy way for the person on the other end of the line to deliver the news—that your son was in an automobile accident. My son Jason sustained injuries to the frontal lobe of his brain which caused him to lose the ability to talk and now he uses a wheelchair. He was just 20 years old at the time of the accident; now he’s 32. And he’s just as handsome as ever—blue eyes, 6’1” tall—and a very solid guy. As his caregiver, I end up doing some heavy lifting. But I’m also careful not to hurt myself when moving Jason around. I use a Hoyer Lift when moving Jason out of bed.

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Don’t Let Falls Get in the Way of Your Care

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we’d like to recognize the hard work you do every day taking care of your loved one. Did you know that one-third of adults over the age of 65 fall each year? 1 There are around 2.1 million cases each year of adults 65 and older being treated in the emergency room due to fall-related injuries.1 Injuries in or near the shower or bathtub accounted for more than two-thirds of all emergency room visits in 2011. 2 One of the easiest ways to avoid...

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Caring for a loved one? You are not alone.

An estimated 65% of aging adults rely on family and friends for their care 1 and 39% of adults in the United States have risen to the challenge of family caregiving.2 Caregiving can be challenging work; nearly half of family caregivers perform medical and nursing tasks in the home. 3 Caring is at the heart in the home We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to Mary Dieter, an Illinois resident who began caregiving when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mary took on...

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Care Comes Home

The theme for National Family Caregivers Month 2014 is “Care Comes Home” Your loved one’s care does not always take place in hospitals, or nursing homes, or doctors' offices, or medical clinics. Most care actually occurs in the home – and that’s a good thing. People are healthier at home and health care costs are reduced. Family caregivers have the best interests of their loved ones at heart. But caregiving at home can take its toll and it certainly takes a lot of planning. The Nation’s 90...

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A Presidential Proclamation - National Family Caregivers Month 2014

NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Each day, courageous individuals step forward to help care for family members in need, their quiet acts of selflessness and sacrifice telling a story of love and devotion. Across our country, parents and children, siblings and spouses, friends and neighbors heroically give of themselves to support those in their lives affected by illness, injury, or disability. During National Family...

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