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A Mother’s Love – 24/7

Evelyn and Nikki’s Story My daughter Nikki was born prematurely. Then she contracted bacterial meningitis. That was 31 years ago. Today, Nikki is confined to her bed—she relies on a ventilator and pacemaker to stay alive. But when she was younger, we used to get out of the house more often. I remember taking her to the beauty salon. She loved getting manicures and pedicures. She used to enjoy camping and swimming too. When my husband was alive, we would take her to social functions along with...

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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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Caring is at the heart in the home

Ask anyone who opens opens their heart and their home to a sick parent or debilitating spouse in need of 24/7 homecare—why do they do it? Chances are they will tell you it’s grueling, backbreaking work.But eventually, they admit the real reasons. It brings them a sense of closeness, purpose, and an enormous sense of personal reward. But when the day comes—and they find themselves grieving the loss of a husband, mother or friend—many will express gratefulness that they set aside time to be there...

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My Oral Care Story - Recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

I was sent home to struggle with this on my own, which was four frustrating days until your products arrived.

I will never be able to thank you enough or express how life saving your oral care products were and how much they helped me through my recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. I was in the hospital for four days and on admission already had developed bilateral corneal abrasions, mouth ulcers and bleeding lips. I was only drinking water through a straw. I was given the hospitals hard toothettes to soak in water. I could not get them in my mouth without pain or bleeding. I couldn't get my...

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