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Welcome to Stryker Home Care online story-telling corner. We've invited caregivers to tell us their caregiving stories. What better way to learn about caring for our loved ones if not from those who have done it before you, or are doing it with you? If you'd care to submit your own caregiving story, use our form to answer "How or Why Did You Become a Caregiver?".


A family works overtime to keep their 83 year old mother at home


The Holcomb Family’s Story—as told by Brenda

We call her Mother Holcomb—we call ourselves Team Holcomb. That’s because we’ve rallied a crew of 11 people who tend to our mother’s caregiving routine. Over the years, the team has grown to include Mother Holcomb’s six adult living children, a nurse, family friend, granddaughter, god daughter, and me—I’m married to her oldest son, Lawrence. The ages of our caregivers range from early twenties to mid-sixties.

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7 Things You Can Do to Prevent a Fall


For someone with limited mobility or medical conditions, falls are no laughing matter. They can lead to serious injury. Here are a few things you can do to help your loved one prevent a fall:

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Mike and Peggy’s Story


When I first met my wife Peggy – I remember that night so clearly. I took her out to eat. The entire evening was filled with magic. We talked, she smiled a lot, and I was hooked. We hit it off like two lovebirds. Soon after, we tied the knot. Looking back at Peggy’s life—she spent 15 years at AT&T where she enjoyed a successful career in management. No matter what she stumbled into on the job—she handled it with grace and tenacity. A proud moment for Peggy was when she pulled off a big presentation for five corporate vice presidents.

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Bedside hair washing made simple


9 simple steps

It’s easy to take small things for granted—like the fresh, clean feeling after washing your hair. However, when you are taking care of someone that is bedridden who needs their hair washed, it can seem like a daunting task. Let’s say your aging mother is confined to the bed and it’s now up to you to figure out the best way to regularly shampoo her hair. Start by gathering the necessary items—shampoo, several towels (5-6), wash cloth, trash bag, bucket or milk jug with warm water, plastic cup, and hair dryer.

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Caregiving that comes straight from the heart


Jeanette and Joseph’s Story

So many people say they want what Joseph and I already have—to grow old with each other—as if it’s their mission in life. We have 58 years of marriage behind us—so I think it’s safe to say we’ve accomplished the mission so many people dream about. Many years ago, Joseph and I met in front of a candy store. Joseph had just returned from the military. Before I knew it—I was walking down the aisle in a wedding gown and we were exchanging wedding vows. We wasted no time starting a family. With two sons and a daughter, we had lots to be grateful for. Joseph worked as an engineer who designed large air conditioning systems for casinos. Now, at age 79, he’s still a smart and handsome man.

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Getting dressed made simple—in six easy steps


Maybe you’re new to helping someone else get dressed. While a loved one may prefer lounging around in a nightgown or pajama pants until noon, starting the day by getting dressed creates an important routine. Keep a few things in mind when dressing a loved one. For starters, it helps to remember their dignity. Some people may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed when getting undressed. For safety purposes, be careful with your loved one’s weak limbs and soar joints.

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The unstoppable Joyce—nothing gets in her way


Joyce’s Story

I use a motorized wheelchair to get around the house and run errands. I have no feeling from my waist down. But believe me, my physical limitations don’t stop me from living a full life. The way I see it—I do everything I can while I can—no excuses. That’s always been my attitude in life. Each morning I let my dogs outside—Rocky and Sissy. Then I make a cup a coffee—add some cream and sugar—then I start my day.

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5 places to look for homecare help and nursing assistance


Just For You-Caregiver Health Tip

Ever feel like you could use a second set of hands for all those daily caregiving tasks? From bathing and feeding, to help with incontinence care, finding the right people to assist you can make all the difference. Plus, with a little help, you just might catch a breather every now and again.

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