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The Good News
2016 June/July
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Many caregivers are hesitant, resistant, and stub-
born when it comes to seeking, accepting, or
wanting help. I would know, as I am one of you,
a caregiver who mistakenly thought I could care
for my Loved One with little to no support, help,
or aid. I was wrong. Support for us caregivers is a
necessity, not a luxury!
Partners in CareGiving is a caregiver peer support
program designed to connect caregivers to one
another. PIC empowers, educates, and encourages
CareGivers, as they perform their important work
of caring for a loved one. PIC provides compas-
sion, understanding, and validation for caregivers,
developing long-term relationships, in order to
strengthen caregivers for the extraordinary task
Caregivers of all experiences are eligible to par-
ticipate in PIC, as a CarePartner or as a CareGiver.
To learn more about becoming a CarePartner or to
gain support as you provide care, please contact:
Danielle McCarthy, 970.417.5319, email:
Laird Landon, 970.275.2138, email:
Glen Hinshaw, 970.596.1496, email:
For more information regarding Caregiver support,
programs, and resources contact Region 10 Com-
munity Living Services at 970.249.2436.
(Diana Conner, owner of MLS Senior Care,
that they accomplish.
Partners in CareGiving provides opportunities for
caregivers to share their concerns, challenges,
and everyday victories with an experienced and
compassionate fellow ˇ°CarePartnerˇ±.
Partners in CareGiving volunteers are CarePart-
ners, we are not professionals. Most importantly,
we are fellow caregivers with insights, under-
standing and a desire to support and guide other
caregivers. CarePartners share their experience,
wisdom and skills and guide caregivers to com-
munity resources, agencies and services. Care-
Givers and CarePartners form a long-term, trust-
ing, caring, compassionate friendship sharing the
successes and challenges of CareGiving.
New home-care agency sees caregivers
as key to first-class service
We caregivers are a strong, determined bunch
of individuals. We are unwavering in our com-
mitment to care for our Loved Ones, even to
the detriment of our health and well-being. As
our Loved Ones begin to experience challeng-
ing behaviors or behaviors increase, we may
begin to feel confused, embarrassed, or over-
whelmed. Additionally, caregivers do not seek
help until we are desperate, in failing health,
and in need of care ourselves. The fact of the
matter is: we need support, encouragement,
and as much care as we generously endow
upon our Loved Ones.
Support groups for caregivers provide much
needed emotional support, validation, and
practical tips. Unfortunately, the majority of
us caregivers cannot or do not take advan-
tage of this lifeline of support. Some of us
cannot leave our loved one, while some of us
are simply private people. Others of us may
take advantage of online support groups, but
are otherwise homebound with little to no so-
cialization or support. Support for caregivers
is a necessity, not a luxury.
Many of us caregivers face our daunting task
alone, as family may not understand or be
too far away to assist with day to day care.
Our friends and neighbors may offer help, yet
may not understand the true commitment and
dedication of caring for our Loved One.
Necessary Support