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April/May 2018
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Spring is here, trees are budding, and tulips and daffodils are searching for the sun. Caregivers can be so focused on caregiving, the changing of the seasons is barely noticed. Digging in the dirt, planting flowers and watching them grow and bloom reminds us that we too can bloom in the midst of the challenges of caregiving. The cycle of life from birth to death mirrors the seasons. In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. Albert Camus
Remember the milk cartons filled with dirt, carefully planted with seeds and all lined up on the window sill? As children we loved to watch the seedlings sprout and grow. Our loved ones’ apathy and lack of initiative are difficult issues—so maybe it’s time for us to play in the dirt! Getting outside in the Spring, sharing the sunshine with our loved ones and planting flowers together has multiple benefits. The sun provides needed Vitamin D, it’s a fun activity and your yard will be beautiful. If dirt under your finger nails is not your cup of tea, a fresh bouquet of flowers is always available in the floral department.
                   Caregiving by the Book           
Of course there is no such thing as caregiving by the book, but there are many books written about caregiving. Carolyn A. Brent is the author of  The Caregivers Companion: Caring for your loved one medically, financially and emotionally while caring for yourself $9.99. The book addresses many topics and is described as a step-by-step what to do and what to ask. Check it out!                
Caregiver First Aid

Compare Hospice providers at medicare.gov/hospicecompare

Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on relief of suffering or distressing symptoms due to serious or chronic illness. Pain relief, treatment for nausea or breathing problems are some examples of palliative care. Care can be provided with treatments that are curing or stabilizing a condition. A referral from a doctor is required. UCHealth Northern Colorado Palliative Care team and Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care are some examples of palliative care in the area. Most caregivers appreciate the team approach.


You Are Not Alone

Elderhaus Caregiver Groups

Life Transitions Group:  Every Monday 1-3 is open Wednesday 9- 11 a.m. is currently full but we do have a waitlist. Location Elderhaus

FTD Caregivers: Second Tuesday Monthly 2:30-4 p.m. At Daz Bog on Cherry St.

April/May 2018
Important Decisions
National Healthcare Decisions Week is April 16-22. The Larimer Advance Care Planning Team offers guidance in considering your options so your decisions about end-of-life care represent your values and what is important to you. This is a no cost service. For more information call 970-482-1909 or go to larimeradvancecare.org

“ It always seems too early, until it is too late”
Motto for National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16 We treasure our health and self-sufficiency, but it is inevitable that at some point we will need someone to help care for us. Caregivers know the anguish of not knowing what their loved one wants for end-of-life care, so caregivers know it is a priority for themselves to make advance healthcare decisions as soon as possible. In the Spring 2018, Health District Compass, Julie Estlick proposes three questions to think about now: What do I want when I can’t take care of myself? What do I need to do now to increase the chances of that happening? How do I make sure others know my preferences? Don’t wait, act now.
The book, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End  by Atul Gawande reminds us that we need to define for ourselves what is a good death. Start the conversation.

Elderhaus is an adult day program empowering adults with special needs and their caregivers by providing safe, therapeutic activities, care and support.

   Call Danita or Joanne for more information. 970-221-0406
Elderhaus Adult Day Program, Inc.,
6813 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525 
970-221-0406