Caregiver Newsletter | May 2019
Every Day is Mother's Day!

To all of the mothers in our extended family of caregivers, clients, partners, and administrative staff, we wish you a Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Mothers give us life and fill it with love, encouragement, and praise. What would we do without the support of these exceptional women?

It's hard to put into words what our mothers mean to us. With that in mind, we assembled some quotes from celebrities and famous personalities about mothers.

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made mothers."
--Rudyard Kipling (novelist, journalist, and poet)

"For when a child is born, the mother also is born again."
-- Sir Gilbert Parker (British politician and novelist)

"I am sure if mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars."
--E.M. Forster (novelist)

"A mother is the one who is still there when everyone else has deserted you."
-- Unknown

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power..."
-- Maya Angelou

"A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."
--Sophia Loren

"When you look at your mother, you're looking at the purest love you will ever know."
--Mitch Albom (author, journalist)
May Caregiver of the Month:
Nizam "Sam" Hajjeh

Our care coordinators chose Sam as Caregiver of the Month for many reasons:
  • Sam always shows up on-time for shifts.
  • He works longer, night shifts.
  • He stays in touch with the administrative office.
  • His clients consistently provide positive feedback and comments.

Here are Sam's answers to questions about his caregiving experience:

1.) What factors or experiences led to your interest as a caregiver?
I cared for my late parents before they passed away and I saw the joy they experienced through my care for them. I wanted to share that with others to give them the same joy.

2.) Are there any stand-out moments or meaningful clients who made an impression on you?
I have a client named Elma, who made me feel as though my Mom is back. She cares for me as much as I care for her.

3.) What advice do you have for current or for future caregivers?
My advice to current or future caregivers is to be professional, take their job seriously, and treat the clients as if they were family.

4.) How would you describe Midwest Family Care?
Midwest Family Care has high ideals with helping others, and I am happy to be part of that.

5.) What would you say to anyone who wants to be a caregiver?
To be a caregiver, a person must have a big heart, compassion, and work ethics.

As Caregiver of the month, Sam gets a $25 gift card and stainless steel water bottle.

Congratulations, Sam, and keep up the great work!
Measles Cases Rise Across 23 States

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread airborne by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.  Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.

Some people suffer form ear infections, diarrhea, lung infections and in severe cases, swelling of the brain and even death.

Measles can be especially severe in infants and in people who are malnourished or who have weakened immune systems 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 839 individual cases of measles so far this year across 23 states. This is the largest number or reported cases in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles were declared "eliminated" in 2000.

No cases were reported in Wisconsin, but there were outbreaks in the Midwest (Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois).

Measles remains a common disease in many parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. In the United States, most measles cases result from international travel .

If you think you have measles, talk to a doctor or nurse especially if you have a fever and tell him or her about any trips you have taken.

May Health Observances
National Nurses Week

This week, Midwest Family Care is honoring or staff nurses as part of # NationalNursesWeek, which took place May 6-12.

We have an RN and an LPN on staff here at  Midwest Family Care .

Our company president, and Kate’s husband, Robert Weink offered these words:

A special thank you to Kate Weink for the work she has done as a registered nurse for Midwest Family Care.

To be the son of a registered nurse and someone married to a registered nurse, I have first-hand experience with some of the traits that make these two individuals incredible human beings and most likely incredible nurses: an uncanny ability to listen and an extraordinary sense of humility.

I am convinced the world is a better place because of nurses and because of what they do to impact our communities and our health care systems.

Additionally, Michele Klee oversees the quality of client care and assists with our caregiver training program.

She provides care-related content and articles for caregiver newsletter and works to acclimate new hires into the home care world.

Thanks for all of your hard work, Michele!
Kate Weink (left) and Michele Klee (right)

May Birthdays
 Tamika Short
May 5

Regina Broyles
May 11

Lenette Clark
May 23

Julie Kraft
May 23

Connie Caucutt
May 28