A patient and Isabelle Jennings, a young caregiver at the Life Care Center in Kansas City, became close through music, particularly hymns. Isabelle routinely assisted Mary Helen Schmelze and went to her room every Friday to sing a song.
A few months after they met, Mary’s health began to decline. She was on the verge of death due to congestive heart failure.
On her day off, Isabelle went to the care facility and sang a song for Mary one more time. “In the Garden” was the tune she had selected. Julie, Mary’s daughter, captured the nurse’s assistant singing brilliantly for her buddy.
Isabelle remarked that she genuinely cared about everyone and was always prepared to help. She consoled her family and Mary’s grandchild when they learned of her situation. Every time Mary met Isabelle, she pushed her to sing for her.
Julie, Mary Helen’s daughter, shared the video to YouTube a few days after her mother died to encourage other caregivers. In the DVD, Mary Helen shares her experience as a caregiver and offers advice to anyone who may be in a similar situation.
Julie believes that the best gift you can give someone is your time. It will be much more valuable to your family and friends than any other possession.
Caregivers, in addition to providing direct patient care, play an important role in educating patients and their families about their health conditions.
Only caregivers complete the healthcare system. They provide necessary care to patients in a number of settings, including hospitals and private homes.
The caregiver’s job is vital but frequently underappreciated. In addition, to providing physical care, caregivers also offer emotional support. They often accompany patients during trying periods, such as when they first receive a serious sickness diagnosis or while undergoing challenging therapy.
Carers must look after their emotional and physical needs. Managing medications, scheduling appointments, and providing personal care are responsibilities that caregivers frequently have to balance. The amount of this might be overwhelming, and caregivers could feel helpless.
Know that you are not by yourself if you are a caregiver. Many people can support you at this trying time and are aware of what you are going through.