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Picking a Home Care Provider

June 29, 2015 Comments Off on Picking a Home Care Provider
May 20 @ 6:20 am

In an earlier blog post, we established that respite is essential for caregivers who want to remain strong and healthy. Depending on circumstances, this respite is likely to come in the form…

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Anna and Colleen

Anna’s New Friend Helps Her Get Organized

May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Anna’s New Friend Helps Her Get Organized
May 20 @ 6:20 am

Life can get lonely as you age. Which is why CICOA offers the Friendly Visitor program, where volunteers visit seniors in their homes or in health care facilities to offer…

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Take Action Against Caregiver Stress

May 19, 2015 Comments Off on Take Action Against Caregiver Stress
May 20 @ 6:20 am

One of the more interesting things to me about the phenomenon of caregiving is that every situation is unique, and yet its participants often share important characteristics.  For example: They…

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Building Your Caregiver Network

April 20, 2015 Comments Off on Building Your Caregiver Network
May 20 @ 6:20 am

Several years ago I was delivering a workshop for family caregivers when I noticed someone in the audience crying. It didn’t seem appropriate to proceed without at least acknowledging this…

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Michael

Caring Neighbor and CICOA Open New Doors for Michael

April 14, 2015 Comments Off on Caring Neighbor and CICOA Open New Doors for Michael
May 20 @ 6:20 am

Families sometimes have difficulty knowing how much care a loved one needs, and Michael’s family was no exception. A concerned neighbor, Melissa, called CICOA when she believed the 62-year-old with…

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Marjie

Soft-Spoken Marjie Receives Round-the-Clock Care

April 14, 2015 Comments Off on Soft-Spoken Marjie Receives Round-the-Clock Care
May 20 @ 6:20 am

Marjie isn’t much of a talker, but that doesn’t mean the 66-year-old is being rude, said her caregiver, Chiffon. Marjie has a developmental disability that causes her to process information…

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Clara and Louise

Clara Prays for Strength In Caring for Her Sister

April 14, 2015 Comments Off on Clara Prays for Strength In Caring for Her Sister
May 20 @ 6:20 am

Clara, a cheerful 89-year-old, brought her 93-year-old sister, Louise, into her Haughville home in 2009 after discovering her neglected and living in difficult circumstances. Both widows, Clara felt some trepidation…

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Lawrence and Shirley

Friend With Caregiver's Heart Looks After Neighbor

April 14, 2015 Comments Off on Friend With Caregiver's Heart Looks After Neighbor
May 20 @ 6:20 am

In 2000, Lawrence was standing on the porch outside his apartment door when he suffered a grand mal seizure. His girlfriend at the time dragged him across the concrete back…

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Tom Short

Call for Help Receives Outpouring of Generosity

March 17, 2015 Comments Off on Call for Help Receives Outpouring of Generosity
May 20 @ 6:20 am

“I’m just thankful for all God’s done for me.” Tom, 62, a Marine Corps veteran with disabilities, sat on the edge of his bed and wiped a tear from his…

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Walking and Traveling with Person in a Wheelchair

Tips for Traveling With People With Disabilities

March 1, 2015 Comments Off on Tips for Traveling With People With Disabilities
May 20 @ 6:20 am

For the nearly 1.25 million Hoosiers living with a disability, transportation goes far beyond getting from one place to another. Being in a different environment, be it a new room,…

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