Monday, April 16, 2007

Caregiver Pampering Day

We are delighted to have Alan Heileman be our guest blogger today. Alan is with Comfort Keepers in Arvada. Comfort Keepers provides in-home care including companionship, meal preparation, transportation to doctor appointments or other commitments, light housekeeping or in some cases, personal care such as bathing, dressing and mobility. Alan also volunteers his time to the Alzheimers Association on their speakers bureau. He is active in the Northwest Denver's Coalition on Seniors, serving as Vice President from 2005 to 2006.

The family caregiver is one of the most over worked, and under appreciated positions in our society. More people are finding themselves in the position of caregiver every day. Usually it is caring for a spouse that has just had surgery, or just returned from re-hab, or is recovering from an illness. Suddenly, one spouse is caring for the other. The hours are long and the work is hard. But we will do it because that is what we do: take care of our family and friends.
The people who do this work deserve a day off; a day for themselves; a day of pampering.

May 5th is just such a day. Capabilities, Comfort Keepers, The Alzheimer's Association, The Parkinson's Association, Prime Time for Seniors, and The Broomfield Senior Center have joined together to create a day that will reverse roles: a day during which the caregiver receives the care.
This is a day that will be free of charge and free of stress. Anyone who is providing care to family or friends is welcome to come. Pre-register by calling (303) 813-1669. We will have massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, reflexology, journaling, aromatherapy, nutrition, tai chi, and other events for your day of being pampered.

This is something that Fort Collins and Colorado Springs have been offering for several years, but this will be the first time it had been done in Denver. I am pleased to be part of this event. I truly believe that the family caregiver has become the unsung hero of our times. They give tirelessly of themselves in order to care for others. They often feel that they can't take time away from their loved one. This day should be their day. A day for the caregiver.

Posted by Alan Heileman

Thank you, Alan! FREE In-Home Companion Care from Comfort Keepers - this is fantastic! Please reserve when registering.

Please call the Alzheimer’s Association at (303) 813-1669 to register. Registration deadline is April 20th and space is limited.

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