Caring for the caregiver

To the editor:  

    Your “Caring for the Caregiver” article [Aug. 8] was right on target. Caregivers are truly the unsung heroes of the healthcare world. They offer so much and lighten the load of those in need of care. As a people of faith, it is essential for each of us to provide avenues of support for caregivers.
   At St. Joseph Nursing Home of Utica, we are often asked the question, “Where do I go for help?” In response, we have recently offered a new resource to caregivers throughout the central New York area. On our newly revised website, we have a button entitled “Senior Pathways.” This button opens caregivers to information and website links that they will find helpful in their search for information on caring for their loved one.
   Available on our website (www.stjosephnh.org), these links to local, regional, and national organizations run the gamut of information from legal to financial to support groups to spiritual comfort. When one is full of emotion in providing daily or weekly care for a sick or disabled loved one, it becomes difficult to know where to turn for resources or for help in this situation. We at St. Joseph’s have done the work for you.  We have researched the best and the brightest of these resources. Click on the links provided, and you are right at the website (i.e. National Center on Caregiving, Care Crossroads, Social Security Online, Sacred Space, etc.).
   There is a saying that, “Knowledge is power.” If that is true, then the “Senior Pathways” button on the www.stjosephnh.org website is a great place to go for power as a caregiver. It connects you to professionals and organizations that can answer your questions, direct your pathways and provide comfort.
   As the only Catholic nursing home in the Mohawk Valley, we are proud to offer this service to the community.

Kathy Poupart
Development Director,
St. Joseph Nursing Home
2535 Genesee St., Utica, NY

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