Who Cares for the Caregiver? Special Points of Interest

Who Cares for the Caregiver?
I am so blessed to enjoy the companionship of my 97
year old grandmother! She is my hero. However, I have also
watched her need for care diminish my own parents’ health
and stamina. They have been her caregivers for the past 16
years. Many of you have also experienced the role of caregiver
July 2014
Special Points of Interest
or will enter into that role in the near future. Today’s article is
month I will address the psychological needs of the caregiver.
going to address the physical needs of the caregiver. Next
You must take responsibility for your own health and
wellness. Once you become a caregiver, whether by conscious
decision, or as a result of something you just gradually phase in
to, it is important to maintain your own health. You cannot be
of any help to the other person if you fail to take care of your
own physical needs as they arise. This can be related to simple
every day things such as eating correctly, getting enough sleep
and taking time for yourself. If you care for someone who
needs considerable help at night, for example, you may need to
make sure you get additional sleep in the morning or during
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Volume 1 Issue 5
Calendar Sales Kick-off—June
Kate Bagnal Scholarship Applications
due to Central Region—July 15
July Picnic—Mountain Valley Bank
(July17, 5:00 CST)
Jr. 4-H Handcraft Workshop (July 2123, 9:00—3:00, Fair Bldg)
County Council Meeting—Extension
Office (Monday, July 28—1:00 CST)
UT Steak & Potatoes Field Day (August
5, 8:30 a.m. CST)
Sequatchie County Fair (August 9—16)
Rutherford County Quilt Trail—
(August 15, 9:00 a.m. CST)
Fall Gardener’s Festival—(August 26,
8:00 a.m CDT)
Cagle Community Quilt Show—
(September 5-6)
Lone Oak Community Quilt Show—
(September 20-21)
Fall Craft Expo—(October 14, 9:003:00)
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
-- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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the day in order to maintain your own health. Trying to carry out the caregiving needs in addition to your
won responsibilities can easily lead to exhaustion. Sleep is important to your health. Seek resources to help
you at night that may be paid through insurance or other resourced for the elderly.
Taking care of your own health also involves taking time for yourself. Some caregiving situations
can become extremely time intensive. When this happens, you need to find ways to give yourself a break.
Another family member may be able to take over for a few hours so you can do something for yourself, or
just get away and take a walk or a nap. If there is no one else who can fill this role, again seek local
resources for a respite worker who can come to tend your loved one while you take a break.
Some people have difficulty recognizing their own need for time to themselves, self-care or a break.
They may be devoted to the person for whom they are caring, and/or they may simply be determined to do
it all themselves. They neglect themselves and their own needs. Some people go so far as to become
dependent upon their role as a caregiver, and fail to recognize that they are becoming over-involved.
When this happens, the caregiver may need to talk to someone such as a trained religious leader or a counselor. Other family members may need to watch to be sure the caregiver is not over extending themselves.
They can encourage caregivers to take care of themselves, and volunteer to help with both time and resources.
What three things could you do to improve your health?
What resources have you used to help in your caregiving role?
Information taken from: DeBois, M & Bosch, K (2006). Who cares for the caregiver. Nebraska Lincoln
Extension. Publication HEF569
I am so grateful to the support given to our 4-H programs. Below are some dates that we could use your help.
Summer Workshops Scheduled:
Hand Craft Workshop: July 21-23
Photography Workshop: July 30—August 1
Sequatchie County Fair 4-H Night/Awards & Recognition—August 15
July Shoe Box Item: hard candies
Family Fun Day being planned for July 19. We hope you will choose to help partner with our Honor Club for this exciting Day!
A Fun Filled Summer for our local 4-H members: We had 3 students attend Jr. High 4-H Camp, 11 students attend Jr. 4-H Camp,
1 student attend Electric Camp, 3 students attend Line & Design Camp, 2 students were selected to attend Academic Conference,
and 2 students attend the first annual Behind the Scenes Sr. High FCS tour. A big THANK YOU to the Valley FCE club for
sponsoring our Jr. 4-H Camp t-shirts.
Congratulations to our Cultural Arts
Class 5: Crochet items—Nancy Carol Dawson
Class 6: Cross-Stitch—Linda Barker
Class 10: Embroidery: Hand—Linda Barker
Class 12: Fine Art Paining: Oil—Janis Spangler
Class 13: Fine Art Painting: Watercolor—
Janis Spangler
Class 19: Knitting: Hand—Nancy Carol Dawson
Class 25: Quilts: Baby & Lap Quilts—
Juanita Harmon
Registration/Cultural Arts Check-in: 8:30
Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
Rutherford County Extension Office
Cost: $20.00 includes meal
Registration deadline: August 15, 2014
To register contact:
Judith Kerley
[email protected]
July Picnic
Thursday, july 17
Make checks payable to: Sequatchie County
5:00 p.m. cst
Mountain Valley bank—summit room
Bring a covered dish and join us for a
fun night of entertainment:
Fall Craft Expo
Friends of the Library
October 14, 2014
Fashion Revue
How Much Help Can You Give?
Many people become caregivers without really assessing their ability to do so. For example, would you
be able to lift the person in and out of bed if needed?
Are you in good health yourself? If you have a health
problem that slows you down or for which you need
regular treatment, do you have enough energy to devote to caring for another person? Your time commitments must also be considred. What other responsibilities do you have? Finances may be an important factor.
Does the person you are caring for have sufficient finances to cover basic needs? Would you need to assist
occasionally or even frequently? If yes, do you have
funds that you could devote to this?
9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Ewtonville Baptist Church
Current Classes Scheduled:
Arm Knitting
Loom Knitting
Clay pins
Solo necklaces
Post It Frames
Much more to come!!!!
Planning meeting Monday, July 28 at
1:00 p.m. CST (This is during our
scheduled Council meeting)
Rutherford County Quilt Tour
Give A Kid A Chance
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, July 25
Cost: $25.00
9:00 a.m. CST—4:00 p.m. CST
Take a trip back in time as you enjoy the scenic countryside of Rutherford County. Learn how family
farms are sustaining their history and economic viability. See the artistry of traditional quilts with a backdrop of history and beautiful buildings.
Lunch will be catered by Carolyn’s Creations at Cripple Creek Presbyterian Church.
For more information contact:
Pat Whitaker
Family and Consumer Sciences
Rutherford County
UT—TSU Extension
Phone: 615-898-7710
[email protected]
We are still in need of school supplies. If you
would like to make a financial donation, please
drop it by the office and I will make sure it is
used to purchase school supplies.
Also, Serenity Point will be donating shoes to
the kids. They are accepting gently used shoe
donations. I cleaned out my shoe closet last
night! You may drop your shoe donations at
Serenity Point.
Extra hands are always welcomed during the
event. If you are free next Friday, stop by the
high school and we will put you to work! :-)
Deadline to register is August 8.
From the State Family and Consumer Education
designated as National Collection Week where all of the
boxes are collected by taking them to a drop off site
We are excited to share a new opportunity for FCE
members to become involved with Operation Christmas Child (OCC). This is a project hosted through
Samaaritan’s Purse, which is an organization aimed at
providing aid to hurting people around the world.
closest to your town. These boxes are shipped all over
the world and individuals can keep track of which
country your box goes to. The children who receive
these boxes may have never received a gift in their life.
This one box c an impact them so greatly.
OCC is the world’s largest Christmas project of its
You, as FCE members, can help with this goal by
kind in which it uses gift-filled shoeboxes to
knitting personal items whether they are finger
demonstrate love in a tangible way to needy children
puppets, dolls, hair ties, pencil cases, a soap bag, hats,
around the world. The process of packing these boxes
mittens, etc. Everything will be certainly appreciated.
includes individuals, families and groups gathering
There are several ideas for these types of projects at
items and filling the boxes with toy gifts, school
supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement
You may bring your items to the Extension Office to be
In November of each year, there is one week that is
distributed in local OCC boxes.
August Topic: Making Decisions
We make hundreds of decisions every day. These
decisions can be as routine as when to get out of
bed, what to eat for lunch, or when to exercise,
or decisions can be as significant as what career
to pursue or where to live. Whether making a
decision about something fairly routine or a
major life event, making good decisions takes
time, practice, and conscious thought.
Each month, I would like to include a book review written by
our members. Please submit your favorite book reviews to me
via email at [email protected] or drop them by the office.
Redeeming Love
Hands-on Project: Button Bookmarks
Bring your fun, old buttons and a glue
gun! We’re going to make cute button bookmarks that will bring joy to any book lover.
Written by: Francine Rivers
If anyone is in doubt of God’s great love for them, they must
read Redeeming Love. This is a historical fiction novel set in
the 1850’s Gold Rush era of California. The story is inspired
U.T. Extension Sequatchie County
by the book of Hosea in the Bible. It’s central theme is God’s
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redeeming love toward all sinners.
Dunlap, TN 37327
Francine Rivers is my favorite author. I also love her Mark of
the Lion series set in the Roman era of Christian persecution of
the church.
Submitted by: Aneta Eichler
Family and Community Education Clubs (fce) receive research-based information through the University of Tennessee Extension.
This is an opportunity to experience learning with friends as you share what you know at hands-on workshops and meetings.
Topics that are shared throughout the year focus on Human Development, Nutrition and Food Safety, Money Management/
Family Economics, and Health and Safety. Through shared opportunities you can learn skills helpful in bringing growth to your
community, church, local government, and family. Our clubs are open to all individuals. We do not exclude persons on the basis
of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status from its membership, participation or benefits.
Cagle Community Club
1st Monday of every month 1:00 p.m.
Cagle Community Center
Valley Club
1st Thursday of every month 4:30 p.m.
UT Extension Office
Chapel Hill Club
2nd Tuesday of every month 1:00 p.m.
Chapel Hill United Methodist
Lone Oak Community Club 4th Monday of every month noon EST
Lone Oak Community Center