“I have become a part of Acclaim Health’s family. They don’t do it because they have to; they do it because they care.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is hard on all of us. Social isolation is at an all-time high. You’re missing your coffee trips, dinner out with friends, visits with family, even the simpler grocery shopping days.
When you’re a full-time caregiver, these challenges can be overwhelming.
This is Jennifer’s reality. Dealing with some health issues herself, she is now at home with her Mom, Maria, as her full-time caregiver. Living together in an apartment where Maria requires attention 24/7 has been tough on Jennifer with no end in sight. “The relationship has really changed – I have to take on the motherly role now.”
“It’s harder now to go out with the fear of new strains,” shared Jennifer. “I don’t want to take my mom out because, with her age, the virus could take more of a toll on her body. Even just taking her with me grocery shopping is scary.”
Shortly after her mom’s dementia diagnosis, Jennifer connected with Acclaim Health, and Maria started attending the Adult Day Program. During the pandemic, Acclaim Health has, unfortunately, had to close all the in-person day programs temporarily.
Thanks to generous donors like you, we continue to help our families in other ways. Your support has allowed us to deliver activity care packages, provide hot meals and groceries and launch an array of virtual programs. Your kindness makes the pandemic a bit more bearable to our clients and their families.
Most importantly, to Jennifer and Maria, you have provided in-home respite care to give caregivers a break from the exhaustion.
“Manal, my mom’s respite caregiver, is such an amazing person,” shared Jennifer. “She is very patient and loving and provides exceptional respite support. She treats my mom with dignity, value and respect, always making sure my mom’s needs are met.”
Manal works alongside Maria, doing a variety of activities geared for people with dementia. She also helps Maria stay active with different exercises. “Knowing about the client helps a lot in choosing the best ways to spend our time together effectively and to keep them engaged,” shared Manal.
Doing little things like going for a cup of coffee, a quick drive around, listening to Maria’s favourite music, grabbing a quick meal out are some of the ways respite caregivers make a huge difference in people’s lives. “These are small things, but for them, it makes them feel good and feel alive,” Manal added.
“I can’t imagine my life without her and wish I could have her help forever. She is amazing in all aspects, and there are no words to describe how grateful I am to have her as a part of our lives. I trust her completely with my mom.”
“The day program staff are also wonderful. Even though the day programs are closed, they do weekly check-ins, send us different virtual programs, emails weekly and videos,” shared Jennifer. “When they call, we tell them what we are struggling with and give us suggestions. If they don’t have anything at that moment, they meet with their team and get back to us with ideas.”
It calls like these where our staff can make sure our families’ basic needs are being met. If access to food is an issue, we make certain groceries, meals or gift cards are provided.
Jennifer received several meals to help them during a time when food was difficult to access. “We are still getting our nutritious meals; we just had to heat them up.” shared Jennifer.
“Without Acclaim Health I would be struggling,” shared Jennifer. “It’s such a blessing to have Acclaim Health in my life. There are so many wonderful people that work there. You guys are my family, and I couldn’t be here without you and your support.