To the Caregiver,
We hope the resources on this page can give you some instruction and information about taking care of yourself while you are busy taking care of your Elder. There is information on respite care, support groups, home and community based services, coordinating care, navigating the health care systems and articles on the continuity of cultural values so our Elders can live longer with dignity intact.
If you are raising a grandchild, thank you for helping to prepare the future generation. Please click HERE to visit another part of our website for important information to help you on your journey.
The Elder that you are caring for may have already changed or is in transition from their independence and significant place in mainstream and tribal society. You now have the honored responsibility of helping them, whether they remain in the home or are in transition with assisted living and life in a nursing home. Thank you for taking care of your Elder. Our Elders are traditionally the core and strength of our Native families. They are respected for their spirit, experience, knowledge and wisdom. They took care of themselves and our families and now they need our care.
So, thank you for listening and taking time to ask them about their thoughts. Thank you for listening to them tell traditional stories and speak to your in your language. Thank you for cooking them their favorite foods and being a good dinner companion. Thank you for picking them up and dusting them off when they fall, physically or emotionally. Thank you for helping them heal, remembering their medications, consoling them when they are afraid, and having a good laugh with them. Thank you for repeating yourself many times and speaking patiently while you help them. Thank you for balancing their check book, taking them shopping, and driving them to cultural and other events. Thank you for understanding and encouraging the importance of their spiritual beliefs and other practices. In other words, thank you for loving them.
Thank you for visiting.