Stein Hospice offers programs for caregivers

When Carrie Scheufler’s husband Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, Carrie had to learn how to be a caregiver. The retired Sandusky teacher also had to learn how to take care of herself, and she will share her experiences at Stein Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver.” 

All caregivers are invited. Please join us Saturday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stein’s main office, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky. People will also learn how to give a hand massage and have the opportunity to talk with other caregivers. For reservations, call Stein Hospice, 800-625-5269.

Stein Hospice patient Tom Scheufler lived in a nursing home for the last nine months of his life, and Carrie visited him every day, usually with their dachshund Maxie in tow.  But she did not spend the day there and continued to cook dinner for friends, garden and keep up with her favorite TV shows. She even took a short trip to Arizona, where the couple owned a house. “That was one of the best things I did,” she said. 

Carrie also attended a caregiver support group run by Stein and a Parkinson’s support group, where she learned deep breathing and other relaxation techniques. And when friends asked if they could help, she had a ready answer. “It would be nice if you went to visit Tom,” she’d tell them.

Please join Carrie and other caregivers for an informative and relaxing afternoon.

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