At the Life Care Center in Kansas City, a patient and Isabelle Jennings, a young caregiver, grew close through music, particularly hymns. Isabelle helped Mary Helen Schmelze regularly and went to her room every Friday to sing a song.
Mary’s health began to deteriorate a few months after they first met. She was close to passing away because of congestive heart failure.
Isabelle went to the care facility on her day off and sang a song for Mary one more time. “In the Garden” was the song she had chosen. Mary’s daughter Julie recorded the nurse’s assistant singing beautifully for her friend.
Isabelle claimed she truly cared about everyone and was always willing to lend a hand. When her family and Mary’s grandchild learned of her condition, she consoled them. Isabelle was encouraged to sing for Mary every time Mary saw her.
A few days after her mother passed away, Julie, Mary Helen’s daughter, posted the video to YouTube to encourage other caregivers. Mary Helen discusses her experience as a caregiver in the film and guides those who might be in a similar circumstance.
In Julie’s opinion, the best gift you can offer someone is your time. Your relatives and friends will value it much more than any material thing.
Caregivers play a crucial role in educating patients and their families about their health issues in addition to providing direct patient care. The healthcare system is only complete with caregivers. Patients receive necessary treatment from them in a variety of venues, including hospitals and private homes.
The caregiver’s job is vital but frequently underappreciated. In addition, to providing physical care, caregivers also offer emotional support. They often accompany patients during trying periods, such as when they first receive a serious sickness diagnosis or while undergoing challenging therapy.
Carers must look after their emotional and physical needs. Managing medications, scheduling appointments, and providing personal care are responsibilities that caregivers frequently have to balance. The amount of this might be overwhelming, and caregivers could feel helpless.
Know that you are not by yourself if you are a caregiver. Many people can support you at this trying time and are aware of what you are going through.
Many people are unaware of the daily kindness of untold numbers of competent healthcare professionals. We appreciate your kindness and the love you show your patients.
Warmest regards to you and the Life Care team in Seneca, Kansas. We are grateful to Isabelle for being a reassuring presence to so many people. Godspeed, Grandma Helen.