While they were living in Michigan, Laura Kahler begged her mother “to take a gamble” as family caregivers.Laura’s late father, who had dementia and faced other medical challenges, moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility and then began a downward spiral. After pondering their options, Laura wanted to bring him home and pour out their love and care in familiar surroundings. “Dad had declined horribly and became aggressive. Although he still knew his family, he could not remember who had visited him. The facility and people were strange to him, and that frustrated him. I pleaded with Mom, but at first she did not think we could handle him,” Laura said. “I promised we could consider other alternatives if he did not get better. But he did get better, back to his old self. I was beyond blessed to be able to personally take care of him with Mom. We kept him at home until he died. After he returned home, Dad always knew me and Mom to the end.”Working 24/7 as his only caregivers, Laura helped her mother for nearly three years before her dad passed away at age 84. In all, his battle with dementia lasted nearly 10 years. “I did not move in with Mom and Dad, but I did spend some overnights with Dad,” Laura said. “We made a memory book with family pictures for him. He loved the book and must have looked at it 50 times a day.”After the experience, Laura said she knew caregiving was her passion. “Later, other people heard about what I was doing and needed help with their loved ones, so I did some private-duty caregiving. After Dad died, I worked at an assisted living facility in Muskegon, Michigan, for about three years,” she said. Laura and her mother ultimately moved to North Carolina, where they could be closer to other family members. While looking for work, Laura found the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care® franchise of Iredell and Alexander Counties owned by Tracey and Creighton Gibson. Using the Home Instead training and her previous experience, Laura prospered as a CAREGiver. In less than a year’s time, she was honored as CAREGiver of the Month. CAREGivers such as Laura are among the reasons Home Instead Senior Care of Iredell and Alexander Counties is a highly acclaimed in-home senior-care franchise. Laura and other CAREGivers have completed the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education® Training Program. CAREGivers who are trained in the CARE program have a passion to work with Alzheimer’s clients and receive ongoing training and testing to enhance their already outstanding care techniques. The Home Instead program offers a personal approach to taking care of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home – where 60 to 70 percent live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is a unique program that has received acclaim and endorsements from experts. CAREGivers can provide assistance with establishing a regular routine and restoring the simple pleasures of life, among the best non-medical treatments for the disease. Laura cares for clients as if they were family. In fact, her late father is never far from her mind. “I miss him every day,” she said. “I feel so fortunate and blessed to do what I have a passion for. It has gone so well, and I feel I’ve been so blessed with great clients, and great families.”
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