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Care takers allowing patients to stay at home and thrive

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - When families face life altering disabilities, diseases or aging there is a question: who takes care of their loved ones?
ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - When families face life altering disabilities, diseases or aging there is a question: who takes care of their loved ones? Some opt for living in a care center while others bring the help into their home. The care givers in these instances, work miracles.

Helen Dick has Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that limits everything she can do. Her husband of 33 years, Marshall, does most of the work taking care of his wife and their home.

Marshall said, "I've cared for my wife for 13 years and its started to get to be somewhat of a burden."

It's a burden Marshall lovingly accepts, he refuses to move his wife into a care center.

Marshall said, "We do not choose to put her in a nursing home. That would absolutely be a last resort."

What is this family to do?

That solution comes in the form of in home care giving.

Marshall explained, "We have this wonderful young lady who helps us now that's going to be a medical student next year and she's just been delightful and very helpful, just outstanding personality."

Hailey comes in three days a week.

Helen said, "I love Hailey to pieces. She does everything. She helps me."

For a couple of hours a day; Hailey cleans the home, works with Helen and bathes her. A huge relief for Marshall.

Marshall said, "It helps me a out a lot because it frees me up to do things I need to get done as I'm a self-employed person."

The key here: at home care allows the family to be family and the care taker to be the care taker.

While at home care is crucial for Elderly to stay home; for the care givers, it is an experience of love and compassion.
and something they are so passionate about.

Peter McMorrow is a care taker in St. George. Peter said, "I love helping people. I'd probably do it even if I didn't get paid for it. Money's just an added necessary able and an added bonus."

He started working for Bill Neilson five years ago. It started as just a few days a week deal, but soon became Peter's home.

Neilson said, "He lived at my home a good part of the time like five days of the week."

Peter's at home care makes it so Bill can stay home and get better and live longer.

Bill said, "I am actually have had a very good life and my age is 92 years and hopefully I can continue for a little longer period of time."

Caretaker and patient becoming friends. The beauty of at home care; good for the patients and Good for Utah.



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