Nat­u­ral care­givers get a break

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

Last Wed­nes­day, right in the mid­dle of Nat­u­ral Care­givers Week, the Manoir Stansted hosted a con­fer­ence an­i­mated by speaker and au­thor Denise Gaou­ette, in its beau­ti­ful chapel. “I see care­givers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis who are ex­hausted, or cry­ing in my of­fice,” said the man­ager of Manoir Stanstead, Pa­tri­cia Fratelli, who is also on the ex­ec­u­tive of the Ta­ble de con­cer­ta­tion des aines de la Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC.

“Many of the peo­ple in the au­di­ence rec­og­nized them­selves in some of Ms. Gaou­ette’s hu­mor­ous sto­ries and they had a good laugh. It was a real ‘feel good’ evening and a good break for the nat­u­ral care­givers who came,” said Ms. Fratelli. The con­fer­ence was not held for the

res­i­dents of the Manoir, but rather for fam­ily mem­bers. “My nurse called all the fam­i­lies of the res­i­dents and in­vited them to the con­fer­ence,” she added. That was an im­por­tant step, es­pe­cially since many nat­u­ral care­givers don’t even iden­tify them­selves as such. The con­fer­ence was spon­sored by

L’Ap­pui, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that supports nat­u­ral care­givers, and the Ta­ble de con­cer­ta­tion des aines.

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Speaker Denise Gaou­ette en­ter­tained her au­di­ence of nat­u­ral care­givers at the Manoir Stanstead last Wed­nes­day, and at the same time gave them valu­able in­for­ma­tion to help them deal with what is usu­ally a de­mand­ing job.

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