Natural caregivers get a break
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.
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.