Caregiver Support

CAREGIVING

Caregiving may be one of the most important and challenging roles a person will ever take on. More than 43 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers. Their efforts are indispensable in the lives of people struggling with illness, disability or aging challenges. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having resources at your fingertips makes the process easier.

Gesu’s Caregiver Support Committee provides support ministries for caregivers of sick, aging and disabled adults.

MEMBERS OF GESU’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT COMMITTEE

Len Calabrese
Richard Christie
Jeanne Cunningham 
Carole Kealy
Tom Mammano 
Janie Rapp
Father Greg Hyde, Staff Resource
Amy Zucca, Staff Resource

Please contact Amy Zucca at [email protected] with suggestions/questions/comments for this webpage and the Committee’s work and/or to volunteer to serve on this committee.

UPCOMING TALK(S)/EVENTS

  • Taking Care of the Caregiver - Without you…Who will care for Your Loved One?
    Presented by Carolyn Lookabill, Community Liaison at McGregor Senior Living
    Wednesday, August 17, 6:30-8:00 pm, Sacred Heart Room in the Gesu Parish Offices

For the 1 in 5 people who will be a caregiver of a parent, spouse or adult disabled child, the challenges are often overwhelming. Self Care for the caregiver is just as important as care of the loved one but often takes a back seat. Learn options and tips about caring for another without sacrificing self care. Anyone finding themselves in the position of being a caregiver is encouraged to register at: https://forms.gle/8GZCithhE9U7nRYB6

Contact Amy Zucca, Gesu Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

  • Wow! I Never Dreamed This Would Happen
    Presented by Dr. Dee Christie, Bioethicist and Author of It's Time: Narratives of Aging, Illness, and Death
    Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-7:30 pm, Sacred Heart Room in the Gesu Parish Offices

Should the respirator be turned off? How far would mom want me to go? If I no longer communicate my wishes, would I want a feeding tube? Sometimes we face unexpected medical and other decisions for which we are not prepared. These decisions might affect us, our parents, even our children. We will examine some of these serious dilemmas and offer tools to address them before they become surprises. Discussion will include the perspective of Catholic teaching. Register at https://forms.gle/2o93j6Kx6DNdrttf8

Contact Amy Zucca, Gesu Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected] with any questions.

  • Catholic Cemeteries Association Educational Seminar 
    Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart Room in the Gesu Parish Offices

  • Funeral Planning Workshop 
    Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm, Sacred Heart Room in the Gesu Parish Offices

GESU’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT MINISTRIES FOR SICK, AGING AND DISABLED ADULTS

  • Pastoral visits and Anointing of the Sick - Call the Parish Office at (216) 932-0617
    • Illness & Hospital Calls  - Please notify the Parish Office when a member of your family is hospitalized or ill. 
    • Anointing of the Sick - You may make arrangements to receive the Sacrament of the Sick following any weekday or weekend Mass by calling the Parish Office in advance.

  • Gonzaga Drivers - Volunteers help senior and handicapped parishioners by providing rides to church, doctors’ appointments and simple errands. Contact Amy Zucca at [email protected] or (216) 932-0617 to arrange.

  • Eucharistic Visitation - Eucharistic Ministers take Communion to Catholic residents unable to attend the service. Eucharistic Ministers also take Communion to McGregor Home and Menorah Park weekly. Contact Amy Zucca at [email protected] or (216) 932-0617 to arrange.

RESOURCES

Where to Start 

Gesu’s Caregiver Support Committee recommends: 

 

  • Harvard Caregiver’s Handbook as a general resource. It gives detailed information on many aspects of caregiving:
    • Becoming a caregiver
    • Handling day-to-day issues
    • Legal planning
    • Financial planning
    • Navigating Medicare and Medicaid
    • Medical planning
    • When your loved one needs more care
    • Care for the caregiver

You can check out a copy from the Gesu Outreach Office in the Parish Offices.

Copies are available in the Gesu Outreach Office in the Parish Offices.

This directory is the most comprehensive listing and explanation of providers and services who cater to the needs of mature adults.

Community Resources  

You can call 2-1-1 and ask to take a Benefits Eligibility Survey. Have the following information ready:

Adult Protective Services help vulnerable adults age 60 and older (or adults with disabilities, age 18-59) who are in danger of harm, and/or are unable to protect themselves, and may have no one to assist them.

A PRAYER FOR CAREGIVERS

Dear God,

For those who are caregivers to friends and family, may they feel your love and your sustaining power. May they feel less frustrated and experience less guilt for very human feelings they may have about wanting to escape their tasks. May they find a community eager to support them. Help us to be conscious of their feelings of pain and isolation. Give them discernment to handle whatever comes their way.  Give them peace in knowing that they cannot fix everything. Provide your words of comfort to them when they are running low on strength. Open their eyes to see all that is good when they can only see the pain and grief. Close their mouth when they need to just listen and give them words of encouragement to share when it is needed. Provide them relief when they grow tired. Help them see your plan through all the fog of life. Remind them that caring for their loved one is a privilege. It is an honor, not a burden. We pray for their strength to make it through each day and let them know they are not alone. We pray for the restoration of their souls.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.