Make Your Home Safe Now

Make Your Home Safe Now

Make your home safe – BEFORE you have to by Karin Pauly Most people want to stay in their home for as long as possible before going into Assisted Living or a Long-Term Care facility. This is understandable as it is the place they feel comfortable, are surrounded by...
Driving and Your Loved One

Driving and Your Loved One

When is it time to stop driving and how do you approach it? By: Karin Pauly Begin with understanding that for many of us, driving is important because it represents independence and control. We drive to engage in social activities, go to work, and take care of daily...
Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver Burnout

Take Care of You, Your Health is at Risk By: Karin Pauly Let’s face it, caregiving is hard work! Really, really hard. In fact, I believe it is one of the most challenging roles in the world. I discovered during my journey of caregiving there were many who just...
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! By: Karin Pauly Thank you for being a caregiver! My dad’s name was Reverend Charles P. Beronius, but to our family and those who knew him well, he was “Chuck” or “Pastor Chuck”. My father served as an ELCA...
My Mother’s Stroke

My Mother’s Stroke

My Mother’s Stroke By: Karin Pauly Everything Changed in the Blink of an Eye My mother, Nancy, suffered a stroke in 2013 when she was 78-years-old. She actually went blind from it, and it was the catalyst for her moving from my home into assisted living at Shepherd of...
Gail’s Love for Beverly

Gail’s Love for Beverly

Gail’s Love for Beverly By: Karin Pauly Meet Beverly and Gail Gail’s story of her mother, Beverly, is one that is very dear to me. You see, Gail and I grew up in the same small, farm community in southern Minnesota. As kids we didn’t know each other all that...
It’s Dementia? Now What?

It’s Dementia? Now What?

It’s Dementia? Now What? by Dr. Patrick Zook  You’re out in the doctor’s office lobby hall with your sister, brother and your mother who Dr. Jones just diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s disease. True, you all suspected this as Mom has been getting worse with her memory...