Caregiver Feature Week 3: Kathy Folan Here at Premier, we are inspired every day by the progress our patients make. Some days are setbacks, some are small wins, and some are big wins…those are our favorite! Regardless of which type of day it is, every single time our patients show up marks a part of […]
Caregiver Feature 1: Kim Wolter
Caregiver Feature 1: Kim Wolter
Here at Premier, we are inspired every day by the progress our patients make. Some days are setbacks, some are small wins, and some are big wins…those are our favorite! Regardless of which type of day it is, every single time our patients show up marks a part of this journey to a better quality of life.
However, there is an often forgotten part of these journeys that we want to recognize this month: Caregivers. Just as our patients inspire us, so too do those who give so much of their lives to caring for their loved ones!
For the rest of November, we will be featuring one caregiver a week that deserves to be recognized. Please join us in appreciating their selflessness, drawing strength from their strength, and celebrating them for the heroes they are!
This week we want to introduce you to Kim Wolter. Kim is the primary caregiver for her husband, Steve.
1) What is the greatest challenge as a caregiver?
This question is the hardest for me – I know my greatest challenge, it’s just hard to put into words. Figuring out what is the right thing to do. As a caregiver, you’re expected to be the doctor, the nurse, the therapist, the trainer, the dietitian, and wear many other hats with little or no training. The internet is a great resource, but a lot of days it’s hard to find the time to even shower let alone get online. It has definitely been a learning experience and thankfully, Steve is very forgiving when a doc says why haven’t you done this or that and I’m sure I’m just staring into space thinking WHAT…….no one told me about that. The good news is that it gets easier – whether it’s because Steve is doing better or because I’m finally catching on 😊
2) What is the greatest reward as a caregiver?
The greatest reward for me is to see the progress Steve is making each and every day. It may be something as small as turning the remote off correctly, but it’s still something. When friends come to visit, they comment on Steve’s progression, and say that I probably don’t see it since I’m with him every day – but, thankfully, every day I see something that he does that he wasn’t doing the day before and it melts my heart.
3) What is a thought/words of wisdom you would share with another care giver?
Don’t be so hard on yourself – when doctors and others say “Why haven’t you been doing such and such?” or “I could have helped him more if I had seen him sooner” or other insensitive remarks, just remember you’re only human and there are only so many hours in a day. And I’m sure, like me, you’re doing the very best you can to care for the one you love and tomorrow is always another day.
4) If you had a day to spend alone and money was not a limitation, what would you do for those 24 hours?
5) Where do you find your encouragement and/or strength?
Every morning I try to get up an hour or so before the day starts with Steve to read my Bible, pray, and just have some quiet time – our faith in God is definitely what has gotten us this far!