Caregiver Feature Week 2: Lisa Beerse

November 12, 2019

Caregiver Feature Week 2: Lisa Beerse

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 month of November, we are 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 Lisa Beerse. Lisa is the primary caregiver for her husband, Pete.



1) What is the greatest challenge as a caregiver?

I think the greatest challenge is always being available for Pete or making sure he has the necessary care with him. It creates an underlying sense of responsibility that makes it harder to be independent and spontaneous.


2) What is the greatest reward as a caregiver?

Before Pete’s accident it seemed like our carefree time together was very limited. Now we get to spend a lot more quality time with each other which has strengthened our marriage and family life.


3) What is a thought/words of wisdom you would share with another caregiver?

Be patient with yourself and focus on the good things and not the hard things. It’s very easy to get down if you only focus on the negative stuff.


4) If you had a day to spend alone and money was not a limitation, what would you do for those 24 hours?

I would get a massage, grab lunch, shop without a purpose, put my feet up, watch a movie, and get a good night’s sleep.


5) Where do you find your encouragement and/or strength?

Pete and my family encourage me and I find strength in my Catholic faith.

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