Caregiver Feature Week 3: Kathy Folan

November 19, 2019

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 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 Kathy Folan. Kathy is the primary caregiver for her son, Robby.


1) What is the greatest challenge as a caregiver?

The schedule of the patient and feeling like you’re 2 persons!! As the mom also, it always feels like double duty!


2) What is the greatest reward as a caregiver?

This one is hard for me to answer, because Mom mode kicks in and I honestly have to say that this would not be my field of choice. I am a caregiver, but always mom first. My first instinct as a mom is to care for my son, so I became his caregiver out of the need for it.


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

I really can’t answer this but what I would hope is that all caregivers treat their patients like they would want to be treated.


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

Find a nice outdoor mall with a ton of nice restaurants and an awesome bookstore. When I am done shopping I would find a super nice hotel and cuddle up with a new book and lots of good food!!!!


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

From my kids. Robby, who I care for, because he definitely deals with a lot more than me. And Kyle for being able to live his own life with his family, but also to be there for both Robby and I equally.

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