Eau Claire (WQOW)- Taking care of a loved one can be difficult, especially if you’re not getting the support and care you need.
Tuesday, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital hosted an event geared toward helping caregivers feel connected to the community.
Speakers from Henri Nouwen Society, which provides spiritual tools, guidance and tips to caregivers and those in need, presented ways caregivers can cope with having to care for a family member or friend.
Eau Claire resident Patti Charles was a caregiver to both of her parents for seven years until they passed away.
She said it was difficult having to make all of the decisions for her parents.
“It was difficult to see them decline,” Charles said. “I knew it was going to be happening, but it took a lot of energy. I often had to take a day off before or after from my job.”
Charles said it’s important to remember it’s okay to ask for help.
Michelle O’Rourke, with the Henri Nouwen Society, said it’s important for caregivers to also learn how to receive, because that’s what nourishes us.
“I think in our society today we look at care as something that’s functional. I will take care of you, I will take care of your wounds and Henri invites us into a relationship where care really means I want to understand your suffering before I do something about it,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke said you can help caregivers by helping out with laundry or taking care of dinner.