Caregivers Month 2022

Care partners Month

This year, and every year, the Fixel Institute joins the Parkinson’s Foundation in recognizing our care partners for the National Family Caregivers Month.

We want to show our thanks and appreciation for those who give of themselves to ensure that their loved one living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is healthy, productive and living a happy life.

Care partners and caregivers deserve to be recognized and celebrated.

Being a care partner for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be an emotional roller coaster. To help you along the way, the Parkinson’s Foundation and other programs across the country have pulled together resources to ensure that you have the tools that you need to stay healthy and feel supported.

This year, the Parkinson’s Foundation wanted to empower and remind care partners of how much they are valued and do in their daily caregiving roles. To support this, this year’s theme is #CarePartnersCan. With recognizing the many things that care partners do each day:

  • #CarePartnersCan find resources
  • #CarePartnersCan open up about how they feel
  • #CarePartnersCan make a difference for their loved one
  • #CarePartnersCan take time for self-care

Thank you From Fixel

Thank You To Care Partners 2022

Parkinson’s Foundation Resources

Fixel Support

Fixel Institute Patients & Caregivers

C.A.R.E.S. Program

C.A.R.E.S (Caregivers Accessing Resources for Emotional Support) is free, 1-on-1 counseling to caregivers of patients in the Fixel Institute who are currently experiencing emotional and mental strain while caring for a loved one. Can be provided by Zoom online. To schedule this FREE service, call our office at 352.733.2410 or email Alana McKay.

CARES program

Parkinson’s CareGiver Resources

Practicing Self-care

Davis Phinney Foundation

Every Victory Counts Manual

Whether you are the spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling, or friend of your person with Parkinson’s, you are an invaluable part of their team. Your role as a care partner will evolve throughout the years, but in each stage, it is essential to equip yourself with tools, advice, strategies, and support to ensure that you and your loved one live well. Davis Phinney Foundation designed a new Every Victory Counts® Manual for Care Partners to give you just that.

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Parkinson’s Foundation

Caregiver Experience Podcast

In this podcast, a care partner relates her journey with her husband, who received a PD diagnosis at age 51. She tells about her initial shock and fears and how she came to terms with the disease, and about their journey together, using information and knowledge to help them deal with changing situations.

Parkinson's Podcast

Davis Phinney Foundation

2021 Care Partner Summit Recording

This event was designed at hoping care partners become the care partner your person with Parkinson’s needs without burning out, losing yourself, and losing the joy of life.

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PMD Alliance

Planning for a Future

The main intention behind the resource was to encourage care partners to take the time now to think about what their or their loved one’s needs might be in the future to help reduce stress, give them more control and help guide them in challenging times.

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Finding Support

PD Conversations

Join online discussion groups where you can connect with others who are sharing similar experiences to you and your loved one.

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Caregiver Assessments

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Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following…

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