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November 21, 2019

Advice to caregivers: care for yourself – The Hinsdalean

Caregiving requires individuals to employ a number of skills in a variety of roles – and to do so with a great degree of flexibility.

“In many ways caregiving requires that you become ready for anything,” said Ellen Nieman, an oncology social work navigator at Wellness House in Hinsdale.

She and Cassandra Waliczek, a licensed clinical social worker with Amita Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, discussed the topic Nov. 13 at the Hinsdale Public Library. The Poetry of Caregiving program featured Caroline Johnson (profiled in the Nov. 7 issue) reading several poems from her collection, “The Caregiver.”

Wellness House and St. Thomas Hospice believe it’s important to offer care for the caregiver as well as the patient, Nieman and Waliczek said.

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