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Crafting Meaningful Moments: Stories of Hope with CherlyAnn Haley

  1. Crafting Meaningful Moments: Stories of Hope with CherlyAnn Haley Rayna Neises 30:29

Imagine navigating the labyrinth of caregiving while maintaining a heartfelt bond with a loved one who has dementia. That's the journey CherylAnn Haley takes us on in this poignant episode, as she shares her deeply personal experiences caring for her mother, Sandy, who has vascular dementia. From the tough decision to place Sandy in a care facility during the pandemic to the small yet significant choices that shape their daily life, CherylAnn's story is a testament to Resilience and love. She opens up about how she shifted her focus from mere caregiving tasks to creating meaningful engagements, demonstrating the vital importance of preserving emotional connections.

Ever wondered how something as simple as choosing an outfit or preparing a meal can become a monumental task? CherylAnn brings these seemingly minor details into sharp focus, illustrating the intricate dance of understanding and honoring her mother's personal preferences. Through touching anecdotes, she reveals the trial-and-error approach that led to discovering Sandy's unique needs and routines. 

This episode isn't just about the challenges; it's about the profound lessons and moments of joy that come with caregiving. From frequent Disney trips which brought smiles to both CherylAnn and Sandy, to the practical tools that made daily life safer and more enjoyable, this conversation is rich with actionable advice and inspiration. CherylAnn also delves into the transformative power of faith and clear communication with healthcare professionals, underscoring the necessity of comprehensive knowledge in effective caregiving. Join us as we explore this deeply Moving journey, filled with creativity, love, and an unwavering commitment to family.

Rayna Neises A Season of Caring

Rayna Neises understands the joys and challenges that come from a season of caring. She helped care for both of her parents during their separate battles with Alzheimer’s over a thirty-year span. She is able to look back on those days now with no regrets – and she wishes the same for everyone caring for aging parents.

Rayna is the author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, an ICF certified coach, the host of “A Season of Caring” podcast, Positive Approach® to Care (PAC)Independent Certified Trainer and speaker who is passionate about offering encouragement, support, and resources for regret-free caring aimed at preventing family caregivers from aimlessly wandering through this important season of life.

Rayna lives on a farm in southeast Kansas with her husband, Ron, and small pack of adorable dogs. She is the baby of her family, but most would never guess that. She is a former teacher who enjoys crafts of all kinds and spending time with her grandkids most of all.

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