Caring for the Caregiver

"If he can't take care of himself, he can't take care of me," explained Stanley's wife, Barbara. The struggle to provide and care for a disabled spouse became greater for Stanley as he developed his own health problems and didn't have the means to address them. Before finding Alliance, he was in and out of the emergency room with problems resulting from his diabetes. Holding a physically intense job as a landscaper and being responsible for another's health became next to impossible when his own condition got worse. Not only was Stanley having trouble managing his diabetes, he faced problems with heart disease and chronic joint pain. As overwhelming as that all may be, he knew he must keep on top of his work and fulfill his responsibility as caregiver to his wife, who also faces many health issues. Without health insurance, this was virtually impossible. Being uninformed and lacking access to care continued to deter Stanley’s path to recovery. That is, until he found Alliance. “I learned how much water I needed to drink. They showed me how to take my medications properly to manage my diabetes. And I still have so much to learn, but if I have a question, they will call me back. It’s priceless!” explained Stanley. What he appreciates most about Alliance, though, are the four stints he was able to get in his heart. “I’m so thankful for the donors. Alliance is an asset to our community and they make that possible,” he shared.

The impact we make on individuals’ lives and, in turn, on their families’ lives is invaluable. Thank you for helping us to achieve that!