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Issue 97, June 2007

Caregiver's Retreat

I was excited to be able to go to this get away. My Mum had just gone into full-time rest home care 2 weeks prior and I really needed to meet other families travelling down the same road as me.

We all met over a cup of tea, and then we sat down and gave a small introduction about ourselves.

After listening to their journeys I realised that I had already gone through a lot of what these lovely people were saying and I felt their pain and frustration from the bottom of my heart. Some were at the beginning of a journey and some seemed to be close to my journey.

It was good just to talk and to listen and to know that I was not alone.

We went Ten Pin bowling that afternoon something I had never done before and even got a strike. We then went out for dinner at one of Carla's local restaurants and tried foods I hadn't tried before. It was like I had known everyone for much longer than one day. It was a good night had by all.

From that weekend I now look back and know that I have made well-informed decisions for my mum's welfare as her caregiver and as her daughter. Also to look after myself as a person who has needs. I now have my mum back.

I would like to thank everyone involved for organising this special weekend, as it was a wonderful and relaxing experience that I will cherish.

Thank you all so very much for your support.

Kelly Leatherby

This was the second Wellington HDA Carers Retreat held on 3 &4 March at the Camelot Motel, Palmerston North.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following places that kindly donated gifts for our retreat.

Whitcoulls Porirua
Readings Cinema Porirua
The Mill Liquorsave, Porirua
Sky City Cinemas Lower Hutt
Lions Club Eastbourne
Pak n Save Petone
Lenise Young Pharmacy New Plymouth
Fitzroy Pharmacy New Plymouth
Bell Block Lotto and Books New Plymouth
Cinema 5 New Plymouth
Embassy 3 Cinema Wanganui

Lynn Farrow and Carla Perry
Social Workers, Wellington HDA

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