Their Heart Your Hands

More than 50 million people care for sick loved ones at home.
Providing comfort for their bodies and hearts with your hands can be a challenge.
Now there's free help available for caretakers in the Ark-La-Tex
The desire to create something beautiful is what draws Elizabeth Lott to painting.
It's an added bonus that each colorful stroke is like therapy.
It helped her cope with the death of her husband Larry from prostate cancer.
"Every program we tired did not work so in the end there was nothing else we could do.
He was at home for six months before he passed away," she says.
Elizabeth cared for Larry 24 hours a day..with help from the Hospice of Shreveport Bossier.
"I could not have done it without hospice," she says.
Now the hospice group is trying to meet a growing need faced by millions of people who care for sick, disabled or elderly family members at home.
Debbie Sheets, Hospice of Shreveport Bossier, "They'd just never been shown techniques or anything that would make daily activity easier or even resources that they could reach out to."
So the group is putting on a free seminar called "Their Heart Your Hands."
The give caretakers some hands-on tips on giving bed baths, changing linens with someone in the bed, offering oral and hair care and lifting safely.
"If they don't know proper techniques it's so easy to get a back injury. So many times that happens when you have elderly taking care of an elderly spouse," Sheets says.
And along with practical tips...advice on coping with the emotional strain of being a caretaker.
It's information Elizabeth Lott knows from experience can make a difference.
"There's just so many things you don't know how to do when you're caring for someone at home. There's so much I could've learned if they had a program like this before,"
Again "Their Heart Your Hands" takes place Tuesday February 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shreve Memorial Library in Broadmoor.
It's free and all caretakers are welcome.
Call 318-865-7177 to reserve a spot.