Date: December 10, 2018 | Category: News
Pearl Weaver, of Warrensburg, mother of Care Manager Shery Fogle, has received state recognition as Caregiver of the Month for November.
Shery nominated Pearl because of her dedication to caring for her husband of 57 years, Gary (Shery’s father.) The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recognizes one caregiver a month and from those nominees, will name a caregiver of the year.
Retirees Gary and Pearl have worked as campground hosts for the past 10 years from April through October, when they leave home and live in a camper. As campground hosts, they greet people, answer questions and sign people into their camping sites – meeting many interesting people along the way.
Gary’s health has been declining for the past five years, and Pearl has taken on caregiving duties, including checking Gary’s blood sugar and administering his insulin and other medications. Pearl also helps Gary with bathing and grooming and encourages him to be as independent as possible.
Since July, Gary has been in and out of the hospital and spent more than a month in a skilled nursing home. Pearl tended to the campground by day and her husband by night, visiting him and wrapping his legs to treat cellulitis.
Gary was released from the nursing home Oct. 29, and he and Pearl returned home to Warrensburg. With Pearl providing excellent care for Gary, they are still able to remain active.
They attend all the home games of the University of Central Missouri’s volleyball and basketball teams. The Weavers also attend potlucks twice a month and play cards at the Warrensburg Senior Center. They frequently visit with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Pearl said the most important attributes for caregivers are to know how to love, be patient and give encouragement. “Caregiving takes a lot of time and patience, but you do what you have to do,” she said.
November marks the second time this year that the agency’s Care Management team has successfully nominated a family caregiver of the month.
Henry County Care Manager Roy Qualls nominated Doris Hudgens, who received recognition in April.