Home Instead Senior Care Announces Caregiver Cruise Winner

by Lois Etienne on October 22, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 16, 2012 – Melissa Vaughan , a multiple sclerosis sufferer who retired early to provide constant care for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease, is the winner of the Caregiver Cruise Giveaway Contest sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior CareĀ® network.

In an unusual twist of circumstance, Melissa’s mother Barbara Vaughan found out about the free cruise and, with the assistance of a home-health worker, nominated her daughter. The nomination went on to win the contest by popular vote from among 1,700 other entries.

In addition to the much-needed getaway, the family will receive 40 hours of free respite care for Barbara arranged by the Home Instead Senior Care network and the Evansville, Ind., Home Instead Senior Care franchise office.

Melissa, who is largely confined to home with her mom, retired from her business career six years ago as a result of her own health problems and the growing needs of her mother. Barbara, who has lived with her daughter and Melissa’s longtime partner Mike for the past 20 years, has come to count on her constant support. “She takes such good care of me,” Barbara said during an interview.

The Newburgh, Ind., adult daughter is caring by example. She watched Barbara care for her own mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. So when Barbara asked her daughter for help, she answered the call.

Melissa said she is most looking forward to a good night’s sleep on the cruise and the opportunity to de-stress and relax.

For more information, go to www.HomeInstead.com or www.CaregiverCruises.com.

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