By: Susan Ellis
Produced by: SME Productions
Since we never know ahead of time which events that we experience will have the most meaning and purpose, embracing all life’s journeys is essential. Some events will be life changing, providing the key directions for our spiritual growth. Becoming the caregiver for a loved one with Multiple Sclerosis was a key life journey for Susan Ellis.
“All whose lives are touched personally or professionally by those with disabilities, the chronically ill or frail elderly should see this 4-part video. It deals with the real issues of living, dying and starting over, in an honest and compassionate way.”
Aspects of Caring: Through caregiver eyes this video traces four years following diagnosis of a woman in her 40’s with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The purpose of the video is to allow caregivers the opportunity to explore their emotions, encourage discussion and problem solving. Also to sensitize those who support caregivers to the feelings, needs and behaviours that may be experienced. The video does not gloss over the raw realities of caring for a totally dependent person and issues such as abuse are raised.
Aspects of Living: Examines the needs of those requiring care to maximize their quality of life, as well as the needs of those providing the care – be they family, professional or volunteer. It was filmed in the community and in a home for the aged. Its message is to validate the lives and worth of the disabled, chronically ill and frail elderly and those who care for them.
Practical Aspects of Everyday Life: Looks at issues such as mobility, feeding, dressing, personal care, communication, activities and taking a vacation for a totally disabled adult living at home. The challenges of suction pumps and gastric tubes are faced; Life’s joys and beauty are appreciated.
Aspects of Hope: This is the fourth video in the series about caregiving and live with chronic illness, at home. It focuses on the factors influencing the ability to care, cope and continue to see value in life. It shows the emotional and spiritual work that a caregiver must undergo to face life, death, grief and starting over.