Caregivers' Day Out helps with one of life's hardest jobs

Joe and Joann lint spend an afternoon together. // WSBT 22 Photo

Caring for a loved one is one of life's hardest jobs.

An organization in Elkhart is hoping to make that job a little easier.

Saturday is Riverview Adult Day Center's third annual Caregivers' Day Out.

The event gives caregivers a few hours to do whatever they like. It can be grabbing lunch, doing some Christmas shopping or doing nothing at all.

Joe Lint of Elkhart started taking care of his mom Joann almost two years ago.

"My dad fell ill March 23 of last year. He had strokes, and I started taking care of her from day one," said Lint.

Lint helps his mother with her medication and other needs.

"There's been a lot of learning curves," said Lint. "Not just the medical part of it, but the physical part of it, the mental part of it and dealing with it. It's not easy. It's kind of hard, but you got to do what you got to do."

The pair stays busy. Lint makes sure to keep Joann active. They love to eat at nice restaurants and they have even made a road trip to Florida.

A few days a week, Joann goes to Riverview Adult Day Center.

She calls it her "class."

"There's a lot of people there and we all seem to get along and do things together," said Joann.

Executive Director Nicole Hardy-Pagels sees how hard people like Lint work and wants to give back.

"We just really want to offer the caregivers a day where they can go have a day to themselves," said Pagels.

Riverview Adult Day Center will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Caregivers' Day Out.

Caregiver is a title Lint is still getting used to.

"It's my mom. I don't feel like a caretaker as much as I'm a son. I take care of my mother," said Lint.

Mom said he's doing a good job.

"He tries to do everything he can possibly do for me. Sometimes too much, but that's what he wants to do. So it's alright," said Joann, "Life is good. I have no complaints."

Caregivers' Day Out is open to anybody in the community. The center will keep your loved one busy with games and activities while the caregiver has time to themselves.

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