Offering education, therapeutic and support programs for patients, families and the community
Before the Cure, There are Caregivers®
In addition to raising funds for world-class medical care and research, philanthropy also supports Cleveland Clinic Nevada’s caregiver and community programs. These programs are designed to aid patients, caregivers and the community as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders.
At Cleveland Clinic Nevada, we hear over and over again, “I was surprised to discover I had become a caregiver.”
Many individuals with a brain disorder need help with daily activities and interactions. If you’re close to someone in this situation, in some way your own life and responsibilities are also being affected — physically, emotionally, socially or economically. The most effective care partners are well informed and use help and support from all available resources to ensure they don’t sacrifice their own well-being during their caregiving journey.
We’re here to help as you strive to find a new sense of balance and as you learn to manage different stressors while maximizing quality of life in the face of the new challenges and opportunities caregiving presents. Unanticipated as it might have been, the good news is that many find joy and fulfillment in continuing to care for their loved ones.
We know all too well that the job of a caregiver is 24/7, with no vacation or sick days. That’s why our Lynne Ruffin-Smith e-Library meets individuals where they are, when they’re ready, with online books and resource materials.
Our ONLINE educational programs are available to the entire community at no cost, thanks to generous support from engaged and impassioned donors. These programs are designed to increase knowledge, coping skills and a sense of well-being for families affected by brain disorders.
Art offers conversational and creative outlets to those affected by brain disorders. Thanks to philanthropic support from the artistic community, Keep Memory Alive® offers several inspiring art programs for patients and their caregivers.
“He thought I was his mother and I’d say, ‘I’m your wife. You married me,’ but I soon realized it was easier to just go along with whatever he said,” says Angie Ruvo.
At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, “that’s exactly what we tell our caregivers today: ‘Don’t argue, just go with it,’” says Lucille Carriere, PhD, the inaugural Angie Ruvo Endowed Caregiving Chair.