Faima’s husband and part time caregiver, David Kivovich also has assistance provided by CNR Long Term Home Health Care. Unlike his wife, who is physically dependent on an aide due to her paralysis, David’s aide Esfira is a social worker, who helps him deal with the stress and anxiety that commonly afflicts familial caregivers.
“It’s also so easy to talk to her because she speaks Russian, which is my native language,” says David.
“Even before I tell her what’s been on my mind, we practice deep breathing exercises to relax me. She’s also taught me other techniques to reduce my stress, such as meditation and imaging, where I imagine I’m in a quiet and comfortable place."
"It helps, because I can use these techniques to help me reduce my stress even when Esfira is not around."