West Terre Haute couple cares for loved one through music

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WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Michael and LuAnn Newburn have cared for Luann’s mother Annabell full-time since 2018.

“She was in nursing homes for about 6 or 7 years prior to this with breast cancer and mini strokes and dementia,” LuAnn said.

They’ve done so with the help of one of Annabell’s favorite things.

“My radio, of course,” she said.

Annabell has her own live-in radio, as Michael and LuAnn play her favorite songs.

“She’s always liked music. She was my mentor when I was starting. She played organ. My dad would say ‘play this song’ and she would teach me a little bit,” Newburn said.

According to the Newburns, their music brings Annabell back to life.

“It just seems like everybody remembers the words, they sing along, they start telling stories about when I was your age and I did this. You know, memories.

Michael and Luann say caring for Annabell around the clock is made possible with the help of a special program called Caregiver Homes of Indiana.

The idea of the program was, the care giver, parent or family member cares for someone and we are their support system to help them in doing that task,” said Bobbie summers, care manager of Caregiver Homes.

“They’re here for the support. And they’re here to check up to make sure everything is what it should be and it’s just wonderful,” Newburn said.

And with the program’s support, Michael and Luann are able to give Annabell the best care.

“It’s not as devastating, it’s not as depressing as it could be. Oh my loved one is sick or my loved one’s, you know, how much longer. We’re playing the waiting game. It’s nothing like that. I mean they’re alive. They’re living. And they have the opportunity to live and live and live,” said Newburn.

For those who are full-time caregivers, The Caregiver Homes of Indiana program is available for support.

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