Care Givers #atozchallenge #elderly


 

She brought a fragrant rose every day. I always wanted to change Chelsie’s name to Joy.

She reminded me of a fountain that was always bubbling over with joy. She always knocked on the door at 9:55 in the morning. Mr. C would go off to do his errands. Chelsie and I would do what we called “Ms C’s Spa Treatment.”

Chelsie would sing with her beautiful voice and then a story.

“Well ladies my girl Fatima had me all in stitches. She had wanted to make homemade bread for dinner. That bread broke my knife. Well girl I think what we have is a homemade brick. No use crying cuz this bread will make a fine door stop.”

It was always like that with Ms C, Chelsie and I laughing until we were bent over on tears.

“I can’t wait for tomorrow morning.” Ms C would say as I put her to bed for the night. (“neither can I.”)

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I cannot say enough about those who give their time to care for an elderly family member or friend. Many give up their jobs to be the primary caregiver. It can be a strain but so vital for the senior who needs conversation, assistance, hope.

Others hire caregivers to provide several hours to 24/7 care.

The care giving industry is blossoming / bulging at the seams.

 

Caregivers are essential for those who choose to stay at home and those in facilities where the nursing/cna ratio can be as high as 50 patients to 1 nurse/cna team (my first job in the 70s the ratio was 8:1)

 

Many caregivers are in their 60s and some in their 70s. They are excellent at caring for the elderly but are considered “elderly” themselves.

*** Co-Vid-19 is a major concern for the elderly especially 70-80 year olds. There are many caregivers who are also in the “at risk group” but they are continuing to provide home care. Hats off to these remarkable people!

Where would we be without caregivers like Chelsie???

Please remember to be sensitive to those (caregivers, nurses, physicians, aux staff) who are providing care for the patients especially the elderly population. They are putting themselves at risk each day while trying to keep their  at risk clients unexposed.

Thanks for coming by today.

Have you ever been a caregiver to a family member?

Author: moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we started working with an E. African team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. As a bio major and nurse, it is exciting to use my knowledge to encourage young minds to love science. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

23 thoughts on “Care Givers #atozchallenge #elderly”

  1. Yes a few years ago both my mother and my father’s brother in law were terminally ill – so I was doing all I could for them – a lot of time just being at their bedsides, talking to them etc … but feel for everyone who cannot be there for their loved ones at the moment. I definitely think of care givers at this time – take care – Hilary

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  2. Prayers and gratitude for all those who are helping out despite the risks at this time.
    I’ve not been a care giver per se but I volunteer at the cancer ward at the local hospital. Just being present can make such a difference. I’m unable to go these days as all nonessential visits to the hospital have been stopped. So I do appreciate those who are doing all they can to keep things ‘normal’ inside hospices and long term care facilities.

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  3. An uncle of mine lived with us because he had some health issues. During his last few years, his health deteriorated with a stiffness of joints and difficulty to move around.
    The least we can do is do our best for such people.
    — bpradeepnair.blogspot.com

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  4. My youngest daughter and I visited a local retirement home a few times last year before the world went haywire and played for them. We play bluegrass (banjo and mandolin). They are such good audiences!

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  5. Deeply grateful for the caregivers, both family and professionals. They do a difficult job. Not all elderly people are as easy to handle and as cheerful as Mrs C.

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  6. Wonderful post. I assist my parents with their day to day needs and am happy to do so, even in these stressful times. My heart aches for those who are separated during this crisis. Caregivers are sooo important, I torally agree!💜

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  7. I was the caregiver for both of my parents. My dad got hit fast with Parkison’s; my mother didn’t drive, and home delivery of things were few and far between then. I finally gave up my place and moved back home to help further. They scheduled Dr appointments around my schedule; went food shopping; and eventually helped dad get around
    After he passed, my mom held it together for a while, but it wound up she needed a caregiver herself. Both have passed away, now.
    Caregiving is difficult as it is. Being the only child, everything rested on me, my full-time job, and my two kids (divorced single dad), to take care of.
    So, yeah. Difficult.

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  8. Thank you for your interest in my blog. Last year my father fell and broke his hip. He was 360 miles away and by himself. As soon as we could we brought home with us straight from the hospital. He lived with us for six weeks and he worked hard to get better and at the beginning it was very hard on him. I am so grateful to my son and wife who did so much to help Dad with his exercises and much more. It was an education for me on what caregivers do in their work, and nurses in hospitals.
    On a side note, I was reminded of a memory from high school. One of my hockey buddies had a sister who baked chocolate chip cookies and they turned out hard as frozen hockey pucks. He brought some to our middle of the night hockey practice and we slapped them around on the ice. When she found out, she was so embarrassed and made him suffer. ha ha.

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