Recently several O2O members had the opportunity to share with their readers their experiences with caregiving. November is National Family Caregiver Month and the AARP and the Ad Council have been working to spread the word about the hard work that family caregivers put in each and every day.
Professional care in a nursing home or assisted living center or in your own home is very expensive. To offset and delay costs, many families perform most of the essential caregiving needs themselves. They do things like cooking, cleaning, and driving to appointments but also do things like transferring from bed to chair, bathing, and toileting (called Activities of Daily Living) their loved ones who have grown older and are too frail or sick to care for themselves. Across the country over 42 million people, primarily women between the ages 40 – 60 are faced with the challenge of providing care to their older family members and friends each and every day.
With November being the month of Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to head over to The Thanks Project website and leave a shout-out for the hardworking caregivers that you know!
Michelle from Domestic Online Executive writes about her mom who provided care for Michelle’s grandmother.
My mom’s caregiving duties began right after my grandfather passed away. It hit us all pretty hard. Hardest hit was my grandma. She hadn’t lived alone in over 5 decades. My Grandma never really said anything about it but losing him was a terrible blow to her health. Within a few weeks my grandma’s health declined and my mom became totally responsible for everything she needed. She made sure bills got paid, prescriptions were filled, doctor’s appointments were scheduled and a plethora of other things that left her more frazzled than she had ever expected. With her own full time job, she was constantly on the go and rarely had time for herself. She never complained once
Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker thanks her sister-in-law for the caregiving she provides for Kristen’s mother-in-law.
[My sister-in-law] has devoted the last eight or so years to caring for my mother-in-law as dementia has slowly robbed her of herself and all of her abilities. While we give moral support from hundreds or thousands of miles away, she has carried the burden of daily care. At first, she bore the brunt of Mom’s frustration and anger at not remembering. Then, as time went on, she was the one who had to convince Mom that she was home, that no one was coming to pick her up, that Dad had died. With infinite patience she has taken her to get her hair done, made sure she eats, takes her medicine, drinks her water, goes to bed and a million other tasks that children hope they never have to do for their parents.
Shelly from Two Classy Chics shares her caregiving story of the years she spent caring for her aunt.
5 years ago I became a caregiver to my 87 year old great aunt. For 5 years I shared the caregiver duties with my mother and my husband…we took great care of auntie until a few months ago when we were forced to move her into assisted living. Even though she resides there, we are still responsible for about 30% of her care.
Thanks to all the bloggers who shared their stories and helped spread the word about this important program!