Cindy and I moved to California back in 2009 to help her Mom and Dad, her Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and her Dad (Ray) needed help with her because he had promised to never put her in a facility.
Cindy is a caregiver by nature and by trade also, so it was a perfect fit to have her here for her parents, we went through all the happy and also the hard times with her Moms Alzheimer's, there were times when she could tell us stories of days gone by, and then days when she didn't know any of us, I take that back she always remembered Ray.
Now Cindy gets herself dressed in scrubs and rushes out to a morning shift with a client, while I stay home and help her dad with his needs until she returns, Cindy is an amazing caregiver and juggling taking care of her Dad, working a job caring for a gentleman with advanced ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, and taking care of me, is more than anyone should be required to do, now I am not helpless by any means but I do require help and Cindy is my lifeline.
Caregivers do not get enough credit, they are definitely underpaid in my opinion, there are good and bad caregivers like in any other occupation, but how many people can you find to work a job that pays minimum wage who will help you out of bed, cook and clean, hand feed, transfer you from a wheelchair to the shower chair, give you a bath, take you to the toilet and even wipe your rear when needed, someone to make sure you take your meds, and then help you back into bed and still care about your feelings.
And how about those who are doing exactly the same thing for a loved one, simply because it's the right thing to do, loved ones who do this for nothing are few and far between, there are those who say "Who Cares" and then you have caregivers who care.
Cindy is one of the caregivers who care, and I am proud of what she does and appreciate the care she gives anyone she comes into contact with, including her Mom, Dad, and I
Are you a caregiver, or have you had any experiences with caregivers?