My mother recently passed away due to complications from Dementia. I helped my father care for her for the last 3 1/2 years. I know the difference that the caregivers made in our lives during the last year of my mom's life. They brought joy, relief, compassion, companionship & support to the 3 of us. I want to, as the saying goes, "pay it forward" by assisting another person or family. I want the opportunity to make someone's life better by providing transportation, companionship or any type of care. I know what it is to feel stretched to your wits end because you are afraid to leave your loved one alone so you can go to the grocery store. It's even harder to take them with you. It may seem like a simple thing, but when your mom suffers from dementia her safety & well being come first. Then a caregiver comes into your family & allows you to take that trip to the store while they remain behind & comfort your loved one. It's those "simple" things that make a difference. I want to be able to do that for others.
I took care of my mother who suffered from dementia. In the beginning I helped her remember where she put things or names. Then it was getting her clothes picked out & helping her dress. Taking her for walks or trips to the store. Providing reassurance that she was safe & not alone. Helping her bathe & tucking her into bed. Feeding her & taking her to the bathroom. Eventually transferring her from her wheel chair to her hospital bed, changing her diapers & carefully feeding her to make sure she didn't get choked. I guess you can say that I had on the job training. It was important to me to treat my mother with dignity, love & respect. Anyone suffering with any type of illness deserves the same treatment. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit an assisted living facility with my bible study group. We would go once a month to spend time with the residents. We may play cards, sing songs or listen to them share stories. It was always a good time. I enjoy working with children. I volunteer in the nursery at my church & have served there for 6 years. I have participated in children's outreach programs over the years. During my son's elementary school years, I served as the room mother from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I enjoyed helping with book fairs, field trips or football games. If there was a need & I could fill it then I would be there. My son is in his first year of college, my mother passed away. I am ready to & I want to help someone.