Sally’s father had been relying on an in home care provider for the past year and even though he didn’t say much about his caregiver to her, she knew that this man was a blessing to her and her family. Sally’s father had suffered a heart attack at the beginning of the previous year and though he is considered a stubborn person, he agreed to have an in home care provider come to visit him a few days a week to help out with his recovery.
Once he had fully recovered, Sally was a bit surprised that he wanted to have this woman continue providing home care for him. He said that he simply couldn’t do some of the things that he used to and felt more comfortable having someone there, or someone who was going to check on his from time to time. He didn’t need much, only a visit twice a week, for many an hour or two.
Sally took the caregiver for granted. She didn’t think that the woman was doing anything to help her father and really believed that she only stopped by the house and sat around reading a magazine (because that’s what Sally caught her doing the one time that she stopped in unannounced). Sally had told this woman that she didn’t need to come back (this was in October) because Sally was going to take over.
In the two months since that time, Sally quickly realized that her father required a bit more help around the house than she realized. Not only was he not happy with Sally, she realized that she had to help clean, do some laundry, and make sure that he was taking his medications properly. She found that she didn’t have the time to spend two or three hours a week at her father’s house, let alone do that twice every week.
A week before Christmas, Sally called the agency that had placed the caregiver with her father and hired her once again, on his behalf. Sally is going into the New Year with a newfound appreciation for what in home care providers do for their patients. She wouldn’t have had any clue if she didn’t try to be the primary caregiver for her father in the first place.
This year, make a New Year’s resolution to appreciate the little things that home care providers do for our loved ones. Being a caregiver is one of those jobs that are often unsung and definitely underpaid.
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