Grandma teaches me how to provide unconditional love every day and I look forward to caring for her all the time. Grandma is 95, has diabetes, and moves around in a wheelchair. Because of the pinched nerve in her spine, she wears a diaper and experiences incontinence from time to time. I’ve been her caregiver for the last 8 years and I share the caregiving duties with my family. On my caregiving days, I help her with both basic and instrumental activities of daily living, such as bathing, cooking, dressing, transferring, toileting, medication, and transportation.
Caregiving has taught me about patience, compassion, communication, and humanity. As a new caregiver, I didn’t have a handbook or guidelines on how to take care of my grandma. I learned almost everything by trial and error. I find caregiving for seniors to be extremely important so I created a new party that focuses on preparing family members for the caregiving role. I’ve named this party the Senior Shower and it is all about C.A.R.E. (Celebration, Appreciation, Recognition, and Education). At this party, family and friends get together to share their stories about caregiving for their elders, discuss community resources, and bring useful gifts for the new caregiver. This event will provide families with a support group at the beginning of the caregiving journey. I founded the Senior Shower Project so I can promote this caregiver party nationwide.
Caregiving changed my life. I found my passion. I’m now a caregiver cheerleader!