Tribute to an Excellent Caregiver: Yes They Really Do Exist

18 Jul

Having written about Lorna, one of two caregivers I had to fire for cause, I think it’s only fair I devote time to Lea, the best PSW I hired. In case you’re curious, between my uncle and my mother, there were nine.

Lea was my Uncle Benny’s caregiver during the last years of his life. She was hired after I let four others go when he moved into Cummer Lodge, a long-term care home.  I didn’t think he would need private caregivers in a nursing home, but I was very wrong.  After two weeks of daily calls about frequent falls and aggressive behavior, it was  becoming clear my uncle wasn’t getting as much care as he needed. But by then the people I let go had all found new jobs.

Finding Lea was a stroke of luck. She had a lot of experience with elderly people and she was well-versed in dementia. She had also been employed by her previous employer for almost 10 years.

Lea took excellent care of my uncle, even when he was at his most difficult. I know she experienced his left hook more than once during his final years. She performed tasks I could never do and she rarely complained. She also came in on weekends because my uncle didn’t eat when she wasn’t there. She was simply an exceptional caregiver and she loved her job.

If you know an exceptional caregiver, maybe you can tell readers of this blog what set him or her apart from the others.

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5 Responses to “Tribute to an Excellent Caregiver: Yes They Really Do Exist”

  1. lifeonwry.coml April 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    I look forward to that Q&A. Takes a special person to do what they do, and to do it well. Thanks.

  2. judila416 April 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    @lifeonwry, so true. I think I need to start hunting down and writing more about dedicated caregivers. I know there are lots of other wonderful caregivers out there taking care of our loved ones and doing the jobs we can’t bear to do. The good ones are worth celebrating.

  3. carolyngooderham April 10, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    My family has been very fortunate to have had a wonderful caregiver named Sally since my grandfather became confined to a wheelchair, about 12 years ago. When he passed in 2007, she stayed on to care for my grandmother who had come to depend on her just as much as my grandfather had. Having Sally care for my grandmother has been a blessing in so many ways, as it has allowed her to stay in her home, continue her activities, and most importantly it gives my mother, her sisters, and the rest of our family peace of mind, knowing she is well cared for. Sally has become a part of the family, spending every summer at the cottage with Granny and attending important celebrations. This was a really great post Judi, it caused me to reflect on the importance of these people in our lives, even if we are not the recipients of the care.

  4. judila416 April 10, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Hi Carolyn: Thanks for sharing. Wonderful caregivers like Sally and Lea do so much more for our families than what people see on the surface. Being able to have peace of mind that our loved ones are in good hands is so important for family members.

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