I want to share my story and invite you into the home where my heart comes from and tell you how and why I started In Home Caregivers.
As a son of a single working mom, the responsibility to care for my grandparents fell on me. I became their sole caregiver after school, over the weekends, and throughout the summer. I helped clean, prepare food, and accompanied them shopping and to the doctor.
When I was 17 my grandfather suffered a fall. When he came home from the hospital, I moved in full time to care for my grandparents. I helped my grandfather adjust to his new life of limited mobility, transferring him in and out of his wheelchair. I took him to doctor appointments, reminded him to take medication, helped bathe, toilet, shave and feed him, stocked his pantry and refrigerator, cleaned his home, and helped pay his bills.
Then he began exhibiting signs of dementia. Since I could not be with him 24 hours a day, we needed to rely on appropriate care for each stage of his life. I realized how important the quality of his end of life experience was, and wanted to give him a life of longevity in the comforts of his own home.
I always had an affinity for helping others. I now reflect on the escalating world of caregiving, and how my life has come full circle to where my passion lies with caring for the elderly and those with disabilities. With the aging of America there is a great need for quality and compassionate care.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be on both sides, as the caregiver and the ‘client’, and learn everything I could first-hand about dealing with disability, dementia and aging.
My pledge to you is that we will treat your loved ones as if they are our own family.