Caregiver Stories

Unexpected moments are common in caregiving, whether humorous, inspiring or embarrassing they happen to all caregivers. Caregiver Stories is a place to share your stories and read other caregivers’ stories.

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karenhumble203

7 days ago

     I am a caregiver, but for folks that are not related. I did not choose caregiving, It chose me, I think it is very important, to give back and show others that you care, as a caregiver I have seen my share of lonely seniors, it's so sad and doesn't have to be that way, So I want to encourage everyone to put out positive energy! Be patient with the elderly, one day it may be you.
    
 

Oregongirl

Jun 18, 2015

     Whenever I get discouraged, I realize I am a big part of the end of a life of a man who has lived through several Presidents, fought in WWII, was a prisoner of War, injured and came home to his wife and 4 children. He raised them and brought them to America. He had $500.00. Opened his own business. I am so fortunate to be living with History of a True Man.
    
 

privileged

Jun 5, 2015

     I had the privilege of helping my dad care for my mother who had Alzheimer's. She passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 28, 2015. It was a journey that I would do 100 times over. A learning experience with memories that will remain with me forever. Some are good, some not so good. But, I don't have to live with regret. I did what I could with pleasure in return for all she did for me. Miss her.
    
 

karenhumble203

Jun 3, 2015

     One of my clients was in the nursing home recovering from open heart surgery. I would take his wife everyday for months to go see him, during those visits I would notice how the other residents would look up and, then look down with a kind of sad expression. To me it was as if they were hoping that the next person that came through those doors where coming for them. Social isolation is real and sad.
    
 

coolieslady13

Jun 2, 2015

     Mom, who had word salad, was laughing and trying to tell me a story. She ended up laughing so hard that even speaking plain english I don't think we would have understood her. I was crying I was laughing so hard. My sister came in to see what was so funny. We were all in tears holding our sides from laughing so hard. We never did figure it out!
    
 

Suegirl

May 20, 2015

     My Brother and I have been teasing each Other about who gets THE ANTIQUE DESK. He says he studied on that desk. I said I'm older and studied longer. MOM, threw her head back and cracked up.She said, neither one of you studied.
    
 

2ndBest

May 20, 2015

     Your story is hilarious tiredII...your mom must really be losing it!! I wonder why they get so nasty and accusatory of those around them? Must have to do with the brain degeneration. So much for the image of the "sweet little old lady"!! The funny thing is...why would she think you would even want her blood pressure pills?? Sorry but I just have to laugh!!
    
 

Oregongirl

May 15, 2015

     My Husband was dying. It was just myself, my daughter and her husband and the minister and his wife in the room at home. My husband had a broken back. He suddenly wanted to get up. The pastor told him he couldn't but my husband was determined. He got up all by himself (with a broken back). He lifted his hands into the air, and said God is GREAT and He is Beautiful!
    
 

kperez

May 12, 2015

     My mom has a peg tube for the last 3 months, and hasn't been speaking at all. This morning I heard her yell my name 4X, I woke up, and thought I was dreaming, I said "mom?" She then replied "I want to watch TV, wake up!!! what are u doing?" It was like a breath of fresh air! I couldn't believe it, she only talked for 2 hours and went back to being silent. Hopefully she talks again tomorrow.
    
 

Agfoley

May 8, 2015

     Due to my mom becoming increasingly withdrawn and ornery, I created a daily schedule for the day which includes art activities, exercise, meals, snacks, etc. It was worked wonders. I placed her schedule on a huge sticky note chart paper for visibility. The routine has help her and her provider. I feel like I'm organizing a day care center for kids! I even have a gold star reward system! Whew!
    

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