Getting some Help with your Caregiving
Episode # 77
In this week’s episode, I talk a little bit about getting help with your caregiving, because after dealing with this disease for 7 almost 8 years now, I’m finding it very difficult to do everything by myself.
We have ran on to a lady from our church who is willing to come in and sit with mom and help take care of mom. And Stephanie and I are really thrilled with the way she handles mom. This lady, not only helps mom to the bathroom, she gives mom a bath, dresses mom, and even takes a little bit of toothpaste on one of her fingers with a Playtex glove to brush mamas gums and tongue. She also fixes food and not just for mom, but for whoever’s in the house.
We’ve had help in here before through an agency, but that become very expensive. Here in the DC area. They are $20 an hour and up, but they do not take care of mom, the way that this lady from the church does. They command and they would help mom go to the bathroom when necessary, but that was pretty much it. The rest of the time they would sit on their stuff and do nothing. If you had them do anything else. There was an extra charge for it.
I think it will be a good thing to have this lady and from the church, not only to help out with mom, but I believe it’ll help me out, not only physically but mentally as well. It’ll give me time to get out of the house and go do something either around the house or actually leave the house to do some things that we been putting off for months, and some of the may even be for a couple of years. Having this lady command may even allow Stephanie and I do have date nights. Where we can go for dinner and a movie once in a while, which is something that we have not had for quite a while.
If you’re able to get some help in whether that be someone from your church someone from your neighborhood a sibling or someone on that lines. It’ll be a tremendous help to you. It may even give you back a glimpse of your own life, even if it’s only for a couple of hours.
I think that I will be able to get not only the physical break, I need, but I think I will also get a mental break, which may be more important even though I can get out a little bit with Michael and Stephanie here. I know how Michael and Stephanie are, and that leaves me. Still worrying about what’s going on here at house with mom. Having this lady for approximately 2 weeks, Stephanie and I just absolutely love the way she treats mom. I also think that having this lady help with Mama will be a good exercise for Mama, because it gives Mama a chance to get used to someone else dealing with her, besides myself and the family.