Andrea Doyon

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Why is it personal to Andrea Doyon?


I only ever knew one of my grandfathers growing up. I was his only granddaughter and we had a special bond. When I was in high school, he developed Alzheimer’s. My grandmother tried to hide it from the family and she tried to take care of him on her own. We noticed she was stressed and looked unhealthy. We finally asked her what was going on and she told us everything. We said that she needs help taking care of my grandfather because she will kill herself if she kept trying to take care of him on her own. None of us wanted to send him to a nursing home, so a caregiver went to their house and helped take care of my grandfather. The Alzheimer’s progressed quickly and eventually a caregiver was there every day and for most of the day. We noticed my grandmother looked much healthier and happier knowing that her husband could stay in their home and be provided one-on-one care that would not be available at most nursing homes.

I am extremely grateful for the help that caregivers provided for my grandparents. Without their help, my grandmother would have continued to not take care of herself properly and that could have been detrimental to her health. Although my grandfather passed away, my grandmother is alive and healthy thanks to the support she received from caregivers. I know how much caregivers can help a family and that is why I chose to work for Home Instead Senior Care.

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