Caitlin Conley

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Why Is It Personal to Caitlin Conley?


Growing up, I was very lucky to have my Great-Grandmother as an active participant in my life.  As she and I both got older, we both sometimes depended on each other for assistance.  I would assist her in tasks such as meal prep and ambulation; she would assist me in spiritual and emotional guidance.  Eventually, because of several health conditions and the natural aging process, we had caregivers going into the home while my aunt was at work to help her with housework and other activities of daily living.  As a family, we helped my aunt out as much as we could, as she was the main caregiver for my Great-Grandmother and was under a tremendous amount of stress.  After several events that lead to her being unsafe at home alone, my Great-grandmother went into a skilled facility where she got round the clock care.  However, this did not stop me from going down to Massachusetts to visit and step in to help in any way that I could, even when it came to care and comfort needs at the end of her life. 

Being active in the care that my Great-Grandmother received, even in my early adolescent years, has touched my heart and has been a blessing that I am grateful for each and every day.  My experiences have also helped to define the path that I want to take in terms of my career and goals in helping the elderly population, not only with caregiving, but also in ensuring quality care and quality of life that is respectful and dignified.


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