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.
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