Taking care of a beloved parent(Helen) is the best job in the world and also terribly isolating and scary. Caregiving uses all of our talents and builds incredible skills- we learn how to get things done and how to protect and enhance another person's life. My mother was 40 when she had children and now I am 49 and she is 89 and we know how lucky we are to be together and enjoy each day we have. We have dealt with a broken hip and pnemonia in the past year and we have been lucky to see her return to studying Spanish and appreciating a good mystery. We receive help from the community in so many ways- including Meals on Wheels (lunches delivered) and help with respite care from Oregon Project Independence.
1. More financial support that helps her stay at home instead of in an assisted living center. We are rapidly going through our savings. 2.An easy to access ( time and place) support group. 3.I wish people knew more about what we do and could value our work, we are like parents who stay home and we all need to be valued.