Caregivers deserve Kudos! Do you agree?

@Jellen (1852)
United States
January 21, 2009 6:27pm CST
Do you know a caregiver who gives time and effort for hours on end? Maybe that's you? Do you feel caregivers deserve kudos, praise for the work they do -- sometimes without thanks? Have you ever helped in a situtation, so a caregiver could take some time off?
2 responses
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
22 Jan 09
My sister cared uncomplainingly for a paralyzed husband for 38 years. If they have special rewards in Heaven for people like her, I'm sure she will be at, or at least very near the head of the line.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Once you've see caregiving like that, it makes you wonder how she kept going. It had to be love, devotion, responsibility, caring, and advocacy, all wrapped up together.
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thank you for this discussion, I am the mother of a child with Cystic Fibrosis. People always tell me how great she looks (you'd never guess she was "sick") and the reality is she is not always sick but it takes a ton of time and effort to keep her going. My husband and I have had the luxury of two nights to ourselves since she was born 6yrs ago, it's a lot to ask of someone. And we wouldn't dream of burdening anyone with her medications treatments and routine that is "normal" for us. But if someone was qualified, we would certainly accept!
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
12 Feb 09
Big Kudos to you! I know by experience what it means to be a caregiver and what it means to have someone responsible and caring, come on the scene and give me a time away without worry. I have a respite worker and that worker came via the area agency on aging, although my stroke-survivor husband isn't all that old. Maybe you can check into some respite care. If your income qualifies, you can have a paid-for worker come into your situation and give your child the supervision you would give her if you were there. Thank you for your comment.
• United States
12 Feb 09
Thanks for the ideas. As I've told other caregivers...it's not about having the same issues or illness, it's about being there for each other.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
12 Feb 09
These are government funded services in place to give caregivers a break...mental and physica...they find it also benefits the client.