Serving Seniors: Caregivers are amazing people | Lifestyle

Over the past two years there have been many changes, not just for me but for all of us. Some have been good and some not so good.

Change isn’t always easy, but I believe change usually happens for a reason. We may not always understand it, but most of the time things turn out for the best. When I’m upset about something, my husband asks me if my upset will “change” what happened, to which I say no. It can still be upsetting, but it’s true that getting upset doesn’t change the past.

That said, I am once again experiencing changes in the workforce and doing my best to make things better. I’m excited for what the future holds even though I don’t know what it will be yet. I was sad and disappointed at first, but when unexpected things happen and the smoke clears, I can always consider the glass half full.

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Many of us have lost friends and family members over the past two years without any explanation. Yes, some have left us due to COVID and others due to accidents, cancers or other illnesses, but I bring this up because in many cases others were needed to help us get through the longer term problems because we couldn’t handle things on our own.

These other people I refer to are called caregivers, and no matter what level of care they provide or what company they work for, they are invaluable people.

Caregivers are great people. They don’t do what they do for the money, because they will never get rich doing what they do, but they are the most compassionate, generous, and caring people I know. They take the “load” off our shoulders to help us care for our loved ones.

I know this firsthand, because I remember when I brought my mother to our house thinking that everything would be fine. She was also bedridden with other problems, but I believed that I could take care of her without any problem.

I was wrong. Just because you’re close to your family, love them, and want to take care of them doesn’t mean you can always meet all of their needs.

Friday, February 18 is National Caregiver Day and we should celebrate these wonderful men and women who not only provide the tender and loving care with the activities of daily living for our loved ones, but they also take care of us, so we we are not alone. If you currently have a caregiver helping you or a loved one, be sure to say thank you every day.

Until next month, take care, stay well, and love your family and caregivers.

Katie Lucas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Alabama and has worked in the field for over 40 years. For the past 10 years, she has also worked with seniors and volunteers. She has lived in Citrus County for over 30 years and is married with three children and five grandchildren. She can be contacted at klucas6705@gmail.com.

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