I'm about to lose another personal care assistant (pca). On one level, this sucks because I have to start fresh with a new person coming into my life. I'll have to train them and build rapport, trust and a relationship. On another level, I am very proud of myself. I've done it again. I always manage to leave people in a better place than I found them.
Being a caregiver for an elderly adult can be fraught with unforeseen and challenging situations that many relatives are ill equipped to handle. Managing all the details and logistics required for situating an elderly parent either in their home after a hospital stay or in a facility of some kind can be daunting for a child or senior spouse.
I urge all Alzheimer's caregivers, as well as their friends and family to fully embrace technology and take advantage of the many benefits and improvements it can bring into your lives. But a word of caution: don't let it take over your life and become a substitute for the things that really matter.
Racial minority women ‒- and particularly recent immigrant women ‒- have often been employed in informal labor arrangements that included extraordinarily long days, working on holidays, wages well below the minimum wage and absolutely no access to recourse if they were treated unfairly. Evelyn Coke's victory moves us one step away from that history.