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A Personal Look at End-of-Life Care

A Personal Look at End-of-Life Care

End-of-life services can be a particularly emotional service to discuss with family caregivers and professional caregivers alike.

One of my recent discussions with a Preferred Care at Home caregiver lead to end-of-life services; and her story reminded of one of my loved ones.

It was in the very twilight of her life that my great-aunt discovered a love of baseball. I vividly remember visiting her in Birmingham has a young teenager. Each time, she would quiz me on the dynamics of the game and the Braves batting order. If I didn’t know Chipper Jones’ current batting average, I wasn’t getting any extra dessert that night.

Too young to know it at the time, I was sure she had been a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan. It wasn’t until many years later that I discovered the true source of her passion—a caregiver.

As a child, I knew her caregiver Eloise as simply my great-aunt’s “helper”. It’s a title many seniors give to their caregivers, but it goes beyond not wanting to explain a caregiver’s job to friends or relatives—it’s a title that more accurately describes the client-caregiver relationship.

Eloise was only with my great-aunt for three years, including her end-of-her-life; but in few dozen months she not only cared for her needs and wants, she provided a friend. Eloise ensured that a kind but lonely woman like my great-aunt found a new passion to live for after her husband passed. My great-aunt’s new found love of baseball kept her going through her last years

Her caregiver’s passion became her own, which became my passion—and it reminds me of her every time I see a baseball game.

I bring this all around to note that my story is not unique. Almost every time I have a conversation with one of Preferred Care at Home’s caregivers, I am met with a similar tale.

Every month, we hear about a client-caregiver relationship that resulted in the extension of life, a new breathe of hope, a friendship with stories being told, and a comforting “helper” by their side at the end of the road: all because of reliable, compassionate, and affordable end-of-life care.

 

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