Why I Love Caregiving

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Shauna Mathis, California

I began at the age of 14 helping my mom care for my grandpa who was paralyzed from his waist down and also had Alzheimer’s.

My mom couldn't lift him as she had back issues from an accident. So after years of caring for my grandpa and seeing so many elderly people not getting the love or attention in convalescent homes I decided to continue my career caring for elderly.

I currently take care of an elderly man who just lost his wife and none of his kids call or visit him. He lives by the beach and I cook for him and also bring my own kids over to bring some joy into his life.

He went from so sad and depressed because he lost the love of his life. They were married for 56 years. She was his life.

I love that I am able to bring joy into his life again. I enjoy our talks listening to his stories everyday. It’s always a great day with him my kids and I love him dearly as if he was our own grandpa.