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Did you pack the snack bag?

Updated: Sep 7, 2022

During the past year I spent some time caring for older people in my community through Home Instead Senior Care. Caregiving came naturally to me because I've taken care of my parents and grandparents when they were sick... but also because I have been the parent to three children who were once toddlers. With all the respect in the world, I will say that taking care of elderly people is a lot like taking care of toddlers. If you're good at one, you will probably be good at the other. For example, it takes a lot of preparation to go out on public with an older person or a toddler. You have to plan ahead, pack snacks (that they might not even eat), put their socks on just right, help them dress in layers, make a big production out of getting in and out of the car, and above all carry all the stuff. Once you're out, you can't just zip around town knocking off everything on your to-do list in one intense flurry of activity. It's just not happening. You've got to slow down, watch where you're going, and plan one activity/appointment/outing and make it be about quality over quantity. It's all about adjusting the pace of life, keeping the other person comfortable and safe, listening to their needs, and understanding their likes and dislikes. I certainly enjoyed the experience while it lasted and hope that the time that I spent being a caregiver will enhance my copywriting journey. P.S. If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a job and caregiving might be for you, give me a call at 505-515-7001. You are needed! I will help you get an interview.

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