The tenacity of the elderly (Posted late on 11/19 from 11/18)

The longer I am a caretaker, the more I learn about how tenacious senior citizens truly are. Where the average person bickers and complains about a hang-nail or a bump or bruise, these truly wonderful individuals do everything that they can to cover up even the worst of pain.
I have to wonder if my clients simply grew up in an era when masking discomfort was something drilled into their head or if they just don’t want to bother anyone with their pain, annoy them needlessly, or do they simply believe that no one else will care? If it is the latter, then I am sad!
Each and every day that I get to experience life with my clients is a great day. Every one of them has something to offer me that no one else in the world can give. I look upon my position as a blessing because I am offered a bonus into the lives of these wonderful people that others will never have the opportunity to experience. I can guarantee you that all they want from me is to be treated as an equal. The thank you I receive is a loving smile, ‘thanks’ by the dozens and from many, a hug at the end of the visit.
When I first considered doing this caretaking job, I was not certain I was cut out for it. Now all I want to do is to show my clients that With Age Comes Respect and that I will do my best to respect each and every aspect of their long lives!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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