Too Young to Care?
Posted by Paige Richardson in category on July 17, 2012
Today, I met a 10-year-old caregiver. No one else may give him that title. He does not make health care decisions, run errands, give baths, or take his grandmother to the doctor. What he provides is love, companionship, and some help around the house.
This kind, very mature, young man stays with his grandmother while out of school for the summer. His grandmother is oxygen dependent, needs the aid of walker to get through her home, and freely admits only living in two rooms of her home. It’s the grandson’s job to mop floors, run the vacuum, and with his grandmother’s guidance do some cooking. Other family members help by running errands and getting grandmother to doctors’ appointments. However, now it is the grandson who relieves the loneliness his grandmother experiences. His loving presence and willingness to do chores makes all the difference for his grandmother.
Can we, too, follow the lead of a 10-year old and be a loving presence for a frail aging family member or neighbor? If you are interested in serving frail aging adults, call NCBAM at 877.506.2226 to learn more.