Mom had Parkinson's, but then she had drastic change to where her dementia just kicked in and it turned my world upside down. I was at a loss as to where to start. Then I came across Christian Companion, and they just changed my world. They matched me up with the perfect caregiver who's been with me that long. She has become like a sister to me. She cares for my mom like if she is her own. I love having her. She comes in three times a week.
My stepdad is at home with my mom, so he can attest to the tenderness and the care, and the love that my mom gets from her caregiver. And it's just peace of mind. I can go on vacation, I can stay home, I can do whatever I need to do knowing she's well cared for, than trying to do it all myself. My mom is in a wheelchair and she's in Depends. We have to feed her, bathe her, dress her, from start to finish. It's like taking care of a 9-month old.
And they help me with every aspect of it, from getting her out of bed, getting her dressed up, making sure she is clean hygienically speaking. My mom never had a boil or a sore. And they make sure they take her to the bathroom on a regular schedule. They also just sit with her so my stepdad can have the freedom to go and do his yard work or whatever he needs to do.
Mom adores her caregiver. You can tell. Mom can't communicate verbally, but she'll grab her hand, and she'll just look at her adoringly.
She's also very tranquil when she's there. Mom has a reaction if there's people that she doesn't know, and you could sense her anxiety. I don't know about others, but I start off with gung-ho I'm gonna do this, I'm gonna figure it out, I could do it myself kind of mentality. And there's no way to continue normalcy for my family without having Christian Companion come in and help me out with the rest of it. It's just a blessing how great it is.