I think I’m meant to be a caregiver. My family and I lived in New Mexico before we moved to Southern California in 2014. In New Mexico, I worked as a caregiver for several clients, but I decided to go a different route when I got here. I began working in the restaurant industry, but things changed quickly when my daughter Shaila got sick. In one of the scariest moments of my life, I remember rushing her to the hospital, and being told they didn’t know what was wrong with her. Finally at another hospital, we were given the diagnosis […]Read more →
November is Homecare Provider Appreciation Month.
This month, we’re honoring those who care. All too often our work is overlooked, undervalued, and underappreciated, but UDW wants all homecare providers to know that we are heroes!
We’re going to spend this month telling the stories of everyday heroes – the homecare workers who care for California’s seniors and people with disabilities. And we want to hear from you. Tell us your story, and how you contribute to your community through caregiving.
I’m my dad’s only child. In 1995, when he started showing signs of dementia, I moved him into my home to keep him safe and healthy. During the early years of his diagnosis, he was still able to care for himself, and do most things on his own. I just made sure to keep an eye on him. We were living in Missouri at the time. We made the move to Kern County, California in 2011, because my dad wanted to connect with his family roots. His father was from California, and he has siblings here. In the last four […]Read more →
I work as my son Andy’s homecare provider. Andy is 39-years-old, and has autism. I provide him with round-the-clock supervision and assistance with his every day needs. Andy is very limited in his language, and only the people closest to him understand the way he pronounces most words. Working and advocating for my son has sparked a passion for health and homecare advocacy. I have been involved with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, as well as the local board in San Diego. As a Latina woman, I am proud that I’m able to help other family caregivers, particularly those […]Read more →
I’ve been a homecare provider for seven years. I care for my 23-year-old son, as well as a non-family client. My son, Jacob, has cerebral palsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Noonan syndrome, chronic lung disease, and severe asthma. I help clean his home and keep it dust free, because it is important that he avoids the harsh and strong chemicals of cleaning products. I also help him with his shopping, making and driving him to doctors’ appointments, and more. I love being my son’s caregiver, and my family is truly grateful for the homecare program. Jacob is fiercely independent. As soon as […]Read more →
By Doug Moore, Huffington Post, November 25, 2015 November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to offer gratitude to those who step in to care for their loved ones when they need it most. It is work that requires a great deal of self-sacrifice, and it often goes unnoticed. In November we take time to recognize family caregivers for the role they play in protecting the independence and dignity of so many Americans. But this month is also a time to honor those who have chosen to make caregiving for both family and non-family members their full-time profession — […]Read more →