Grateful for My Daddy’s Caretaker, Joe

When my Father moved from the nursing home to at-home hospice care, my Mother needed to find additional help. Insurance covered the expense for nurses and aides to care for him during the day. But when it came to evening help so my Mother could attend weekday church services, she found a volunteer service and a volunteer named Joe.

I never met Joe in person. But I talked to him weekly while he sat with my Father once a week. Joe answered my parent’s home phone, I reminded him who I was and asked him how my Father was doing. Some days my Father was well enough to talk. Other days he was asleep.

I know Joe’s time with my Daddy, sitting with him and talking baseball meant so much to my Mother. She could get the spiritual support she needed at church and know that a reliable person was caring for him.

Joe helped put me at ease too. You hear so many horror stories about elder abuse. But Joe was good to my Father. I couldn’t be there since I was here in Atlanta with a new baby. Talking to Joe on the phone put me at ease.

I know Joe didn’t get to see my Father at his healthiest or strongest. But my Father made such an impression on Joe that months after he passed away, Joe still hadn’t volunteered for a new family.

Do you have to care for loved ones who don’t live nearby?
Have you ever had to hire long distance caregivers? 

Here’s another option to help families feel comfortable when it comes to elder care. Seniors are opting to stay in their homes as long as possible and surrounding themselves with supportive services.

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. My mom use to take of my Grandmother when she had Alzheimer is was hard but my mom did find an RN nurse to sit once a week so she could do her errands my mom didn’t have any help during the day so she took care of my grandmother day and night with the help of my aunt. It’s sad when you don’t have the help I am thankful for all the Joes out there.

  2. This is a very worth while service and so very needed for those that want to stay in their home. Thanks for the info.

  3. It’s always comforting to know that when your loved one is in need there is great care there for them!

  4. I always have a deep admiration for caregivers, seeing how well they worked with my stubborn grandmother and then after being one myself with my own parents. It’s always comforting to know loved ones are being taken care of and have someone there for them when you can’t be.

  5. This is a great post, and I agree with comments above, always great to know someone truly cares and does their best to help out 🙂

  6. This was a touching tribute to your father’s caretaker. My mom lives with us and is still very active, but I know the time will eventually come when I will have to seek help. It’s comforting to read this and know that there are always people to help out.