I had the privilege of taking care of my elderly mother until she died at age 91. I took care of her daily until I moved to another city, and then returned four times a year to be her caretaker for long periods.
She would bathe, take care of her when she was sick, change her clothes and sheets, listen to her for hours on the same subject, comfort her when she cried, give him food, let her win in the card game to motivate her, prayed and talked about heaven with her … and I would not change those moments into anything.
Taking care and making a happy elderly person is demanding, but it is possible. All they need is a little of our time, patience and love.
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Gift of life
Many of us have had the immense blessing of caring for an elderly parent. Yes, it can be very tiring and sometimes quite exhausting, but at the end of the day you go to bed with a smile on your face. Love, care for and protect them in their weaknesses. Remember that everything in them is a great gift of life!