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Lessons In Caregiving

Lessons in CaregivingMany of us will be family caregivers in the coming years.  The baby boomer generation is experiencing this with their own parents right now… So one day the rest of us will be facing the same issue.  The video I'm sharing below is one of the best short videos I've seen depicting the realities of family caregiving.  It really touched me, and I hope it does you too.

Evelyn Corsini and her family allowed photographer Francine Orr to document the final months of her life, to observe caregiving. Orr's interest was journalistic but also personal: As the caregiver for her father, she had been living the story herself for more than a decade. – Los Angeles Times

Caregiving for a family member isn't easy, it's tough work.  We do it because we LOVE our mothers and our fathers, our brothers and our sisters.  Caring for a family member requires modifications to the home, changes to our lifestyle, and a knowledge of ADL's (activities of daily living) and how to manage them.  If you're not familiar with the various ADL's, here's a list of the 6 basic ADL's:

  1. Eating
  2. Bathing
  3. Dressing
  4. Toileting
  5. Transferring (walking)
  6. Continence

The video “Lessons In Caregiving” was posted by the Los Angeles Times in December of last year, and it gives us a glimpse at one family's story during the final stages of life. Special thanks to Evelyn Corsini's family members for allowing us to learn from their experience. It may help us prepare for our own journey down this road.

Are you a family caregiver?  We'd love to hear your story.  Tell us about your caregiving journey in the comments below.

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