When you’re a family caregiver, it’s easy to get lost in a pattern of 24/7 care and thoughts that no one understands what you’re going through. Many do, which is why a support group is so important. Here are four famous figures in history who provided care to others.
1 – Eleanor Roosevelt
When Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio, his wife cared for him. Later on, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure many years later, his daughter would help provide his care.
After his death, Eleanor Roosevelt continued to advocate for causes ranging from civil rights to women’s rights. She also was the first chair of the UN’s Commission on Human Rights and JFK’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.
2 – Nancy Reagan
After his presidency ended, Ronald Reagan would be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It was his wife Nancy who spent years providing his care. Not only did she push for stem cell research as a way to possibly cure Alzheimer’s one day, but she also worked tirelessly to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.
3 – Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale was a bit of a rebel in her time. Despite her family’s insistence that she marry and raise a family, she dreamed of a life in nursing. She went against her mother and left home to study nursing science.
It’s her role in the Crimean War that made her a household name. After seeing the conditions of the medical barracks, she pushed for change. By making changes to sterilization and hygiene practices, fatality rates plummeted from almost half to just 2 percent.
4 – Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was well known and honored several times for the work she did in poor communities. Within her years as a missionary, she opened more than 500 missions in a hundred countries. She rescued children caught in a war zone. She established missions to help orphans, the diseased, the disabled, homeless, and thousands of others.
Caregiving is an honorable, sometimes challenging act. While it’s amazing that you do provide the care your parents’ need, don’t lose track of your own needs. Make sure you take time off when needed. Home care aides take over while you have time to yourself or run errands. It’s easily arranged to match your preferences. Call a home care agency and let the representative know what services and schedules work best.
When you know your aging loved-one needs help with companion care, consider in-home care provided by Golden Heart Senior Care. We have offices nationwide. For more information, call us today at (800) 601-2792.