This afternoon, Cindy Laverty, a former family caregiver for her former father-in-law, joined us to talk about life after caregiving. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of the post.
Cindy’s caregiving journey lasted 5 1/2 years and began at her former father-in-law’s request. Will you help manage my affairs, he asked her, after I have open heart surgery?
She did. And, what was just initially bill paying became everything else, including managing the professional caregivers hired to care for him.
During our discussion, Cindy talked about detachment and the huge lesson she learned about fixing—that caregiving isn’t about fixing. She learned to become a distant observer, which helped her minimize the emotional struggles and appreciate the unspoken moments.
The difficulty in finding good help led Cindy to the idea that she could provide just a service—good help—to family caregivers. She launched her business, The Care Company, in January 2010, six months after the death of her father-in-law. Her best advice to anyone considering starting a company? Get a business mentor.
Cindy’s recently released book, “Caregiving – Eldercare Made Clear & Simple,” is our December Caregiving Book Club pick. Stay tuned for another discussion with Cindy later this year.
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