I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Larry


I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Larry

(Editor’s Note: We continue our I Am a Family Caregiver campaign by featuring Larry Worthington, who cares for his mom and a family friend. Our questions and his answers follow.)

Larry_I_AmCaregiving.com: Fill in the blank: I am____.
Larry: I am a family caregiver and personal care worker.

Caregiving.com: What's the biggest misconception that others have about family caregivers?
Larry: They stay at home and do nothing useful.

Caregiving.com: What would you like others to understand about your role as a family caregiver?
Larry: If it was not for me my mother would be in a nursing home and have considerably less freedom and be a lot less happy.

Caregiving.com: How do you describe what family caregivers do?
Larry: Family caregivers help family members and friends with activities of daily living that the individual cannot do for themselves in a home setting keeping the individual out of a nursing home.

Caregiving.com: How can others help you?
Larry: Be understanding that I am actually DOING SOMETHING USEFUL and not just being lazy!

Caregiving.com: What's one tip you suggest that helps another family caregiver?
Larry: Keep a detailed calendar of appointments and things that need to be done but also be flexible.

Caregiving.com: Briefly tell us about your caregiving situation.
Larry: I care for my mother who has had back surgery, heart surgery, is diabetic, has CKD stage 4 and is on dialysis. I also take care of a friend on the weekends. I have two other clients as a personal care worker.

Caregiving.com:. What do you hope to accomplish during your life?
Larry: Help others have a better life and enjoy what they can in life.

Visit Larry’s blog to read more of his caregiving story.

(We’d love to feature your story in our campaign–just complete our “I Am a Family Caregiver” campaign questionnaire. If you are a working family caregiver, feel free to also share your story as part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign.)

(Editor's Note: On Caregiving.com, we recognize that family caregivers provide care at home, whether that be in a family caregiver's home, a caree's home or the nursing home. We support family caregivers, regardless of where care takes place.)

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I totally agree with you, Pegi! <a href=\"http://www.caregiving.com/members/kc9hdp/\" rel=\"nofollow\">@kc9hdp</a> and his ability to keep going--not matter what--is very inspiring.