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In forum posts several months ago I spoke about my experiences being a caregiver for a parent who suffered from a series of strokes, and the pain of watching a loved one suffer and the stress of dealing with incompetent home health care aides.
Since my mom passed away in the summer of 2006 I have interfaced with many, many people who spoke about the abuse and neglect of their parents that had care at home or in nursing homes, and some of their stories were far worse than what I bore witness to.
Being a caregiver for an elderly parent who suffered from diabetes and strokes was a life changing experience for me and exposed me to the serious problem in America today of eldercare abuse and neglect. The trauma of watching a loved one suffer and die while struggling to maintain their dignity and the lack of proper eldercare, both at home and in nursing homes, moved me to write a book about my experiences in the hopes that lawmakers will enact laws on the State and Federal level to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society, the elderly and infirmed, are protected, and that those responsible for their care must undergo the proper training, licensing, and education before they are allowed to perform their jobs.
My book is available thru Amazon.com and will soon be available from Barnes and Noble and Borders in eReader format.
It is my sincerest hope and desire that something be done to mandate training in all fifty States for home care and nursing home aides and that agencies and aides are subject to the same accountability we would expect from those taking care of little children at a daycare center. In Asia they venerate age but all too often in America we denigrate the elderly.
I hope my book also offers solace to all those who were caregivers for a loved one and that they know they are not alone.