At age 26, I was a busy, happy, stay at home mom; caring for Michael and our two sons on the sunny beach in Oxnard, CA when it became necessary for us to bring Michael’s beloved 91 year old grandmother into our home to live. It was one of those “best of times and worst of times” type of experiences, and it gave me a clear picture of how difficult it is for today’s “sandwich generation” to be caring for both their children and their aging parents.
Some years later my mother had to move our precious “Baba” (her mother) out of her home and into a nursing home because there was no other way of caring for her. I know the guilt my mother suffered; and still does to this day because she was not able to care for my grandmother by taking her in or letting her stay in her own home. There just wasn’t a “Visiting Angel” to call for help.”
Today I know these experiences are what have given me the passion for what I do. As Director/Owner of my own Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services franchise I am able to offer viable alternatives for the assisted living or nursing home experience; allowing seniors to stay in their own homes or in the home of a loved one, by providing caring and compassionate caregivers who assist in the daily activities of life.
It is such a rewarding and satisfying ministry that gives purpose to my personal experiences. I knew this was the perfect career path for me but I must admit I never dreamed I would love it this much. Every day is an opportunity to make someone’s day a little easier. I’ve had adult children call me in tears because they think their experience with caring for their loved one is unusual. They feel alone with their feelings of guilt, frustration and helplessness. Being able to offer a way to relieve some of the stress they are experiencing by placing one of my Angel Caregivers, giving a referral for other types of assistance or just lending an ear and a word of encouragement is a blessing. This is a special opportunity to me, and so much more than a business; I know I am making a difference.