To that should also be added physically disabled or challenged men, women and children. This ‘special’ group of people has also been characterized as people with ‘special needs’. And to that group the elderly can certainly be added. The daily living assistance moorhead programs are staffed by men and women who could also be classified as ‘special’. Because surely, it takes a special person to take care of folks like these.
These professional caregivers are generally tasked with any number of sensitive situations. For instance, intimate help needs to be provided for someone who needs to ‘go to the bathroom’, never mind the essential daily ritual of washing or bathing at least twice a day. In fact, it is even beyond the means of so many to brush their own teeth. And so it goes too that there are the elderly and those who are certainly physically challenged who simply are not able to feed themselves in the normal manner.
What must go through the minds of so many when being fed ‘like a baby’. And indeed, there are those who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s who clearly have no idea where they are and what it is that they must do. Whether they are aware or not, it is left to the ‘special’ caregiver to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Not always an easy task when dealing with stubborn folks who may still have recollections on what it means to be independent and able.
Call it a simple twist of ironic fate. For all the right reasons, many men and women are living a lot longer these days. But by the time they reach ‘that age’ how are they to cope. Hence the need for professional daily living assistance.