An Adult Child Finds a Care Giver and Peace of Mind
Many adult children today are facing the stress of not only caring for their young children, but also their elderly parents. A member of this ‘sandwich generation,’ Liz Fandel has been no stranger to the stress, especially since she lives out of state from her parents.
“I’m in New Jersey and my family’s in Maryland,” she said. “I’m truly isolated with not much of a support system of my own.”
This living situation became more difficult when Liz’s mother indicated she was having health problems. She was eventually diagnosed with Stage III Uterine Cancer, for which she immediately had surgery at Johns Hopkins.
Liz knew how much her father and her brother, who had undergone a lung transplant, relied on her mother and felt it was time to make a decision.
“I insisted with my father that she needed someone to be at the house to help her,” she said.
When she searched online for elder care services in the area, one of the results was Visiting Angels of Pikesville, a home care company that Liz remembered hearing about on the news. She then called Executive Director Dave Pyser and a mere two days after Liz’s mother was discharged, a caregiver arrived at their home.
The caregiver, Charlotte, helped Liz’s mother with everyday tasks such as preparing meals, providing medication reminders, bathing, making the bed and doing laundry.
“My mom absolutely loved her caregiver,” said Liz. “Her spirits were up, and she was ready to start her day knowing Charlotte was coming.”
Although her mother does not need the same level of care these days, Liz still has as much peace of mind knowing she can call Visiting Angels at any time.
“I was very fortunate that Dave had the name behind him, but also the professionalism and understanding,” said Liz. “He’s attentive to what the patients’ needs are.”
As the Boomer population grows and more adult children face similar difficult decisions, Liz urges them to seek these available services.
“My mom, dad and brother’s situation is the example of a family that needs that kind of resource available to them because anything can happen at any time,” she said.