This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Create the Good. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you ever stopped to think about the people in your life who do so much for others? I am lucky that in my life I’ve known of some amazing caretakers who have made it their mission in life to put others before themselves. One of those people is my mother.
After raising up four kids mostly on her own, she was fairly restless when we all left home. She’d gotten a ton of satisfaction out of babysitting my little baby cousin for the first two years of her life, so she became a Certified Nursing Aide in a nursing home in our town, working for years taking care of the elderly. Over time, she realized how much she loved taking care of the old and infirm, and at the age of fifty, she went back to school and became an LPN.
She had recently taken in her mother, who was unfortunately suffering dementia. My mother took care of her affairs and then brought her across the country to live in her house so she could care for her. When my grandmother died, she left my mother enough money to go back to school.
You can’t imagine how inspiring it was to see her following her dreams. Especially when her dreams really amounted to being a professional carer. While she worked for a while in various nursing homes, she found that she really missed direct patient care. She didn’t want to be the one doing admin or passing out medications. She wanted to be the one talking to each person and helping them more directly. She decided to find a new job as a home care nurse.
Going to a person’s house, helping them wash, move around, or even use the toilet takes a very special kind of person. A home carer needs empathy and compassion far beyond what a normal person may generally use. My mother excelled at it. She never referred to any of them as her patients – simply as her friends.
Living in a small town, nursing jobs are hard to come by, and when her company had to let her go, my mother simply continued working as a home carer without the wages that her nursing certification should have afforded her. She loved the work she was doing, so she did it happily, without concern that she could have earned much more at a hospital or clinic.
She cares for my still-living grandmother, going over to help her as often as she can, even when it’s not convenient. She puts others before herself always.
She’s an inspiration to me and deserving of recognition.
Who do you know who deserves recognition? Nominate someone today who you think embodies the role of Caretaker. Whether it’s a teacher, babysitter, coach, parent or even police or medical personnel, think about who deserves recognition and nominate them for the 25 Days 25 Ways to Care contest. There are daily random drawings for one gift card per day over the 25 days, awarded to one of the nominees, with additional entries earned for sharing your submission on Facebook and Twitter! More votes = more entries!
Further, one lucky nominee will win the grand prize, which is a $2500 donation to their charity of choice. The winning video will be selected by a panel of judges from Create the Good. Impact on others and creativity of the video are the two criteria for selection.
You can view the full Contest Rules and then nominate someone amazing. I know who I’m going to be nominating!