A Poem for Family Caregivers of Seniors
A Poem for Family Caregivers of Seniors
September 26, 2013
I recently came across a poem that I thought may speak eloquently to anyone who is a caregiver of a senior citizen or has been in the past. And, of course, if you know of a family caregiver who works diligently to meet the needs of their loved one, please feel free to pass it along to them.As an Indianapolis realtor who specializes in helping senior citizens and their caregivers through the process of selling the family home, I’m often blessed with getting to meet strong Indiana souls who daily face the challenges described in the words below. – Lisa Parrett

“Caregiver”
By Sue Green
“The surreal world I live in
Thrust there over night
It was a stroke that hit him
Since then just nothing’s right
The frustration of it all.
The many hats I wear
The tasks that never end
The new roles that I bear
I wake up in the morning
Wishing for the past
Stick to his routines
And never move too fast
There’s someone living in my house
I know there’s someone here
Why do I feel so all alone
Even when he’s near?
Some days he comes to visit
And talks of things we share
‘tho conversation’s brief
And oft’ too short to bear.
I try to see it his way.
I try to help him out.
I know he faces struggles
For him, no easy bout.
A different world he lives in
His own pace that he sets
I try to make him understand
He sometimes tries, and yet
Can I know the effort that it takes
To put together words to talk?
Can I feel his inner struggle
When he tries to walk?
I can only be there
Let him know I’m here
I can sit beside him
And try to ease his fear.
It’s a surreal world we both live in
Just ‘one day at a time.’
With some days still a struggle
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