Chronicling the highlights and relevant news of the disability rights movement, senior care community and staff and clients at Progress Inc., a Nashville-based non-profit that bridges the gap between limited abilities and the realization of the best possible life for adults with disabilities and seniors.
Cooking up Charles' favorite breakfast - fried eggs with cheese and toast - is just one aspect of what Rebecca Fabry considers to be her mission as a caregiver. She is one of millions of caregivers across the country being honored for their compassionate care for National Caregivers Month.
It's not just a job for Rebecca, who first worked as a caregiver eight years ago, she said. "You make doctor calls, you become friends with the family, and you really just have to love them to be there daily and learn so much about their needs and wants."
For almost two years, she has been a Progress senior care attendant, and most of that time has been spent with Charles Lane, 78. Charles, a retired Smyrna factory worker, had a hard time welcoming Rebecca into his home, but he now considers Rebecca family. "I realized I couldn't do everything I used to, so now I like to have company," she said. "She does real good. She's pretty close to being perfect."
Rebecca takes the kind words to heart. The joy for her is knowing that she can have a daily impact on Charles' lives. She helps Charles five days a week, and the two sometimes chat over the phone on the weekend.
During the week, they go on walks through Charles' apartment neighborhood, chat about his old days of playing baseball and tend to his flower garden.
"It's about finding fun rituals that he can enjoy. As you lose your mobility and your memory, you still want to have something of your own. You just help them live the best life they can."
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