In our care homes, we typically have two ladies taking care of our residents around the clock.  The lack of male caregivers is not by design but just reflects our applicant pool.

One of our former residents in her 90s who I’ll refer to as Ethel did not feel she needed much care and thus became accustomed to referring to the caregivers as “the mothers,” a bit of a jab from her viewpoint that the caregivers were overprotective.  If she couldn’t find them, Ethel would say “where are the mothers?”

In the reverse of this situation, a 45-year old friend of mine living in a country formerly under British rule refers to his mother as “Mummy.”  He was ill when she recently stayed in his home, so she nursed him back to health “as only a Mummy can do” in his words.  I didn’t ask what his wife of nearly 25 years thought of this comment.

Regardless of our age, if we are fortunate to have a loving mother in our lives, we will pay them tribute this Sunday on Mother’s Day.  As mothers age and decline, a role reversal takes place where they transition from care-provider to being cared for.

At ComfortCare, we view it as a privilege to provide the loving care of a mother to our residents.  We invite both sons and daughters to tour our homes and see the difference our motherly care provides. -

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