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From: Marisa (
Subject:         Live-in Caregiver
Date: August 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm PST

I am currently taking care of my elderly, frail & sick 85 & 86 year old parents. For the last month, I have quietly managed to put them on a high carb vegan diet that is improving their health tremendously. My mother has dementia and is incontinent. When I started taking care of them she was barely conscious of her environment, she never went out and would barely smile. My family was on the verge of committing her to a long term care facility permanently. I insisted to my family that this was the last time I would have a chance to spend time with them, so I took a leave of absence from my job & took over their care. They finally started eating better, getting regular walks outdoors and socializing more. I have watched the life come back to them and it seems miraculous. She talks easily and readily, remembering more and more of the current moment. She rarely soils her diaper during the day and she is using her port-a-potty regularly and consistently at night. My dad no longer sees her as just a burden. He can now smile at her and converse with her instead of barking orders at her to comply because he was resentful of having to clean up after her. I am so encouraged by their progress. I dream of watching them live out the rest of their lives in relatively good health and going peacefully when it is their time.

However, there is a dark cloud in the horizon. There is a possibility that in a few months, I may no longer be able to care for them. My siblings would like to hire a regular live-in caregiver to take over. They don't believe that my dietary & lifestyle changes are what's causing the improvements. I don't want to see them returning to their old diet & lifestyle because I know that the moment they go back to that their health problems will return in full swing.

How do I find a live-in caregiver that would follow our lifestyle?

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