Today’s reflection on past, present, and future comes from Latia Johnson, our team’s caregiving tech expert and an experienced family caregiver.
Christmas has come and gone. And 2020 was a very interesting rollercoaster ride of a year. Now we are quietly—and maybe cautiously— anticipating the turn of the calendar to a brand new year: 2021.
The COVID pandemic challenged everyone to search within themselves, and to experience many emotions—sometimes multiple ones—within minutes.
However, what took us all by surprise was the abrupt stop of human interaction with the ones we love, and the increase of care we provided as caregivers.
Whatever the challenges you faced as a caregiver in 2020, know you are loved for the selfless care you provided.Latia Johnson
This year has tested us as caregivers in ways we weren’t expecting. Maybe you cared for one family member, and now, you are caring for multiple people because of the pandemic. Maybe the person you cared for passed away this year.
Whatever the challenges you faced as a caregiver in 2020, know you are loved for the selfless care you provided.
Know that even when you felt invisible, you are important, and every unseen act of care you did was vital.
It wasn’t always easy, and many times you probably did it on your own—maybe even without support. But you did it with a fearless heart and with so much courage.
I hope 2021 brings hope and solace to you, caregivers. Know that even though the pandemic is affecting the whole world, in the end, a rainbow will appear.
Yes, you are tired, but you are so brave. And you are not alone. Here’s to an encouraging new year for all caregivers.
Latia Johnson joined the Caregiving Advice team in June 2020 and is currently our digital content creator and caregiving tech specialist. Her role as a caregiver has taken on many forms. Baby-sitter, nanny, preschool teacher, assisting her mother with the care of her stepfather when he had brain cancer, special education assistant, registered behavior technician, and the list goes on. Currently, Latia and her mother care for her sister with multiple sclerosis. Read her reflections on caring for her sister here.