Dear Personal Care Attendant

Dear Personal Care Attendant,

Today was your last day. After a year and a half of spending three mornings a week with you, you will be dearly missed. Although this relationship started out on an employer/employee basis, I have been fortunate to become friends with you. Not only a friend, but a confidant. Do you realize I spend more time talking with you than any other person in my life?

I have enjoyed our conversations on faith and politics, sharing our hopes and dreams, voicing our frustrations and celebrating the victories in life. I have learned so much and been challenged by you.

You did so much more than you signed up for. Squishing bugs that I conveniently can’t. Staying overnight after I was in a car accident “just in case.” Hearing me grumble and whine. Oh, and bringing back that gift for me from California. Darn you for that!

As for your replacement… She has some mighty big shoes to fill. But I have to remember that you, too, had big shoes to fill. I think of Isabelle. Heather. Jan. Audrey. Each of you have made my life do-able. Enjoyable. All of you have poured yourselves into me and I am grateful, although I am sure I have not expressed my appreciation as I should.

So I offer up my gratitude. That is not nearly enough after all you have done. Nonetheless, I thank you and wish you the best of luck.

Sincerely, Jenny

P.S. I still want to meet up with you to eat some fish.

Care Attendant’s are vital people in the lives of many. Here are a few other ways you can honor them and express your gratitude:

  • Share a specific example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.
  • Look them straight in the eyes and say, “You make the world a better place.”
  • Just say it! Nothing replaces than a heartfelt "thanks."


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