My Uncle George made a significant contribution to the City
of Los Angeles. He was one of the civil engineers responsible for designing the
city’s first sewage system. Our family
will always remember his legacy and talents.
Eventually, Uncle George was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s—around
His disease progression became more obvious. Grooming habits
declined and he needed help with basic chores, like laundry.
Then his conversations changed. He started talking in
circles, like he was on a repetitious loop.
His wife passed away several years ago. The couple had no
children of their own. Since he lived
alone, there was no one to care for him.
I could see he was very lonely.
After considerable thought, I stepped down from my full time
career and moved in with my uncle so he could receive necessary care. Luckily I
found a part-time position which gave me more flexibility in this new
caregiving role. I also hired a helper
to periodically watch my uncle so I could juggle my job and his care. The
arrangement allowed my family to keep him out of a nursing home.
But as the Alzheimer’s advanced, I realized I needed even
more help with my Uncle George. Eventually he lost control of bowel and urinary
functions—in which I got a crash-coursed in incontinence care 101.
Eventually, I hired trained professionals in skilled nursing
care—people who helped with his incontinence needs during my work
At some point I discovered Sage Products. The products helped
us manage my uncle’s incontinence. My
favorite product was Comfort Shield® Barrier Cream Cloths.
I loved the Comfort Shield cloths—I think they should be
part of everyone’s caregiving routine. The
cloths from Sage are thicker than most.
They’re tough—they don’t rip or leak when cleaning off someone’s
Dealing with incontinence isn’t an easy job, so it’s
important to have the right supplies, especially those that help prevent the
risks of infection. Otherwise, you have
the constant worry about the cloth tearing and making a mess—which makes it
tough to thoroughly clean someone and keep their skin intact, which could lead
Also, Comfort Shield® Cloths aren’t overloaded with too much
goop like the zinc oxide that diaper rqash creams have, it goes on clear, so
they’re easy to use and more comfortable for your loved one.
My uncle recently passed away in February 2015. He
was 91. As his primary caregiver, it has been a life changing experience to
care for him; one that’s helped me realize caregiving is my life’s calling. My
future plans include pursuing a new career and starting my own business
centered on caregiving.