Care for Your Caregiver

  • Jan. 24, 2012
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I have a friend in a wheelchair who has a very hard time finding people to help her. 

I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and I have a friend in a wheelchair who has a very hard time finding people to help her.  Mostly it’s because once she finds a personal care attendant, it’s “do this and do that and don’t forget to do this and that.”  All of it, with hardly a thank you.  When I asked her about this, her reply was basically, “Look, I pay these people, don’t I?  I think I have a right to say what I need.”  Well, that may be true.  But paying for someone’s service does not give you the right to treat them like a servant.  The Bible tells us to treat those who serve us with respect and dignity.  Service is a high calling!  That’s something my friend has difficulty understanding.  Friend, you don’t have to have a disability; all of us benefit enormously from those who serve our needs.  Let’s just remember not to treat them like servants.  A little advice from joniandfriends.org. 

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