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How to keep mom's caregiver happy? A Paris trip helps

July 15, 2011 |  4:08 pm

Choosing a caregiver for an elderly parent is hard, but sometimes monitoring and maintaining a good relationship with that caregiver is even harder. In the latest installment of "It's All Relative," Rosemary McClure's column on caring for and staying connected with an aging parent, she writes:

Megan Cowles’ friends envy her good luck. “Everyone wants my job,” she says. This summer, her employer is taking her to Paris, where she’ll see the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the Seine and eat buttery, melt-in-your-mouth croissants for breakfast.

Her wonder job? She’s a home-care worker. Her employer, a 76-year-old Orange County woman, is so grateful for her help that she’s taking her to Paris on a vacation.

Alas, not everyone can be so generous. But McClure does offer some other ways to keep everyone -- caregiver, parents and you -- happy. It's the second of two columns on the subject.

Part 1: How to choose a caregiver

Part 2: How to maintain a good working relationship

-- Craig Nakano

Illustration credit: Blair Thornley / For The Times


It's All Relative: the series