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Caught between a Rock and Cancer: When the Family Caregiver is Facing her Own Health Crisis

Gilbert, AZ – The Family Caregiver is Facing Her Own Health Crisis

Tina had the caregiver for her aging mother for more than a year by the time she began to notice issues with her own Caregiver Gilbert AZhealth. Because of Tina’s busy work schedule and responsibilities she had providing care at home for her mother, she ignored many of the common symptoms that she was experiencing during the first several months.

After some encouragement from her family and even her mother, she went to see her doctor and had been diagnosed with cancer. She was devastated, to say the least. At 56 years of age, the last thing she ever thought she would have to deal with was cancer. This form of cancer had a high success rate with chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but she knew she could no longer be the primary caregiver for her mother.

She was going to need all of her energy for this fight against the cancer. However, Tina felt as though she was caught between a rock and a hard place – there were no other family members who lived in the area who could look after her mother.

She delayed treatment for several weeks as she tried to figure out a plan.  She was talking with a coworker one day who recommended she hire a professional in-home care provider to take care of her mother. Tina wasn’t so sure because the things she had heard about these type of caregivers in the news. Her coworker assured her that the majority of people are kind, compassionate, and experienced individuals who would take great care of her mother.

Tina finally committed to talking to her mother about visiting a home care agency to learn more. They eventually hired an experienced caregiver who ended up being a blessing to the both of them.  Tina could focus on her treatments knowing her mother was being cared for and that she was not alone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring caregiver services in Gilbert, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 351-4473. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.