NOMINATIONS OPEN ~ 2021 CAREGIVER AWARDS for EXCEPTIONAL CARE
Miss Kitty's Care, LLC was inspired by Arcola "Miss Kitty" Thornton. At the age of 8, Miss Kitty began her first role as a caregiver by reading the Holy Bible to her grandmom. As she grew older and her mother became crippled, Miss Kitty took it upon herself to help her mom. After getting married, her first child was born with a life threatening illness. Although the doctors only gave the child a few months to live, due to her unwavering love and care, her first born lived to be 10 years old before going home to heaven. Later in life as she learned more about Christ, she became a devout Christian who believed in showing love and providing service to others just as her mother and grandmother had taught her. And as Christ teaches us today.
She taught all of her children the importance of helping others. Helping others was to be applied to everyone regardless of race, social status, gender or circumstance. To this day, neighborhood children (now adults) will share their personal stories of how Miss Kitty would give them food or clothing, or when she would clean up their wounds or even stop bullies from terrorizing the children. Whatever was needed, was done. If she had it to give, it was given willingly. Everything was always given or done with a loving and motherly spirit. She never expected anything in return from the neighborhood children except for them to be kind to one another.
During her 37 years of marriage her husband became ill. Miss Kitty took care of him until he passed. Ever since I was a young child, I watched my Mother take care of my sick Father. Being the youngest, I began helping her help others very early in life. When Mom was diagnosed with diabetes, she immediately showed me what she had learned about how to properly take care of herself. A few short years after I began working as an adult, Mom's eyesight started deteriorating and she could no longer administer her insulin herself. It was now my turn to become a family caregiver (part-time) and I gladly accepted the role.
As Mom's health continued to decline, my children and I made the courageous decision for me to leave my full-time job and become her full-time caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When my children would be on their breaks from school, they would assist me with her care. As second and third generation family caregivers ourselves, we lived through the frustrations of having no assistance, we fought the battles with family members and government agencies. During all of these adventures, no one ....family, friends, lawmakers, nor medical professionals acknowledged the value of our worth. No one was celebrating how family caregivers and other caregivers.....
Make A Difference TO Life!
At age 93, Miss Kitty (Mom), still lived at home and still inspired everyone she met from hospital staff to her church family to strangers who would see us out and about. Just shy of her 94th birthday, God called Mom home. I will miss her dearly, but her caregiving spirit lives on in me and my children. My hope is that her story inspires you in some way. It's vital to uphold those who help others in such important ways. The vision of Miss Kitty's Care, LLC is to create worldwide awareness of the need for family caregivers, acknowledging the importance of their care, and encouraging them for a job well done.