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She was a frail old lady at the age of 92 with long grey hair and a small frame body. Helen looked at me with despair as I calmly approached to meet her acquaintance. Her caseworker, Anna, sitting by her side, attempting to reassure her safety and provide comfort makes the introduction.

“This is Maria, you’re new caregiver, She will be staying with you tonight” she says to Helen as she writes it down on a pad of paper. “Oh Thank God, Oh Thank God” Helen responds. Helen relaxed her body with and sighed with relief.

Dawn the current caregiver; an average height, blond, blue eyed middle aged woman had an attitude about her. She appeared to be anxious, impatient, aggressive and fed up with Helen. Dawn has had no previous experience with care giving and had taken this position on to support her family at home. Spending all days and nights with Helen for the past three months seemed to be taking a toll on her mental and physical abilities.

Seeing that Helen was wrestles, afraid and paranoid, I reassured her safety. “No need to worry Helen, I will not leave your side”. I will make sure you are safe from now on and all your needs are met”. Helen looks back at me and smiles with a sense of comfort. “Thank you very much for bringing me an angel to look after me” she says to Anna. Reassures Helen that everything will be fine and leaves the apartment.

It is Friday late evening, and as I sit next to Helen holding her hand, Dawn continuously approaches to speak with me. In a loud angered voice and with animated hand gestures Dawn says, “She is a schizophrenic! She’s Crazy!”
I asked her politely to Leave the room and that I would speak with her at a later time. My intensions at this time are to calm everyone down and keep the peace amongst the two ladies.

Dawn could not leave because she had no means of transportation until the late morning. I realized I was…...

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