There is a Chinese proverb that says: “To understand your parents’ love, you must raise children yourself.”
I have been fortunate to experience unconditional love from my parents. There is no greater love than that. I have witnessed how my parents unselfishly gave up their dreams to raise and care for us. However, reality hits. We eventually experience a reversal of roles, a situation that is faced by children who now have the responsibility of taking care of their parents. This is what we call the circle of life.
We live in a world where time has become a rare commodity. As we try to detach from our parent’s loving embrace and try to live on our own, we work very hard to provide a comfortable life for our children. We get sleepless nights, skip soccer games, and miss family dinners.
The question remains: How do we show we care amidst our busy life? How do we give back even when it’s not expected or required? Do you know what a simple phone call can do for them? A simple hi, hello, or how are you doing can make their day. I have heard that some parents refused to let their children know that they had a fall and were hospitalized, for fear of being considered a “burden.” Are they eating and sleeping well? Are they able to walk and drive safely? Try to spend some quality time with them when you can. When we were young, they held our hands so we could learn to walk; they picked us up when we fell. Now is a good time for us to do the same. Let us guide and comfort them in their waning years. This quote sums up this editorial’s message: “Love your parents and treat them with loving care, for you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.”
At Care Indeed, we empathize with you — as parents and children. We understand and listen to what you think is important for you. It is your voice we want to hear, not ours.
VP Patient Care & COO