The Pool and The caregiver
I used to have an older client as a caregiver, who wanted to participate in the special Olympics. He specifically wanted to swim but, sadly didn’t have many people volunteer to help him practice. At first he was a little frightened of being in the water but ended up loving it after practicing and becoming comfortable.
He had a great time during the actual race and was smiling the entire time. There was a lot of people there cheering him on, they even made shirts for him to show their support. He couldn’t stop talking about the event for weeks. Although it was part of my job, it felt rewarding to help someone who unfortunately was unable to help themselves do something they enjoy. It was heartwarming to see him set a goal for himself and have a community of people help him reach it.
Megan Kesler Helena, Montana