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If nothing else, the holiday season brings families together. We recently hosted Thanksgivukkah (That’s Thanksgiving + Hanukkah for my non-Jewish readers out there.) and had my parents and my wife’s family over to celebrate. From grandkids to grandparents, we had a huge age span going from 8 years old to 84 years young.
Inevitably, the holidays somehow become a stressful time (all the cooking, cleaning and spending more time together than normal with your family) but it’s also a really wonderful end of the year to look back at what got you to that point and reflect upon life, love and just all-around happiness.
My parents are older (Note I didn’t say “old” on the off chance they’re reading this…) but are still quite active. So it’s hard for me to think of them as ever becoming “old people.” You know the type. The older men and women who can’t get around without canes or walkers. The kind who need to be in a home or have someone helping them out around the house.
My parents moved up to the Albany area a few years ago to be closer to my sister and her family. They’re only about 10 minutes away from each other and while my parents are there to help out with their granddaughter, I know that should they ever need assistance themselves, my sister is right there to lend a hand.
It got me thinking, though. When I’m real old and feeble and Allie’s sick of taking care of me, who would I want to hire as a caregiver for us? If I could bend the laws of reality, there are loads of fictional butlers and nannies who I think would make for awesome caregivers. Who’d make my list? Glad you asked!
8 Caregivers I’d Love to Hire for My Future Old Self
1. Alfred Pennyworth - If Bruce Wayne’s butler is good enough to keep Batman alive, imagine what he’d do for a pair of regular old folks like me and Allie? I just wonder if he’d be any good at making matzo ball soup….
2. Mrs. Garrett – I grew up on The Facts of Life, so I feel like Edna Garret is already part of my family! She was always there for Tootie, Natalie, Blair and even the tough-as-nails Jo when they needed her most. I’d certainly take the good and take the bad and take them both and there I’d have… the best Caregiver!
3. Mary Poppins – She’s got an umbrella that lets her fly and she can hook me up with dancing penguins. ‘Nuff said!
4. Jessie Prescott – She’s another redhead, but she’s also the star of her own Disney sitcom. She’s young, spunky and somehow manages to keep her job while dealing with a number of highly mischievous kids. She’d take good care of us in our old age, and if not, at least she’d be entertaining!
5. Nanny McPhee – So she’s not the most pleasing on the eyes, but I figure when I’m old enough to need a Caregiver, chances are my eyesight will be shot anyways. Nanny McPhee would certainly cast her magical charms on our lives, so I wouldn’t need worry about anything other than losing at BINGO. Though I bet Nanny McPhee could help out in that department too…
6. Tony Micelli – Okay, so he’s more of a housekeeper than a nanny, but tough-guy Tony Micelli has a true heart of gold and will always do the right thing, no matter how tough or downright embarrassing it may be for him. As long as he knows who’s the boss, I think he’ll take great care of us!
7. Mrs. Doubtfire – Forgetting the fact that it’s a man dressed up as a woman, Mrs. D really knows how to mix taking caring of someone with having a grand old time. She’d be a blast to have around, plus it’s real comforting knowing that she’s quite adept at doing the Heimlich maneuver.
8. Lynn Belvedere – Old people love their tea and nobody but nobody can brew a cup more perfect than thee British. Mr. Belvedere’s already used to dealing with crazy American families, so I don’t think he’d have any issues at all taking care of me and Allie. As long as he doesn’t try serving us blood pudding, we’ll be fine.
Okay, so none of those folks actually exist. But how much fun would it be if they did? I know they probably wouldn’t be tops on a list of Caregivers in reality, especially since there are so many wonderful and loving people out there right now who are fantastic Caregivers.
Companies like Genworth offer assistance when it comes to finding the right Caregiver for your parents (or even yourself). If your parents live far away from you, your first step may be to convince them to move closer. Whether you succeed or not, you can certainly get plenty of information and fabulous resources from Genworth. I always knew Genworth offered financial assistance and life insurance, but they can also help you actually locate a proper Caregiver, calculate costs and discuss a variety of options.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Or else you may find yourself on the losing end of a nanny-starring sitcom.