Former Teacher, Now Caregiver Provides Meaningful Alzheimer's Care

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Caregiver Lawrence Burney

Lawrence Burney spent 30 years shaping the minds of children as an elementary and middle school teacher in Arizona. When his daughter graduated from high school, Burney felt like it was finally time to retire and relocate to Oregon, where she was enrolling in college.

Looking for part-time work to supplement his pension, Burney recognized the similarities between caregiving and teaching: Both require patience, empathy and compassion. He began working as a professional caregiver for seniors and adults with disabilities in 2013.

A caregiver for Right at Home Southern Oregon, Burney explains that his experience working with students has been a great help as he cares for clients who have memory loss. For example, in the same way he discovered that catching a student passing a note in class wasn't a reflection of his teaching skills, through caregiving, he has learned not to take the sometimes-challenging behaviors of clients to heart. "It's really not about me," says Burney. "It’s about my clients' needs and how I can listen, help and serve them."

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