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My "special sister" on her 62nd birthday

Sunday, March 01, 2015

I am the guardian of my younger sister. She had meningitis as an infant . As a result, she was catergorized as "mildly mentally retarted." More kinder words are mentally challenged.

She lived with David (my husband) and I for 25 years and then I placed her in a group home.

I loved her group home and the staff until about a year ago when all started changing. I could no longer trust the staff for her mental well being. Her personal money was being abused as well as the daily interaction from the staff was lacking. It is a tough job and you have to have the heart for it to do your job well. It was no longer there with the staff.....which was constantly changing.

I removed her from that home and found one that I love. She is very happy there and is "thriving". I fell in love with the staff and her roommates. She already knew some of the nine care givers and 2 of the 3 ladies that she rooms with.

We celebrated her 62nd birthday at her new home with her new family.

David (my husband) Muriel (in the middle sister) Me (right)

I absolutely LOVE her new home manager. She has been a manager to this group of ladies for 18 years. She has a beautiful heart.

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    I am so glad you were able to celebrate together in her new home!
    2255 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14386678
    Awwww Callie your sister is soon beautiful. wish her a very happy birthday from me. Glad to know she is well taken care off. Hugs to you and dear David for taking such loving care of dear Muriel. May the Lord accept it and reward you with the best.

    God Bless

    Hugs, Prayers & Blessings
    2257 days ago
  • CLOWN54
    Callie thank you for sharing, I have heard you talk about her for years. so special to meet her on spark. you for sure have to stay on top of care givers now days. which is sad. awesome job on finding her a new home & family
    2257 days ago
    I'm glad you found a good home for your sister. I love the picture of your sister and D together.

    2257 days ago
    How wonderful to see the happiness on everyone's faces ! Thanks for sharing this special moment with us all ! emoticon emoticon
    2258 days ago
    Happy Birthday Sis!!!
    2258 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13602258
    i am so glad that you found out what was going on, and found a new home and supports for your sister. i know the challenge. my adult son with aspergers has supports 35 hours per week in order to live independently. i have to keep close tabs on the support agency to be sure that they do what they are suppose to do. i am grateful that he has a good support person who works with him most of the time, but it does take work to keep track and monitor to be sure that his needs are met.
    good for you for watching out for your sister.
    2258 days ago
    She is so lucky to have you - she looks happy!
    2258 days ago
  • BEBARB149
    Sounds like all worked out for the best. I have a cousin who had meningitis at 2 and lives in a group home. His mom past away when she was 40 and his sister has been watching out for him ever since. It's hard to have that extra worry but the rewards are great. Bless you and your sister.
    2258 days ago
    What great pictures Callie of you all. What a blessing you are to your sister . So glad you found a loving home for her. Good to see David out and about too! Love to you dear friend. Pat
    2258 days ago
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    Glad things are working out better!
    2258 days ago
  • JAROL7
    You are a GREAT sister. Caregivers have a special reward awaiting them.
    2258 days ago
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