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Thelma and Louise

Thelma and Louise is a story about a caregiver and her elderly patient in New York CityThelma and Louise could not have asked for a better match. While Thelma is a 97 year-old resident in an assisted living facility and Louise a 24 year-old caregiver, they spend their days laughing and playing around as old friends would.

Thelma likes to tell her fellow residents that Louise is like her granddaughter; Louise does not only help Thelma bathe, dress and arrive safely to lunch and dinner, but fills her days with youth and laughter that keep Thelma’s mind young and strong. But Thelma and Louise, despite their names, did not always seem like such a heavenly match…

When Thelma first contacted Alvita Care about care giving services, Alvita staff thought the sweet and young-spirited caregiver, Louise, was the natural choice. But for the first few days, Thelma thought she would never get used to having Louise around. Thelma and Louise were divided by both space and time: Thelma belonged to an old school groovy set, and this was the space she traversed in both her mind and mannerisms. She liked having it her way and had long been accustomed to being on her own. Louise, on the other hand, was a tame flower, proper, polite, and not very confrontational. Thelma was not a fan of the idea of needing help: she had lived on her own for the past 15 years and did not require major assistance until a recent slip where she fell and broke her hip.

At first, Thelma liked to largely ignore Louise’s presence–accepting her help only when absolutely necessary. But Louise’s positive attitude was not affected by Thelma’s resistance and sometimes rude comments; she patiently assisted Thelma, giggling at her particularities. What soon brought them together was their strong love for English and Literary arts: Thelma was a retired teacher and Louise was an aspiring one. They began correcting each other’s grammar just to annoy one another, but soon this came to be their trademark interaction and an ongoing joke.

Today, Thelma and Louise’s differing personalities have come to compliment each other: Louise eases Thelma from nagging and complaining to her fellow residents and Thelma encourages Louise to take chances and overstep her boundaries. Spending eight hours together every day, they converse about books and movies over coffee and like to share stories from their past. Louise laughs at Thelma for constantly trying to match her up with the young men who work at the facility; “Laugh all you want,” says Thelma, “but if you wont take ’em, I will!”
 

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Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.