The Los Angeles based publication, the Wave, recently went to a ULTCW member, Cynthia Villareal’s, home to discuss what being a caregiver really means. An excerpt from the article is below:
WHITTIER — Cynthia Villarreal follows the daily routine of many mothers — up about 6:30 a.m. to bath, dress and feed her daughter and see that her needs are taken care of for the day. But a big difference is that Elizabeth Villarreal is 21, is mentally disabled and has autism.
“She has the mind of a 2-year-old,” said Cynthia Villarreal, who has been a full-time caregiver to her daughter for more than 20 years.
Her daughter attends a day care program until 2:30 p.m. weekdays at Sierra High School in the Whittier Union High School District. Upon her arrival home, it’s time for cleanup and dinner and an evening of watching TV.
“She demands attention all the time,” Villarreal noted.
Read the whole article at: http://wavenewspapers.com/news/local/east_edition/article_e05053d8-8fd5-11e1-8cc4-001a4bcf6878.html