The dichotomy of bathing has become axiomatic to understanding the collars of the labor force. White-collar workers shower before work. Blue-collar workers shower when they get home. Whites must arrive clean; blues must leave dirty. But there is another class of showerers: those who can only shower when another person can take over for a few minutes. These opportunity-showerers are those whose work does not include breaks by law or by nature. They are those for whom a moment of inattention could be catastrophic. They are those whose duty is vigilance, and whose compensation may be little more than not having failed. The opportunity-showerers are volunteer caregivers.
Frontotemporal dementia: ‘I don’t ever want to be looked at by John as a caregiver, I want him to see me as his partner’
Cindy McCaffery provides support to her husband John who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia more than a decade ago, at age 48. Over the...