Carmella ‘Millie’ McNally found Seniors Helping Seniors through an ad in a church bulletin. But what you might not realize is that Millie is one of our caregivers.
“At 81 years of age, Millie is my oldest caregiver. The minute I met Millie in 2015, I knew that she was perfect for us,” said Diana Cabassi, Franchise Owner in Southwest Broward County, FL.
Within a week, Millie was cleared to work and she was assigned to Claire, who happened to be another one of her church’s parishioners.
Although Millie would occasionally take on other small shifts on the days that she wasn’t assigned to Claire, she worked almost exclusively for her four days a week and became part of Claire’s family until the pandemic caused businesses to shut down in March. Because of the uncertainty, Claire’s family decided to put services on hold. However, this did not stop Millie! She was immediately assigned to Helen, another one of our receivers, who’s regular caregiver decided not to work during the pandemic.
When Helen’s regular caregiver was ready to start working again, Millie was devastated because they had grown very fond of each other. On her last day, they both cried and Millie promised to stay in touch, and she does so routinely.
Sadly, on Memorial Day, Claire, Millie’s original very long-term receiver, passed away from natural causes. Millie was heartbroken.
Nonetheless, Millie continued to fill in for other caregivers and did so willingly. But each time, she would fall in love with them and parting became very difficult.
Now Millie has three receivers of her very own. She cares for them like no one else does, goes grocery shopping for them, and prepares them delicious meals. She even calls them when she is off shift to make sure they are taking their medications on time.
All of Millie’s families love her for who she is and so do we.
Millie, we thank you and celebrate you for being Tougher than 2020!