I cared for an elderly couple with dementia/Alzheimer's for the last year of their lives. I fed them, cleaned HIM (but not her for dignity's sake), "walk with assist", maintained sanitary conditions, changed colostomy bags, some maintenance of personal and real property, and sitting vigil until the moment of death.
My next job was caring for a woman with ALS. She was in her final stages, and has since passed on. I prepared food (while she could still swallow), did enternal feedings, operated and maintained her communication and respiratory equipment, body transfers, changed bag and Foley for her catheter, medication management, liaised with hospice, and and much more.
I currently with a 40-year-old ALS patient.
I believe that service to others is the essence of a noble life, especially where it concerns our elders: a lifetime of hard work, endurance, and experience is worthy of respect! The hard work of our elders is the basis of everything we enjoy today.