William Francisco was recognized as Caregiver of the Year by the Montgomery County Office for Aging and the Montgomery County Legislature on October 25, 2022. He is the caregiver for his mother, Bertha “Beth” Francisco.
William’s caregiving journey started in November 2021, shortly after his father passed away. His parents were living in Florida and his mother was struggling with dementia and could not live on her own after her husband’s passing, so William brought her from Florida and moved her into his house. Due to his mother needing constant care, William took a leave of absence from his job to become a full-time caregiver. After being unable to afford or even find a home health aide, William called the Office for Aging and was enrolled in the Caregiver Respite Program, and an aide was found. This assistance allowed him to return to work full-time and continue providing for his family, as he has children of his own in addition to caring for his mother. William is very grateful for the program and feels he would have been forced to place his mother if he did not receive respite from his caregiving responsibilities.