MISSION & HISTORY.
Picturing Care's mission is to give voice to and heighten public awareness of the rapidly growing population family caregivers across the country.
I, Cheney Orr, founded this project motivated by my own experience as a caregiver for my father who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when I was twenty-one. Six years following his initial diagnosis my dad passed away as a result of the disease on May 1st, 2017.
For years I felt very alone in this experience, heightened by the fact I did not even consider myself a caregiver, I thought I was simply my dad’s son doing the most I could (which never felt like enough). For this reason, I did not discover the caregiver community and never realized there were so many others going through the same experiences and dealing with the same practical and emotional hurdles.
One thing that helped me and allowed me to better understand my own experience alongside my dad’s was photography. I have started this project to provide that same opportunity to other caregivers while also building a collection of stories that brings attention to the United States' unequipped healthcare system and the lack of infrastructure and support for both family caregivers and those for which they provide care.